This post is all about the best gifts for dog lovers.
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As a dog owner, I can attest to how exciting it is to get a gift for my dog. It may seem counter-intuitive, but as a huge dog person (just look at our Instagram feed) I can definitley speak on how excited we as humans get when our dogs get something new.
Getting the right gifts for dog lovers can be pretty stressful - especially if you don't own a dog yourself! In this post, I show you my favorite gifts that are universal for all dogs. These super awesome gifts for dog owners are guaranteed to bring a smile to both humans and dogs faces!
Here are 62 perfect gifts for dog lovers.
Best Holiday Gifts for Dog Lovers
Gifts for Dog Lovers: Treats
Pupford Freeze Dried Treats
I cannot recommend Pupford training treats enough. I discovered that my dog, Ruth, responded really well to freeze dried treats. However, they were super expensive. Luckily, Pupford treats are way more affordable than other brands, and way higher quality!
Pupford's line of engage treats are perfect for keeping your dog busy. These chews are designed to last, so they are perfect for mentally engaging your dog.
The reward line of Pupford treats are perfect for giving after a good grooming or training session.
Zuke's are a fantastic treat that are available in almost all major pet stores. They're great for packing for a long outdoor trip!
Purebites are a great option for a freeze dried treat. They are available in almost all major pet stores, and they have great ingredients. However, they are in pretty large chunks, so they are great for rewards but not necessarily for training unless cut into smaller pieces.
Gifts for Dog Lovers: Toys
This plush duck was Ruth's first toy, and she loves it! Of course, know if the dog you are giving a gift to is a gentle chewer. If they aren't, this toy will only last seconds!
This kong frisbee seriously changed our lives. Ruth would tear through frisbees so quickly, and this one lasts months! They also make this frisbee in an "extreme" version, so it gets even harder to chew up.
Kongs are great for stuffing and providing a dog with mental stimulation. Kongs come in a variety of sizes, and they specify which size you should get according to the dogs weight. Make sure you get the right Kong!
Dogs require physical and mental stimulation. Puzzle toys like this one are perfect for providing great mental stimulation!
This ball is perfect for giving your dog a little exercise with their dinner. I like to put about half of Ruth's dinner in this ball, and then give her the rest of her dinner when she finishes everything in the ball. This keeps her occupied for quite a while!
This rope is super long lasting, and actually smells like meat to your dog! To my surprise, this rope doesn't smell bad in the house. It's the perfect gift for dog lovers!
I love using this ball opposed to a regular tennis ball due to the open center. This ball is designed to help dogs breathe better while playing fetch, and Ruth definitely plays longer when we use this ball opposed to a regular tennis ball.
Gifts for Dog Lovers: Feeders
Outward Hound Slow Feeder
Slow feeders are an essential for dogs that gobble down their food. This one from outward hound works wonders for slowing down quick eaters.
Gold Water Dish
This super stylish dog dish is perfect for any design lover in your life! I love how trendy and affordable this bowl is.
Refilling Water Dish
For a dog that drinks tons of water, a refilling water bowl is the answer! If you know someone who's always refilling their dogs water, or they have multiple dogs, this is a great solution.
Mess Reducing Dishes
Some dogs are just ridiculously messy eaters. For the dog lover that's always cleaning up after their pooch, these are the best bowls.
If you have dogs on different eating schedules, or just need to feed your dog while you aren't home, this is the perfect gift to add to your list.
Lick mats are great for dogs who suffer from anxiety. I really love using lick mats when I'm going to be gone, or if we're completing a stress inducing activity, like brushing.
Pupford Snuffle Mat
A snuffle mat is another version of a slow feed dish, but it's super mentally engaging. Snuffle mats are great for young dogs that need lots of mental stimulation, and are very food motivated. This is one of my favorite gifts for dog owners, since so many people don't know about snuffle mats.
Gifts for Dog Lovers: Travel and Adventure Supplies
For the dog lover that is frequently taking weekend vacations with their pooch, this weekender dog backpack is the perfect gift for them.
Collapsible dog bowls are an essential. You never want to get caught on a hot day without some water for your dog!
An adventure specific first aid kit is essential for anyone who spends a lot of time outdoors with their dog. This medical kit gives you a lot more piece of mind when going on doggie adventures. This is one of the best gifts for dog owners!
Surprisingly, booties aren't just cute - they're a necessary piece of outdoor gear for dogs! There are lots of reasons dogs need booties, and one of the most prominent is dogs who live in a city during the winter. Protect your pups paws from the toxic salt used on the roads and from snow getting packed into their paws.
These Ruffwear dog bowls are perfect for bringing on a long trip. The one on the left is collapsible, and the one on the right is perfect for a trip where you are able to pack more, since it doesn't collapse. However, it is super sturdy and will hold up for a long time in any environment.
This camping pad is specifically for your dog. When you pack your camping pad, pack your dog one, too!
A joring system is perfect for the cross country skier in your life. Make sure that their dog is the appropriate size for this sport, and give them a winter full of fun!
Swamp Cooler Vest
Cooling vests make a shocking difference on hot days for your dog. When we got this cooling vest for Ruth, we couldn't believe how much cooler she stayed!
For long hikes or snowy days, visibility is a must. This track jacket is super visible, and you'll be able to keep your dog right in sight.
While these aren't as popular, a dog life jacket is an absolute safety essential. This life jacket is one of the highest rated on the market.
This water bottle is perfect for long hikes. It has a bowl that flips out from it, and the water bottle is sturdy and insulated.
