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We all have that canine-crazy friend or loved one. After all, there are estimated to be almost 900 million dogs across the globe.
So when it comes time to find the perfect gift for that best friend who is obsessed with man’s (and woman’s) best friend, there’s a world of possibilities. From fun to functional to downright funky, these gifts can make all the difference in a dog lover’s life.
By Kevin Larue • Published Jan 2 2023
Every dog adores sticks. Alas it's an unrequited love. Sticks give up on the affair pretty quickly and your poor pupper goes looking for their next stick union. Thankfully, Benebone can help make the relationship last that little bit longer. Their durable chew toys are made with nylon infused with real maple wood and come in a range of sizes. There's also a bacon-flavoured option. Yum.
No matter how energetic the breed, every dog can go on an adventure. For a German Shepherd that may be scaling an actual mountain. For a Pug, making it to the park might be enough. Either way, you need to look adventurous. These reversible and easily washed bandanas do the trick.The real dilemma is what print to get — Pineapples? Ice creams? Cactus? Go wild.
When it comes to canine accessories, Kong are the justifiable kings. And there's no beating a classic. The ultra-durable Kong Classic is the Swiss Army Knife of dog distractions. It's a chew toy, a fetch toy and can be stuffed with treats or even filled with peanut butter and frozen to reward, challenge, distract and occupy even the most hyper hounds.
Walking a dog at night can sometimes be stressful — especially if the furry friend has a dark coat. Cut out the worry with this super cool LED harness which ensures your dog is visible from over half a mile away. It's light, easily adjustable and charges as easy as your phone. Bonus points for the dog looking like a glowing party pooch while wearing it!
For almost three decades the Monks of New Skete (yes actual monks) have been lauded as some of the most respected and trusted voices in the dog training world. The group are based in eastern New York state and have specialized in breeding German shepherd and training all shapes and sizes of dogs. Delving into their insight is invaluable before committing to getting one of your own.
Know someone who is obsessed with their dog? (Almost every dog owner is obsessed with their dog btw!) Well, why not make them wear their obsession. GooWell make it super simple to upload a photo of the chosen pet and take care of all the rest. Just make sure the pupper doesn't get their teeth on them.
The social media age has been a boon for dog lovers. Man's best friend makes for meme gold and the pinnacle of four-legged viral humour might well be dog shaming. This hilarious adult colouring book features fully 35 recreations of the most hilariously naughty dogs caught in the act.
It's thirsty business keeping the world entertained on four legs. And finding clean water in a pinch can be a struggle. (Ever taken a dog to the beach and watch them bury their face into the sand?). You canine-crazed friend will be eternally grateful for this ultra convenient dispenser that solves all H2O on the go problems.
Nobody likes riding dirty more than a hound. But there's a good chance your dog-loving friend has some respect for their whip too. Topelek's protector is as comprehensive as one could imagine. It's anti-scratch, waterproof includes dog seatbelts and can be tailored to almost any vehicle. Road trips suddenly got less messy.
Dog treats can be expensive business. Especially at the rate some pups scoff them down. These molds help you make you own and you can get creative in the process. (Giftology tip: bone broth freezies are a sure hit!). The silicone moulds are dishwasher and oven safe so you can double up and make human treats too!
Some dogs just need a good walk to tire them out. But for most breeds, mental stimulation is just as important — if not more so. Zoologist Claire Arrowsmith's guide to brain games is an invaluable resource and runs through a range of activities that not just provide exercise and stimulation for the dog but help build bond between human and best friend.
Your dog-loving friend doesn't even need to have their own pupper to get their fix. Netflix is rammed with some of the best dog movies of all time. From a 70s classic like Benji through to Tom Hanks in Turner & Hooch or animated mayhem in The Secret Life of Pets, there are hours of canine classics. Just watch out for the tear-jerkers.
There are very few moments of #DogLife that make dog lovers question the depth of their feelings for their companion. Bending down to pick up a warm pile of poop, however, is one of those moments. So bring some levity to things with these poop bags that take some iconic catchphrases and choruses and, well, poopify them!
If it's good enough for Ellen...then it'll be more than good enough for the dog lover in your life. As much as every owner would love to be with their pooch all day, most can't be. Furbo's HD camera provides live-streamed video of a stay-home dog with two-way audio, barking sensor and plenty more. Hell, you can even toss your dog a treat through the Furbo app. Technology, eh?
Sure, you could go with the more traditional 'Wipe Your Paws' mat...or you could bring a little more humour to proceedings with this hilarious welcome mat that pays homage a more canine getting-to-know-you custom. It's made with an olefin yarn that is perhaps more suited for indoor use but either way, it'll give your visitors a laugh.
