1. Outward Hound Kyjen Puzzle Training Toy
Whether you’re away during the day for work or it’s been harder to get out for regular walks and trips to the park, a lack of physical and mental activity can lead to unwanted chewing, barking, restlessness, and other behaviors. This puzzle toy engages your pup’s mind with six hiding cups in which you place treats. Your dog has to find them and figure out how to get them. As he paws and nuzzles, he’ll discover the yummy rewards. A mental workout can be as tiring as a physical workout - and a tired dog is a well-behaved dog!
2. OurPets IQ Interactive Treat Ball
We love this puzzle toy as well - and it incorporates movement and play. All you need to do is put treats or regular kibble into the ball, select the opening size (which depends on the size of the treat/food and whether or not your dog has the hang of it), close it up, and put it on the floor. Your dog takes it from there. As he pushes, paws, and nuzzles it all over the room, it deposits tasty treats. He’ll have a ball!
3. Chuckit! Sport Launcher Dog Ball Thrower
With this launcher, you can get some incredible distance (which means your pooch will have that much more running to do), rest your arm, and, best of all, avoid having to bend over and pick up that nasty, slimy ball!
4. iFetch Interactive Ball Thrower
There are dogs who like fetch - and there are dogs who love fetch. You might be able to throw a tennis ball around for a few minutes, but if your dog is an avid fetcher, can you throw it 45,000 times until he gets tired of playing? Give your arm a break with the iFetch. Invest a bit of time training your dog how to use it (he has to drop the ball into the top, and then it shoots out for a rousing game of fetch). After that, though, he’ll be happy for hours, while you sit back and relax. It’s a gift for both of you!
5. Pacific Pups Rope Toy Set
This is a great option for encouraging active play and appropriate chewing. This set includes 10+ different rope toys. Variety is the spice of life - and the key to keeping your pup engaged. Swap out the toys every so often, and he’ll have a new present to play with! This is a great option, as well, because a healthy portion of the proceeds goes towards rescue efforts for dogs in need. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.
6. KONG Wubba Ballistic Friends
KONG makes some of the most durable dog toys in the world. Their Wubba Ballistic Friends toys are covered in reinforced nylon so it can stand up to the most enthusiastic chewers. They’re designed to be easy to throw, and the squeak mechanism will keep your pooch engaged.
7. Puppy Scoops Ice Cream Mix
When the weather outside is frightful, what’s better than kicking back with your person and binge watching your favorite show on Netflix? (Ice cream knows no seasons; it is always good.) You don’t want to share your Ben & Jerry’s with the pup, so get him his own. Puppy Scoops delivers a frozen treat that is both healthy and delicious. Add water to the container, freeze, and then scoop it out just like regular ice cream. With flavors like Maple Bacon, you might be tempted to take a spoonful for yourself!
8. Bully Sticks
If you are looking for an alternative to rawhide, take a look at Bully Sticks. They’re made from free-range grass-fed beef. Safe and 100% digestible, Bully Sticks keep your dog chewing happily while you relax and enjoy some holiday nog!
9. Raw Paws Gift Basket
This goody basket is filled with high-quality, all-natural treats like rawhide sticks, bones, jumbo Bully Sticks, biscuits, and pup-friendly peanut butter cookies. Every item is specially made for dogs, 100% digestible, and free of artificial ingredients.
10. furrbaby Premium Fluffy Fleece Dog Blanket
Can we talk about how your dog always steals your favorite fuzzy blanket when you’re trying to curl up on the couch? There’s a simple solution: get him his own special dog blanky. This fluffy, fleecy number is super soft, comfortable, and machine washable. Try to resist the urge to steal the blanket from your dog.
And if you’re feeling especially festive, why not wrap your dog’s holiday gift in Paw Paper? 100% edible, dog-friendly wrapping paper is now a thing, and we love it. Made from all-natural potato starch, edible ink, and natural flavoring, it is completely safe. You don’t even need tape: just wet the edge to seal. Unwrapping the gift may be your pooch’s new favorite game!
The best gift you can give your dog this holiday season is your time and affection. Take an extra trip to the dog park or indulge him in a belly rub. Another pawsome idea is to ask your local shelter if they need any supplies or volunteers to walk or play with the animals who are waiting for their forever home.
Have a very happy holiday season with your best furry friends! Bring your pet to us for a checkup before you go or when you get home.