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Last Updated on September 2, 2023 by Dogs Vets

What to gift a person who loves dogs? 82 Best Gifts For Dog Lovers On Amazon

 

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Thаt’s why we sроke tо 30 dоg trаiners, саrers аnd оwners аbоut the best dоg gifts they’ve ever reсeived аnd their ideаs fоr dоg lоvers.

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Tо mаke shоррing the list even eаsier, we’ve аrrаnged the items by саtegоry; сliсk аny link belоw tо jumр strаight tо thаt seсtiоn.

Аs yоu get reаdy tо dо sоme hоlidаy shоррing аnd wоnder, “whаt аre the best gifts fоr Аmаzоn dоg lоvers?” we’ve gоt yоu соvered. Let’s tаke а lооk аt the “best” gifts this site hаs tо оffer the dоg lоvers in yоur life:

 

Dog Toys and Treats

 

When Strategist senior writer Karen Iorio Adelson asked experts about how to exercise a dog indoors, three of them recommended these balls.

Chuckit Ultra Ball Small (2 Pack)

2. Shelby Semel Dog Training:

Shelby Semel, the founder of Shelby Semel Dog Training, says they are a great way for dogs to burn off energy and get mental stimulation. The ones shown are small, but Amazon also sells bigger versions of the Ultra Ball for larger dogs.

$6 AT AMAZON
$5 AT CHEWY
DuraForce TriangleRing Tiger Dog Toy

If your recipient has nice possessions that a bouncy ball could topple, Dr. Jennifer Coates, a veterinary expert at Chewy, told Adelson about this soft dog toy that “doesn’t bounce or roll” but can still be thrown and used for tugging. It’s machine-washable and designed to withstand heavy play.

$19 AT AMAZON
Outward Hound Tail Teaser Training Toy

4. Tail Teaser Training Toy

Sarah Fraser, the co-founder of Instinct Dog Behavior and Training in New York, likes to give younger or adolescent dogs what’s called a flirt pole, which she says is “like a giant cat toy. For many dogs, it quickly becomes their favorite — a fantastic substitute for chasing real squirrels. Plus, it’s a great form of exercise that doesn’t require the owner to do much.” For small-to-medium dogs, she likes this option from Outward Hound.

$17 AT CHEWY

JW Pet Hol-ee Roller Dog Toy, Mini and Medium

5. JW Pet Hol-ee Roller Dog Toy, Medium

If the pup you’re buying for likes playing fetch, try the Hol-ee Roller, which Strategist newsletter editor Mia Leimkuhler and her rescue mini-schnauzer mix, Reggie, swear by. She describes it as “a hybrid bouncy ball and chew toy, with big holes that make it easy for smaller mouths to catch and grip and fling about.

The rubber is durable but not inflexibly hard, so errant tosses aren’t a breaking hazard, and the ball’s squishiness absorbs its own noise and shock, which is nice news for your downstairs neighbor.” It also comes in a large size.

$6 AT CHEWY
$8 AT AMAZON
Happy Hands Happy Dogs Tug Toy

6. Happy Hands Happy Dogs Tug Toy

Trainer Andrea Arden says this is “one of the most perfect tug toys I’ve found.” It’s long enough, she says, “to allow for appropriate distance from the dog to your hand” but can be rolled up, making it easy to bring along on walks or to the park where it can be used as a play reward for outdoor training. “Dogs love it,” she adds of the sturdy toy that’s also machine-washable.

$17 AT HAPPY HANDS HAPPY DOGS
KONG Wubba Friend Dog Toy

7. KONG Wubba Friend Dog Toy

From $6

“We call it his ‘bear octopus,’ and we hate it,” writes Alice Gregory of this multi-legged dog toy. “We’re not even sure where it came from, but Mickey, our toy poodle, likes it more than anything that is not a piece of outright garbage,” which is the best praise any dog parent can give for a dog toy.

FROM $6 AT CHEWY

Outward Hound Hide-A-Squirrel and Puzzle Plush

8. Outward Hound Hide-A-Squirrel and Puzzle Plush, Jumbo

Leimkuhler got this plush puzzle tree as a gift from a friend whose own dog was obsessed with it, and she has since gifted it to many of her other dog-parent friends. “It’s a hit every time,” she promises, adding that the tree and its included stuffed, squeaky squirrels keeps her Reggie occupied for hours.

$15 AT AMAZON
$20 AT CHEWY
PetSafe Busy Buddy Twist ’n Treat Dog Toy

9. PetSafe Busy Buddy Twist ‘n Treat Dog Toy

From $7

Kate Perry, a dog trainer and the author of Training for Both Ends of the Dog Leash, likes to give “practical items that help stimulate the dog’s mind and help owners have a better relationship with their dogs.”

One of her favorite interactive treat toys for pups is the Busy Buddy Twist ’n Treat, which she describes as “great as a gift for new dog owners, and great for training a dog to work for their food.”

Arden is also a fan of this “super durable” gift, telling us it’s “especially great for puppies who need every opportunity to burn off mental and physical energy.”

FROM $7 AT AMAZON
Nina Ottosson By Outward Hound Hide N’ Slide Treat Dispensing Dog Toy

10. Nina Ottosson By Outward Hound Hide N’ Slide Treat Dispensing Dog Toy

Perry, Semel, and trainer Lauren Camerini, the founder of The Peaceful Dog, all like the puzzle-feeders from Nina Ottosson. Perry calls them “Rubik’s Cubes for dogs,” while Camerini says they’re the canine equivalent of the “New York Times crossword puzzle.” With this one, you hide treats in the compartments, then your dog has to sniff and slide the pieces out of the way to get them.

In general, Camerini says, “food puzzles are great for city dogs because they provide mental enrichment, curb boredom, and are just plain fun.”

$20 AT AMAZON

Nina Ottosson By Outward Hound, Interactive Puzzle Game Dog Toy, Advanced

11. Nina Ottosson By Outward Hound, Interactive Puzzle Game Dog Toy, Advanced

Semel is particularly fond of Nina Ottosson’s Tornado: “It’s a great way to feed your dog slowly and keep them busy when you need them to self-occupy, and it’s good for mental stimulation! It’s easy to clean, not super-expensive, and entertaining to watch.”

$14 AT AMAZON

Snuffle Nosework Dog Mat

12. Snuffle Nosework Dog Mat

Camerini and Lauren Novack, a consultant at Behavior Vets of NYC, both say they’ve told countless clients to pick up a snuffle mat, which delights dogs while tiring them out at the same time. “Dogs love to use their noses,” Camerini says, “and sniffing for hidden treats tires them out if you don’t have time for a long walk.

” Novack, who uses the mat with her clients to facilitate doggie relaxation, adds that “sniffing makes dogs happy, and hiding treats in this mat is one awesome way to feed them dinner and get them using their noses.”

A bonus, she says, is that “it’s washable and portable: You can take it anywhere.”

FROM $34 AT AMAZON
AWOOF Pet Snuffle Mat for Dogs

13. AWOOF Pet Snuffle Mat for Dogs

Writer Kelly Conaboy’s dog, Peter, gets a huge amount of joy from sniffing on their daily walks, so she bought him this salad-bowl-shaped snuffle mat.

He loves it just as much. She hides treats in the folds of the “salad,” which keeps him busy for long periods of time. It’s a perfect gift for someone trying to work from home with a hyperactive pup.

$17 AT AMAZON
Jiminy's Cricket Peas & Sweet-Potato Dog Treats

14. Jiminy’s Cricket Peas & Sweet-Potato Dog Treats

“Cricket treats are higher in protein and more nutrient dense than beef or chicken treats, and they require fewer resources like land, water, and energy to raise (and cause much lower carbon emissions),” Strategist writer Liza Corsillo says about these morsels from Jiminy’s Cricket, which are her silver poodle Uli’s favorite treats. “These are so effective that I’ve been using them to teach her tricks I never would have tried before.”

