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New York—As more and more offices reopen, many people’s contact with pets during the pandemic is slowly ending, so what should a lonely dog do?
It turns out that many-we are not talking about complaining all day long, the carpet is messed up or the furniture is doubly damaged.
Here are some gift ideas for new single dogs.
Rover recommendation: We asked people on Rover.com, which is a large network of pet sitters and dog walkers, what suggestions they have. Ample toys that distribute snacks are the most important thing to keep pets busy and relieve anxiety.
Paw5 Snuffle Mat uses the dog's foraging instinct and its keen sense of smell to work. Sprinkle snacks or coarsely ground food on the tufted mat to allow your pet to take root. Machine washable. $39.99. Available on Rover, Amazon and other places.
Outward Hound makes various educational toys. Rover likes to use Dog Hide N'Slide to reduce boredom and suppress destructive behavior. Snacks are hidden in sliding compartments. Plastic wood composite toys have no detachable parts and have a non-slip base. USD 24.99. For purchase at Rover, Amazon and many retailers.
Rover swears by Smartpetlove Snuggle Puppy, designed for anxious pets. They are plush puppies with battery-powered heartbeats that provide comfort. There is also a non-toxic heat pack. The battery pack is removable for machine washing, and the heating pack is disposable. $39.95. Widely used in Rover, PetSmart and other places.
In Etsy: The DIY market provides a wealth of pet gifts. French star seller JoyDogCat provides handmade aventurine and labradorite bead collars for dogs. As the seller said, aventurine helps dogs overcome the feeling of being abandoned and "restore calm and inner peace", while labradorite helps them "adapt to accidents" and increase confidence. At least, they look great, but they are not intended to replace regular collars. They come in many sizes. US$33 to US$58, depending on size.
For dogs and cats, another Etsy seller, BASZLE Australia in Brisbane, has comfortable cushion beds that surround pets in a soft, inviting luxurious environment at a low basement price. These beds are made of cotton and wool and are an excellent alternative to all popular sofa hugs, and they cost $19 to $41. They are available in eight colors and five sizes.
Pet cameras for doing things: They are wireless, come in different shapes and sizes, and are used for remote monitoring and pet attraction. Some distribute snacks, while others play lasers with cats over the phone. There are push notifications to detect barking or motion. Some roll like small robots, while others work in fixed positions. There is night vision and two-way audio. Shop around. Read the reviews, because someone has something to say about these devices.
Chewy.com has a good selection, but other brands are everywhere. One is the Furbo full HD dog snack dispenser and camera. US$199. For an additional $6.99 per month, you can receive real-time alerts, dog-related video recordings, and highlights of Dog Day.
Dog tent: If your four-legged gift recipient does not pack it, a dog tent may be comfortable. From tent style to canopy and comprehensive camping quality, there are many options to choose from. Some are folded for storage, while others require full-time real estate. Any dog and cat have a size. Dogs may need training to get used to it. PetnPurr Pet Teepee is a cute canine cave with a furry white top, thick plush cushions and gray walls. $59.99. adequate supply. REI sells green and blue foldable miniature tents. It has two side doors and zipper mesh windows on all four walls, and the price is only $24.95. On Rei.com.
Pet's voice: The sedative effect of music on dogs has been studied a lot, and researchers have pointed out different directions in terms of genres. Some people admire classical music, while others admire reggae or soft rock. Some people think the idea is to match the beat to the dog's own heartbeat. Others think that music and movies have no effect at all, unless they are already safety reminders. Spotify has albums and playlists dedicated to soothing dogs. Amazon has streaming, CD and DVD options.
A company called Pet Acoustics sells a Bluetooth speaker pre-installed with 90-minute music developed by sound behaviorists to reduce stress and calm nervous canines. $59.99. There is a cat version at the same price. Go to Chewy.com.
Thunder Shirt: The Thunder Shirt promises gentle, continuous pressure to calm anxiety, fear, and overexcitement. They are lightweight and machine washable. Fitting is important for effectiveness and avoiding chafing, especially when worn for long periods of time. There are seven sizes to choose from. There is a basic gray, but there is also a more sporty appearance, including some fuchsia. Prices range from $39.95 for extra small to $44.95 for extra large. Widely used on Amazon.
The kong: If you don't want to take it too seriously, Kong rubber toys may be a gift for you. It is hollow and irregular in shape, suitable for weird bounces. It can be filled with peanut butter, spray cheese, favorite snacks, or a combination of moist and dry kibbles to distract. There are different sizes (important) and versions for beginner chewers, advanced chewers, normal chewers and strong chewers (also very important). They can be washed in the dishwasher and are available in a variety of colors. Kong classic is red, ranging from US$7.99 for super small to US$24.99 for XXL. adequate supply.