How to Spoil the Dog Lover in Your Life

Finding the perfect gift can be stressful for some people. They tend to overthink it, second guess themselves, and spiral into anxiety. We urge you to turn these feelings around, take the pressure off of yourself and enjoy the experience of gift-giving.

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The saying that it is ‘the thought that counts’ still rings true. We aren’t saying that it doesn’t matter what you choose as a gift, but rather than taking the time to realize why you have selected that gift is most instrumental. When writing the card, or handing over the present, we urge you to explain how you decided that your gift was perfectly suited.

Luckily, finding a present for the dog lover in your life is relatively straightforward, since you already know what is near and dear to them. You also have a whole other four-legged friend that you can spoil with gifting ideas on their behalf. We are here to make your search even more effortless and provide inspiration for spoiling the dog lover in your life.

Photo Session
The best gifts are ones that we wouldn’t think to buy for ourselves, or never knew how much we wanted until we got them. This is precisely the case for having a professional photoshoot with man’s best friend. Taking pictures of pets isn’t the easiest, so look for a professional pet photographer that is experienced in capturing a dog’s best angle. This is a present that will be treasured for decades to come.

Photo Frames
Every dog lover will relish having a dedicated photo frame with a memorable picture of their companion. If you have time to make an order in advance, then consider purchasing a personalized frame with the dog’s name engraved into it. You could even be sneaky and take a quick snapshot and put it into the frame before delivery.

Dog Clothes
There is nothing more delightful than seeing a dog wearing a sweater. Honestly, check out this picture of a dachshund in a stripy Picasso jumper and tell us we aren’t right. In addition to being incredibly adorable, dog clothes are needed in cooler climates and for older dogs that are no longer as active as they used to be. If a pup is going to wear clothes, let them be super stylish.

Restaurant Gift Certificate
Who doesn’t love getting a gift certificate for fantastic food? What’s even better is if the dog lover in your life can bring their pet to dinner with them. Check out this comprehensive list of bars, cafes, and restaurants around the United Kingdom that are pet-friendly.

Holiday
Has a dog hampered your plans for taking a romantic weekend away? There’s no need to stop traveling when you have a pet; just look for hotels and inns that will open their doors to your furry friends as well. The dog lover in your life will appreciate the gift of a break without having to deal with the hassle of finding a pet sitter.

There is nothing better than finding the perfect gift and putting a genuine smile on the face of your loved one. Holidays and birthdays are a fantastic opportunity to spoil those that you care about, but we urge you to consider giving on any random day. A thoughtful gift that is entirely unexpected is an excellent way to show how much you care.

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Innovation centre help Harry to throw a ball for his dog

Cerebra Innovation Centre, with help from ATiC – the University’s integrated research centre – developed the tennis ball shooter for Harry Flynn, 11, to help him bond with his dog Addi.

Eleven-year-old Harry has Athetoid Cerebral Palsy, which sadly means he has poor gross motor skills and is reliant on his wheelchair just to get around. Harry faces difficult challenges everyday but he’s able to live a happy life. He’s a budding musician and enjoys going to the cinema but when someone special came into his life two years ago, Harry soon had a new love. That someone was Addi, Harry’s assistance dog and best friend!

Addi, who came from the charity Dogs for Good, has been with Harry for two years. “He helps Harry by doing things like opening doors, opening drawers, turning light switches on and helping to remove socks and coats,” said Harry’s mum Hilary. “Most importantly he’s a constant friend and he encourages him to go outside, which, prior to having Addi, he never liked doing.

Addi’s a remarkable dog and a big part of Harry’s life. When he isn’t assisting, it’s important for Addi to have play time and they both love being outside together. Each time they were out on walks though, there was just something missing and Harry’s parents tried but couldn’t find the answer.

Harry’s mum, Hilary told us, “Harry so wanted to play fetch with Addi, who just loves to run after a ball. Sadly, though, Harry doesn’t have the strength or coordination to be able to throw. He loved being outside with Addi but you could see the disappointment on his face each time we went for a walk. I was so pleased, though, when I came across Cerebra and their wonderful Innovation Centre.”

The Cerebra Innovation Centre is home to a team of product designers and is based within UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art. The teams designs and builds innovative, bespoke products to help disabled children to discover the world around them. The products the team designs are desirable and exciting as well as functional, promoting social inclusion and peer acceptance for the children they help.

The team designed a bracket that could support the launcher and sit nicely on Harry’s wheelchair frame – not only that but the launcher’s firing mechanism had to be altered, so that all Harry had to do was lightly press it to release the ball.

Once the bracket was in place there was just one more surprise in store … putting Harry at the controls! While he could fire the launcher with no problem, Harry had to move his wheelchair each time he wanted to aim. The wheelchair had joystick controls so the team also added joystick controls to the launcher. Harry is now able to enjoy play time with Addi, repaying him for the assistance he gives on a daily basis. “He’s been a real help in my life;· said Harry.

The Innovation Centre is part of Cerebra, a charity supporting families who have a child with a brain condition, worked with ATiC, an integrated research centre at the university, to design and 3D print parts that make it possible for Harry to fire the shooter, and a joystick that enables him to point and aim the shooter.