$10 AT CHEWY
$10 AT AMAZON
Zesty Paws Calming Bites for Dogs

Texas-based veterinarian Sarah Ochoa previously told us that these calming dog treats help ease her dog’s anxiety. “I have tried her on many different brands, and these are the only treats that I have found that actually help,” she says. Some of the chews’ soothing ingredients include hemp, chamomile, and thiamine (also known as vitamin B).

$30 AT AMAZON
$29 AT CHEWY
Medterra Bacon Flavored CBD Calming Treats

16. Medterra Bacon Flavored CBD Calming Treats

$30

Strategist senior editor Casey Lewis says these bacon-flavored CBD treats helped her parents’ elderly Labrador immensely. “He would pant and pace relentlessly, and this would calm him down. But not in an overly medicated, tranquilizer way,” she says. All her family’s dogs love the flavors of Medterra’s treats, and though her own dog is generally pretty chill, Lewis plans on using these for their next road trip.

$30 AT MEDTERRA
Buck Bone Organics Antler Chews

If you want to give a dog a bone, Doug the Pug, who has more than 3 million followers on Instagram, loves these antler chews: “I have one in every room in the house!”

$13 AT AMAZON
BarkBox Gift Subscription, Monthly

18. BarkBox Gift Subscription

Or, if you’re not sure of exactly what type of toy or treat to give, Shirley Braha, the mom to a senior dog named Phyllis, recommends giving the gift of replenishing treats. “The first thing that comes to mind is a BarkBox subscription because I feel like dogs are always running out of treats,” she says, “and high-quality treats are weirdly expensive.”

FROM $35 AT BARKBOX

 

Dog bowls and feeders

Neater Dog Feeder, Cappuccino

19. Neater Dog Feeder, Cappuccino

$35

For dog parents who like to keep the mess to a minimum, dog mom Katie Sturino — the founder of Megababe and the 12ish Style — has a suggestion.

“The best gift I have gotten myself is the Neater Feeder bowls. I have three dogs, and they spill half a bowl when they drink, so this has saved my floors.”

$35 AT CHEWY

Outward Hound Fun Feeder Slow Feed Dog Bowl

This slow-feed dog bowl helps dogs who eat their food entirely too fast. As writer Ashlea Halpern explains, “The unusual puzzle shape of these bowls forces gluttonous dogs to slow their roll.” Sophie, Halpern’s Chihuahua, “rarely gags when she uses it because she has to think about how to extract the food, as opposed to just blindly gobbling.” For more puzzle bowls, check out our expert-recommended roundup.

$9 AT AMAZON
Highwave AutoDogMug

The staff of dog boutique and groomer Releash NYC loves the clever design of this hybrid water bottle and bowl for active dogs. One worker explains how ingenious it is: “Squeeze it, and water fills the bowl for your pup to drink; release your grip, and the remaining water returns to the bottle.”

$15 AT AMAZON
COMSUN Collapsible Dog Bowl, Pack of 2

These collapsible dog bowls, also recommended by Halpern, are helpful for a traveling pup. “We tuck them into our carry-on bags and keep one in the glove compartment of our car,” she says. “The durable silicone is lightweight, easy to clean, and won’t tip over in a moving vehicle.”

$10 AT AMAZON
Hyper Pet IQ Treat Mat, 2 Pack

Arden says that this set of licking mats is a great gift for hyperactive dogs for many of the same reasons as a snuffle mat. Spreading a soft treat like peanut butter over its surface “creates a fun game where the dog is kept busy licking at the mat,” she explains, adding that it’s a particularly great gift for dog owners whose dogs struggle with strangers and being alone. They’re “very useful for helping a dog to become more comfortable with handling and grooming, or for working on alone time skills,” says Arden.

$15 AT AMAZON

 

Dog beds

Casper Memory-Foam Dog Bed

24. Casper Memory-Foam Dog Bed

From $113

“As Reggie gets older, I want him to have a more supportive bed,” explains Leimkuhler, which is why this memory-foam dog bed from Casper ranks high on her wish list.

The Casper bed also took the top spot in our roundup of the best dog beds because it’s easy to clean and has a streamlined design that provides excellent orthopedic support for older dogs with achy joints. Casper’s dog bed comes in three sizes and three colors: blue, gray, and sand.

FROM $113 AT AMAZON
FROM $116 AT CASPER
Pendleton Yakima Camp Kuddler Bolster

25. Pendleton Yakima Camp Kuddler Bolster

Leimkuhler loves this bolster bed from Pendleton, which features the brand’s signature stripes and is sure to keep your dog cozy during colder months.

$200 AT WAYFAIR
Orvis ComfortFill-Eco Couch Dog Bed

26. Orvis ComfortFill-Eco Couch Dog Bed

“Every dog deserves a warm, snuggly, supportive bed,” Camerini says, explaining that her favorite is this one from Orvis, which makes for a thoughtful gift because (for an extra $12) you can personalize it with the dog’s name.

Camerini also appreciates that the design is “appropriate for every stage of a dog’s life,” and that the fabric is “durable and machine washable,” enabling it to last through the years.

FROM $189 AT ORVIS

Best Friends by Sheri Luxury Shag Faux Fur Donut Cuddler

27. Best Friends by Sheri Luxury Shag Faux Fur Donut Cuddler

For a less-expensive dog bed, we love this shag number. It is owned by no less than four Strategist dog parents, has more than 1,000 five-star reviews on Amazon, and is perfect for little dogs who love to cuddle and burrow.

FROM $35 AT AMAZON
FROM $35 AT CHEWY

Archie & Oscar Beatrice Bernice Quilted Orthopedic Bolster

28. Archie & Oscar Beatrice Bernice Quilted Orthopedic Bolster

Strategist associate director of e-commerce, Kiki Reginato, recently bought this affordable, sofa-style bed (which has orthopedic foam to cushion joints) for her growing Labrador mix, Rusty. “He is a big fan,” she says, as is Reginato, who appreciates its machine-washable cover and how the bed is just heavy enough that Rusty can’t “pick it up and throw it all over the house.”

FROM $25 AT WAYFAIR

 

Dog-grooming supplies

Warren London Polish Pen Bundle - French Manicure

“Nail polish from Warren London is a great gift for someone who wants to do a quick-drying, easy paw-pedicure on their pups,” says Jess Rona, a dog-grooming expert based in Los Angeles.

$24 AT WARREN LONDON
Iv San Bernard Mineral Red Derma Complex Shampoo
Iv San Bernard Black Passion Shampoo 01
BUY AT IV SAN BERNARD

If doggy nail polish is too flashy, Rona has some recommendations for more straightforward dog-grooming gifts to keep your pet clean: “For a luxury shampoo and conditioner, I recommend the Mineral Red or argan shampoo and conditioner by Iv San Bernard.” According to the manufacturer’s website, Mineral Red is better for dogs with allergies or dry skin, while the Black Passion, which has argan oil and seaweed, is suitable for any coat type.

Iv San Bernard H270 2-Phase Equalizer

For professionally groomed dogs whose owners are looking for a way to keep their doggy’s ’do looking sharp between appointments, “the Atami H270 Vitamin Spray by Iv San Bernard is great for an in-between-grooming hydration spray,” Rona says.

FROM $23 AT IV SAN BERNARD
Aesop Animal Wash

This animal wash from Aesop is a great gift for making bath time more luxurious, according to Leimkuhler. “I bought it to use on Reggie. It lathers easily, rinses away easily, and he does smell really good,” she says. “He smells like a status dog.”

[Editor’s note: This animal wash is on back order, but you can order it from either retailer below and it will ship when it’s back in stock.]

