Top 10 Gifts for Pampered Pets & Their Parents

Top 10 Gifts for Pampered Pets & Their Parents

Pamper your pet (and yourself) with gifts curated by the experts.

We all know how hard it can be to find the purrrfect gift. Pampered Pet Resorts has made it easy with a curated list of the best gifts for pampered pets and their parents!

1. Matching Pajamas

Kick off the holiday celebrations in style with matching pajama sets for you and the whole fur-mily! Who knew looking this great could be so comfortable, too?

Check out the amazing pajama selection at Target: https://www.target.com/c/matching-pet-and-family-pajamas/-/N-1269y

2. Kuranda Dog Bed

Speaking of comfort, get your pet their own spot to relax (and get your bed back in the process) with a top-of-the-line Kuranda Dog Bed!

The cot-style design evenly distributes their weight to relieve pressure on their joints, unlike traditional pet beds.

Click here to read more about Kuranda Dog Beds: https://kuranda.com/?partner=17426&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_campaign=KurandaPartnerProgram&utm_source=partners.kuranda.com

3. A Custom Pet Christmas Ornament

With a customized breed Christmas ornament from TheUrbanBurro on Etsy, your pet can be featured proudly on your Christmas tree for years to come!

Find your pet’s breed here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/theurbanburro/

4. Enrichment Puzzles

Keep your dog, cat, or rodent busy for hours on end with enrichment puzzle toys! From Licki Mats to Snuffle Rugs, enrichment toys stimulate your pet’s mind and engage their natural instincts in a healthy way.

Licki Mat: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B088JTWXPR?ots=1&slotNum=54&imprToken=d6bedfe8-3656-e7ec-244&ascsubtag=%5B%5Dst%5Bp%5Dcjh6kgxrr006k5iy6unpydtqq%5Bi%5DXAxElV%5Bu%5D3%5Bt%5Dw%5Br%5Dgoogle.com%5Bd%5DD%5Bz%5Dm&tag=thestrategistsite-20&th=1

Hide-A-Squirrel: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005VS9WO6?ots=1&slotNum=12&imprToken=d6bedfe8-3656-e7ec-244&ascsubtag=%5B%5Dst%5Bp%5Dcjh6kgxrr006k5iy6unpydtqq%5Bi%5DzTvVOD%5Bu%5D3%5Bt%5Dw%5Br%5Dgoogle.com%5Bd%5DD%5Bz%5Dm&tag=thestrategistsite-20&th=1

Large Snuffle Mat: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MFJB749?ots=1&slotNum=28&imprToken=d6bedfe8-3656-e7ec-244&ascsubtag=%5B%5Dst%5Bp%5Dcjh6kgxrr006k5iy6unpydtqq%5Bi%5D77xINY%5Bu%5D3%5Bt%5Dw%5Br%5Dgoogle.com%5Bd%5DD%5Bz%5Dm&tag=thestrategistsite-20&th=1

Sunflower Snuffle Mat: https://www.amazon.com/Vevins-Snuffle-Feeding-Blanket-Foraging/dp/B09C5R7ZZ1/ref=sr_1_9?keywords=cat+snuffle&qid=1639604650&sr=8-9

5. Nail Polish/Claw Caps

Your dog or cat can feel and look their best with pet-safe nail polish or kitty claw caps! Who wouldn’t want a matching mani pedi with their pet?

These kitty claw caps are super easy to apply, come in tons of colors and styles, and are also an ethical alternative to declawing: https://www.amazon.com/VICTHY-140pcs-Colorful-Covers-Applicators/dp/B07JNMK9XH/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=kitty%2Bclaw%2Bcaps&qid=1639605043&sr=8-2&th=1

Warren London nail polish pens are quick-dry and come in 13 fun colors, ready to apply instantly: https://www.amazon.com/Warren-London-Nail-Polish-Pen/dp/B004R4I2K0/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?keywords=dog%2Bnail%2Bpolish%2Bpens&qid=1639604842&sr=8-1-spons&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUExSUEyNkIwSUQxVFQ5JmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwODk0MDI5M0owNERJRDRXTklKMCZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwMTQzOTkyRThHQTVDR1FCQ1Q4JndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfYXRmJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ&th=1

6. Pet Sweater

Keep your pet warm in the winter weather without sacrificing style with these fur-bulous pet sweaters from our online store! 

