The holiday season will soon be upon us again, and we wouldn’t want to forget our four legged friends during the season of giving. Dogs are family members too so it is natural to want to spoil them as well, and what better way to do that than with homemade gifts. As a North London dog walker I’m often asked what to make a dog for Christmas when on a budget, so listed below are some easy to make, adorable do it yourself gifts that your pooches are sure to love.
1. Homemade Dog Treats
Christmas baking is all the norm during the holidays, so why not bake a little something special for your canine friends as well. Homemade dog treats are a big hit with the pets and are much healthier for our beloved animals than store bought varieties. The Internet can provide dozens of easy to follow recipes for making biscuits and treats that are sure to be a hit with the pups. Make their holiday a little extra special with delicious treats baked just for them.
2. Homemade Pet Beds
Comfort is of the utmost importance, even for our doggy friends, so you may wish to consider a warm and comfy pet bed as their holiday gift. There are many interesting and attractive design ideas to be found online, and depending on your level of creativity and ability pet beds can be fabricated from all sorts of materials including old sweatshirts, vintage suitcases and repurposed pieces of furniture, guaranteed to not only please your pet but fit in attractively with your home’s decor.
3. Sock and Ball Toys
Puppies love to play, so why not create them a toy that focusses on two favorite canine pastimes, tug of war and catch. All that’s needed for this gift is a simple tennis ball and a discarded sock. By placing the ball into the toe of the sock and fastening it in dogs are able to use this toy for a game of catch, or owners can get involved too holding the ball and allowing the dog to go after the dangling end for a healthy game of tug.
4. New bowls
Cheap bowls come in a variety of colours and designs and if you’re a little bit creative you can decorate them to reflect your love for your pet. Remember to carefully check the paints or varnishes you’re using on the bowls and you’ll create a symbol of your affection that your dog will see every time they eat or drink.
The holidays aren’t about expensive gifts, they are about the act of giving and animal lovers who want to include their beloved pets don’t have to break the bank to do so. Small tokens of affection go a long way in making your four legged friends feel loved and appreciated.