Alright some things are cute just for cuteness sake but this Teepee is a hell of a way to shake things up in the living room. Be gone boring ol puppy bed that you stick in the corner. Hello statement space for the canine king or queen of the house. The teepee is very easily assembled and the cushion is more than plush enough for this to be the dog's overnight abode.
Two custom-made toys, two bags of health-conscious treats and a dental chew landing on the doorstep every month sure would make any dog lover's life a whole lot easier. Each month has a new fun theme so you could always kick off a subscription or gift a single box.
Even the most domesticated doggo likes to wander. Sure, 99% of the time they'll likely wander back to where the food and water is plentiful and the hugs and scratches are good. But why worry about other moments? These super light and waterproof trackers provide real-time location info for your dog and can even help set up a virtual fence that pings a notification if a dog strays beyond an assigned safe area.
Let's cut to the chase — human clothing items on dogs are almost always fun. It's the people who overdo it who spoil that fun. And no item seems to just fit on our furry friends as well as the much loved hoodie. You can't get cosier than some red and black plaid. This cosy design includes a handy hole to thread the leash through so you can take that style out on to the streets.
Much like the Kong, there is really no doubting a classic of the genre. And the Chuckit is a bona fide classic. The utensil that launched a billion balls into orbit and has saved the elbow and shoulder joints of dog owners for years just cannot be beaten. Hands-free pickup without any of the slobber? Genius. If you feel extra generous splash out on the Ultra version with an ergonomic grip.
Ever tried to fit a bloodhound in a bath for a rinse without making a mess? No? Well maybe you friend has and they'll love you forever if you give them the gift of never having to do that again! The shower sprayer attachment is incredibly easy to use and connects to indoor and (crucially) outdoor taps. Its contoured spray is super helpful for those thick double coats and makes bath time slightly less chaotic.
Furry friends like the great outdoors too. But some are just not quite there yet or perhaps never will be (sorry weiner dogs!) in terms of having the stamina for an arduous hike. Or for that matter an urban trek. Kurgo's hands-free carriers are airline approved and boast great features like a waterproof bottom and tonnes of compartments for all those supplies.
Ever met a dog with a restrained appetite? No, us neither. But some mutts are just too ravenous for their own good and swift scoffing at meal time can lead to digestion and bloating issues. The guys at Outward Hound have some really terrific answers to such issues. The bowl turns a pile of kibble into a conundrum and slows things dowwwwwwn.
Maybe the dog lover in your life has a thing for rescue dogs or strays, doing their bit to ensure that there's no such thing as an unwanted pooch. Help them get to the bottom of their mutt's make-up with Embark's amazing genotyping platform. Not only will it enlighten by ID'ing the breed but it also has huge health benefits too.
Who said that the dog lover in your life isn't a little one? When it comes to our floppy-eared friends, young can be just as obsessed as old. This kid-focussed guide to decoding dog language is a bright, informative and accessible aid to getting to know your dog better, specifically how they try to communicate through body language and behavior. The trademark National Geographic visuals are a delight.
Most dogs sleep 14 hours a day. Most dog lovers only wish they could! This luxuriously plush shag faux fur donut dog bed will ensure even the most sleepless mutt drifts off. It boasts over 1000 five-star reviews on Amazon which must equal a million hours of great doggy slumber. If there's more than one dog in the household then go big with the Instagram-ready XL version.
No treat should be free in any dog house. Nina Ottosson's great pupper puzzles ensure that brain cells are worked hard before delectable treats are dispensed. Through a combination of flip, slide and find goodies can be unearthed by any hard-thinking dog. A great way to distract bored pooches.
Let the doggo-obsessed ones in your life wear their affliction with pride. Call it a statement of affection. These almost fur-soft cotton blend Supeya tees are uber versatile no matter the season and come in a bunch of designs (including yes, paw print), colours and sizes.
It's 2020 and the New York subway system will still only allow dogs to ride the system if they're in a bag. Many crafty New Yorkers have worked their way around the regulations with IKEA sacks and the like but there's no need to scrimp on style, no matter where you live. These durable carriers have a low cut on one side with a leash attachment. As a bonus, they're machine washable.
Elevated bowls can make meal time a whole lot more comfortable for a lot of reasons. They reduce strain on a dog's neck and can also help digestion, moving the food from mouth to stomach more fluidly. These anti-slip bamboo feeder stands are stylish and sturdy, always a great combination.
Pampering products aren't just for those on two legs, you know. And while the range of dog shampoos can seem almost as broad as the human selection at your closes drug store, there is of course a higher end of the market too. So if you're in the mood to spoil your dog lover (and their pet) Aesop's deodorizing wash — made with lemon rind, tea tree leaf and spearmint leaf — fits the bill.