There’s limited stock, so be sure to get yours now before they sell out: https://pampered-pet-resorts-store.myshopify.com/collections/frontpage

7. Pet DNA Test

Most pet parents aren’t really sure what their dogs’ lineage is like, unless they were purchased from an accredited breeder. With this pawesome DNA test kit, you can find out what the mix is in terrier mix! As an added bonus, you’ll get a full health report to make you aware of any medical conditions that may run in your pet’s bloodline.

Click here for doggie DNA test kits: https://www.amazon.com/Embark-Identification-Results-Genetic-Markers/dp/B01EINBA76?th=1

Click here for cat DNA test kits: https://www.amazon.com/Basepaws-Genetic-Discovery-Wildcat-Markers/dp/B07NP4Q3Z8/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=cat%2Bdna%2Btest&qid=1639605833&sr=8-5&th=1

8. Furbo Camera

Have you ever wondered what your pet does when you’re not home? With the Furbo Dog Camera, you’ll be able to see your pets, speak to them with two-way audio, and send them a treat to remind them that you'll be home for dinner!

We’ve researched TONS of pet cams, and this one has to be our favorite: https://www.amazon.com/Basepaws-Genetic-Discovery-Wildcat-Markers/dp/B07NP4Q3Z8/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=cat%2Bdna%2Btest&qid=1639605833&sr=8-5&th=1

9. A Custom Pet Portrait Mug

This gift goes out to the pet parents who just want to cozy up with a hot cup of coffee or hot chocolate during those chilly winter days. 

With a custom pet portrait mug, you’ll always have your pet close by whether you’re on the couch or at the office!

Pet photo mug: https://pampered-pet-resorts-store.myshopify.com/products/custom-pet-portrait-mug

Pet line portrait mug: https://pampered-pet-resorts-store.myshopify.com/products/custom-line-portrait-mug-1

10. Chewy Goody Box

If all else fails, grab a Goody Box from Chewy! Boxes contain hand-picked treats, toys, and surprises that any pampered pet (and their parents) would love. Choose the type of pet you're buying for, then you can pick from a full list of themes ranging from Disney to seasonal. They even have boxes specifically for puppies and kittens!

Click here to see all of your options: https://www.chewy.com/brands/goody-box-6800

Pampered Pet Resorts' Holiday Donation Drive Raffle 2021

Pampered Pet Resorts' Holiday Donation Drive Raffle 2021

Are you ready to make a difference for Houston’s homeless pets this holiday season and enter to win 6 months of FREE Inn-The-Pack Membership? Pampered Pet Resorts is back with another year of our Holiday Donation Drive Raffle benefiting BARC!

 

How do I get Inn on the fun?

Pick an item from the BARC wish list to purchase, and bring it to either of the Pampered Pet facilities for collection in our donation drive boxes, pictured above.

How do I enter the raffle?

Each item donated counts as one raffle entry, getting you closer to 6 months of FREE Inn-The-Pack Membership! Every $10 of monetary donation gets you an entry, too.

How will I know if I won?

Two winners will be chosen on January 6th and notified via the email listed on their client profile, so please make sure that your client profile contact information is fully up-to-date.

Can I make a monetary donation?

Absolutely! Leave cash or check donations with a member of our front desk staff, or ask to add on a donation to your purchase at check-out. Every $10 you donate counts as an entry to the raffle!

We are so excited to participate in this special donation drive once again, and we’re happy to answer any questions that you may have. Please feel free to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions, comments, or concerns regarding the donation drive or raffle!

Is the expensive pet bed worth the investment?

Is the expensive pet bed worth the investment?

Most pups aren’t picky about where they lay their head, but where they sleep can have major effects on their health.

At Pampered Pet Resorts, we believe that knowledge is power! Knowing how different sleeping arrangements can affect your dog in the long run can help parents make the right choices for their pampered pet. 

For dogs, a great sleeping area fits these criteria: 

  • Joint Support
  • A safe space, separated from any commotion
  • Just their size
  • Easy to clean
  • No risk of injury

Check out our pros and cons list of how the most common pet sleeping situations measure up to our standards below:

1. The floor
Though many people think dogs can curl up and sleep anywhere, your furry friend really shouldn’t be sleeping on the floor. While the floor is fine for a midday nap in the sun, sleeping on a hard surface for long periods of time can cause or worsen symptoms of hip dysplasia, arthritis, or other structural ailments, especially in senior dogs. Even a carpeted floor is too firm for your dog to truly relax.

