As dogs become accepted members of human families, tons of people who have no dog experience whatsoever are being asked to bring presents for dogs to their holiday parties. It can be very stressful. What's the right thing to give a dog, when you don't know anything about dogs? And how are little dogs different than big dogs? What's the best gift to give a little dog, that won't kill that little creature?
I understand, and I'm here to help.
If you've been asked to pick out a present for a small dog, there's only one thing you need to do. Head over to your nearest craft market and pick up fleece. Small blankets make great presents for small dogs. And here are three reasons why that's the case.
1. Small dogs are often cold.Many breeds of small dog (chihuahua, dachshund, Boston terrier, whippet, Italian greyhound, min pin) don't have a great deal of hair. That means these dogs are also very susceptible to chills, especially in the wintertime. That's why these little dogs shiver and quiver, and it's also why they like to spend time in the laps of humans they trust. They need to stay warm.
A blanket is a perfect target for a small dog that can't find a lap to sleep in. A dog can completely wrap up in a blanket like a burrito, or a dog could just go under the blanket and stretch out. The cloth traps the heat in, keeping the pup warm. It's perfect.
2. Blankets are one-size-fits-all for small dogs.If you choose to target a small dog's chill with a coat, you must get that dog's exact measurements. And that isn't always easy. Some little dogs have deep chests, but very small necks. Some small dogs have slender chests but big necks. And some small dogs have very long backs. If you guess and get it wrong, you'll give a gift the pet can't use.
A blanket causes no such sizing anxiety. If you know about how big a dog is while sleeping, you know what size blanket to get. And if you're not sure, go big! Dogs can make use of extra cloth very easily.
3. Blankets for dogs are rarely expensive.The product market for small dogs has exploded, and many things you can get for little dogs can be incredibly expensive. Toys and treats and collars and things can run you into quite a bit of money, and that's money you could be donating to the good your local shelter does.
A blanket from a craft store is remarkably inexpensive. And if you want to go luxe, you can spend up on a baby blanket from a high-price store. But at the end of the day, the dog is unlikely to know the difference between the luxe item and the bargain-basement bin. To the dog, a blanket that's soft is a blanket that's perfect. No matter what you paid. That's a good holiday lesson for anyone, right?
Do you have little dogs on your holiday gift list this year? Leave me a note about what you're considering. Love to hear your plans!