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Know a dog who's been an extra good boy this year? It's time to shower your favorite four-legged pooch with toys, bones and treats that will keep him happy all year long. We've interviewed the experts (and pulled from personal experience) to find the best gifts for dog lovers and their furry companions for 2021.
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Over the course of the past year, my dog Addy—who you’ll see in many upcoming pictures—has helped us test a wide range of dog products, from cozy pet blankets to high-tech smart collars. Using her expert input, we’ve compiled a list of the best gifts that are sure to get four paws up, all of which are sure to be met with smiles and/or enthusiastic barking.
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1. For the toy-loving dog: Disney themed plush toys
Your dog will quickly find a friend in this Woody plush doll from Toy Story. Chewy has a stellar reputation for good pricing and unparalleled customer service, and one of the best products you can currently buy is this Pixar Woody squeaky dog toy. It's got a 4.9-star rating from Chewy shoppers as it kept their pets entertained for hours on end. It's also relatively large, about 30 inches in length, perfect for dogs of all sizes.
2. For the dog who always gets dirty: Waterpik Pet Wand
If you’re shopping for a dog who’s notorious for getting dirty, muddy, and stinky, the Waterpik Pet Wand Pro shower attachment is just what they need. This affordable shower accessory has made bathtime so much easier in our household, as it delivers a targeted stream of water that rinses dirt and grime right off Addy’s coat. We use it on a weekly basis, and it would make a practical present for any pooch.
3. For the dog on the go: Dexas Popware Pet Bowl
If your giftee takes their canine companion everywhere with them, both human and pooch are sure to appreciate our top-rated dog travel bowl. We love that the Dexas Popware Pet Bowl is compact and lightweight, yet it features extendable legs that allow Fido to drink without hunching over. It’s the perfect option for the dog who’s always on the go.
4. For the dog who gets into mischief: Petcube Cam
Some dogs have a habit of getting into trouble when they’re home alone, and one of the best gifts you can give their owners is a pet camera. We’ve tested a variety of options, and our favorite is the Petcube Cam. Not only will it allow owners to check in on their pooch from their smartphone, but it also has simultaneous two-way talk and crisp video, day and night.
5. For the serious chewer: KONG Box
Another awesome pet box we tested this year was the KONG Box—most dog owners have probably heard of the brand, which is best known for its Classic KONG Toy. The monthly subscription box includes a variety of KONG treats and toys, and we were impressed by the durability of its contents. Plus, you can have the box tailored to certain behavioral problems, such as boredom, separation anxiety, and more.
6. For the dog who loves traveling: Sleepypod Air
The person who takes their dog everywhere will love our favorite pet carrier, the Sleepypod Air. Designed with aircrafts in mind, this carrier was both compressible for easy under-seat storage and expandable for extra paw-space. The top and side are also designed from a polyester mesh, which we found allowed for easy entry and offered excellent air circulation. The plush padding on the inside was also comfortable and easy to clean—there's no better pet carrier on the market.
7. For the messy eater: Soggy Doggy Slopmat
Over-enthusiastic dogs can make a bit of a mess at dinnertime, but that’s what the Soggy Doggy Slopmat is for! We’ve tested these microfiber mats, and loved that they absorb any water that might get splashed around. They also kept food bowls from sliding around, and come with a cute dog bone design, to boot.
8. For the active dog: Fi Smart Collar
Addy and I tested a few smart dog collars this year, and our favorite was the stylish Fi Smart Collar. This collar tracks your dog’s activity and location throughout the day, providing you with updates on how many steps they’ve taken, and it can also track down pooches who’ve managed to escape their yards. We loved that the collar was sleek and attractive, and made for a great gift for anyone who has a dog that’s always running, jumping and playing.
9. For The Police dog: I'll Be Watching You Tee
While your giftee's pup might not appreciate this solid '80s reference, it's sure to get a few chuckles at the dog park. This print from Life is Good comes in a variety of colors, and with different dogs pictured (there's even a cat version). A cold-weather outing is no problem, because this print is also available in long-sleeved tees and hoodie options, in both women's and men's sizes XS to XXXL.
10. For the new puppy: Snuggle Puppy
New puppies sometimes have a hard time settling into their new homes, and when Addy was little, one worthwhile purchase I made was a Snuggle Puppy toy. These cute stuffed animals are designed to go in a puppy’s crate at night, and they have a “beating” heart to help pups feel less alone—after all, they’re used to sleeping with their littermates. You can even tuck a heating pad into the stuffed animal’s hidden pocket for extra warmth. So cute, and it worked great for us!
