It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – and many of us have spent the last few weeks frantically searching our favorite stores for the perfect gift for our spouses, relatives, friends…and, of course, our dogs.
We’ve decided to round up a selection of some gift ideas for your pup, although these ideas aren’t just for Christmas – will provide your dog with mental and physical stimulation throughout the year. These gift ideas are perfect for any budget and virtually any dog!
(Wondering which holiday leftovers are safe to feed to your dog? Looking for a dog-friendly recipe to involve your pup in the season’s eatings? Take a look at our article which shows you the foods to avoid feeding to your pup over the Christmas period!)
1. KONG AirDog Squeakair tennis ball
Product Link (Chewy)
If your dog loves the outdoors, this very affordable toy from KONG could be the perfect gift! The Squeakair combines a traditional tennis ball with a squeaker toy, creating double the physical and mental stimulation for your dog.
- Ideal for helping your dog achieve its daily exercise
- Unpredictable bounce makes this a great interactive fetch toy
- Non-abrasive felt is gentle on your dog’s teeth and gums
- Available in a number of sizes – Medium, Large and X-Large
2. Yaky Himalayan Cheese Chew
Product Link (Chewy)
Using an ancient recipe perfected by the people of the Himalayas, these limited ingredient treats are great for pups on a restricted diet. These are a great natural alternative to rawhides.
- Lactose-free, corn-free, soy-free, grain-free and gluten free for sensitive dogs
- Made without preservatives or binding agents
- Best enjoyed on hard surfaces to avoid messy clean-ups
3. OurPets IQ Interactive Treat Ball
This interactive treat dispenser is the perfect tool to keep your dog mentally stimulated. Available in two sizes, your pup will gradually learn how to roll the ball to obtain their treats.
- The ball’s adjustable interior disc allows you to increase the difficulty level for your dog
- Easy to use, clean and maintain
- The slower feeding will reduce bloating and help your dog’s digestion
4. Chuckit! Sport Launcher Dog Ball Thrower
Product Link (Chewy)
Save your arm – and the need to touch a ball coated in slobber – with this ball thrower. This allows you to throw a Chuckit! ball up to two or three times further, encouraging your pup to run even further.
- Allows you to exercise your dog without straining your arm or exhausting yourself
- Made from a durable, lightweight plastic with a comfortable handle, designed for optimum control
- Product comes with one Chuckit! ball and also works with compatible tennis balls
5. Starmark Treat Dispensing Bob-a-Lot toy
This mental stimulation toy holds a variety of different treats, allowing you to mentally challenge your dog at meal-time or in order to obtain treats.
- Easy-to fill chambers can be filled with treats or kibble
- Bobs and tils on a weighted, anti-slip base.
- Customizable difficulty level, allowing you to offer mental stimulation to your dog
6. KONG Wubba
Product Link (Chewy)
The Wubba from KONG is a fun and interactive tug toy, made with durability and tails on one end for extra enjoyment! This toy is available in a number of different sizes.
- Made with durable, ballistic nylon for added toughness
- Easy to pick up, throw or tug for playtime with your dog
- Available in a variety of styles and models
7. Chuckit! Kick Fetch ball
Product Link (Chewy)
Take fetch to a whole new level! This Chuckit! Kick Fetch ball is perfect for dogs who have a tendency to destroy soccer balls and is built to last.
- Product design gives unusual bounce to increase excitement
- Works in yards, parks and even in water
- Easy to pick up and gentle on your dog’s mouth
8. Buck Bone Organics Split Elk Antler Dog Chew
Product Link (Chewy)
$10-$20 depending on size
Wild elk across the United States naturally shed their antlers, creating an amazing, tasty treat for your pup! These antlers provides dogs with a source of calcium phosphorus, manganese and zinc.