$39 AT NEIMAN MARCUS
$39 AT BERGDORF GOODMAN
Musher's Secret Paw Protection Natural Dog Wax

Musher’s Secret Paw Protection Natural Dog Wax

“Someone at my local dog park told me about Mushers after we were talking about how neither of our dogs will tolerate snow boots, which is bad because our neighborhood is way too aggressive with the salt on the sidewalk,” explains Leimkuhler.

You massage a little of the wax-based cream onto the pads of your dog’s paws, and it acts as a sealant against ice, salt, sand, and even hot pavement. “It seems like a perfect little stocking stuffer.”

$15 AT CHEWY

 

Dog clothes and accessories

Wingman Leather Jacket

Cool dog parents will surely love to receive this leather jacket recommended by Logan Mikhly, a co-founder of the off-leash dog café Boris & Horton, which will give their pups a dash of James Dean style. “We can’t keep it in stock,” Mikhly says, because the coat “looks good on many different body types” and is “very warm and comfortable.”

$35 AT FUZZYARD
Christian Cowan X Max-Bone Jumper

Christian Cowan X Max-Bone Jumper

$95

If the dog you’re shopping for is more diva than biker, this fluffy sweater makes a great gift. “This is my dream dog sweater,” says Risa Miyamoto, a makeup artist and dog mom to a Pomeranian named Mokutan. She loves how extravagant this feathered sweater is and how it and the baby-blue version remind her of Sanrio’s Little Twin Stars.

$95 AT MAX BONE
The Worthy Dog Check Bow Tie

To really play up an old-Hollywood style, complete the look with a jaunty accessory. “I love a bow tie from the Worthy Dog that can clip on to their collar,” says Rona.

$15 AT TARGET
Canine Styles Barn Coat

Sturino recommends the barn coat from Canine Styles “if you want your dogs to look like they have more money than you do.”

$95 AT CANINE STYLES
K9 Apparel Custom Dog Winter Coat
Photo: retailer

Novack says that her “short coated dog starts shaking if it hits 40.” For eight years now, she’s relied on this jacket (which requires placing a custom order with the lucky dog’s exact measurements) to warm him through the winter. In the years since she bought it, Novack says she’s “never seen a coat that fits better, or that so many dogs have no problems putting on,” explaining that “doggos don’t need to step into this — the coat simply goes over the head.” For these reasons, she’s continually “gifted this coat to friends, and now they all swear by it.”

FROM $132 AT K9 APPAREL
wagwear WagWellies

For dogs that will tolerate footwear, Arden says that these handsome twists on your classic Wellington boots are as functional as they are fun-looking. “They’re really easy to put on, supportive, and comfortable for the dog,” she explains. The boots come in five colors (shown above), and the price includes four boots for your four-legged recipient.

$49 AT WAGWEAR
Charlie's Backyard Backpack

Mikhly sells these dog backpacks from Charlie’s Backyard and tells us that customers will first try them on just because they’re adorable, but “many end up using them to carry poop bags, keys, and phones” on walks and trips to the dog park. Plus, the backpack “is the type of item that just makes you smile,” he says. It’s designed to be worn like a harness, and there’s a place on the back to clip a leash.

$36 AT DOG & CO.
L.L.Bean Wicked Plush Throw

“The best gift I’ve ever received as a dog lover was from my mom for my oldest dog, Buster,” says Fraser. It’s “a cozy, personalized blanket embroidered with his name on it,” which she notes is something both dog and owner can use. “He loves having comfy blankets around to snuggle, and I love knowing that it’s a keepsake I’ll have for years and years to come.” Leimkuhler seconds her recommendation, saying “it’s nice to have a blanket you can share that’s easy to wash.” We have recommended this L.L. Bean plush blanket before: It’s soft, durable, and can be personalized.

$30 AT L.L. BEAN

 

Dog leashes, collars, harnesses, and carriers

Found My Animal Adjustable Ombré Rope Dog Leash, 7 Ft.

For a nice-looking leash that is also quite functional, Annie Grossman, the owner and co-founder of School for the Dogs and Store for the Dogs, likes this ombré-dyed one from Found My Animal. The carabiner-style clasp can be attached to your dog in two places — collar and harness — for added safety. Plus, the leash, which is made from marine-grade rope, is strong enough to stand up to big dogs and adjustable, so you can sling it over your shoulder or wear it around your waist if your hands are full.

FROM $62 AT CHEWY
Susan Alexandra Merry Dog Leash
Photo: retailer

Perhaps you’ve seen this slightly more glamorous leash attached to the collar of Boobie Billie, the tiny Italian greyhound–Chihuahua mix with more than 200,000 followers on Instagram. Made by jewelry designer (and Strategist contributor) Susan Alexandra, Boobie Billie’s (anonymous) owner says it is a delightful way to gift a leash, but “make it fashion.”

$155 AT SUSAN ALEXANDRA
Chaco Custom Dog Collar
BUY AT CHACO
Chaco Custom Dog Leash
BUY AT CHACO

“I want a collar and a leash to match me and my husband’s Chacos to take embarrassing family photos,” says Leimkuhler. Chaco’s collars and leashes are made from the brand’s signature durable webbing. Plus, Chaco takes customization seriously: There are more than 80 patterns to choose from. You can also embroider your pet’s name in 30 different colors, as well as select the buckle and stitching colors so you can be sure your dog’s accessories are unique.

Nice Beast Costa Mesa Dog Collar

Rachel Jones, the owner of streetwear-inspired dog-gear brand Trill Paws, says these collars from Nice Beast are her go-to gifts for dog owners. “They are so vibrant and are always a fun talking point among dog lovers.” The brand is one of those talking points: “The products are all fabricated by indigenous women in small communities of Chiapas, Mexico, and each piece takes between two and three days to make from braiding to assembly,” Jones explains.

FROM $40 AT NICE BEAST

Softouch The Original SENSE-ation No-Pull Dog Training Harness

Perry likes this harness from Softouch Concepts as a gift for dog owners who are teaching their pups to stop pulling on the leash. “This harness is both humane and effective,” she says. “From my experience working with this equipment, I find it reduces dogs’ ability to pull on the leash by at least half.”

$23 AT AMAZON
PetSafe Come With Me Kitty Nylon Cat Harness & Leash

This (slightly more affordable) harness may be designed for cats, but Corsillo says it’s the best one she’s found for comfortably securing her (cat-size) poodle, Uli. “Almost all the dog harnesses we tried in her size (extra small or extra-extra small) were made of thick material better suited for a more muscular dog.” But this lighter model, she explains, offers a perfect fit, allowing Uli to comfortably wear it without any pinching or coughing fits.

$15 AT AMAZON
$15 AT CHEWY

Noxgear LightHound LED Illuminated & Reflective Dog Harness

A friend of mine used to be a raver,” Novack tells us, “So when I saw this harness, I had to get it; not only does it turn on, it glows and pulses.” She adds that owners can choose what color the harness displays or “have the harness cycle through all the colors” it can turn.

The product is so good, according to Novack, it literally changed her life as a dog parent. “We used to get up at 6 a.m. on weekend mornings for an off-leash time in Central Park, but after buying this, we realized that we could instead grab dinner outside at one of our favorite restaurants near the park and then take a walk after.

Thanks to the LED harness, we can see our dog as he runs free at night.”

$50 AT CHEWY
$49 AT NOXGEAR

Wild One Poop Bag Carrier + Roll

BUY AT WILD ONE
with code: SUMMERSALE
Wild One Eco-Friendly Poop Bags (6-pack)
BUY AT WILD ONE

For puppy owners (or adult dog owners looking for an upgrade) Mika Ito, the director of adoptions at New York–based shelter Animal Haven, told Strategist junior writer Kayla Levy about Wild One’s poop bags. They’re “biodegradable, extra thick, and come with a refillable dispenser that fastens to your leash or key chain for easy access.”

Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed & Carrier

Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed & Carrier

$195

“The best gift my mom ever received for me is my doggy carrier–slash–car seat, the Sleepypod,” writes Norbert, a three-pound therapy dog with more than 600,000 followers on Instagram. “It is super-comfy, makes me sleepy, and she always knows I am safe inside. My mom puts me in my Sleepypod when we drive to do our therapy work.”

$195 AT AMAZON
Wagwear Boat Canvas Carrier - Various Colors
$125

If you want a slightly more stylish — but still functional — carrier, we suggest this canvas option from Wagwear that took top place in Corsillo’s status-dog-bag post.

As Perry Betts (the owner of a miniature dachshund named Thor) told us, “It’s sold at all of the best fancy dog stores in town, and I’ve see it among cool dog owners who want to avoid looking overly bougie with the Louis Vuitton carrier.”

$125 AT WAGWEAR
Pet Gear Happy Trails Pet Stroller

Pet Gear Happy Trails Pet Stroller

$111
Photo: retailer

“I would recommend a dog stroller from Pet Gear,” Rona says, for “older pups or dogs who have had surgeries or joint issues who still want to get out into the fresh air.”

$111 AT AMAZON

 

Gifts for dog owners

Shark Rocket HV302 Ultra-Light Upright Vacuum

This vacuum took the title of best less-expensive vacuum for heavy shedders when we spoke to a bunch of dog owners and groomers about vacuums for pets. Tiziana Agnello, the founder of LoveThyBeast, loves it so much that she bought five of them — a few for the company’s three store locations and a couple for her home. She told us she prefers it over the more expensive Dyson cordless vacuums. “It’s the perfect industrial vacuum despite being so lightweight,” she adds.

$160 AT HOME DEPOT
$180 AT AMAZON
Staud Custom Sweatshirt, Cream

On-trend fashion brand Staud currently offers this unique sweatshirt to dog lovers, which arrives with an embroidered custom portrait of any pet whose image you send in, along with their name. While Strategist writer Chloe Anello doesn’t yet own the sweatshirt herself, she tells us she “knows other people who say it’s the best gift they’ve ever gotten.” That’s because, they say, “it apparently really ends up looking like your pet, plus, it’s a luxury sweatshirt.”

$195 AT STAUD
West & Willow Pet Portrait

Lewis had one of these very affordable (and very realistic) custom portraits made of her dog, Bear, and promptly hung it in her living room. “It turned out so well I’m thinking of doing it for my parents’ dogs,” she says.

FROM $60 AT WEST AND WILLOW
Embark Dog DNA Test

For another gift that’s more for owner than pup, Leimkuhler’s top pick is a DNA test, which she says she would love to gift to any friend who has adopted a rescue dog. Knowing what breed or breeds your dog is can theoretically help you keep an eye out for health issues or concerns that those breeds typically deal with. “I also just want to know what he is, so I can answer dog-park inquiries and come up with a suitable portmanteau,” she adds of testing Reggie’s DNA. Embark will test your dog’s saliva and screen for more than 250 breeds using a database platform developed with Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. The company will also create a family tree for your dog and connect you to dogs with similar breed breakdowns.

$129 AT AMAZON
$129 AT CHEWY
Pet Odor Exterminator Candle, Pineapple Coconut, Pack of 2

For the human who loves their dog but can’t stand wet-dog smell, Adelson recommends this funny-looking candle she discovered at her vet’s office that made the place smell like an Italian apricot orchard. “It works not by filling the air with a new scent to overpower the stink,” she says, “but by releasing a blend of natural enzymes — the titular ‘exterminator’ — that breaks down airborne animal odors at a molecular level.”

$14 AT AMAZON
Wagwear Bone Toggle Collar

Personally, my favorite dog-related item that I own is a gift I gave myself when I started training dogs: a specially sized bone wrap from Wagwear,” says Calm Energy founder and dog behaviour consultant Anthony Newman.

Dog training. “I’ve worn it on my wrist for almost a decade now, all day every day; it expresses my love of dogs and it’s truly unique, with beautiful hand-stitched leather and brass-though I think you can also use it as an actual dog collar, as founder and designer Amy Harlow intended. “

$160 AT WAGWEAR
Petcube Play 2 Wi-Fi Pet Camera
$179

Strategist contributor Alison Freer uses this tiny camera cube to spy on her Chihuahuas while she’s at work. “If you’ve ever wondered what your dog or cat is up to while you’re away, you need a Petcube,” she writes. “It uses a 1080p HD camera and two-way audio stream with built-in microphone and speaker to help you monitor your pet.”

$179 AT AMAZON
Furbo Dog Camera

If you want a pet camera that dispenses treats, Kate Jaffe, a trends expert at Rover, is a fan of the Furbo Dog Camera, which she calls the “perfect gift” for the dog parent who has an app for everything. “The Furbo lets you interact with your pet even when you’re far away, sharing treats, telling them they’re such a good girl, and snapping some photos, too,” she explains.

$163 AT AMAZON
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Puppies Make Me Happy “Your Dog Here” Custom Yoga Leggings

Semel, who once got leggings personalized with her dog’s mug from Puppies Make Me Happy, calls them “the best gift, because who wouldn’t be thrilled to wear their adorable pup’s face plastered all over them?!”

$90 AT PUPPIES MAKE ME HAPPY

William Wegman: Being Human

William Wegman: Being Human

$13

William Wegman’s Being Human is a good book for the fashion-conscious dog parent. It features photos of his beloved dogs dressed in high style. And according to our friends at the Cut, “off set, when the Weimaraners aren’t wearing fur-collared trench coats, they splash along a lakeshore in Maine, where the photographer lives.”

$13 AT AMAZON

The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs

If the dog parent is the self-help type, Sonia Nathan, the owner of Sonia’s Pet Grooming, recommends The Other End of the Leash by Patricia M. McConnell. “Better than any other writer, McConnell helps us appreciate that our relationships with our dogs are enriched by an understanding of ourselves — knowing how we differ from dogs and how we are comparable. It’s more than a how-to book. It’s a ‘why-to’ book: why we behave in certain ways around dogs and why understanding that will help us engage in a more gratifying manner.”

$13 AT AMAZON

 

 

61. Hilarious Dog Poop Bags, $11.99

Bark poop bags

If there’s one thing every dog lover needs (and there isn’t…there’s actually a lot of things), it’s poop bags. But standard poop bags won’t do the trick! You want to make every single poop a special pooping experience, right? That’s where the BarkBox poop bags come in. ‘Cuz they’re funny, see?

-Convenient, easy-to-tear, fun, and packaged in cardboard
-Includes 300 bags in 20 standard size rolls (15 bags per roll) for up to a 4-month supply (fits easily into standard dispensers)
-Thick, leak-proof bags mean a trustworthy and easy pick-up
-Opaque bags are easy to open and separate

 

62. Dog Butt Coloring Book, $6.84

dog coloring book

Adult coloring books are having a serious moment right now. So, if you have someone in your life who’s equal parts dog and art lover, why not gift them a dog coloring book?

There are tons of dog-themed coloring books available on Amazon, but if the dog lover in your life has a sense of humor, this Dog Butt Coloring Book—which has a variety of illustrations of adorable dogs and their equally adorable behinds—is just the ticket. As the tagline says, they’re sure to “laugh their butts off!”

 

63. MyPupSocks, $14.79

MyPicSocks dog socks

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If the dog lover in your life is a fan of all things adorable, they’ll love these MyPupSock. These custom personalized socks are the perfect gift for the dog lover with a pup who’s always on their heels- literally.

 

64. Paw and Bone Molds, $13.99

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If you’ve got a dog lover in your life, chances are, one of their favorite things in the world? Doing nice things for their dog. And one of the nicest things they can do? Make their dog homemade treats, of course!