Pros:

  • Easy to clean
  • No risk of injury

Cons:

  • Long-term joint issues
  • No safe space for your pet

2. The couch/Your bed
While this option provides more support for your pet’s joints and increases their likelihood of getting a good night’s sleep, having your pup curled up next to you when they sleep can increase their feelings of separation anxiety when you’re away and make it difficult for your pet to sleep when they are alone. For small dogs, sleeping next to their humans poses a potential threat of injury or suffocation should a parent roll on top of them during the night.

Pros:

  • Joint support

Cons:

  • Increases separation anxiety
  • Potential risk of injury or death (small dogs)
  • No safe space for your pet

3. Generic pet bed
Having a bed in general gives your pup their own space to escape the hustle and bustle of your home. Dogs are naturally den animals, and need their own spot to relax that’s large or small enough for their size. While less expensive beds are an easy option, cheap pet beds are normally very thin, and offer little joint support. So while they’re getting the space they need, they may not be getting the quality sleep or support that they need.

Pros:

  • Provides a safe space for your pet
  • No risk of injury

Cons:

  • Long-term joint issues
  • Possible issues if too big/too small

4. High-quality pet bed
Dogs can track in a lot of dirt and pests like fleas. Having an area designated for them keeps the spreading of dirt and germs around your house to a minimum. Higher-quality dog beds usually come with a removable cover for easy cleaning, so it’s easier to clean your pet’s bed once a week than try to control what they’re tracking onto your carpet, bed, and couch.
When a dog’s joints are properly supported, they can fully relax, leading to the highest quality sleep. A good night’s rest improves your dog’s memory and can even make your pooch smarter, according to a study published in a 2017 edition of Scientific Reports. For senior dogs or dogs with severe joint issues, we recommend an orthopedic bed for maximum comfort.

Pros:

  • Provides a safe space for your pet
  • Complete joint support
  • Easy to clean
  • No risk of injury

Cons:

  • Possible issues if too big/too small

After weighing all of the pros and cons, we have to say that the very best thing for your pet is to get them a high-quality bed that is the appropriate size for them. We recommend placing the bed in a quiet space away from the action of the household like a bedroom or crate. A high-quality bed can definitely be an investment, but the long-term benefits for your pet are undeniable, and it can save you money on medical expenses down the line. Not to mention, when your pet is getting a good night’s sleep, they can show up as their best self every day!

If you’re in the market for a high-quality pet bed, Pampered Pet Resorts recommends Kuranda Dog Beds every time! Chew-proof and easy to clean, Kuranda beds offer elevated orthopedic support for pets of every size! Click here to shop Kuranda Pet Beds today: https://dogbed.us/17426

Why choose enrichment-based doggie daycare?

Why choose enrichment-based doggie daycare?

The very best for your pampered pup.

At both of our Pampered Pet facilities, we pride ourselves on offering an enrichment-based daycare program that stimulates your dog’s mind and body every single time they visit us. While that all sounds awesome, most pampered pup parents aren’t really sure what enrichment-based daycare really means or why it would be better for their dog than a regular free-play daycare format. 

All of us at Pampered Pet Resorts believe that knowledge is power! We want every pampered pet parent to understand how we operate and why an enrichment-based structure is the best possible choice for their daycare dog. That’s why we’ve compiled a brief outline of what we do and why.

  • Free play? No way!

Traditional doggie daycares operate within a free play structure. This means that the dogs can roam freely throughout the yard and play with whoever they want however they want under the supervision of a daycare staff member. Think of it as a dog park where everyone is altered, vaccinated, and usually separated by size.

Free play environments often lack the ability to keep dogs continuously engaged in play, leading to potential fights, overstimulation, boredom, and reinforcing certain negative behaviors. 

  • Smaller groups = less stress

Large, unruly groups are more likely to overstimulate and overwhelm your dog than encourage them to socialize in a healthy manner. The enrichment-based structure separates dogs into groups of 10-14, allowing them the ability to create more intimate friendships with their group-mates in a less stressful environment. 