- Made from 100% naturally shed American elk antler, with no preservatives or gluten
- Healthy and enjoyable treat for your pup
- Cleans dog’s teeth and gums as they chew
9. Nino Ottosson Outward Hound Puzzle Toy
Produced to look like real wood, this dog puzzle toy is an entertaining way to mentally stimulate your dog. Simply place dog treats in the activity toy blocks and compartments, and your dog has to work out how to get them out!
- The interactive puzzle toy will exercise your dog’s mind
- No removable parts – the puzzle feeder stays completely intact
- Made from a unique composite material, the puzzle toy is tough and easy to clean
10. West Paw Zogoflex Zisc Frisbee
Product Link (West Paw)
This frisbee is lightweight yet durable – gentle on dog’s mouths and perfect for fetch and tug of war. The Zisc flies a sizeable distance for minimal effort.
- Dishwasher safe and latex-free
- FDA-compliant – the Zisc can double as a travel bowl
- Also available in a glow-in-the-dark version
11. Jack&Pup Filled Dog Bones
Product Link (Amazon)
$18.95 for four 3-4” or three 5-6”
These delicious, filled bones are the ideal alternative to marrow bones for dogs. These last for a long time and will keep your dog occupied for several hours.
- These bones come in a variety of flavors – Bacon & Cheese, Bully Stick and Peanut Butter
- Great for teething puppies, aggressive chewers and large dogs
- Sourced from grass-fed, free range cattle and raised without added hormones and antibiotics
12. 101 Dog Tricks by Kyra Sundance (and a clicker)
Product Link (Barnes and Noble)
Teach your dog over one hundred incredible dog tricks, with helpful step-by-step instructions and prerequisites to help you get started. Tips and troubleshooting tips throughout the book help to cover common issues.
- Easy-to-follow color photos to help
- Learn basic tricks like ‘sit’ or ‘roll over’, then challenge your dog to tidy up your toy or get a soda from the fridge
- International bestseller in 18 languages, with over a half-million copies sold around the world
13. Ray Allen Braided Leather Leash
Finally, a fashionable, comfortable and durable leash! Ray Allen’s Braided Leather Leash is a hand crafted solid leather leash available in a variety of sizes.
- Available in lengths from 3’ – 6’ long
- Hand crafted Amish made product
- Contains a durable bronze snap ensuring a secure connection
- Available in black and burgundy
14. Frisco Puppy TPR and Rope Bundle – 17 Pack Dog Toy Package
Made especially for puppies up to 15lbs, this gift provides 17 different types of toys all in one exciting bundle! Supports teething and tailors to all different types of play styles.
- Toys made of thermoplastic rubber for safety
- Gift offers a wide variety of toys
- Great for interactive play with your puppy
- Gum friendly textures help soothe teething puppies which can help prevent destructive behaviors during teething.
15. Nino Ottosson Dog Brick Interactive Puzzle
The Nino Ottosson Dog Brick Interactive Puzzle is a great way to keep dogs busy by challenging their brains. Encourage problem solving and rewarding pups for using their brains, this interactive puzzle is an easy way to discourage unwanted behaviors caused by boredom.
- Offers three different feeding features for hiding treats
- Can help calm anxious dogs and entertain bored dogs
- Easy to clean
- Freezer safe – prolong the fun by freezing treats inside of compartments
- Compact size, can be used anywhere
16. SniFFiz SmellyMatty Snuffle Mat Puzzle Toy
Does your dog love to sniff? The SniFFiz Snuffle Mat puzzle toy is an easy and enjoyable way to keep your dog occupied while providing mental stimulation and encouraging natural foraging behaviors.
- Can be used indoors or outdoors.
- Adjustable difficulty levels to keep your dog stay challenged as they learn how to work the puzzle
- Developed with enthusiastic dogs in mind – Contains a non-slip bottom, anti flip structure and machine washable
- Provides vital mental stimulation for dogs while keeping them busy
- Capacity to hide full meals or treats
17. Tactipup Collar
Product Link (Tactipup)
Tactipup offers top quality, hand crafted, customizable tactical dog collars for working dog and pet dog owners alike.