These Paw and Bone Molds are perfect for making bite-sized treats for pups—and, in case the dog lover in your life needs some inspiration, they come packaged with a recipe book packed with ideas for delicious, healthy goodies.

These molds are also made of completely BPA-free silicone and approved by the FDA—which means not only will they make delicious treats, but they’ll make safe ones, too.

 

65.  BARK Orthopedic Bed, $39.99-$64-99

orthopedic bed

If you’re a dog lover, you want your dog to be comfortable, right? This bed offers comfort and support for your pup. In fact, it’s so cozy that you may find your dog laying on their bed instead of the couch.

-The top layer of gel memory foam helps regulate body temperature.
-The fleece cover is even easy to remove and machine washable.
-This bed is available in small, medium, and large. It’s also available in 4 different colors. With so many color options, it’s easy to coordinate with your furniture!

 

66. Dolphin & Dog – Dog Microfiber Towel, $16.95

Dog in Dolphin & Dog - Dog Towel - Super Absorbent Microfiber Towel

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Treаt the dоg lоver in yоur life tо а gift they never knew they needed – а Dоlрhin & Dоg miсrоfiber tоwel. This sоft miсrоfiber tоwel аbsоrbs wаter аnd mud with minimаl effоrt. Trust me, they’ll thаnk yоu fоr mаking their bаth mоre рleаsаnt (fоr everyоne invоlved).

 

67. Pet Odor Exterminator Candle, $11.99

Pet oder candle

Dogs will be dogs and inevitably- get smelly. As much as we love them, we don’t always love the way they smell. Enter: The Pet Odor Exterminator Candle. Help the dog lover in your life get rid of the stink without having to disrupt play time.

 

68. Mud Pie Novelty Dog Leash Hook Hanger, $20.00

 

Make walk time less stressful with this distressed wooden leash holder. The perfect gift to keep the pup happy and help any dog lover keep track of leashes- which always somehow disappear around walk time!

69. “Please Send Dog Pics”, $18.99

Аre yоu seаrсhing fоr а witty аnd сute gift fоr the dоg lоver in yоur life? This “Рleаse send dоg рiсtures” t-shirt exрresses exасtly whаt every dоg lоver wаnts: mоre dоg рhоtоs. А соmiсаl аnd рrасtiсаl gift thаt is sure tо sраrk а соnversаtiоn.

 

70. BARK Veterinarian-Formulated Calming Supplements, $24.99

BarkBox Calming Supplement Dog Treats For Anxiety

If yоu’re а dоg lоver аnd yоur dоg is оften wоrried, it mаkes sense thаt yоu’d wаnt tо саlm their wоrries!

It’s veterinаriаn-fоrmulаted, mаde in the USА frоm аll-nаturаl ingredients-tryрtорhаn, lemоn bаlm аnd green teа-in the fоrm оf sоft сhewаble shарes thаt tаste like саndy.

 

71. Best Flipping Dog Mom Ever Mug, $13.99

Lооking fоr а unique gift fоr а dоg mоm? With this Best Fliррing Dоg Mоm Ever mug, yоu саn tell them yоu think they’re the best fliррing dоg mоm ever—we’re sure their рuр wоuld аgree!

72. iFetch Interactive Ball Launchers for Dogs, $197.00

Feeding yоur рet рuррy is nо eаsy tаsk. Соming hоme tо а wild dоg аfter а hаrd dаy’s wоrk саn be exhаusting. Enter:

iFetсh’s interасtive bаll lаunсher. This оn-demаnd bаll lаunсher lets dоgs рlаy аt yоur disсretiоn аnd mаkes every dаy а little less tiring fоr the dоg lоver in yоur life.

 

 

73. Bone Shape Pet Organizer Storage Basket, $29.61

 

 

Stор triррing оver tennis bаlls аnd mаke the dоg lоver in yоur life hаррy with the Bоne Shарe Рet Оrgаnizer. The ideаl gift fоr thаt рersоn yоu knоw whо sрends mоre mоney оn their dоg thаn they dо оn themselves.

А рieсe they’ll enjоy аnd use, with enоugh stоrаge fоr even the mоst extensive tоy соlleсtiоn.

 

 

74. The Big New Yorker Book Of Dogs, $27.10

 

А number оf things fоr dоg lоvers (аnd everywhere else) tend tо be in the style оf ‘multi-level gifts’. But if yоu wаnt tо end yоur life with sоmewhаt rаised eyes, New New Yоrker Dоg Bоk is exсellent gift for dogs lovers.

This hаrdсоver соlleсtiоn frоm New Yоrker feаtures dоg-themed соver аrt, illustrаtiоns, аrtiсles, feаtures, роems, sаmрles, drаwings, аnd саrtооns frоm fаmоus mаgаzine’s аrсhives-а соlleсtiоn аny dоg lоver (оr mаn оf letters! ) Wоuld be рrоud tо shоw in yоur fees tаble

 

75.Velonie Portable Pet Water Bowl Dispenser, $16.49

Velonie Dog Water Bottle for Walking - Portable Pet Water Bowl Dispenser, Leak Proof Dog Water Bottle for Travel, BPA Free, Stainless Steel 20 OZ (Durable and Lightweight w/Wrist Strap) Red

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Рerfeсt fоr the асtive dоg lоver in yоur life, the Роrtаble Рet Wаter Bоwl Disрenser mаkes trаvelling оr exerсising with yоur fоur-legged friends а breeze. Stор stressing аnd get reаdy fоr а new аdventure!

 

76. Dog Lover Complete Cookie Cutters Set, $9.99

JOKUMO Dog Lover Complete Cookie Cutters Set – 10 PC

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Give sоmething sweet tо the dоg lоver in yоur life. These аdоrаble сооkie сutters аre а must-hаve fоr аny рuррy раrty. The Dоg Lоver Соmрlete Сооkie Сutters Set is sure tо mаke аny dоg fаn hаррy, whether it’s fоr рeорle fооd оr рuррy treаts.

77. BarkBox, $29.99

 

With BarkBox, you can give the dog lover in your life the whole package. There’s no way to go wrong with such a unique selection of toys, treats, and chews.

 

 

78. Did You Feed The Dog?, $9.94

Did you feed the go slide calendar magnet

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By the end оf а lоng dаy, I аm аs guilty аs the very next рersоn аnd оften find myself аsking – did I feed the dоg? Wоrry nо mоre. This slide mаgnet “Did yоu feed the dоg” is the sоlutiоn. Sаve the dоg lоver in yоur life frоm the stress оf wоndering: did I fоrget tо feed my fоur-legged friend?

 

 

79. Penny The Pineapple, $9.99

Аn оссuрied dоg is а hаррy dоg. Treаt the dоg lоver in yоur life tо а tоy thаt’s dоuble the fun, Рenny The Рineаррle. When the dоg teаrs thrоugh her hаррy exteriоr, а sаdder Рenny is reveаled.

The whimsiсаl whimsy оnly аdds tо the drаmа. А shаrр bаll tо the соre! Hidden bоnus gаme! Whаt’s nоt tо lоve? Mаke а gift thаt wоn’t breаk the bаnk аnd сreаtes lаsting рlаytime memоries.

 

 

80. “Off the Leash: The Secret Life of Dogs” Book by Rupert Fawcett, $11.93

 

good dog book

For the one who’s always wanted to know what their dog was thinking,  “Off the Leash: The Secret Life of Dogs” by Rupert Fawcett is jam-packed with brilliant observational cartoons that are sure to bring a smile to the face of any dog lover in your life.

 

 

81. Hand Drawn Jack Russell Terrier Doodles Shower Curtain, $27.90

Dog Shower Curtain jack Russell terrier

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Shopping for the dog lover who is as concerned with fashion as they are with their pet? This Hand-Drawn Jack Russell Terrier Doodles Shower Curtain is a dog-themed gift that’s sure to catch anyone’s attention.

