Do you know a dog (or dog person) who deserves a little extra love this season? We’ve rounded up a gift guide just for dog people with fresh picks designed to set off the zoomies. We talked to our Dog People panel of experts, combed through our readers’ favorites, and even tested some choices with our office dogs to bring you the only dog gift guide you’ll need.
17 Top Gifts for Dog People
BarkBox is a monthly surprise of dog toys and treats crafted just for your dog, delivered right to your door, and they’re offering an exciting deal for the holidays. We love their high-quality, USA-made goodies and all-natural treats, and our dogs do, too. Just for the holidays, you can gift a BarkBox with DOUBLE the goodies in your first box! That’s double the treats, double the adorable toys, and double the slobbery dog kisses.
Do people stop you on the street to ask, “what kind of dog is that?” Mutt lovers, you know how it goes. Satisfy their curiosity and yours with the Wisdom Panel DNA test. Affordable and highly rated, it gives you a breakdown of your dog’s heritage. It’s not only fun, but it also helps give you insight into your dog’s temperament and behavior.
Get the dog lover in your life the gift of in-home pet sitting or dog walking right in their neighborhood. All you have to do is send the card—they get to pick the sitter or walker of their choice, for a date they need. Gift cards are available in the following amounts: $25, $50, $75, $100, $150, $200, and $250.
This is one of our readers’ favorite puzzle toys. It has a weighted, anti-slip bottom that makes it wobble. Its unpredictable movement is fun for dogs, and the large capacity means you can use it to dispense treats or entire meals. Best of all, it boasts adjustable openings at the top and bottom to accommodate different sizes of foods and regulate the difficulty level.
The BarkBath cleans your dog from the skin up with specially designed nozzles that get beneath the fur. You can clean an 80-lb dog using up to 50 times less water than a traditional tub bath. Best for dogs that don’t mind the vacuum cleaner, but any dog can learn with positive reinforcement that bath time is a good time.
Read our in-depth review and watch how much Hudson, the golden retriever, loved his BarkBath session.
BarkBath review: the video
The design is so fun that humans may love it just as much as the dog. The mullet head features two openings for large and small treats, and will keep dogs busy. Business in the front, party in the back, indeed.
We tested this puzzle toy with our dogs here in the Rover office, and found that it kept them occupied while we worked, especially with larger, harder-to-remove treats stuffed inside.
The iFetch provides endless fun for indoor and outdoor use, and is highly-rated among dog parents, including Nicole Ellis, professional trainer and member of Rover’s Dog People panel of experts. It’s perfect for the chilly months, and also a great way for kids to safely interact and play with their pups.
This backpack-style dog carrier is ideal for small to medium dogs who love to see the world go by. We tried them out with our office dogs, and found it’s impressively comfortable. This would be a great gift for anyone who commutes with their dog.
Here’s recently-adopted Banjo enjoying the Sport Sack with his dad, Grant.
The K9 Sport Sack comes in 8 colors and 4 sizes to fit dogs from 5 to 35 pounds.
This is perfect for a Secret Santa gift, btw. This clever little device holds a tennis ball and clips onto your phone to ensure you get a cute dog photo every time—selfie or not.
Festive, adorable, and designed to stand up to tough chewers, this seasonal set from trusted brand Nylabone is a great stocking stuffer.
This fitness tracker for dogs will give you the 411 on your pet’s activity and sleep quality through an app. The water-resistant case keeps your device safe on your dog’s collar through all her adventures. Think of it as a FitBit, but for your dog.
This unique gift is a beautiful surprise for any dog breed aficionado. From the French bulldog to the golden retriever and beyond, you can order a custom “blueprint” of any dog breed from Etsy shop WetNoseWigglyButts. They also create custom pet portraits.
The Center for Pet Safety recommends the SleepyPod Clickit Utility Harness after extensive crash testing, and professional trainer Nicole Ellis agrees. She says, “my favorite harness is by SleepyPod. A lot of the harnesses on the market say crash-tested or made for the car but have failed these tests.”
Talk to your dog from afar! You can listen, communicate, track your dog’s activity, and even toss him a treat, all when you’re not at home. PetChatz can take the edge off that I-miss-my-dog-so-much feeling we all know so well.
This year’s smash dog Halloween costume is actually an adorable accessory for any season. It’s easy to put on and comfy for most dogs, and much lower maintenance than a full-on sweater. Ideal for photo ops!
We’ve never met a dog who would turn down a bully stick, and this is the mother of them all! Pawstruck makes these with attention to safety and quality. Our readers consistently pick bully sticks as one of their dog’s favorite chews.
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