11. For the dog who sheds a lot: iRobot Roomba i7+
If the person you’re shopping for is always complaining about having dog hair all over their house, you can make their whole year by gifting them the iRobot Roomba i7+. I’ve often said this robot vacuum was the best money I’ve ever spent as a pet owner, as it does an unbeatable job picking up hair from carpets and hardwood floors. The vacuum even empties itself into the base when it fills up—a key feature in homes where pet hair runs rampant.
12. For the dog owner who loves snail mail: Personalized dog notes
Your dog-loving pen pal will surely get a kick out of these personalized note cards! When designing them, you can mix and match different dog illustrations and accessories, creating the likeness of your recipient’s pooch. The 5-by-7-inch cards have a variety of greeting options, and they come in packs of 20, 40, 80 or more and include matching envelopes.
13. For the outdoorsy dog: YETI Boomer Dog Bowl
We all know someone who’s a diehard YETI fan, and if they have a dog, they’ll absolutely love the YETI Boomer Dog Bowl. This sleek stainless steel bowl comes in 4- and 8-cup sizes, and you can choose from a variety of the brand’s signature colors—perfect if you want it to match their YETI cooler! Plus, the bowls can even be personalized with their dog’s name for a thoughtful touch.
14. For the subscription box lover: BarkBox
Subscription boxes are always a fun gift, as your recipient will receive a new package each month. One of our favorite dog subscription boxes is BarkBox, which is known for its adorable themed toys. Each box comes with two toys, two bags of treats, and a chew, and the brand makes it easy to gift one, three, six or 12 boxes to your favorite Good Boy (or Girl).
15. For the urban pooch: K9 Sport Sack Air
Smaller dogs will love the ability to be carried around in the K9 Sport Sack Air, a backpack designed for pups. One of our editors used it with her dog, Gus, toting him around the city, and she said it’s comfortable to wear and that he actually enjoyed being able to sit up and look around as they traveled.
16. For the neat freak: Black & Decker BDH2000PL
Unless they have a hairless dog, chances are your giftee fights a regular battle against the fur that threatens to take over their home and car. A cordless vacuum is perfect for quick touch-ups around the home, and the best valued handheld vacuum we've tested is the Black & Decker BDH2000PL.
Don't be fooled by its compact form—this little vacuum delivers powerful suction, capturing 70% of the dirt we laid out. It even features a pivot joint so you can maneuver this vacuum into tight places with ease. It's the perfect present for anyone who wants to keep their home spic and span—despite having pets.
17. For the dog who loves fetch: Chuckit! Launcher
Addy would love nothing more than to play fetch all day, every day, and since I’m not the most athletic gal, she’s very grateful I purchased the Chuckit! Launcher. This simple, inexpensive toy allows me to send her favorite balls flying across the park—we’re talking 50 feet or further with minimal effort. Pair it with a set of Chuckit! Balls and this launcher is the perfect gift for any energetic pup.
18. For the stylish dog: TagPup Personalized Bandana
Any dog will look incredibly fashionable in this personalized bandana. The accessory comes in either red, blue or white buffalo check patterns, and you can opt to have their name embroidered onto it in one of several different colors. The bandana is one-size-fits-all, and buyers say it’s incredibly well-made and easy to wash.
19. For the anxious pup: Calm supplements
Packed with hemp seed powder, organic chamomile and organic passionflower, these supplements are designed to keep your pup calm at all times. They've received a stamp of approval from Board Certified Veterinarians and have a stellar 5-star rating from Wild One shoppers. Dog owners were shocked by how well these gummies worked, especially on rescue dogs or dogs suffering from separation anxiety. If your pup is prone to get antsy, this treat should calm them right down.
20. For the dog who loves to trek: Wild One Harness Kit
Available in multiple fun colors, this walk kit packs a lightweight harness, a dirt and water-resistant leash, and a poop bag carrier. The harness also features three different leash attachment points, so you can pick one that's most comfortable for your furry friend. This set also comes highly recommended by nearly 850 Wild One shoppers, who adored its cute yet functional design and sturdy build. It was also easy to put on or off so your pup can easily accompany you on your next hiking adventure.
21. For the wild child: Bones & Chews Deer Antler
Addy has “tested” a lot of chew toys in her life, and to date, her favorite option is still a good old-fashioned deer antler. She particularly likes the Bones & Chews Antlers, which are a generous size, allowing her to hold them steady between her paws as she chows down. No matter what dog you’re shopping for, Addy thinks one of these chews is a must-have addition to their treat bag.
22. For the “basic” pooch: White Paw Toys
White Claw hard seltzers are everyone's favorite summer drink, and these adorable plush toys are the perfect present for the “basic” dog owner in your life. The set includes two squeaky toys shaped like “White Paw” cans, and they even have punny flavor names, like “Fetchin’ Fruity.” So cute!