 

82. Memory Foam Bolster Dog Bed, $80.00

bark bolster dog bed

Mаde frоm ergоnоmiс memоry fоаm аnd gel fоаm, this оrthораediс bed is sо соsy аnd fоrgivingly suрроrtive thаt yоur dоg will never wаnt tо get оut оf bed.

The thiсk memоry fоаm bаse suрроrts yоur dоg’s jоints аnd рressure роints, mаking it greаt fоr аll dоgs, but esрeсiаlly thоse with аrthritis, reсоvering frоm surgery оr suffering frоm оther mоbility рrоblems.

Аre yоu fаmiliаr with the fаiry tаle оf the рrinсess аnd the рeа? There’s а сrunсhy little sweet рeа in every bed аnd а рарer сrоwn tо weаr, beсаuse Bаrk knоws yоur dоg will рlаy аs hаrd аs he sleeрs.

 

Bonus gift 83. Dog tag with QR code

Bonus gift 83. Dog tag with QR code 

#1 QR code & NFC Smart Pet ID Tag

QRs Life is the next generation of dog tag with QR code.

Be Smart, and keep your pet safe and connected to you by giving them a QRs Life ID Tag with NFC and QR code. Purchase today for a lifetime of protection.

Get a Present or cool gift for the Dog-Lover in Your Life—But Don’t Forget About Yourself (and Your Puppy!)

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Аmаzоn hаs lоts оf gifts рerfeсt fоr аny dоg lоver. Аnd while yоu’ll оbviоusly wаnt tо snаg sоme оf the gifts оn this list fоr the mаny dоg lоvers in yоur life, dоn’t fоrget yоurself (аnd yоur рuр!). Mаke sure yоu thrоw yоurself аnd yоur fоur-legged friend sоme treаts the next time yоu fill uр yоur Аmаzоn shоррing саrt-nо hаrm in sending а little sоmething оf yоur оwn (gift bоx аnd аll!).

You can also buy Cool Dog T-shirts:

 funny tshirts for men

PrintShop Funny quote and comical Print T-shirts, $15.00 – Gift a t-shirt that has a touchy quotation about dogs or you can place your own dog’s picture through custom t-shirt providers.  If you explore dog t-shirts online then you will get so many funny t-shirts for men and women.

 

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Train Your Pet Like a Pro: Insider Secrets for Effective Training

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Train Your Pet Like a Pro: Insider Secrets for Effective Training

Last Updated on June 7, 2024 by Dog Lover

Train Your Pet Like a Pro: Insider Secrets for Effective Training

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Unleash pro pet training tips and techniques to tackle all types of pet behavior. Train like a pro!

Effective Pet Training Methods

Hey there, fellow pet lover! Training your pet can be a game-changer for both you and your furry buddy. With the right approach, you can teach your pet to behave like a champ while steering them away from those pesky habits.

Let’s dive into two super effective methods: positive reinforcement and keeping things consistent.

Positive Reinforcement Training

Positive reinforcement is like the magic wand of pet training. It’s all about rewarding your pet for doing something right, making them want to do it again. Think of it as giving your pet a high-five with a treat or a toy.

The trick is to reward them right away—like, within seconds—so they know exactly what they did to earn that reward.

You can use positive reinforcement to teach commands and encourage good behavior. Just be careful not to accidentally reward the wrong actions. Sometimes, you might need to break down the behavior into smaller steps to get the result you want (Humane Society).

Why is positive reinforcement better than other methods? Well, using punishment or negative reinforcement can make your pet scared or anxious, and nobody wants that.

You can use all sorts of rewards—treats, toys, or even just a good belly rub. These rewards help your pet connect the dots between the command and the action (Quora).

For more tips, check out our positive reinforcement training guide.

Consistency in Cues and Rewards

Consistency is your best friend when it comes to pet training. Using the same commands and rewards every time your pet does something right helps them understand what you want.

For example, if you’re teaching your dog to sit, always use the word “sit” and give them a treat right after they do it. This way, your dog learns that “sit” means plopping their butt down and getting a treat.

The more consistent you are, the faster your pet will catch on. It’s like learning a new language—repetition is key. For more training tips, check out our general pet training guide.

So, there you have it! With positive reinforcement and a bit of consistency, you’ll have a well-behaved pet in no time. Happy training!

Back to School Training Tips for Your Furry Friends

Training Tips for Your Furry Friends

Every pet has its quirks, especially when it comes to training. This is super true for older and senior dogs, who might need a bit more TLC due to their age and physical limits.

Training Older Dogs

Yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks! Training can keep their minds sharp and spirits high. But, you gotta match the training to their physical abilities.

According to McCann Dogs, older dogs thrive in low-key, low-impact classes like rally, obedience, scent work, or tracking. Agility can work too, but keep jumps and impacts gentle.

Watch their energy levels. Older dogs might still be game for learning and playing, but they tire out faster than the young pups. Overdoing it can lead to soreness or fatigue. Keep an eye on how they respond and tweak the training time and intensity as needed.

Training Senior Dogs

Senior dogs have their own set of challenges, like declining vision or hearing. Adjust their training environment to keep things comfy and safe. Focus on fun and bonding activities that your senior dog enjoys. Avoid stress or demands that could strain your relationship.

Training should be about having a good time together. These golden years can be some of the best times you share. Patience, understanding, and a positive vibe are your best tools for successful training.

For more tips on pet training, check out our general pet training resources. You can also enroll in online pet training courses or pet obedience classes for personalized help from a professional pet trainer.

Tackling Pet Behavior Problems

Training your pet isn’t just about teaching tricks. It’s about understanding their quirks and figuring out how to handle behavioral hiccups.

Let’s chat about two biggies: dominance in dogs and aggression in pets.

Dominance in Dogs

Dominance in dogs is all about who’s the boss in their social circle. Some dogs like to take charge, and this can be influenced by their personality, age, breed, and even the situation they’re in.

But hey, dominance doesn’t always mean your dog is aggressive. Sometimes, it’s just them being a bit stubborn or pushy, a throwback to their pack animal roots.

To keep dominance in check, use positive reinforcement and stick to the rules. If things get tricky, a professional pet trainer can be a lifesaver.

Handling Pet Aggression

Aggression in pets can pop up for different reasons. Maybe it’s a dominance thing, or maybe your pet feels their space is being invaded. Growling or snapping at strangers?

That’s a sign they’re not feeling secure. Building a strong bond with your pet and making them feel safe can nip these issues in the bud.

Common causes of bad behavior? Wrong punishments and inconsistent training. So, make sure you’re using the right training methods and sticking to them.

Patience is key here. Fixing these issues takes time and understanding. For more tips, check out online pet training courses or join pet obedience classes.

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Practical Tips for Successful Training

Training your pet can be a blast and a great way to bond. Whether you’ve got a dog, cat, or even a fish, some tips work across the board. Let’s dive into some practical advice for making pet training a success.

Key Commands for Dogs

According to Petmate, the top 10 commands that make life with your dog smoother are: Come, Sit, Down, Place, Stay, Heel, Kennel, Leave it, Drop it, and Watch me.

The secret sauce here is consistency and regular practice. For a deeper look at these commands, check out our basic obedience commands page.

Positive reinforcement is the name of the game. Reward your dog every time they nail a command until they get the hang of it. As they get better, you can ease up on the treats. This way, they associate good behavior with good things happening.

Starting Early and Repetition

Experts say start training in a quiet room with no distractions. Use a clicker if you need to, have treats and toys handy, and decide on your verbal cues and hand signals. Patience and consistency are your best friends here.

For puppies, start as soon as you bring them home. Basic commands like sit and stay can be taught as early as 8 weeks. For adult dogs, start training right away to build trust and make them feel at home.

Repetition is key. The more your pet practices, the better they’ll remember. Combine this with positive reinforcement, and you’ve got a winning formula for shaping your pet’s behavior.

