2020 may have been a challenging and hard year for us humans, but for dogs, they’ve had their best year ever. We’re at home more than ever before, going on extra-long walks, sometimes multiple times a day, and we are always available for a belly rub or cuddle.
Say thank you for a year of unconditional love from your four-legged friend and give them something special from our personally selected top 10 gift ideas for dogs this Christmas.
From treats, to days out, new toys or a fancy (but practical) new outfit, there is something on our gift guide that both dogs and dog owners will love.
- Treat Your Dog to Natural Treats
Treat your furry friend this Christmas to the gift of natural treats. Good ingredients speak for themselves and Parkgate Paws like the selection available to order at Lily’s Kitchen. Made simply with plenty of proper meat and nothing artificial, from puppy to senior, your pooch will love them. And if we ever needed an excuse to give our dogs an extra treat, one made of high-quality natural ingredients is the way to go.
- All Hail a Hydro-Therapy Session
From cooling off during a hot summer’s day or finding the biggest, muddiest puddle on a walk, dogs love the water. Hydrotherapy not only allows dogs to enjoy some time in the water, but it offers much-needed relief for a variety of conditions. If your dog is older and needs some low-impact exercise, or if your pup has joint pain or other ailments that require treatments, a trip to the hydrotherapy pool could be just what the vet ordered!
- Explore with Fun Doggy Days Out
Enjoy a day full of smiles, laugher, and plenty of tail wagging with a day out especially for dogs. Dog Friendly Britain is a hub bursting with information for the best dog-friendly areas, pubs, hotels and much more. Simply pop in your county or region to find a selection of dog friendly days out across the UK laid out in an easy-to-use interactive map. From country parks, to beaches and ‘wag’ wellbeing days, you’ll find the perfect day out for you and your four-legged friend. There’s also loads of local Facebook groups where users share insider information on the best walks in the area so you can explore a little further than usual and give your dog a completely new walking experience that will have them grinning from ear to ear.
- Endless Options of Dog Toys
Whether it’s balls, games, ropes, or squeakers your pup loves, ask Santa-Paws to bring them the Chuck It, the ultra-rubber dog ball with over 20,000 positive online reviews. It’s durable, long-lasting, bounces high, floats in water and is super bright for easy visibility. You’ll have so much fun watching your dog chase after the Chuck It; there’s endless hours of entertainment to be had. Your local pet shop will stock lots of friendly dog toys for you to choose from to ensure your hound doesn’t get bored. You could even invest in a bag of smaller, more affordable toys and give them a new one each day like an advent calendar.
- Parkgate Paws ‘Wear & Walk’ Collection
Does your four-legged friend need some new accessories this festive season? Well we might just know the place to go! Parkgate Paws Outfitters of course! From reversible harnesses, embellished with beautiful designs and built in safety and comfort, to collars, leads and helpful dog walking equipment; you and your dog will be stylishly dressed from head to toe. Our ‘Wear & Walk’ Collection is available now.
6.Dog Suits and Jumpers from Equafleece
If you’ve not heard of Equafleece yet, you and your dog are missing out. This year’s hottest dog accessories has seen wait lists for the majority of their colours and sizes. Catered for all dogs, the highly sought-after outfit for 2020 is warm, lightweight, machine washable and the best bit, is 100% water repellent. Not only does it make washing down after a wet walk so much easier, Equafleece, made in the UK, keeps our pups nice and warm, whilst offering full mobility and breathable fabric. You can choose a dog suit, jumper, tankie or coat in a variety of colours. Equafleece, made with Poleartec fleece, will transform the way you way you walk your dog.
- Personalised Dog Accessories
Make it personal this Christmas with a bespoke dog accessory from Twiggy’s Tags. Choose from a range of personalised collar tags made with high-quality craftsmanship and individual flair ensuring your dog or puppy will be the envy of the pack. You can also accessorise with personalised leads and collars available online – a beautiful touch to an already beautiful dog accessory. A lovely Christmas gift idea for dogs.
- Luxury Pet Hampers
What’s Christmas without a festive hamper? Give them a Christmas to remember with a special gift box from Pet Hamper. It’s the perfect gift for all hounds who love a tasty treat or two. Featuring treats from the Barking Bakery, Lily’s Kitchen, and the Innocent Hound, it’s a lovely way to include your pet in the festivities with gifts and treats a-plenty in their jam-packed hampers.
- Canine Enrichment Christmas Ideas
Your dog no longer has to miss out on Christmas board game fun. From treat dispensing rolling balls, to wooden sliding block puzzles to reveal a treat, and even a canine version of twister, there is something for all ages and abilities! Dog games are mentally stimulating and entertaining for both pets and owners so your beloved dog can join you in the afternoon nap after a day full of game playing.
- Wash Away Your Worries
Environmentally friendly with no electricity or battery, the portable and compact cleaner from Mud Daddy is easy to use and a life saver after extra muddy walks in winter. With an easy-fill water tank using cold or warm water, it's perfect for rinsing off at the end of any mucky activity. Available in different sizes to hold extra litres of water and a comfortable brush nozzle to ensure you’re your pup is properly cleaned, this on-the-go pressure washer from Mud Daddy is really a gift for dog owners, but we all deserve a treat, right?
Support Small Businesses this Christmas
It’s no secret that this year has been difficult for many, and small businesses have been hit hard by the pandemic and restrictions. With that in mind, if you can shop small and/or local this Christmas, we urge you to do so and to support the brands and businesses that work so hard to bring you high-quality goods all year round.
Thank you to all of our valued customers who have supported – and continue to support – us. From everyone on the team at Parkgate Paws, we would like to wish you and your wonderful four-legged friends the happiest of Christmases.