Your friend has filled their social media feeds with countless amateur portraits of their beloved pooch. So...it's time to step things up a notch. There are a lot of directions you can take with a more, eh, professional print so why not get loose. A spaniel as a high-collared military general surveying the battlefield? Sure, why not? Guaranteed laughs.
Personalize your dog collar by adding their name and contact details. Engraved brass dog tags are available in a range of sizes just add the details you want on it.
Don’t forget your furry friends Christmas stocking this Christmas. Set of 3 bone-shaped Christmas stockings all ready to hang by the fire this Christmas.
Keep your sausage dog warm, dry and dashing this winter in a waterproof raincoat designed for Daschunds. Available in a range of colours and lengths these are handmade with a waterproof outer layer and fleece lining.
These timeless dog bows are non-slip, food-grade stainless steel and can hold up to 4 cups of dog food so perfect for every size dog. Dishwasher safe Available in a range of colours they can also be personalized on request.
Meet the Breeds: this gorgeous book includes a guide to over 150 dog breeds with 300 photos and descriptions to help you figure out the best breed to suit you.
Personalized leather dog collars, stylish and custom made with your pets name these leather dog collars feature an engraved nameplate. Available in a range of sizes and colours, made to order.
Dog water bottle this leak-proof, durable water bottle holds up to 12oz and is perfect for a quick walk or longer trip. Easy to use the button allows you to fill up the bowl end easily and quickly.
Not 1 but 11 chewy dog toys in a range of shapes and sizes to keep your dog occupied. Nearly indestructible these are plastic-free and all profits go to supporting Pacific Pup Rescue.
Get a beautiful watercolour portrait of your pet, this digital download is fully customizable and you can choose the fonts, colour and of course the photo you want to use.
Wisdom Panel DNA testing kit, this comprehensive testing kit allows you to make sure you know all the health traits and ancestry of your pet. Swab your pups cheek then sent it in to the lab for results within 2-4weeks. Give yourself a greater insight into your dog.
Custom dog parent mug, choose the dog type, the person profile and the quote to create your very own pet parent mug.
Enrichment toys designed to reduce anxiety, stop fast eating and entertain these toys aim to prevent boredom and add fun and keep your pup physically and mentally entertained.
Not just any dog on socks but your dog on socks, custom design these socks with a pic of your very own dog. Available in a range of sizes and colours simply send a pic of your pet so they can create your very own dog socks.
Handmade Sherpa fleece blanket to keep your pet warm and snuggly, individually sewn these are available in a range of sizes and colours to suit all breeds.
Faithful dog wax seal necklace, take a reminder of your pet everywhere you go with this silver seal necklace.
The Pawesome Dog box, welcome your new family member with this dog gift box stuffed full of treats, toys and even a dog beer.
Custom coloured t-shirt with your choice of puppy peeking out of the pocket. Choose your colour, size and what pooch you want on this 100% cotton t-shirt custom made to order.
I like animals more than people key tag, Engraved enamel on a nickel base this key tag is a cute accessory for any set of keys.
A monthly subscription box of a customizable themed box of dog toys and treats. Personalize it for your best friend and keep them happy and healthy with monthly deliveries.
Blue and white check collar bow tie will keep your pooch looking their finest. Handmade it features silver hardware and a removable bow. Fully adjustable depending on the size of your dog.
Squishface, we love a bulldog's squishy faces and wrinkles but they can be a bit hard to keep clean and healthy. Squishface Wrinkle paste helps your bulldog’s wrinkles keep clean and itch-free.
Outfit your Chihuahua in the cutest range of clothes to keep them warm, available in a huge range of colours and patterns, all in small sizes to keep your tiny furry friend warm.
Dog Christmas box, a cute gift box with a dog toy, bandana and aromatherapy candle all wrapped up and packed in a stylish gift box. Perfect for every Christmas pooch.
Paw Print kit, make the ultimate keepsake with this paw print kit. Clay-based al non-toxic it includes everything you need to make a paw print and write your dog's name. Includes enough to make 2 prints.
Get a personalized blend of balanced meals for you dog delivered monthly with BarkBox’s Bark Eatz subscription plan. Custom planned for your pooch ensuring all their nutritional needs are met.
The Walk kit includes a leash, harness and matching poop bag carrier. A available in a range of colours these are lightweight and includes everything you need to get out and walking.
Furbo dog treats tossing camera with audio, two-way audio and camera function means you can see and chat to your dog as well as sending them treats. Easy to set up and connect with your smartphone.
Pet camera with wifi, 2-way audio and motion detector. Keep an eye on your pet while you are out and about with the Y12K pet camera. Compatible with smartphones as well as Alexa and Google.
Custom pet portrait phone case, these gorgeous cases are made from the photo you send in. Available in a range of device sizes and colours just send in your photo and you’ll have your very own custom pooch phone case.