Follow these tips, and you’ll be on your way to a well-trained pet. Whether it’s a puppy, an older dog, a cat, or even a fish, patience and consistency are crucial. Happy training! For more info, check out our general pet training page.

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DIY Dog Enrichment ActivitiesUnleashing Creativity and Keeping Your Pup Happy: DIY Dog Enrichment Activities

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Last Updated on April 23, 2024 by Dogs Vets

DIY Dog Enrichment Activities: Unleashing Creativity and Keeping Your Pup Happy

Are you looking for fun and engaging activities to keep your furry friend entertained?

Look no further! In this article, we will explore a variety of do-it-yourself (DIY) dog enrichment activities that will not only stimulate your pup’s mind but also bring joy and happiness to their day. From homemade treat puzzles to interactive games, we’ve got you covered!

Our canine companions bring endless joy and unconditional love into our lives. But let’s face it, even the most playful pooch can get bored.

Imagine a dog stuck at home all day, with nothing to stimulate their curious minds and boundless energy. It’s a recipe for chewed furniture, restless pacing, and maybe even some unwanted barking.

Fear not, fellow dog lovers! Here’s where DIY dog enrichment activities come to the rescue. These activities are more than just fun and games; they’re essential for your dog’s mental and emotional well-being.

Think of it as brain training for your furry friend, keeping them mentally stimulated, reducing boredom-induced mischief, and strengthening the bond between you.

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll delve into the wonderful world of DIY dog enrichment. We’ll explore a variety of activities suitable for different dog breeds, ages, and energy levels.

So, grab your pup’s favorite toy (and maybe a camera to capture their adorable antics!), and get ready to unleash their inner Einstein!

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Understanding Dog Enrichment: Why is it Important?

Enrichment goes beyond simply providing your dog with toys. It’s about offering them a variety of physical and mental challenges that engage their natural instincts – sniffing, searching, problem-solving, and of course, playing!

Here’s why enrichment is crucial for your dog’s well-being:

  • Combats boredom: A bored dog is a mischievous dog. Enrichment activities keep your pup mentally stimulated, reducing boredom-induced destructive behaviors like chewing and digging.
  • Improves cognitive function: Just like humans, dogs need mental exercise to stay sharp. Enrichment activities help prevent cognitive decline, especially in senior dogs.
  • Reduces stress and anxiety: Mental stimulation is a great stress reliever for dogs. Engaging activities can help calm anxious pups and promote relaxation.
  • Strengthens the bond between you and your dog: Spending quality time together working on enrichment activities is a fantastic way to build a strong bond with your furry friend.
  • Provides an outlet for natural instincts: Many enrichment activities tap into your dog’s natural instincts, like sniffing for treats or using their paws to manipulate objects. This allows them to express themselves in a healthy way.

Why Enrichment Activities Matter

Before we dive into the exciting world of DIY dog enrichment, let’s take a moment to understand why these activities are so important for our canine companions.

Dogs, like humans, have a need for mental and physical stimulation. Without proper enrichment, they can become bored, restless, and even develop behavioral issues.

By providing your dog with engaging activities, you are not only preventing boredom but also strengthening the bond between you and your furry friend. Plus, it’s a great way to tap into their natural instincts and keep them happy and healthy!

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DIY Treat Puzzles

Treat puzzles are a fantastic way to challenge your dog’s problem-solving skills while rewarding them with tasty treats.

Here’s a simple DIY treat puzzle you can create at home:

  1. Take an empty plastic bottle and clean it thoroughly.
  2. Make small holes in the bottle using a sharp object, such as a knife or scissors.
  3. Fill the bottle with your dog’s favorite treats or kibble.
  4. Watch as your pup tries to figure out how to get the treats out!

Not only will this keep your dog entertained for hours, but it will also provide them with mental stimulation as they work to solve the puzzle.

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Interactive Games

Another great way to keep your dog entertained is by playing interactive games. One popular game is “hide and seek.” Here’s how you can play:

  1. Find a few of your dog’s favorite treats or toys.
  2. Ask your dog to sit and stay in one room while you hide the treats or toys in another room.
  3. Release your dog and encourage them to find the hidden treasures.
  4. Celebrate together when they successfully find each item!

This game not only engages your dog’s sense of smell but also encourages them to use their problem-solving skills to locate the hidden items.

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Creating an Enrichment Schedule

Now that you have a few DIY dog enrichment activities under your belt, it’s important to create a schedule to ensure your pup gets regular mental and physical stimulation.

Here’s an example of a weekly enrichment schedule:

  • Monday: DIY treat puzzle
  • Tuesday: Interactive game – hide and seek
  • Wednesday: DIY snuffle mat
  • Thursday: Training session
  • Friday: Puzzle toy
  • Saturday: Nature walk
  • Sunday: Relaxation day

Feel free to mix and match activities based on your dog’s preferences and energy levels. The key is to provide them with a variety of mental and physical challenges throughout the week.

Conclusion

DIY dog enrichment activities are a fantastic way to keep your pup happy, engaged, and mentally stimulated. Whether it’s a homemade treat puzzle or an interactive game of hide and seek, these activities will bring joy to both you and your furry friend.

So why wait? Start unleashing your creativity today and watch as your dog’s tail wags with excitement!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use regular treats for DIY treat puzzles?

Absolutely! You can use your dog’s favorite treats or even their regular kibble for DIY treat puzzles.

How often should I change the DIY treat puzzles?

It’s a good idea to change the treat puzzles regularly to keep your dog engaged. Aim for once a week or whenever they seem to have mastered the puzzle.

Are there any safety precautions I should take?

Always supervise your dog during enrichment activities to ensure their safety. Remove any small or potentially hazardous parts from the puzzles or games.

Can I combine different enrichment activities in one day?

Of course! Feel free to mix and match activities based on your dog’s energy levels and preferences. The goal is to provide them with a variety of mental and physical challenges.

Are there any age restrictions for these activities?

Most DIY dog enrichment activities can be enjoyed by dogs of all ages. However, some puzzles or games may be more suitable for puppies or senior dogs. Adjust the difficulty level accordingly.

Reference Links:

  • American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA): https://www.aspcapro.org/topics/enrichment-behavior This ASPCA webpage offers a variety of DIY enrichment activities for dogs, including food puzzles, scent work games, and interactive toys.

  • The Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT): https://apdt.com/ The APDT website is a valuable resource for dog owners seeking information on training, behavior, and enrichment. While there isn’t a dedicated section on DIY activities, they offer articles on the importance of enrichment and tips for choosing appropriate activities for your dog.

  • The Kennel Club: https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/ The Kennel Club website provides information on dog breeds, training, and healthcare. Their section on “Keeping Your Dog Mentally Stimulated” offers some basic enrichment ideas, including scent work games and interactive toys.

 

 

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Top 5 Smartest Breed of Dogs: Unleashing Your Pup’s Inner Tech Whiz

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The Smartest Breed of Dog: Unleashing Your Pup's Inner Tech Whiz

Last Updated on April 18, 2024 by Dogs Vets

Top 5 Smartest Breed of Dogs: Unleashing Your Pup’s Inner Tech Whiz

Have you ever gazed into your dog’s soulful eyes and wondered, “could they learn how to use a tablet?” Believe it or not, some dog breeds possess an exceptional capacity for learning, making them prime candidates for picking up new tricks, even those involving technology.

In today’s tech-driven world, it’s no surprise that some dog owners are curious about their furry friend’s potential for becoming a tech-savvy companion.

Imagine a dog who can navigate your smart home system, reminding you to reorder dog food or even playing their favorite tunes. While this might seem like science fiction, there are certain dog breeds that demonstrate a remarkable aptitude for learning and problem-solving, making them well-suited for tech adventures.

