7 Gift Ideas for Dog Lovers

Well, Black Friday is right around the corner which says to me three things: 1) Uh, it is time to start shopping for Christmas gifts again 2) Hooray, it is time to put myself into a self-induced turkey coma again and 3) I would rather be prodded by a red-hot cattle iron that says, 'Hot Stuff' than to actually shop on  Black Friday with all that madness…  As a guy that hates to shop, I know I am in the minority here…I love it when people give me some good ideas to make my Christmas shopping any bit easier. Especially if that means that I can do it all online and don't even have to go to the mall at all.

 

There are always a few people on my list that are hard for me to think of a good gift, but one member of the family is ALWAYS easy to shop for…the dogs of the family. Yep, the dogs are extremely easy to shop for since almost everything makes them happy. Just go to PetSmart and pick up a pack of pig’s ears or the biggest stuffed squeaky hedgehog you can find and consider it done. But picking out unique gifts for dogs is a different story. That is why we have put our brains together to make a list of our favorite and unique gift ideas for that dog lover on your Christmas list. Without any further ado, here is our very biased list of some Christmas gifts for your pooch that are a little off the beaten path:

 

1. Brake-Fast Dog Food Bowls ($16) – If your dogs are anything like my family’s, eating dinner really means vacuuming up dinner. As soon as that first pebble hits the bottom of that dog bowl, it is game on…must suck down this kibble as fast as canine-ly possible. I know when I take this approach to eating pizza, it usually results in me feeling disgusting, having a burned roof of my mouth, sprawled out on the couch, asking myself ‘Why did I do that?’. So why not help your dog from making this same mistake? This clever little bowl helps to ‘force’ your dog to slow down and smell the dog food, per se, by having plastic pegs that stick out of the bottom of the bowl to prevent your dog from eating too fast. Hopefully this will also prevent you and your dog from seeing that same half-digested kibble ‘n bits again in a half hour on your carpet too…

 

 

2. Premier Busy Buddy ($3 to $40) - Well, if you own a dog you are most likely familiar with the original Kong toy. It is indestructible and keeps your pet entertained( and distracted) for long periods of time by putting a little treat inside the toy for them to get out. The pet supply company, Premier, has a line of toys all in the same light, but with a bit more creativity that the original Kong that includes, shaking, squeezing, and chewing in order to get that goodie out.


3. Thundershirt ($40) -  I know when I first saw an ad for this(on a late night infomercial), I laughed. Then when I saw an actual dog wearing it in person, I laughed. Then everyone that I know that has one was laughing at me…because the thing actually works. If your dogs suffers from separation anxiety, thunderstorms, problem barking, you name it, this vest somehow helps to relax your dog and magically ‘fixes’ or suppresses the problem. I guess it must feel like they are constantly being hugged(thus loved) which is the solution to plenty of problems... It seems like such a simple product to fix such a wide range of issues, but is recommended by plenty of veterinarians and have a 45 day money back guarantee if it doesn’t work for you. So, forget the fact that you pooch will be wearing a sweater vest like Carlton Banks, this is a gift for both dog and owner.

 

4. Feed Your Best Friend Better (~$12) - Do you fancy yourself a regular Wolfgang Puck? Do you care about what your dog eats and don’t think that the regular ole Kibbles and Bits is good enough for your hairy best friend? Then maybe you need to become chef Wolfhound Pug(see what I did there) and try your hand at cooking up some of your own food for the dog. The recipe book, Feed Your Best Friend Better, gives you plenty of easy(that one is relative to your cooking experience) and nutritious meals and treats for your dog. Though be warned, if you don’t have a very picky palate, you may be fighting with your dog over the stuff you whip up from this book…

 

5. LiquidFloss TriFlossBall ($14) - We know that you’ve definitely stared down the snout of your beast, eye to eye, within kissing distance, only to dry heave once their breath, that must have come from Dante’s seventh circle of hell, hits you. You can’t blame them though, they don’t know how to brush their own teeth… Sometimes they decide that there is nothing better to snack on that their own poop(hey, they’re dogs)… Anyways, this thing kills two birds with one stone. Not only is it a regular chew toy, but it helps to clean and floss your dog’s teeth at the same time. Win-win for both of you…

 

6. JW Crackle & Crunch Ball ($6-13) - I don’t know if it just our dogs, but they are obsessed with empty(and full) plastic bottles. It must be the texture combined with the sound or only something a dog and their pea-brain can understand, but they love it. This is a pretty neat little toy that uses that same principle. It is basically a small plastic water bottle ball wrapped in a rubber shell. They get the bottle chewing experience without cutting up their gums on the sharp edges of that chewed up bottle and you don’t get plastic shards everywhere along with everything that was in that bottle on your floor…

 

7. DogWrappers ($15-20) – Lastly, it is our list and would be remiss if we didn’t include our own product here. Plus it is the only one on our list that promotes your dog’s safety. Now that we have sprung forward and those days are much shorter and darker sooner, our reflective dog leashes and reflective dog collars will help you and your pooch be seen at night. If your dog has a tendency to bolt out of the yard and go exploring on their own, this will help to make sure that those cars see them at night so they can enjoy all the other gifts that you gave them this Christmas as well…

 

BONUS IDEAS: We’ve got two bonus ideas for you but included them in the bonus area because they are not so much for the dog’s entertainment, rather entirely for the owner’s. If you have a cool shot of your dog or family dog portrait, Canvaspop is a very cool website to turn that picture into a canvas print suitable for that wall. In that same light, we are big fans of Maddie the coonhound, who has a unique talent for being able to stand on things that it seems a dog shouldn’t be able to stand on. Anyway, they now allow you to buy prints of Maddie for your own pleasure.

 

So we hope our little list of gifts for dog owners may have sparked a new idea for you to cross off another item on that shopping list. If not, we’ll try a little harder next time. Regardless, have a Happy Holidays!

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