From scouring the shelves at your local pet shop to buying ingredients for homemade dog treats, it can be difficult to decide where to spend those holiday dollars that you set aside for your 4-legged family member.
To help narrow your search, why not put your dog dollars towards crowdfunding? Crowdfunding is the investment in the creation of a product, service, or cause you believe in and trust. And it isn’t just “any old” online shop—it gives the community a chance to invest and get involved in the growth of products you truly want for Fido.
Take a second to look at some crowd-funded doggie products that are currently on the market—and a few that were already funded by dog lovers like you:
With colder weather comes thicker coats and more of those dog-hair tumbleweeds. Help control the constant shedding with this comfortable, light, and handheld device. Originally made from crochet hooks, the Coathook simply hooks on to the fluffy, loose undercoat and pulls out the unwanted hair.
Stay connected with Fido when you’re out and about to make sure that he’s getting attention—even when you’re not there. (We wish we could be there 24/7, too!) From a built-in laser to keep him playing for hours to sensors that will notify your phone when there’s extra barking and noise, this 4x4x4 inch cube just might be the perfect holiday gift.
Rather than coming home to feathers flying from your down pillows, imagine having a “doggie game console” that will keep your pal entertained for hours. That’s exactly what Clever Pet does. The console has three pads that the dog touches with his nose or foot. Then, he’s rewarded with a treat for play time. The console even updates with new games via the Clever Pet app, becoming more challenging as the dog learns. Boredom, solved.
As winter gets closer, the days get shorter, and do you know what that means? Dog walks in the dark. The Halo collar just might be your holiday angel. LED lights are housed in a nylon collar, so when you and Fido are out and about, he’s sure to be seen!
The products above were trusted and funded by dog lovers, just in time for holiday gift giving. Interested in giving back this holiday season? Check out a few current doggie-geared, crowdfunded projects sure to make excellent gifts by next year.
Picture this: You and your dog finally made it to the dog park; snacks, water, and family in tow. As you’re stepping out of your car, you realize you forgot the dog leash. In steps Pawse: the automatic, retractable leash. Simply clip Pawse to your dog’s collar and leave him equipped with a leash 24/7. Problem solved.
The worst part about taking your beloved best friend out on a walk? Cleaning up after him. The Wise Walker “doggie bag” gives you a quick and easy way to stash your puppy poo so you don’t have to cut your walk short. This easy-to-wash bag simply clips to his leash, and holds that “special gift” your pal left for you so you can happily finish your walk, scent-free.
Heading out for the day and leaving Fido at home can be difficult—we get it. Pawly, the “robot pet sitter” plays with your pet while you’re away with a treat blaster, speakers, HD camera, and more. Pawly even connects with an app on your phone, giving you a chance to keep track of your best friend while you’re away.
The holidays are for giving, and many need help for their best friends too. From raising money for an extensive surgery to helping a nonprofit make “adopt me” collars, you’re sure to find a project you believe in.
Thanks to crowdfunding, you can help create the future of dog-friendly products. From donating to a dog-related cause to funding a robot, crowdfunding gives you the chance to truly give back this holiday season.