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6 Unique Gifts for Your Beloved Pet

With the holiday season approaching, it is time to start thinking about gifts to give to our loved ones. This, of course, also includes our pets, which are important members of the family. It can be difficult to come up with new ideas for gifts for our pets that they do not already have. Luckily, we have rounded up six unique gifts that you can wrap up for your pet to open on a special occasion. You are sure to love them as well!

Anxiety-Relieving Toy
There are many stressors in everyday life that your pet has to deal with. This could include fireworks, separation from you, or other pets in the neighbourhood. It would be nice to gift your pet a toy to help calm them when anxiety hits. These toys usually come in the form of a stuffed animal that is self-warming. The gentle heat can soothe your pet as they snuggle with it. The toy also mimics the constant thumping of a heartbeat. This also works as a form of relief, as the pet has the sensation of a living thing holding and comforting them.

Custom Portrait
Even if your pet does not recognize when it hangs on the wall, you will be able to admire it. Ordering a customized portrait of your pet is the ultimate gift, as it displays the unwavering love that you and your pet share. Many online businesses offer pet artwork as a service, ilovepaws.com being one of them. Since it is customizable, you can choose the sizes, colours, and art style that you want. On average, it will take a little over a month to receive your pet portrait, depending on which provider you choose to go with.

Pet Sofa
Pets spend much of their day hearing where they can’t go. This is a good opportunity to provide them with an area that is completely theirs. Purchasing a pet sofa will give your pet a comfortable place to nap while remaining close to you. There are many different styles and sizes that you can choose from so that you know your pet will fit and it will match your home. Include a small pillow and blanket on the sofa so that they will be warm and cosy.

Dog Carrier
Do you have a little dog who loves to travel around with you but gets tired on walks? A pet carrier bag is a great gift because it allows your dog to do what they love best, being near you. You can get custom carriers with the dog’s name embroidered on it, so they can travel in style. Many carriers have a weight limit, so be sure that your dog will not exceed that. Also, make sure not to go into any establishments that have a no pet policy, even if your animal is safely stowed away in their carrier bag.

Dog Shower
Bathing a dog can be something of an ordeal for both pets and humans. Something that may make that chore easier is a dog shower system. This includes an attachment shower head that is much lower down than the regular one. This is less traumatic for the dog, as they do not need to sit under a huge wall of cascading water every time they come in for a wash. The dog shower head also has a rubber end so that the dog does not hurt their head by bumping into it by accident. Many models will come with removable bristles that can give your dog a deep clean.

Pet Camera
While you are away at work, it can be tempting to check in on your pet and see how they are doing. This is also beneficial for the pet because many cameras come with microphones and treat dispensers. Your pet will feel comfortable by hearing the sound of your voice. They will also appreciate all the treats you send their way, especially if they reward good behaviour. Many cameras can easily be set up through Wi-Fi, so you can take a quick peek at your pet during your lunch break.

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What To Get Your Dog For Christmas This Year?

When the holiday season comes around, it only makes sense to want to treat the ones we love. While we usually think about doting on our friends and family, it’s also important to remember the furry friends we love so much.

Our dogs are the best companions all year long, so why not treat them during Christmas? This year, give your doggie one of these dog-friendly gift ideas.

Personalized Dog Bowl
For the dog who already has everything, a personalized dog bowl makes a great gift not only for Fido but also for dog owners. A personalized ceramic bowl is sturdy enough to last years, and it also ensures your dog has a little part of the house that’s just for them.

Whether you personalize your dog’s bowl with their name, a favourite symbol, or a colour that matches your home design, they’re sure to look forward to using it. You can make a bowl yourself or purchase one online.

Speciality Dog Cookies
If your dog is like most other furry friends, he loves getting special treats. While your usual picks from the pet store are nice for every day, your pooch deserves something extra special for the holidays.

This Christmas cookie box is just what every good boy deserves! Whether you’re hoping to start a new training plan or just gift your dog something they’re sure to go wild over, these dog cookies are the best choice.

Pet Bandana
Another festive idea is to gift your dog some fun accessories. While it’s true this is a gift the owner will likely appreciate more than the dog, it’s still all in good fun.

Pet bandanas come in all shapes, sizes, and colours, and they’re the best way to get Fido in the holiday spirit. Make sure you choose the right size for your dog and their breed, and they’re ready to celebrate the holidays in style. Better yet, bring these bandanas with you on your holiday trip to make sure they’re easy to spot.

Dog Puzzle Game
Last but not least, challenge your dog to a game they’re not soon to forget. If your poochy always grows bored of existing toys, a challenge puzzle will put their brains (and noses!) to the test.

These dog-friendly puzzles encourage pets to use their sense of smell to find their favorite treats. Not only will your pet love being rewarded for their cleverness, but this will keep them entertained for hours!

Treat Your Dog This Holiday Season
No matter what type of dog you have, make sure he feels special this holiday season. From keeping your dog occupied during holiday feasts to including them in family fun, these gift ideas above are perfect for every situation.

Your dog is sure to love you even more with these gifts under the tree! Let the holiday festivities begin for everyone, furry friends and all. Dogs deserve a bit of holiday fun as well, and this fun comes in all shapes and sizes.

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