- Many models include a metal Cobra buckle and a very heavy duty D-Ring – these features create a collar that can withstand over 2,000 pounds of force
- Personalized collar includes dog’s name embroidered in a variety of available faults
- Many colors, camo patterns and patches available to further customize collar
- Can be purchased in 1”, 1.5”, and 2” widths
- Available with or without handle
18. PetSafe Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain
Product Link (Amazon)
The perfect gift for the picky dog! If you find it difficult to get your pup to drink water, the Petsafe Drinkwell Pet Fountain may be the answer to your prayers.
- Various sizes available
- Provides a free-falling stream of water that encourages dogs to drink more
- Includes a built in water filter
- Dishwasher safe BPA-free design makes the device easy to clean
- Ability to customize water flow level to fit your dog’s preferences
19. Tractive Dog GPS Tracker
Product Link (Tractive)
$58 + monthly subscription (starting at $4.99/month)
Does your dog love to roam, or do you have a friend who owns a dog with a tendency to escape? Tractive Dog GPS Tracker allows you to track your dogs location no matter where they end up.
- Live tracking: Allows user to track their dog in real-time with unlimited range
- 100% waterproof
- Attaches directly to dog’s collar
- Rechargeable battery lasts two to five days
- Activity monitoring: Through the use of a smart phone, a user can monitor their dog’s daily activity
- Subscription plan is required, starting at $4.99 per month per tracker
20. Rex Specs Dog Goggles
Product Link (Highland Canine)
From $80, depending on model
Developed by a couple who realized how difficult it was to find quality eye gear for active dogs or dogs with sensitive eyes, Rex Specs are used by everyone from military working canines to sporty dog owners to keep dogs eyes safe in every environment.
- Block out UV rays
- Protection from debris, wind, bugs, dust, punctures and more
- Solid build with numerous sizing, color and style options
- Interchangeable lenses: Most models include two lenses with the option to purchase various lens colors
- Fully adjustable strap system to ensure optimal fit and security
21. iFetch Interactive Ball Thrower
Product Link (iFetch)
$115 for original model, $30 for Frenzy, $200
Calling all dogs who love to play fetch! The iFetch Interactive Ball Thrower is an interactive device that allows your dog to play fetch – with itself!
- Distance settings allow a user to control the distance balls are thrown at – ranging from 10-40 feet (depending on model)
- Rechargable system that lasts up to 300 throws before needing to be recharged (depending on model)
- Large depositing area on top of the unit allows dog to place ball directly into the machine so it can be thrown again
- Machine launches tennis balls continuously on its own
22. CleverPet Hub
Product Link (CleverPet)
Know a pup who could use some mental stimulation? The CleverPet Hub is a one of a kind gaming console for dogs.
- Utilizes algorithms to create light sequences that dogs must touch in a correct order in order to receive treats or food.
- Adjusts automatically to any skill level so it is never too simple or challenging.
- Great for helping to resolve boredom related behavioral issues
- Holds up to 2.5 cups of dry food
- Offers 50-300 plays per day
- Smartphone controls and tracking: Allows dog owner to monitor their dog’s progress through a smartphone, as well as providing users the ability to manage their Hub’s operating schedule (so you can set it when you are away).
23. PetChatz HD
Product Link (PetChatz)
$349.99 (currently offering a $50 holiday discount until January 12th)
Do you miss your pet dearly when you’re not with them? Or perhaps you know a dog lover who can’t stand to be away from their pup. PetChatz is an interactive videophone system that allows your pet to call you – and you to call them.
- “PawCall” – A two way video chats through an HD screen on the device which connects to the camera on your smartphone
- Contains a built in treat dispenser which enables dog owners to deposit treats out of the device through their smartphone while they are away
- “PetWatch” – A video recording feature which allows you to check on your pet and capture their activity
- Contains an aromatherapy feature which allows you to calm your dog from a distance
- No monthly fees