Is your dog the beloved family pet, or do you feel so close to it that you treat it almost like a child? Dogs fill different roles for women as we progress through the stages of the later years. Maybe fido started out as a dog for the kids, then became your understanding companion when they headed out on their own. Maybe you got one for safety reasons for when you are home alone, only to fall in love. Maybe it’s truly a best friend that goes with you wherever you go. Or maybe you know someone like this. Regardless, it’s handy to have an arsenal of gifts for dogs at the ready, to shower your favorite dog like they do with their kisses.
People and dogs have coexisted for millennia, and for many of us, our four-legged friends are full-fledged family members. Canine companions provide company, stress relief, a friendly shoulder to cry on, a running or fitness partner, a co-pilot for life’s daily moments and so much more.
An estimated 63.4 million households in the United States have at least one dog, according to the American Pet Product Association’s (APPA) annual survey. (The total estimated number of canines in U.S. homes is 89.7 million.) That’s a lot of canines completing families all over the country.
It’s also becoming more and more commonplace to see hotels advertising their “pet-friendliness” — about 37% of us travel with at least one pet in tow!
Now, us pet people know that dogs make us feel better. But, is there any scientific proof that explains why we get so much out of these relationships? Actually, there is. Researchers are still studying the effects our furry friends have on us, but here are some things we already know.
While results are mixed when it comes to general wellness benefits for dog owners, scientists do agree that dogs can lift your mood, encourage you to exercise and remind you to take care of yourself (and Fido). They also may help you to be more social — canines are pack animals and often require trips to a local dog park. This, in turn, gives you opportunities to connect with neighbors and other locals who also share your love of four-legged friends.
People with dogs walk, on average, 30 minutes more than those without them, and this healthy habit can help you lose a little (or maintain a healthy weight as you age).
First of all, as our nest empties, dogs often fill the void your kids left, at least in space. As we get older, if we slow down a bit and start to cut back on our activities and social time, having a dog will get you to take walks. I’ll also give you someone to talk to and a reason to follow a routine. Research also suggests that because dog ownership lowers stress levels, their owners may have healthier hearts! In a recent study, 78% of dog owners said they were more active because of their pet. Women over 60 should get at least 2.5 hours of moderate exercise per week — that’s just 21 minutes a day of a brisk walk with your dog.
Our four-legged friends offer us so much in the way of affection and companionship that it’s only natural to want to spoil them a little bit. So, whether they’re king (or queen) of the couch or ruler of the yard, here are some of the best dog gifts for the canines in your life.
Tip: Visiting a house with dogs? Bringing along gifts for dogs will likely please your hostess more than a treat for her.
When they aren’t snuggled up beside you, are they napping in a bed of luxury? Well, why shouldn’t they deserve the best? And if you’re going to have it out where people are going to see, you’ll want it to look stylish for your decor, too.
Help your furry friend get the restful sleep she deserves with this Luxury Shag Donut Self-Heating pet bed. The round design creates a protective atmosphere, while the bolstered edge gives additional orthopedic support and serves as a paw-sitively perfect headrest.
Harmony Grey Memory Foam Lounger Dog Bed offers your pet ultimate support as they stretch out. Its channeled chipped memory foam molds to your pet’s body for a custom fit experience every time they lay down to rest.
Meet the most beloved dog bed in the world. Made from human-grade memory foam all of our dog beds are designed to ease joint pain and provide maximum support for your four-legged friend.
Keeping your pooch playful is half the fun. The joy of receiving a new toy! And then playing hard to get when you try to grab it. They’re so darn cute when they’re feeling frisky. Stock up the toy basket with a fresh, not yet drooled on, supply.
Triangle Tug Dog Toy, $24
Chewy natural rubber and rugged cotton rope pair in a dual-textured dog toy perfect for giving your pup hours of interactive tug-of-war fun.
Kongbox, starting at $29.95/box
These really are the world’s best dog toys. Get ready for lots of tail wagging!
Sqeal (for gentle chewers), $24.99
The Sqeal is 9″ long and is made for dogs that like normal-sized toys. Great for both small and large dogs.
For when you need a break and let the dog self occupy. For training purposes. Rewards for jobs well done. And, well, because just look at that face. These are bound to make the tail wag fast, while still being good for them, too.
A variety pack is a fantastic way to introduce your fluffy friend to Lord Jameson’s range of dog treats. All packs are loaded with different kinds of goodness and flavors so you can find out what your dog loves the most.
Even picky pups will succumb to the influence of a Bones & Chews Made in USA Elk Antler Dog Chew. This 100% natural antler is low odor and non-allergenic and provides a source of calcium, phosphorous, and other beneficial nutrients.
Wickedbone Smart Bone, $79.99
Automatic & Intelligent: Choose between interactive auto-play modes or control the puppy toy by using joystick in drive mode via the app. It can automatically adjust how it reacts based on different actions of your dog!
Want to take your pet everywhere? Dog Fever has you covered with these adorable breed-specific adjustable bracelets and rings. Made of enamel and sterling silver, available in most of the major dog breeds.
This fragrance interpretation of a Beagle is a vibrant mix of fresh fruit and bright florals.
Helps pets transition to their new home and reduces stress caused by fireworks and thunderstorms.
Otto Pet Dish, $84
Otto is the new pup, the baby in the SUH family and this, smaller Pet Dish is named for him. At SUH we say Pet Dish because these are great for any pet.
This bundle comes with 2 cookie boxes: the Advent Cookie Calendar and the Christmas Cookie Box. Each box is full of unique and wholesome festive treats that are locally baked with ingredients you can trust!
Rocco & Roxie Ultimate Dog Box, $65.97
Our best-selling treats, toys, and essentials—just what a new pup (and you!) need to make his or her homecoming positive and fun.
A unique, easy-to-administer once a day probiotic powder, ProBioraPet promotes and helps maintain oral health in your dogs and cats. Odorless and tasteless, this powder is sprinkled on your pet’s food once a day to naturally freshen breath and whiten teeth. Natural formula helps restore your pet’s balance of beneficial bacteria.
Nixall® Pet & Home Deodorizer destroys odors on contact. Even the toughest kennel smells, the strongest cigar smoke, or the smells of rotting meat are eliminated. Safe for skin contact for pets and humans, will not harm lungs or eyes, contains no VOCs or alcohol. Does not mask odors!
So maybe the gifts for dogs are for them, or maybe the gifts are actually for you. Either way, the joy you will both get out of these small expressions of love is priceless.
Don’t get overwhelmed with all of the gifting options out there. Check out our Gift Guides for Prime Women-recommended gifts for everyone on your shopping list!
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