I've seen dozens of articles about dog gift ideas, and while they tend to make great suggestions, the ideas that they provide tend to be aimed towards puppies and younger dogs. As the owner of a much older dog, who is long passed being hyperactive enough to play with squeaky toys all day, I thought it would be a great idea to pass on some my own ideas for gifts suitable for your typical older dog. If your dog is anything like mine then he just likes to sleep a lot, takes his time on walks, and has largely lost interest in socializing with the other dogs in the neighborhood. Just like humans, they get slower, wiser, and a little less enthusiastic about day to day life.
Best Christmas Gifts For Older Dogs
Some fantastic Christmas gift ideas for older dogs who don't have as much energy as the young pups, spoil your dog this coming Xmas!
Some older dogs do still play, but they tire quickly, and don't need dozens of fluffy toys scattered around the home. For each birthday and Christmas I now buy my ageing dog something which will improve their quality of life. It sounds silly I know, but older dogs get aches and pains just like everybody else. Last year I bought him an orthopedic dog mattress! In fact, the exact dog mattress that I bought him is shown to the right and he loves it, he still has the option of his old less-comfortable bed if he wants, but he doesn't very often choose it. Many dog owners believe that their dogs become more active when they sleep on a higher quality bed, probably because it relieves the tension in their joints and muscles.
K&H Orthopedic Pet Bed
The K&H Orthopedic Superior Pet Bed is available in small, medium, and large, and is also available in green and gray. The price shown to the right is for the large bed, but if you click through to the product page you can see the prices for the smaller beds. There are many cheaper orthopedic beds on Amazon, many with good reviews, I'm simply recommending this relatively more expensive bed because I know how great the quality is. This bed benefits from a full five inches of medical grade orthopedic foam, while the cover and lining is easy to remove and wash (machine washable). It's a fantastic product!
|K&H Orthopedic Superior Pet Bed, Large 40-Inch by 50-Inch, Mocha Paw Bone Print|
Our K&H Superior Orthopedic Bed is the ultimate in comfort. this bed contains 5" of comfort on medical grade orthopedic foam. The bed reverses from attractive poly/cotton print ...
Smarter Toys IQ Treat Ball
I said that most older dogs are much less interested in toys, and that is true, but that doesn't mean that they shouldn't be encouraged from playing with toys. When your dog is stubborn, or has you wrapped around their little paw, it can prove impossible to get them to do something that they don't want to do. That largely depends on the breed of course, good luck trying to order a pug around! This awesome treat ball provides the bribe that will tempt almost any dog to play, the chance of getting a treat! This ball will stimulate even the wisest of dogs as they try to work out how to get that damn treat.
|Ourpets DT-10504 Smarter Toys IQ Treat Ball , 5 Inches , Colors may vary|
Treat-dispensing ball for dogs. Adjustable opening for added difficulty(Color may vary)
Pet Food Dispenser
As our dogs age and become less active, it can become much easier for them to put on weight. It's important that we don't allow our dogs to become overweight, as doing so can create numerous health problems and put a lot of pressure on their bodies. That means being very strict with food portions, ensuring that they have a stringent regime, and cutting down on treats. The best way to measure your dogs food intake and introduce that routine is to buy a programmable timed food dispenser. A dispenser will provide precisely the same amount of food at precisely the same eating times each day, your dog doesn't even need to hassle you for food, he just has to wait patiently near the machine!
|PetSafe Healthy Pet Food Station, Medium, PFD17-11859|
The PetSafe Healthy Pet Water and Food Station is the ﬁrst gravity food system with a removable-stainless steel bowl that is easy to clean and is dishwasher safe. Simply sanitiz...
Drinkwell Original Pet Fountain
Also popular are drinking fountains, these things will be adored by dogs of any age. The water flows in a continuous loop, keeping it fresh and oxygenated in the process. Just think about the taste of your own drinking water. Fresh water from a running tap is nice to drink, water which has been left out for hours becomes stale and foul tasting. These fountains simply provide nicer tasting water for your doggy! These fountains do serve an important purpose too, as it encourages your dog to drink more water. If you are ever concerned that your dog doesn't seem to drink enough water when it's hot then get one of these, he won't forget to have a drink when he hears the trickle of water! Your cat will also like this.
Luxury Dog House
Don't you think it's about time your dog a prime piece of real estate of his own? There are some incredible dog houses around which are suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, they help keep your dog warm in the winter, and cool in the summer, whether your dog lives indoors or outdoors. Your dog probably won't care where he sleeps as long as its warm and comfortable, but you can experience a great sense of pride that you finally managed to help your little boy or girl get a first foot on the property ladder! I love this wooden dog house by Precision Pet, featuring a high quality asphalt roof, just like a real human house but for dogs!
|Precision Pet Country Club Estate Luxury Dog House|
Precision Pet Country Club Estate Luxury Dog HouseA beautiful accent to any backyard complete with custom wood molding. Weatherproof, asphalt peaked shingle roof and raised floo...Only $109.99
Many older dogs have problems with their teeth, have gum disease, or experience jaw discomfort of some sort. It is more difficult for older dogs to chew rawhide chews and other tough chews. Instead, get them some cookies to chew up and eat instead. Dogs like treats, therefore they will make a nice gift, simple logic! When buying online it works out cheaper to buy treats in multi-packs, such as the fantastic Organiz Organic Dog cookies shown below which are sold as a package of four packs (price shown is for four packs). If your dog loves the taste of chicken then he will love these snacks, I don't know many dogs who don't love chicken!
|Organix Organic Dog Cookies - Chicken Treats, 12-Ounce Packages (Pack of 4)|
Castor and pollux Organix organic dog cookies feature 95 percent organic ingredients including organic, free range chicken as the 1st ingredient in all formulas. No corn, no whe...Only $25.96
Does your dog find it difficult to get up on the couch or bed? If they struggle to get up then leaping may be putting unnecessary pressure on their joints, why not make it easier for them by investing in some pet steps? They come in all different sizes and styles, some portable and some intended to be a permanent fixture. Amazon stock dozens of different types, have a gander! As you can see in the image to the right and the capsule below, you can get some really attractive high quality steps at a decent price to match your home decor.
What Have I Intentionally Missed?
I've seen people recommend special foods for senior dogs and joint care products as gift ideas. This is stupid. If your dog has special dietary requirements or joint problems, then they should be having these products year round as part of their diet. Those are not gifts, dogs need a consistent diet, and if you believe that you need to change their diet then consult a dog nutritionist or veterinarian.