With a new year comes new resolutions and the hope to improve upon yourself. I am a bad dog mom at times. Many days I tell Zeus to go lay back down on his bed because I don’t want to get up in the morning or I skip the weekend dog park trip even though I know that he needs to let out some pent up energy. Next year, I plan to do better at these things and a handful of others. If you are anything like me, and want to be a better mom to your pet – check out some of the New Year’s resolution ideas I have come up with for 2017.
The holidays are almost upon us. This weekend calls for Christmas activities filled with family members you haven’t seen in months (or maybe years). Typically these gatherings take place at someone’s house and if you are a fellow dog parent who is the lucky host and you are worried about your dog acting out and causing a scene at your gathering, keep on reading.
As a host, you want to impress your guests. Drinks should be cold, food prepared on time, house cleaner than usual, bathroom stocked with toilet paper, etc. If you have a dog who is not well behaved, tends to become destructive or cause chaos when in a group of people, you are likely worried that your dog will obstruct your awesome hosting skills. Your perfectly cooked appetizers and impeccable Christmas decorations will be blacked out of everyone’s memory, as all they can remember is the dog who wouldn’t stop humping everyone or the dog who got a hold of the ham. You are in luck, because there are a handful of ways to make your holiday attendees believe that your dog is actually is good boy or girl (even if they are not).
As I get older I find that gift giving is becoming more and more difficult. Maybe it’s because I have been buying for the same friends and family members for a decade, I never remember to write down the things that people say they want for later reference, or that I can’t afford to splurge on everyone without going broke. Gift giving isn’t easy, especially when you are on a budget. With the holidays coming up (and a whole bunch of birthdays), I planned to take a different approach on what to give this year.
I know the one thing in the cart I will put back is that extra dog toy or bone that I know my dog doesn’t actually need. Frankly, dog toys and treats are expensive and aren’t always things that I go out of my way to purchase. I know other people feel the same. So that got me thinking, why not give gifts based around dogs. After all, most of my friends are dog obsessed like I am. The gift ideas in the list below are perfect ideas for the crazy dog lady in your life (and most of them are super affordable)! This list contains over 60 ideas including decor, clothing, jewelry, pet accessories, and a whole bunch of items to make dog mom life easier. Happy shopping!
If a child and a puppy grow up together, they both have a best friend for life. Besides cuddling and going for walks, they should play together, and exercise their brains. There are plenty of kids’ games that can easily be played with dogs, so arrange a play date for your pet and child, and watch them enjoy working on their skills.