Battersea Q&A: What should I get my rescue dog for Christmas?
(Q) My rescue Rottie, Freddie, has been such a good boy this year that I want to give him extra special gifts this Christmas. Any suggestions?
(A) Battersea canine welfare trainer Nathalie Ingham says: Here are my festive five. I’m sure Freddie (and you) will enjoy them all.
1. A long walk somewhere new on Christmas morning before all the family and friends arrive, so that Freddie is nice and tired and not too fussed that he may not be the centre of attention once the day’s traditional activities start.
2. A long-lasting chew to keep him busy and entertained while you humans spend hours at the table gobbling up your Christmas dinner. Remember that a sudden change in diet could play havoc with his digestion, so please don’t treat Freddie to turkey and all the trimmings.
3. A sparkling new ID tag to go on his collar to ensure his details can always be read if he goes astray. You’d be surprised by how many dogs go missing over the holidays after someone’s accidentally left the door ajar, or opened the garden gate.
4. Book something new and exciting to do with Freddie in 2014. Why not enrol for some fun trick training classes, embark on a fitness regime together by tackling agility, or see if Freddie’s got an inner Hound of the Baskervilles by taking him to a scent work workshop?
5. Unwrap a new brush and bath set to pamper Freddie at home and ensure his coat is in tip-top condition. You could also give him a good massage and feel for any lumps and bumps at the same time.