Dogs can’t just deliver you a list of the gadgets and gizmos they want. This increases the responsibility placed on us, their human pals, to choose the greatest toys and treats for our beloved canines this holiday season. I’ve compiled the top-tested and staff-recommended presents for dogs, whether you’re searching for a stylish puppy bed, a fun chew toy, or something more unique for the dog with everything. These are the best gifts for your furry friend.
Gift Ideas for Your Dog
Soda Pup eMat Enrichment Lick Mat
A Soda Pup eMat Enrichment Lick Mat filled with yummy goodies is the perfect gift because it will offer your dog something nutritious to concentrate on when you want them to relax. It is a great way to alleviate stress, something that is extremely important for dog breeds who are prone to separation anxiety or stress. This can also help seasoned and new pet parents with training their four-legged friend. These heavy rubber placemats include novelty cutouts in the form of little ducks or dog bones, which pet owners may fill with peanut butter, yogurt, fruit puree, or any other treat their dog likes. Dogs will enjoy cleaning every crevice with their tongues, but these adorable and bright mats are also a present for the owners. Lick mats are useful if your dog needs a diversion while being groomed or taking a bath, and they may also assist fast eaters in settling down at dinner. And after your dog has thoroughly cleaned the mat, throw it in the dishwasher to prepare it for the next snack session.
Kong Jumbler Ball
While some dogs are fine playing with the same toy all day, others want variety. The Kong Jumbler Ball is ideal for dogs that believe that variety makes life more interesting. With outside handles that make it simple for you to pick up and toss—or for your dog to shake and throw to their heart’s content—the transparent plastic shell houses a noisy tennis ball. Vesta, a high-energy dog, owned by a friend, plays like she could sprint a mile in under 30 seconds flat if given a chance, and the Jumbler keeps her entertained for hours. Dog owners strongly recommend the following two Kong puzzle toys: Dogs learn quickly that the plastic Kong Wobbler may be moved to release a reward. It can be loaded with kibble or hard treats. Except for wet food, The Kong Classic offers the same entertainment. Coming in an array of sizes, there is a perfect fit for dogs of all sizes, and is a perfect way to deal with high-energy dogs.
Aquapaw Slow Treater Silicone Lick Mat
Bathing dogs may be challenging because the owner complains, yells, and sometimes tries to escape. During bath time, the Aquapaw Slow Treater Silicone Lick Mat offers dogs a pleasant diversion, making it simpler for parents to complete the task. Add low-fat cream cheese, peanut butter, or high-value food into the mat’s grooves, then suction the device to the wall. Dogs can’t consume their reward fast because of how it’s made, allowing groomers extra time to give the dog a complete bath. That’s good news for everyone.
Earthbath Oatmeal & Aloe Pet Shampoo
Earthbath Oatmeal & Aloe Pet Shampoo keeps a dog’s skin hydrated and smelling excellent since it is made without soap, parabens, or sulfates. This is an excellent choice for your furry family member since their skin can be more sensitive to certain chemicals. Some reviews claim that after only one application of the cruelty-free shampoo, their dog’s skin troubles were resolved. Oatmeal and aloe vera soothe dry, irritated skin. You can transform bath time into a full-fledged puppy spa day by adding a massage.
Majestic Pet Suede Bagel Dog Bed
Since we originally released the guide in 2017, this velvety, pillowy bed from Majestic Pet has been our choice for the finest overall dog bed. This is one of those cozy beds that would be both a unique gift and a special gift for your dog. Your dog will experience nothing but lovely dreams on this bed (if your dog is the type of dog that dreams). The best feature is its supple microsuede cover is machine washable and resists scuffing and nibbling nicely. This bed is available in four sizes to accommodate dogs up to 110 pounds meaning you can find the perfect size, and the muted color options go well with most types of interior design meaning you can find it in different styles. This cuddler bed is simple to fill and retains its form after throwing it in a washing machine, unlike other similarly designed cuddler beds we tested. One tester said that it is now beginning to wear down after five years of usage. This is the perfect present for local shelters (if you’re looking to donate to help shelter dogs).
Outward Hound Hide-A-Squirrel
One Hide-A-Squirrel may replace multiple plush toys. Dogs are tasked with assisting three little, squeaking squirrels as they attempt to exit a tree trunk. It’s intended to be a psychologically challenging, boredom-busting pastime that makes puppies pause and consider how to bring those creatures out of their hiding area. This is a fun brain teaser and a perfect difficulty level for any canine best friend. Additionally, it’s perfect for households with many dogs since they may cooperate to catch the squirrels before engaging in independent chewing. Remember, new toys mean new fun! If you’ve never seen a low-to-the-ground sausage dog sprint about while dragging a stuffed tree trunk behind her, it’s an amazing sight. My sister’s two dachshunds, Heidi and Henry, like this toy ALOT, showing why it made our list of best dog gifts!
FurHeaven Snuggery Borrow Bed
This cozy resting spot is perfect for pups who love to burrow and snuggle for a long time. The FurHaven Snuggery bed has a flexible hood that rises to form a cave and falls into a blanket to enclose your dog, acting as a makeshift animal shelter for your burrowing friend. It is lined with warm sherpa fleece and comes in different sizes. An older dog (or one with back issues) could enjoy the orthopedic-foam version, while in the summer, the cooling gel-infused variant might be ideal for dogs that reside in warmer areas. The versatility makes it a great holiday gift for dog dads and dog moms everywhere!