Your very special dog is in luck. Today, Amazon is featuring tons of great pet products and deals for dog people (and cat people, and horse people, and fish people…). Because your dog deserves something extra today and every day, we’ve rounded up five easy ways to take advantage of this event and spoil your dog a little—or a lot.
1. Whip Up a Homemade Dog Treat
It’s easier than you’d think to create healthy, homemade treats for your dog, and what better time of year to go for it? Stock your kitchen with dog-themed essentials and get creative!
For a super-easy dog snack, blend plain Greek yogurt with banana, peanut butter, chicken broth, or any flavor your dog enjoys, and then freeze in small portions. Silicone paw and bone trays ($10.99) work well for this, and can also be used for baking.
- DIY Pup-Kin Pies
- Holiday Eggnog for Your Dog
- No-Bake 5-Ingredient Dog Treats
- Frozen Yogurt Pupsicles
- Savory Baked Dog Cookies
2. Set Up a Pet Profile on Amazon
Pet parents can now create profiles for their dogs, cats, and other pets—even fish and horses. It couldn’t be easier to give your dog a profile. For a limited time, when you sign up for a Pet Profile, you’ll get 20% off your next order of pet food.*
But that’s just the beginning! You also unlock access to coupons for treats, toys, health essentials, and more.
3. Double-Down on the Daily Walk
Walking is better than a pill! Dog walks are vital for your pet’s quality of life and long-term health.
Celebrity trainer and member of Rover’s Dog People Panel, Nicole Ellis, says, “exercise makes a big impact on a dog’s health … it promotes bonding, prevents bad behavior, and gives your dog necessary sensory stimulation.” Walking is about more than just stretching their legs: it gives dogs the opportunity to explore new surroundings and helps them stay calm at home.
To make your walks as safe and comfortable as possible, invest in the right dog harness and have fun picking out dog walking accessories. A LED light-up collar for nighttime is one easy way to change your winter walking game, for instance.
Need help getting your dog enough exercise? Rover makes it easy to find and book a great dog walker (in some areas, even on demand!)
4. Challenge Your Dog with a Puzzle Toy
Dogs need mental exercise as much as physical movement. Training, games, new adventures, and puzzles can all help keep their minds fresh. When you’re away or busy, a puzzle toy is an excellent option for occupying a dog. Most involve hidden treats, which motivate your dog to keep going.
- KONG toys are the classic choice here. Fill them with kibble or treats, or freeze for an extra challenge.
- A seek-a-treat puzzle toy encourages your dog to use their nose and paws.
- A treat ball toy gives them something fun to chase around the room (plus a tasty reward)
- If you’re crafty, you can make your own puzzle toy at home.
5. Deck Out Your Dog’s Room (or Create One)
A dog zone in your home can help you and your dog feel more secure and relaxed. It’s a lifesaver when guests come over or when you’ll be gone for more than an hour. Also, limiting your dog’s access to the rest of the house may prevent behaviors like chewing, barking, and potty accidents.
If you live in a small apartment, a baby gate or playpen provides a secure boundary, but can be folded up and stashed as needed. This freestanding wooden pet gate can be moved from doorway to hallway, making it a practical choice for a home with fewer rooms.
Some dogs do better with even more limited access, which is where crate training comes in. Pick up a basic dog crate and deck it out with all the comforts your dog needs to relax during the day like a super-cozy blanket, tasty chews, and fresh water. The addition of white noise or soothing music can help dogs prone to anxiety. Many dogs also enjoy having a stuffed “lovey” to play with and/or chew up!
The Bottom Line
Take a moment to give your dog a little something extra today, whether it’s a new toy, a homemade treat, or an extra walk around the block. Your dog is bound to soak it all up! Your dog loves you to the moon, so your attention alone will be their favorite gift of all.