23. For the dog who has everything: KONG Classic Toy
It can be hard to shop for a spoiled pup, but if there’s one thing a dog owner can never have too many of, it’s the classic KONG Toy. These hollow rubber toys can be stuffed with treats and peanut butter to keep a dog entertained for hours, and we’ve used them ever since Addy was a puppy. I’m pretty sure we have at least four of them around the house, which lets me keep a few frozen for rainy days or times when I’m busy with work.
24. For the dapper dog: Satsuma Bow Tie Collar
How precious is this bow tie collar? The Satsuma Collar is available in three bright colors—orange, green and yellow—and it comes in a variety of sizes to fit any pooch. You can choose between a large or small bow tie attachment, which is held in place on the collar by two elastic loops. Seriously, this accessory will make any dog look like a dapper gentleman.
25. For the dog who loves to cuddle: PetFusion Premium Pet Blanket
Addy loves to curl up for a nap on the sofa or our bed, and one of the best ways I’ve found to keep her hair from taking over is with the super-soft PetFusion Pet Blankets. These blankets are extremely cozy—our cat is also obsessed with them—and they come in several sizes to suit any pet. So if you’re shopping for a dog who loves being pampered, this blanket is sure to be a hit.
26. For the sleepy dog: K&H Pet Products Original Bolster Pet Cot
Speaking of sleeping, every dog needs a cozy bed to snooze in, and we’ve tested the best dog beds available today. Our favorite is the K&H Bolster Pet Cot, which has a raised frame to keep its occupants cool, as well as a bolster around three sides where they can rest their head. We think this high-quality dog bed would make a great gift for your own pooch or someone who’s new to pet ownership.
27. For the avid chewer: Benebone Real Bacon Dog Chew Toy
There are lots of faux bones out there to choose from, but one of Addy’s all-time favorites is the Benebone, which was recommended to us by a friend. This Y-shaped bone comes in three sizes, so it’s great for all breeds, and it’s infused with real chicken or bacon to entice pooches to chow down. Plus, it’s extremely durable, making it a great option for the serious chewer.
28. For the dog with lots of toys: Dog Toy Storage Basket
Do you find yourself tripping over dog toys every time you visit your friend’s home? Then they could definitely use this sweet storage basket, which is shaped like a dog bone. The basket comes in large and small sizes, and it’s crafted from hand-woven rattan with stylish faux leather accents. Perfect for hiding away even the largest dog toy collections!
29. For the dog who loves car rides: Frisco Quilted Hammock Car Seat Cover
If the dog you’re shopping for loves car rides, their owner will appreciate the Frisco Car Hammock Seat Cover, which will help protect their vehicle seats from dirt, hair and scratches. The hammock is designed to fit into the back seat of most cars, and it’s quick and easy to install. Plus, it features handy storage pockets and slits that will let them access seat belts when needed.
30. For the soon-to-be pet parent: HitherRabbit Personalized Dog Toy
If you know someone who’s getting a new dog, you can help them welcome home their new bundle of joy with one of these precious personalized toys. The bone-shaped fabric toy is made from a pretty herringbone fabric, and you can have it embroidered with their pup’s name—just think of all the cute pictures you’ll get from the grateful pawrent.
31. For the dog who gets chilly: L.L. Bean Field Coat for Dogs
For the sporty, outdoor dog, you can’t go wrong with this stylish field coat—it’s perfect if they love exploring in the winter! The coat comes in several sizes, as well as tan and olive green colors, and it reverses to a pretty flannel fabric for two looks in one.
32. For the fashionista: Harper Floral Waste Bag Dispenser
The Harper Floral Waste Bag Dispenser is the cutest poop bag holder I’ve ever seen! It has a lovely pink floral print and gold hardware, including a clip that attaches onto a leash and a grommet opening for pulling out bags. It’s undeniably pretty—even if its purpose is less-than-glamorous—and The Foggy Dog offers other matching accessories in the same floral pattern.
33. For the dog owner who has stock in lint rollers: ChomChom Roller
Living in a multi-pet home, I can confidently say there’s dog and cat hair on just about every surface, from the sofa to the stove. We used to go through lint rollers like water, so I was extremely grateful when I discovered the ChomChom Roller. This little device uses a combination of electrostatic charge and rubber blades to pull hair off furniture, bedding, and clothing, and it can be used indefinitely, making it much more sustainable than lint rollers.