Gifts for Dog Lovers: Beds
2 in 1 Memory Foam Dog Bed
An orthopedic dog bed is perfect for dogs with sore joints or when they get older. I love that this one has walls, too.
Memory Foam Platform Dog Bed
As your dog grows up, this is the perfect bed. Make sure that your dog always has a super comfy spot that they are able to call theirs.
Pillow Top Orthopedic
This is the perfect gift for a dog that loves jumping into piles of clothes or blankets. It's such a soft bed, and it has amazing reviews.
Elevated Cooling Bed
For dogs that love to lounge in the backyard, they need this elevated cooling bed. If you or the person you're shopping for live in an especially hot climate, this bed combined with the cooling vest is a perfect match!
Purple Pet Bed
Have you seen all of the hype about the Purple brand mattresses? They make dog beds, and they are some of the most recommended and highest rated. If you're looking to spoil a dog and their owner, this is the perfect gift.
Urban Sprawl Dog Bed
This dog bed from Ruffwear is perfect for urban homes that need a dog bed that won't get torn to shreds.
Gifts for Dog Lovers: Grooming
A rubber brush is a fantastic bath accessory. We use one, and we couldn't believe how much cleaner Ruth's fur was!
For dogs that need to be bathed more frequently, they definitely need some more moisture. This spray is perfect for keeping their coat nourished between washes.
If you or the person you are getting a gift for has a dog that sheds at all, this brush is a game changer. In fact, it reduces shedding by 90%. I own one, and when we first used it, it was like our dog lost weight with how much fur we pulled off. This brush is a MUST.
Pin brushes are a great gift for a dog lover that owns a non-shedding dog, like a poodle. They need a high quality brush to make sure they don't get matted!
Metal combs are beneficial for all dogs, especially dogs who get matted.
When the 2020 pandemic occurred, TONS of groomers needed to close for a month or more. When grooming is in your own hands, these clippers are a must. Plus, they're great to have around for touch ups and your pets comfortability.
I love keeping a supply of wipes in my car for when Ruth's paws get muddy. Bathing a dog too much can be really bad for their skin, so these wipes really come in handy.
From the brand that makes the amazing de-shedding brush, they also make a fantastic de-shedding shampoo. I really recommend using a de-shedding shampoo in combination with your dogs shed control grooming.
When we first got our rescue dog, her skin was really dry and flaky. Our vet recommended oatmeal shampoo baths twice a week until her skin cleared up, and this shampoo made a world of difference! Her skin is beautiful now!
Tear Stain Wipes
Dogs with white fur can result in tear stains. These wipes are a cult favorite and really help with this problem.
Our dog spends a lot of time in the lake, which means that we're cleaning out her ears frequently. This pet ear wash is perfect for preventing infection.
Opposed to traditional dog nail clippers, a nail grinder is not very expensive and does a wonderful job. I really like how it doesn't leave any sharp edges, and you are a lot less likely to cut into your dogs quick and cause bleeding.
Gifts for Dog Lovers: Leashes, Collars, and Harnesses
Hoopie Dog Collar
Ruffwear makes some of the best outdoor dog gear around! This collar has a super sturdy ring to attach the leash too, which makes it super durable.
Crag Dog Collar
This collar is just like the one above, with different designs and colors. Check them both out to see which would be the best fit!
I loooveeee the climbing aesthetic that this leash brings to the table. Rather than the typical leash clasp, this carabiner is perfect for assuring an extra level of safety.
Front Range Dog Harness
For a great all purpose harness, look no further. I love this option for a great, durable harness, since there are only two clasps. I also love that this harness has a front loop clip, which is perfect for dogs who have trouble with pulling.
Webmaster Dog Harness
for a super custom harness fit, this is the perfect option. However, it does take a little bit more time to put on your dog. I recommend getting the harness listed above this one for general use, and then this one for trail hikes and longer travel excursions.
My friend owns this leash, and it is fantastic! A bungee leash is a must have if the dog you are buying for pulls, or if the owner runs frequently with their dog.
Remington Slip Lead
This lead is perfect for keeping in your car. In the instance you're without a collar, and you need to jump out of the car quick with your pup. I love the convenience of this leash!
Tuff Mutt Hands Free Leash
If the Ruffwear bungee leash is a little out of your price range, this is a great alternative. I love that this leash has two handles, which is great for control over the dog in distracting environments.
A 15 foot lead is perfect for you if your dog is just beginning to be off leash. This leash is perfect to be clipped to a hands free waist belt, and then used on regular walks. What a perfect gift for the dog lovers that spend time training their dogs!
Gifts for Dog Lovers: Helpful Tools
If you're not sure what to get for a dog lover, this is a fantastic option. Barkbox sends you treats, a few toys, and some chews every month, or every other month, depending on your subscription.
Zak George Dog Training Revolution
For the dog that could use more training, Zak George is a great resource to give them. Combined with his Youtube channel, this is an amazing resource for positively training a pup!
Zak George Guide to a Well Behaved Dog
If you want to take the resources a step further, this is the book to include with the other one. Between his two books, you have the complete guide to a perfectly obedient dog! Giving these resources is a fantastic way to set any new dog owner up for success.
Furbo Dog Camera
Furbo dog camera allows dog owners to keep an eye on and interact with their dog while they are at work. If you know someone who is constantly missing their dog, this is the perfect gift for them.
Wisdom Panel DNA Test
Wisdom panel is a fantastic, affordable dog DNA test that shows you what kind of dog breeds make up your dog! For someone who recently rescued a dog, this is the perfect gift for them.
This post showed you 62 gifts for dog lovers, that are perfect for the holiday season.
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