The Perfect Presents For Your Pets This Christmas

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It’s that time of year again – the best time of all. While you’re busy making plans, seeing friends and family and buying presents, make sure there’e one (or more) person you don’t forget. Or should I say, furry little friend.
Buying for your pet can be fun at Christmas. But it can also be easy to think about getting them a new toy and stick to that. In reality, alternative options are so much more fun. Whether you’re keeping it small and a little something extra will do, or you want to well and truly spoil them, these idea could just be the perfect fit.
The Best Dress
No matter which pet you chose, you can let them have a little fun and dress them up nice. You’ve not lived until you’ve seen a dog prance around in a sparkly new shirt. It really is rewarding. A dog or cat might just look the part dressed up as Santa or an elf. You might love it that much that you decide to spring for an early Christmas present, just to see them styled up so cute for a little longer.
A Brother or Sister
Now, they say that a pet is for life and not for Christmas and that is very true. Under no circumstances should a family addition be thought of on a whim. But, if you’re pet is lonely, and you’ve considered it already, why not pick up a brother or sister for your fluffy loved one? It could even team up as a little present for yourself or the family. Being a pet owner is such a joy, an extra family member can only spread more happiness at Christmas.
Home Comforts
This one might be something you’ve wanted to get for a while, but it could also be the perfect present for your pet. Your pet might have its own place to sleep, but maybe you’ve thought about letting them upgrade. Options like indoor dog furniture, like a super-cool tipi, or a sparkly new cage for your bird could make them very happy pets indeed. If you can’t spoil your pets at Christmas, when can you?
Organic Treats
Your dog, cat, small animal, bird or reptile (does that cover them all?) might get a treat from time to time, but Christmas is when you can invest in something extra special. Organic food and treats for your pet might be something you firmly believe in, but if you’ve not tried it out, now might be the perfect time. Not only will your fluffy babies be happy and well fed, you’ll feel pleased with caring for them so well.
A Day Out
And sometimes, you just need to be able to spoil your pet like you would a parent, child or spouse. It’s perfectly acceptable to want to. There are a range of pet holidays and days out that you could choose for your pet. Or, you might want to shower them with love the old fashioned way by heading out and about somewhere local. Either way, they’ll be happy.

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Perfect Puppy Planning

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If you have decided, like us, to welcome a puppy into your home, you’ll understand it’s a wildly exciting feeling. Saying that, along with that excitement comes the nerves. If you have never had a puppy before or even if it’s been a while, you can’t help but think (and probably OVER THINK) about every little thing.

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deally a pup should leave his mother at seven to ten weeks old, so he has had time to learn about other dogs but is still young enough for positive early experiences with humans to really count. The first few days are vital.

  • Before you bring your puppy home — Remember your pup is likely to feel he has been snatched away from his home. Help make the transition easier for him by leaving an old T-shirt you have worn with the breeder on your last visit before collection if possible. With this placed in the litter’s bed it will make your scent familiar to him as well as absorbing the scent of his family. When you bring your pup home, collect the T-shirt and put it in his travel basket and then his den. It will comfort him as he adapts to his new environment.

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  • Collecting my puppy — Try to collect your pup early so he has the whole day to get used to his surroundings before settling for the night. Take time off work or employ the services of a dog walking or pet sitting company if necessary so your pup is not left alone for at least a few days. Control when any children play with him and give him time to explore alone but supervised.
  • Bringing home a puppy –  As soon as you arrive home, take the puppy into the garden and reward him as soon as he’s been to the toilet. This will set the tone of positive reinforcement and let your puppy see how they should behave. Allow the puppy freedom to explore his new surroundings, but pay close attention to where he goes. It’s a good idea to follow them with some treats to keep their attention focused when you need it to be.

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Your puppy’s first night

Some puppies settle straight to sleep but many cry during their first night in a strange place, in which case it may be kinder to allow them to sleep near you to begin with. Try to make the process of teaching your puppy to sleep alone a gradual one.

  • Let him sleep in a puppy crate near your bed; if he wakes, speak reassuringly but don’t touch him.
  • Unless you intend to have your dog sleep in your bedroom, gradually move the crate from your bed to the room you want him to sleep in. Do this in stages: say to the bedroom door, the landing, down the stairs and so on. The patterns set in the first few weeks of a new routine can set the tone for good, or at least become very hard to break.

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A puppy’s first week

  • Give your puppy every chance to become a happy member of the household.
  • Take your puppy to the vet for a checkup and to discuss his vaccination and worming programme. Also ask whether the surgery runs puppy parties so he can begin socialisation.
  • Don’t make any changes to his diet until he has settled in; then do so gradually.
  • Encourage your puppy to chew the right things by providing him with his own toys. Don’t let children leave their toys lying around as he may not be able to tell the difference at first.

Enrol in reward-based training classes. Ask your vet or other owners for recommendations.
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This will start you and your little guy off on the best foot and leave you more time to enjoy your new addition – we can’t wait!

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