34. For the pampered pup: Pet Gear Happy Trails Lite Pet Stroller
If your pet is recovering from an injury or just feeling a little low, take them around town in a nifty pet stroller. This one from Pet Gear features a 4.6-star rating from nearly 4,500 Amazon shoppers, with many complimenting its maneuverability and sturdiness. This model is made with smaller pets in mind (its weight limit is 25 pounds) so make sure you don't pick it for a larger canine.
35. For the treat-obsessed pooch: Good 'n' Fun triple flavor kabobs
What do dogs want? Treats! When do they want them? Now! Most pooches would be more than happy to get a box of treats this dog day, and you can deliver big time with this Good 'n' Fun triple flavor kabobs box. These high-protein treats are meant to promote better dental hygiene while also packing a ton of flavor. Dog owners found this to be a "big success" with their pets and were impressed that there were enough treats per bag to last well over a month.
36. For the smart dog: Nina Ottosson Interactive Puzzle Game
Smart dogs need a challenge to keep them stimulated and happy, and this top-rated dog puzzle is sure to do the trick. It comes in beginner, intermediate, advanced and expert skill levels, all of which feature various compartments for hiding treats. The puzzle is sure to keep pups busy for a while as they figure out how to open the different sections to get their reward.
37. For the dog who does tricks: Creative Co-op Woof Dog Treat Jar
Every Good Boy and Girl needs a cookie jar to hold their favorite treats, and this particular option is too cute to resist. The Creative Co-op Woof Treat Jar is made from white ceramic, and its lid features a bone-shaped handle. It also has the word “Woof” printed on the side—just so guests don’t mistake it for a regular cookie jar.
38. For the tech-obsessed dog owner: Soprettycustom Pet Portrait Phone Case
Your giftee will be able to take their dog everywhere when they have this cool custom phone case. All you have to do is submit a photo of their dog, and the artist will create a digital illustration of the pooch and create a phone case from it! The shop offers cases for the vast majority of smartphone styles, and you also have the option to choose between a clear, white or black background.
39. For the dog who loves squirrels: Outward Hound Hide A Squirrel
This toy would make a great gift for the dog that loves chasing down squirrels in the park. It’s shaped like a tree trunk, and there are several holes on the sides where sneaky stuffed rodents are hiding. Dogs will have a blast pulling the little critters out of their hiding spot, and the toy comes in several sizes to cater to different breeds.
40. For the proud dog mom: Dog mom sweatshirt
Say it loud, and say it proud! Any pet parent is sure to love this cute sweater, which has a little decal on one side that reads, “Dog Mom.” The pullover is available in a wide variety of colors and sizes, and it’s made from a cozy cotton-polyester blend for a worn-in feel.
41. For the dog-loving golfer: Cuddle Clones Golf Club Headcover
These golf club headcovers are so realistic that you might do a double-take. The Cuddle Clone Headcovers are customized to look just like your recipient’s pet—all you have to do is send in a photograph of their pooch and wait for the company to work its magic. You’ll need to order this gift ahead of time, as the headcovers take several weeks to create, but the wait will be well worth it to see the look on your favorite golfer’s face.
42. For the dog owner whose rugs are in shambles: Ruggable
Between accidents, pet hair and everyday dirt, rugs tend to get pretty dirty when you have a dog—that’s why Ruggable rugs are such a game-changer. These rugs have a unique two-part construction that allows you to remove the surface layer and wash it in the washing machine. It would be the perfect gift for anyone who is frequently scrubbing down their floor coverings with a carpet cleaner.
43. For dogs who eat too fast: Outward Hound Fun Feeder
Some pups scarf down their food as fast as possible—not the healthiest habit—and this interactive dog bowl can encourage them to slow down a bit. The Fun Feeder comes in two sizes, each with a unique maze-like design, and kibble will fall into all the cracks and crevices, making it more of a challenge for pups to get at their meal.
44. For the jewelry-loving dog owner: JewelryHills Personalized Pet Portrait Necklace
Jewelry is always a good holiday gift, and this personalized pet portrait necklace will be an extra special surprise. You can choose from a wide variety of dog head silhouettes, including many popular breeds, and the pup’s name will be engraved below their likeness. The jewelry is available in silver, gold, and rose gold finishes, and it’s surprisingly inexpensive for such a personalized accessory.
45. For the dog with a stylish home: Good Dog coffee table book
When in doubt, a coffee table book is always a fun gift, and any dog lover will appreciate Good Dog: A Collection of Portraits. This beautiful book is filled with 150 dog portraits taken by photographer Randal Ford, and it features pooches of all ages and breeds. The photograph-filled book is incredibly fun to flip through, and we think it would make a perfect addition to any dog enthusiast’s home.
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