How to choose the right Christmas Gifts according to your dog's age
Christmas is almost here, which means it's the perfect time to think about what gift to purchase for your friends, family and pups.
But, let's all be honest with ourselves: We probably spend more time thinking about what to purchase to satisfy our pups than we do with most of the other folks on our holiday shopping list! So why not place a few selected items for those pooches under the tree? From treats to chew toys, jackets and blankets, we've rounded up the very best gifts, with the support of K9 Nation, for a furry best friend, for their families and friends here to make every pawparent's shopping experience a little more fun. The first step to finding the right gifts for your pup is keeping their favourite things in mind: food, play, and sleep!
And at this point, I am sure that you are most probably thinking of purchase a toy, a treat and a useful accessory like a brand new rope lead and collar.
But, did you know that according to their age, we need to select the best toy type? Here, we've placed an extra emphasis on those gifts, having in mind age, and the benefits of these toys according to the various stages of their lives.
All pups, regardless of their age, need dog toys. They are great interactive tools that can help them grow and learn throughout their formative puppy years. Choosing the right toys though can be challenging as they all have their own needs, and these needs change throughout the various stages of their lives. Dog toys are designed to keep our pest active and stimulated, and specifically geared for different stages of development. Toys provide comfort; they help fight boredom and are a training tool.
So choose correctly according to your pup's age.
Toys for puppies of 7 to 12 Weeks
Your brand new puppy is so curious and excited about everything. It's a great and exciting time to introduce our world with a whole variety of different learning and developmentally challenging puzzle toys. These types of toys help their mind grown and teach them the skills needed as an adult to survive.
Squeaky/noisy toys will enthral them, and they will need a few soft plush toys to snuggle with at night as they grow accustomed to being separated from their mother and siblings. They will love those puppy toys that you can stuff with anything you wish – other toys, dog treats or food – which will promote curiosity, and they will have to learn how to get them out.
Sweetie tip: Don't give your pup all his toys at once, rotate them and switch them up every day, so he has endless variety. By doing so, you will keep your puppy interested and comfortable with change and make it easy for him to adapt to situations. Don't forget he still has his baby teeth so his toys will be made from softer rubber, making it easier to "kill."
Toys for puppies of 3 to 9 Months
At this stage of your puppy's life, he has started teething and will want to chew everything. To avoid running the risk of losing your favourite pair of shoes or almost anything he can chew on, invest in some strong chew toys for your growing puppy. They will love interactive toys more so than ever, and this will become an essential tool in puppy socialization and your playtime, too.
Around the age of 3 to 9 months old, your cute furry ball of joy, is in its optimum time to start training. He is not too young that he would be able to understand your commands. He is quick and eager to learn new tricks, commands and explore our world.
When it comes to dog training, a clicker is your best partner in crime! It's a little key-ring style with a lever that makes a noise when you press down on it and is used to mark the exact moment your dog performs the desired behaviour. It's an easy way to make sure you're letting your pup know precisely when he's doing the right thing. Treats will also do the job. All you need to do is select the correct treats and have them handy in your dog treat bag
Sweetie Tip: Reward is essential when teaching your pup basic training or familiarizing himself with a dog collar, A brand new squeaky toy will have your puppy participating and learning in no time.
Toys for adult dogs of 9 Months to 1 Year
Your fully grown dog will love being incredibly active now and will have what appears to be limitless energy. Your young adult dog will run like a puppy possessed and need lots of interactive dog toys to keep him stimulated. He will want to show off his strength too, so he will most likely love rope pulls and showing you how fast he can run and catch the balls you throw for him.
By now, your dog's teeth are formed so he may cut down on the chewing, but dogs never really lose that desire. You will be replacing his chew toys with bones and treats, but he will still love his rubber toys to distress on, and it's cheaper for you as well.
For dogs, chewing promotes healthy saliva production, which keeps their teeth and gums healthy. Keep your pups hunting skills sharp by purchasing toys you can hide treats. He will have to figure out how to get the goodies out, and that will keep him entertained for hours (hopefully). If not look at these other ideas which I am sure you will find something that will excite your pup
Toys for senior dogs of 7 Years and Up
Your dog is now in his senior years, and more than ever, it is still vitally important to keep him active, healthy and stimulated. He may not have as much energy as he used to, he may have arthritis, but he is still inquisitive and will love his chew toys.
A softer rubber, much like the chew toys designed for puppies, is what they need, so his older teeth won't be damaged but are still able to keep themselves clean and free from gum disease.
Your dog will still love to fetch, so make sure you have plenty of balls and rubber sticks for him to chase. While his body is ageing and his responses may be slowing down a little, his mind is still sharp and his natural instincts to hunt and kill and think even need to be nurtured.
Providing your beloved dog with ample opportunities to exercise his body and mind by supplying him with dog toys that encourage his instincts will ensure that the later stages of his life are full and joyful. Interactive dog toys, ones that he can play with you will be beneficial, as he loves spending time with his human parents. Also, balls or rubber toys that you can put food into, which he then has to discover how to get out will keep his mind active and encourage him to use his brain.
For All Dog ages
Still, want something extra for your pup? We have your back. Have a look at this handy free app www.K9Nation.dog which helps new puppy and dog owners find pals for their pooches and connect with pet parents across the UK. The app is designed to supporting new and existing dog owners to care for their dogs by providing a free and easily accessible social network for the dog owner.
Sweetie tip: A dog is for life and the best thing you can provide is unconditional LOVE.