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Gifting Advice for Pet Lovers

Giving a gift for a dog can also benefit its human companion.

Let's talk about waterproof dog seat covers for a minute.

If your BFF has a dog that likes to swim, like a Labrador Retriever, this is essential. Muddy paws and wet fur can ruin a car's interior.

The cover also protects against the pooch's nails getting caught in fabric seats and tearing leather seats.

Another benefit is it controls the amount of dog hair that can get caught in the seats. If you have a Husky and a car with black seats, you'll understand this statement.

So, get a seat cover to protect man's best friend from hurting man's best ride.

Considering a collar for your BFF's greyhound or maybe your own?

There's a few things to know about buying a collar for the sighthound family of dogs, which includes Greyhounds, Whippets, Italian Greyhounds, Salukis, Afghan Hounds, Scottish Deerhounds and Irish Wolfhounds.

First, they're masters of getting off their leash. These pooches have heads smaller than their necks, which lets them slip out. You need a collar that will tighten as they pull on their leash. You want to get a Martingale collar to stop it from happening. To be safe, couple it with a harness. Whippets and Italian Greyhounds can still get off leash with a Martingale alone. The harness is extra protection for these 2 breeds.

Second, people may say the Martingale collar is painful, but that's not correct. It provides equal pressure along the entire loop, so it doesn't hurt. The dog is also more likely to pay attention and stop pulling, unlike a standard collar. Test it out by putting it around your forearm and pulling. You should feel the equal pressure, but no pain.

Third, sighthounds don't always return when called. They get caught up in their prey drive and run much faster than you can. You want as much control over the pooch as possible. Usually, sighthounds are so gentle and docile, they won't go far. But, you never know when they see a little critter they must chase.

Get a collar that stops them from getting away in the first place.