What do you say when your friends and family ask you what you’d like for Christmas? (Or your favorite winter holiday!)
If you’re like me, you probably say, “dog stuff,” and maybe they somehow get it right… but they probably miss the mark.
Go ahead and copy the link to this blog post and “accidentally” paste it into your family group chat. Or just post it as a status or tweet – everyone loves shopping for gifts when they know you’re going to actually use and LOVE what they get for you.
Note, these are gifts for dog moms and dads. I have a second gift guide for good little dogs that includes toys, treats, things that would make your dog’s tail wag. This list is for things your dog might find boring, but you’ll get lots of use of in the next year to come.
Yeah, I know, it looks like some kind of medieval torture device. I thought the HandsOn Gloves were pretty weird when I had the opportunity to try them, and I wasn’t sure if they would work well for two short-haired dogs, but they really do remove shed fur and distribute their natural oils so they feel really soft afterwards! Much easier to groom while petting them than to break out the brush. It’s one of those things that you may not buy for yourself, but turns out to be really useful.
If you have a tiny dog like Matilda, who’s just under 5 pounds in weight, you’ll never find booties or socks that fit her itty bitty paws. You can always carry her over snow and salt, but you know she’d rather keep exploring on her own four feet. We haven’t had a snowfall yet, so I haven’t been able to put it to the test, but I’ve heard only raving reviews from other dog parents about Musher’s Secret, and it’ll be a relief to have something protecting those little pads. Oh, and it also protects against hot sand and pavement in the summer!
Pocket Full O’ Puppy Hoodie
This hoodie with a kangaroo pocket is high on my wish list this year, and I’m probably going to end up buying one before the cold weather leaves us. That said, I can’t speak to the quality of it, whether Matilda will actually like hanging out in it, but seeing as how she tries to crawl inside my clothes when we cuddle, I think she’ll love this even more than me.
Doggy DNA Test
If you know someone with a mystery breed dog, like my Cow, they’re probably dying to know what breeds their dog is made up of, even if they’re love them all the same no matter what. A dog DNA test from Wisdom Panel would be a wonderful gift. The truth is, you can gain a lot of insight on your dog’s health and behavior by learning about their genealogy.
Potty Bells or Paws2Go
For someone who’s getting a new puppy, or struggling with potty accidents, potty bells are a real game-changer. Paws2Go is an electronic version of the potty bell, you can record the alert sound or even make it silent, it lights up, and it also sends a notification to your phone when your dog wants to go out – yes, really!