Whether you’re a dog lover or just a loving pet parent we’ve rounded up some of the best and most unique gifts for your little furry friends
(this list was first published in 2017 and has been updated)
While you’re shopping for all your favorite people, don’t forget us, your four-legged friends — after all, a dog’s love is unconditional, and not just during the holidays. Whether you’re looking to upgrade the regular treats for Rover or looking for that special dog toy, we believe one of these gifts will surely make them merry. Here’s our list:
For the Beer Connoisseur
If you are a beer drinker why drink alone when your dog can join you. For about $30 you can buy Bowser Beer. Although we personally have not tried it the dogs that have, absolutely love it! Most of their owners just poured the beer in their dog’s bowl (it’s non-alcoholic) while others were more creative and poured it over their dog’s food.
Another beer-related treat are Beer Biscuits. These high protein, high fiber, low fat dog biscuits are made from spent brewers’ grain.
Rather not have a furry drinking partner, then consider buying a couple of shares of Brew Dog for your dog. They say, “In the last 10 years we’ve grown our business via crowdfunding, but we never would have got here if it weren’t for man’s best friend! We’ve just become the first company to allow you to gift shares to your pup! This is our way of rewarding our four-legged friends with a beery Christmas gift.”
For the outdoorsy dog
Consider a Paracord Dog Collar by Survival Straps. It is handmade of thick, durable, handmade durable military grade paracord. And if you’re ever in a bind, the collar unravels. You can also have a military spec dog tag woven into the collar or it can simply hang it from the d-ring on the collar.
Another neat gift would be a dog backpack. The pack is lightweight enough for day hikes or longer backpacking trips, yet roomy enough to carry everything your dog needs. We thought some of the better features included adjustable, detachable panniers, webbing gear loops, an opening for poo bags and sectioned interior compartments to keep your dog’s load stable.
For the chow hound
We found Pettreater to be one of the better dog subscription box services. As much as we like treats, we found both of us were getting a little round from testing the different monthly subscription dog boxes. Pettreater offers a wide variety of treats, many of which are low in calories. Many of these low cal treats like Puffsters Chips, Noah’s Bark and Beer Paws are available on line. An added treat is that there is sometimes a special treat for our owners to enjoy in the box as well.
You can involve us in your Christmas celebrations with a countdown to Christmas advent calendar. Make your own (and stick a dog treat in each pocket to give to us each day) or purchase one. Several companies offer dog advent calendars. One of our favorites is the Companion Dog Treat Advent Calendar which contains healthy dog treats with fish oil. Yum!
For trendsetter dogs
Interact with your dog throughout the day even when you’re not home by using the Furbo Dog Camera. The camera not only notifies you when we are doing something (even barking) and you can talk to us as well. The best feature that we like is that it can toss treats at us while you are away. Definitely for the dog that has everything but still kind of cool.
You can also add a stocking stuffer, the Barkily Dog tag. Barkily is a free app developed for organizing and keeping track of your dogs’ lives. Several of our friends tested it and said it was easy to use, kind of like a doggy day planner and dog’s ID card working together.
read more in Part 2 of the series
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