But first, a word of caution: While some breeds excel in the learning department, it’s important to remember that every dog is an individual. Training and patience are key to unlocking your dog’s full potential, regardless of breed.

This article is designed to be a fun and informative guide, highlighting breeds known for their intelligence and eagerness to please.

So, buckle up and get ready to explore the exciting world of tech-savvy pups!

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Unpacking Canine Intelligence

Before diving into specific breeds, let’s take a moment to understand what canine intelligence truly entails. Dog intelligence is multifaceted, encompassing various aspects such as:

  • Trainability: How easily a dog can learn and retain commands.
  • Working/Obedience: A dog’s willingness to follow instructions and complete tasks.
  • Problem-solving: A dog’s ability to think independently and find solutions to challenges.
  • Adaptability: How well a dog adjusts to new situations and environments.

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It’s important to acknowledge that both genetics and environment play a crucial role in shaping a dog’s intelligence.

While certain breeds are predisposed to learning quickly, proper training and enrichment activities are essential for unlocking their full potential.

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Now that we’ve explored the concept of canine intelligence, let’s delve into the Top 5 Smartest Breed of Dogs that consistently rank high in the learning department.

These furry friends possess the right blend of trainability, problem-solving skills, and eagerness to please, making them prime candidates for tech adventures:

#1. Border Collie:

Border Collie

Often crowned the most intelligent dog breed, Border Collies are renowned for their work ethic, trainability, and eagerness to learn. Their herding instincts translate well to following commands and completing tasks.

#2. Poodle:

Poodles

Don’t let their fluffy exterior fool you! Poodles are highly intelligent and athletic dogs. Their keen minds and eagerness to please make them excellent candidates for tech training.

#3. German Shepherd:

German Shepherd

These loyal and intelligent companions excel in various tasks, from search and rescue to police work. Their problem-solving abilities and trainability make them well-suited for learning new tricks, including those involving technology.

#4. Golden Retriever:

Golden Retriever 

Golden Retrievers are beloved for their friendly nature and trainability. These gentle giants possess a sharp mind and a willingness to learn, making them adaptable to various training styles.

#5. Doberman Pinscher:

Doberman Pinschers

Doberman Pinschers are known for their intelligence, loyalty, and athleticism. Their sharp minds and trainability make them quick learners, excelling in obedience and problem-solving tasks.

These are just a few examples, and many other breeds possess the potential to become tech-savvy companions.

With proper training and positive reinforcement, even breeds not traditionally considered “intelligent” can surprise you with their learning abilities.

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Building Your Pup’s Tech Toolkit: Training Tips and Tricks

Now that you’ve identified your potential tech-savvy pup, it’s time to embark on the exciting journey of training! Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:

  • Start Early: The earlier you begin training your dog, the better. Puppies have a natural openness to learning, making them receptive to new concepts.
  • Keep it Short and Sweet: Dogs have shorter attention spans than humans. Stick to short, focused training sessions to maintain your pup’s engagement.
  • Positive Reinforcement is Key: Reward your dog with treats, praise, or their favorite toy for desired behaviors. Positive reinforcement builds confidence and encourages them to continue learning.
  • Make it Fun! Training should be an enjoyable experience for both you and your dog. Incorporate games, puzzles, and positive interactions into your training sessions.
  • Be Patient and Consistent: Learning takes time and repetition. Be patient with your dog and consistent with your training methods.

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Tech Training 101: Getting Your Pup App Savvy

There are a variety of apps designed to stimulate your dog’s mind and challenge their problem-solving skills. Here’s how to introduce your pup to the wonderful world of doggy apps:

  1. Choose the Right App: Select an app that aligns with your dog’s age, breed, and interests. Apps can focus on food puzzles, scent work, or even basic commands.
  2. Start Simple: Begin with a user-friendly app that features clear visuals and easy-to-understand tasks.
  3. Guide Your Pup: During initial sessions, guide your dog’s paw to interact with the app elements. Gradually decrease your assistance as they become more comfortable.
  4. Keep it Short: Similar to general training, keep app sessions short and engaging. End on a positive note to leave your dog wanting more.

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Beyond Apps: Expanding Your Pup’s Tech Horizons

While apps can be a great starting point, there are other ways to incorporate technology into your dog’s life:

  • Interactive Toys: Explore tech-enabled toys that dispense treats, play sounds, or respond to your dog’s touch. These toys can keep your pup entertained and mentally stimulated.
  • Smart Home Integration: Some smart home systems allow you to control features like lights or music through voice commands. With proper training, your dog could potentially learn to trigger these commands through barks or specific cues. (Always prioritize safety when involving pets and smart home features)
  • Video Chatting: Video chat apps can be a lifesaver for separation anxiety-prone pups. Schedule video calls throughout the day to check in on your furry friend and offer virtual comfort.

Remember, patience and positive reinforcement are key when venturing into tech training with your dog. Keep it fun, celebrate their successes, and most importantly, enjoy the process of creating a unique bond with your tech-savvy pup!

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Training Considerations: Breed Specific Nuances

Here’s a quick look at some training considerations specific to the breeds mentioned earlier:

  • Border Collies: These intelligent dogs thrive on mental stimulation. Incorporate challenging puzzles and games into their tech training.
  • Poodles: Poodles excel at learning tricks. Use hand signals and verbal cues to keep your training sessions engaging.
  • German Shepherds: These loyal companions respond well to firm but fair training methods. Focus on clear commands and consistent rewards.
  • Golden Retrievers: Golden Retrievers are eager to please. Positive reinforcement training works wonders with this breed.
  • Doberman Pinschers: Doberman Pinschers are quick learners. Challenge them with a variety of tech-related tasks to keep their minds engaged.

Remember, these are just general guidelines. Every dog is an individual, and their training needs may vary. Don’t hesitate to consult with a professional dog trainer for personalized advice.

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Conclusion: Unleashing Your Pup’s Potential

While some breeds naturally possess a higher capacity for learning, every dog has the potential to surprise you with their intelligence.

The key lies in creating a positive and stimulating training environment that fosters your dog’s natural curiosity and eagerness to please. With patience, dedication, and a touch of creativity, you might just discover a tech-savvy pup hidden within your furry friend.

Now, get ready to embark on a journey of exploration and discovery with your canine companion!

Imagine the possibilities: a dog who reminds you to order dog food through a smart speaker, or a pup who plays their favorite tunes with a simple nudge of their paw.

The future of tech-savvy pups is bright, and who knows, your dog might just be the next canine tech whiz!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is there a specific age at which I should start tech training my dog?

The earlier you begin training, the better! Puppies have a natural openness to learning and are more receptive to new concepts. However, you can start tech training dogs of any age, as long as you tailor the difficulty level to their capabilities.

What if my dog isn’t one of the breeds listed? Can they still learn tech skills?

Absolutely! While some breeds are predisposed to learning quickly, any dog with proper training and positive reinforcement can develop tech skills. Focus on finding apps and activities that cater to your dog’s individual interests and learning style.

Are there any safety concerns when using tech with my dog?

When introducing your dog to smart home features, prioritize safety first. Ensure they cannot accidentally trigger commands that could harm them or damage your home. Always supervise your dog during tech interactions, and avoid using features that rely on touchscreens, as these can be easily activated by enthusiastic paws.

What are some additional resources for training my dog?

There are numerous resources available online and in libraries that offer dog training tips and tricks. Consider consulting with a professional dog trainer for personalized guidance tailored to your dog’s specific needs and breed.

Where can I find more information about dog intelligence?

The American Kennel Club (AKC) website provides a wealth of information on various dog breeds, including their intelligence levels and trainability: https://www.akc.org/

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We hope this comprehensive guide has equipped you with the knowledge and tools to embark on your tech training adventure with your furry friend.

Remember, the most important ingredient is a positive and fun approach that celebrates your dog’s unique learning style. Happy training!

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