  • Temperament tested every time

On a pampered pup’s first day, they go through what we refer to as a temperament test. A staff member will take the new pup into an empty play yard on a lead and allow them to become familiar with the space on their own terms. Then, one-by-one, dogs are introduced into the space. If our new friend seems to be responding well, they will be taken off their lead and fully assimilated into the play group for a closely-monitored first session. 

If they seem stressed or uncomfortable in any way, they’ll be removed from the group for a short break before a second introduction. Pups who seem overwhelmed, agitated, or aggressive after a third introduction may not be the best fit for daycare, but alternative one-on-one day lodging options are still available at The Inn!

  • Behavior training made fun!

To keep dogs fully engaged throughout the day, our staff incorporates basic behavior training principles into the daycare structure as well as activities to develop your dog’s ability to focus. This involves rotating between different play yards, continued movement throughout the current yard, water play, and games involving tennis balls and other toys. 

Each dog receives one-on-one enrichment time where they practice basic obedience skills, puzzle games, agility training, and more!

  • Built-in breaks

In addition to the one-on-one time that offers some time away from the group, daycare dogs receive a midday nap period that allows both a break from the outdoors and some personal space to prevent socialization fatigue. This schedule is more in line with a dog’s natural sleep/wake cycle. 

  • A safe space for discovery

At our Pampered Pet Recreation Center facility, we have a year-round sensory garden with rotating elements to expose dogs to things like sand, hay, herbs, and more. Exposure to new things within a trusted space can better prepare dogs for future encounters and improve their reaction to unexpected situations. 

  • Visible results

Pups who attend our enrichment-based daycare on a regular basis show visible improvement in behavior, focus, socialization, and more! Having humans who are dedicated to constantly working with them on areas needing improvement ultimately makes for a well-behaved dog at home who listens and socializes at a higher level.

The overall benefits of enrichment-based daycare are undeniable. The format is much more in tune with dogs’ natural social and physiological needs, and has shown to ultimately improve behavior at home. We are proud to offer enrichment-based daycare, as we truly believe that it is the best possible structure for the long-term health of our pampered pups.

Pampered Pet Resorts recommends making daycare reservations with Pampered Pet Recreation Center at least 48 hours in advance, and offers a complimentary shuttle service for pick-up and drop-off at Pampered Pet Inn.

At this time, Pampered Pet Inn’s daycare program is closed to new day-only daycare clients. 


If you would like to make a reservation for enrichment-based doggie daycare with Pampered Pet Resorts, please visit https://www.pamperedpetinn.com/reserve or call (713) 715-4456.

5 Rules for Halloween Pet Safety

5 Rules for Halloween Pet Safety

Stay Safe & Spooky This Halloween

From candy and trick-or-treating to parties and dancing, there’s always a celebration on Halloween night for us humans. Unfortunately, Halloween isn’t always fun for our furry family. At Pampered Pet Resorts, we’re dedicated to your pet’s safety year-round, so we’ve put together a list of tips to keep your pets safe this spooky season!

1. Beware of tricky treats
Be sure to keep candy (especially chocolate), pumpkins, and any other potential hazards out of your pet’s reach at all times. We recommend keeping candy bowls on an elevated surface or the front porch, and keeping pets away from jack-o-lanterns lit with tea lights, as any bump in the night could be a fire hazard.
2. Keep them away from the hocus pocus
Even the friendliest of pets can be spooked by a stranger or even a familiar face in a costume. For cats, the danger of potential violence, especially for black cats, increases exponentially on Halloween. Keeping pets away from the action and high-traffic areas like the front door is the best way to keep them safe.
3. Be pup-to-date
Pets may run if they get too spooked or decide to escape for some trick-or-treating of their own, so be sure to update their collar ID tags and microchip information to help them find their way back home.
4. Costumes are optional
Some pets don’t want to dress up, and that’s okay! If they do like to get into the spooky spirit, take the time to familiarize your pet with their costume before Halloween. This will decrease the likelihood of overstimulation or discomfort, and allow you to see if any adjustments are needed to get that perfect fit.
5. Create a space free of ghosts or ghouls
Sometimes pets just need a break from the excitement. Set up a cozy spot in a quiet room or crate to give them a safe space away from it all.

We wish our Pampered Pet community a happy Halloween full of tricks, treats, and belly rubs!