We found so many great treats we continued our canine Christmas list of gifts in a second part. Here’s more treats we found to make your dog’s holiday bright and merry. We know ours will be (we emailed the list to our folks!)
By Guest Dog Bloggers, Miss Moneypenny and Autumn
For the couch potato dog
One of our all time favorites is the Wash N Zip dog bed. Acme Canine did a product review of this back in 2015 and we still love it. In fact, we have one of the beds that was tested. Not only does the zipper still work after numerous washing, but the bed has held up to our scratching and nesting on it.
If your dog isn’t just lazy but also likes to lay on the couch, we recommend the OstepDecor Pet Dog Couch protectors. They hold up well to washing and can be customized to your furniture. We found them very comfy.
For the problem solver dog
Looking for a gift to exercise your dog’s mental muscles? Consider one of our favorites, the PetSafe Busy Buddy Tug-A-Jug. It’s a great way to mentally stimulate us dogs instead of using a dog bowl to feed us. Just put our dog food inside and let us figure out how to get it out.
Another problem solving toy is the Bark Busters Game Changer toy. We did a review on this toy in June of this year and LOVED IT! In fact, our owners shared it with a local boarding/daycare facility and the dogs there loved it as well. The toy is a soft rubber round shaped disc with 4 holes in it, made of Flexa-Pure – a soft but sturdy, washable, durable non-toxic PBA-free polyurethane material. Did we mention we are heavy chewers? And that this toy stood up to us! At almost $30 this toy is little more on the expensive side but heck aren’t we worth it.
Classic gifts for your dog
We may regret doing this but here’s a secret…us dogs really don’t need more than three toys. The trick is to rotate the toys so we don’t get bored. Remember we’re animals that eats the same food, day in/day out. And while we need mental stimulation in the form of play and obedience training, we will be perfectly happy with chewing on the same toys, for years. (Much the same way young children can watch the same Barney movie 100 times without getting bored!)
– The Kong© classic rubber toy or something similar. The benefit of this toy is that they can chew on it for months and months, in most cases. It doubles as a pacifier and an interactive toy. You can also stuff it with doggie treats, cream cheese, peanut butter or whatever. West Paw Design and Planet Dog have similar rubber toys which are sometimes more durable than the Kong.
– The rope toy. This is usually sold in either white or multi-strand colors. It is a thick piece of soft rope, tied in a knot on each end. Knotted rope bones are safe for playing fetch, and can be used for teething puppies. If you give us a rope bone, be mindful that some dogs actually chew and swallow the fabric. This habit can be deadly! There are alternatives such as the nuts for knots which doesn’t have the fringe for dogs to chew on.
– The Nylabone. This is sold in various materials to fit the various strengths of chewing abilities dogs have. Unlike rawhide and bones, Nylabones can be washed in the dishwasher and are much safer since they won’t splinter or swell in our throats.
For more information on dog toys, visit Spike’s Dog Blog’s Product Reviews. Acme Canine has been testing toys and other dog products for years and can tell you a thing or too that we wouldn’t be able to.
Thanks for reading this and Happy Holidays from us, Autumn and Penny!