December 1, 2020

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11 Holiday Gift Ideas for Pets and Their People

2020 has been a strange year to say the least. Covid changed the business landscape for so many people in the pet industry. Some pet professionals closed their doors while others pivoted to create new service and product offerings for pet parents.

This year at It Takes a Village Pet Care, we experimented with more online educational events for our clients and Dog Walking Club members. Because of this, we learned about some amazing new products/services and the creative minds behind their creation. It was a year filled with innovation and fascinating people working hard to cater to what pet parents need now.

Our top holiday gift list ideas for pets and their people are recommendations based on all that we have seen, learned, and experienced this year. We hope you will patronize these pet businesses and organization and show them your support!

Donate to our Charitable Partners – This year, members of our Dog Walking Club selected three NH pet charities to support. In 2020, we partnered with ElderPet, Mary’s Dogs and Live and Let Live Farm to create awareness of their missions. A charitable donation to one or all of these organization would make a fantastic gift for a pet lover.

Purchase Walking Trails of Barrington, NH – our Dog Walking Club has hiked many of the trails listed in the recently rereleased version of Jim Schultz’s Walking Trails of Barrington, NH updated and revised by John Wallace. It includes 96 pages of trail maps, trail descriptions, hiking recommendations, and more. The cost is only $10 and it will make a great stocking stuffer for a hiking enthusiast. All profits benefit the Barrington Conservation Fund. Grab your copy at one of the following locations:

  • The Barrington Public Library
  • Hubbington’s Furniture
  • Calef’s Country Store
  • Journey Home Thrift Shop
  • The Christmas Dove
  • Pet Connections
  • Hodgy’s Barber Shop
  • Barrington Town & Tax Offices

Give a Gift Certificate to Healthy Pets NH – April Begosh is the owner of Healthy Pets NH and a pet wellness educator. Her mission is to provide services and resources to pet owners that draw upon both traditional medicine and complementary therapies as a means of supporting them in their desire to create a comprehensive plan for the pets’ lifelong health. A gift certificate to Healthy Pets NH can be used for many different services, including Massage, Reiki, Canine Fitness Training Evaluation or Workshop, CPR and First Aid Classes and more. Purchase a gift certificate for a pet parent who is dedicated to their pet’s health and wellbeing.

Purchase a Pack of Kleanbowls – Kleanbowls are a sustainably made product that include a germ resistant stainless steel frame, and biodegradable water/food bowls developed by Kinn. Their team is focused on the health, wellness, and happiness of dogs and cats and this shows in their products which our pet, people and planet friendly. Purchase a Kleanbowl starter kit for the earth-conscious pet owner on your list this year.

Purchase a Dog Training Product from Miss Behavior – Laura Gendron offers many packages, challenges, and courses that will set up the pet parent on your gift list this year for success with their dog. Visit her Virtual Learning Center and choose the product(s) you want!

  • The Pandemic Pup Package is a combination of courses covering three essential topics and skills that you can easily and confidently work on from the comfort of home.
  • The Paws Off Challenge course breaks down all jumping problems into small achievable pieces to help your dog learn how to keep his paws off people and furniture.
  • The Rock the Recall Challenge breaks down how to teach your dog to reliably come when called so you don’t have to worry about chasing him around the neighborhood.
  • The Separation Skills Course teaches you how to prepare your dog for life outside the home, with or without him. The course focuses on 5 key skills that you and your dog will both need, in order to smoothly reintegrate back into society so that you don’t have to worry about the transition being a stressful one.

Purchase What About the Dog/Cat Books – This year especially, pet parents have been very worried about what will happen to their pets if they become sick and have to be hospitalized with covid. Christine Ciana Calabrese, author of What About the Dog? and What About the Cat? has the answer. Her books help pet owners develop a plan of action for their beloved animals by utilizing her simple 3 step mantra “Decide. Discuss. Provide.” Christine is a longtime animal lover, rescuer, and advocate. She is the owner of Good Karma Pet Services, LLC., which operates throughout the southwest suburbs of Chicago.

Purchase Training Services or an Online Course from Red Pointy Dog Training – Set yourself up, or a pet parent on your list this year, with a dog training plan for the holidays with our friends at Red Pointy Dog Training. In their online courses: Beyond the Leash, Trick Dog and From On to Off, you will learn valuable information needed to set your dog up for future success. Louise Daigle and Jake Belmont will help you implement and stick to your training with made-for-you training plans. Receive 20% off any course when you use code JOY at checkout. In addition, Louise and Jake offer in-home and virtual training services, and are offering 10% off all one-on-one training services booked by the end of 2020, when you mention this offer.

Purchase Educational Resources from Family Paws Parent Education – Is there a pregnant mother on your gift list who is also a pet parent? If yes, Family Paws Parent Education offers products to help expecting parents prepare pets for a new baby. From Webinars to games, kits, ebooks, flashcards and more, you will be setting a new family up for success. They also offer many free educational and fun resources on their website for kids and parents.

Book a Session with Jody Crotty Animal Communicator – Is there a person on your gift list grieving the loss of a pet? An Animal Communication Session with Jody Crotty is the perfect gift for pet parents who want to discover and understand the meaningful messages from the animals in their life. A session with Jody offers an opportunity to receive loving wisdom from an animal’s perspective, and to hear their side of the story. Her intuitive nature, paired with her cheerful demeanor, provides gentle support for pet parents grieving the transition of a cherished companion, or needing help to resolve animal behavior issues. Jody connects with animals alive and those in spirit – fostering the infinite love animals have in your life. Use code HOLIDAY2020 to receive 20% off a 1-hour session.

Purchase a Friendly Pets Gift Card – Pet Parents need food and supplies for their fur babies. Friendly Pets is a dedicated supporter of the Dover Dog Howloween celebration that happens annually to raise funds for Pope Memorial Humane Society in Dover, NH. Purchase a gift certificate, good at any of their locations in Lee, Exeter and Bedford, or stop in to pick up a staple item or unique gift for the pet parent on your list.

Choose a Unique Gift from Sit.Stay.Smile. Pet Photography – If you are looking for a unique and memorable gift that will last forever, then check out Sit.Stay.Smile. Pet Photography located in Dover, NH. They offer beautiful, contemporary artwork that you and your family, or a pet parent on your list, will cherish for years to come. Greg and Delise West partner with us to raise funds through the Dover Dog Howloween event, and are as committed and dedicated to their community as we are.

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