I really should be out shopping for humans, but that's no fun! Here are my top ten picks for gifts for your dog (OK, maybe you'll like them, too!).
When you call your dog inside as he’s playing in the mud, does he act like he’s deaf? If your dog doesn’t come when called try the new C'mere Audible Target. Using simple, positive conditioned response training techniques, your pet can be trained to come instantly when the C'mere is activated. The hand-held unit emits a high pitched "chirp" that both you and your dog can hear. The manufacturer claims it can be heard by dogs for over 100 yards. I’ve tried this with my dogs and it works!! It’s amazing how fast they come running. And if that’s not enough, the unit includes a flashlight for late night poop pick-up (it’s not very bright) and a personal alarm activated by pulling on the cord which was inconveniently demonstrated by my son at a recent holiday dinner party. The dogs were following him around like he had liver!
My dogs love their Loopies. There is something about the squishy and plus loops that make them want to carry it everywhere. It’s big, about 8 inches in diameter. The manufacturer states that it is not a chew toy and please use under supervision. Colors Assorted. The manufacturer also makes many other very cool dog toys.
3. Wubba Wubbas
The incredibly dog-popular Wubba Wubba combines a tennis ball (which gives the toy weight so that you can throw it a distance) and a giant squeaky ball. Roxi, my service dog-in-training carries hers around everywhere. Its outrageous design makes the Wubba Wubba great for dogs to fling around and toss into the air. The Wubba Wubba is 17" long and 4" in diameter at its widest point; a perfect size for medium and large dogs. The Wee Wubba is made from two squeaky balls and is 8" long and 2" wide at its widest point; it's perfect for smaller dogs or for a toy that you can keep in your pocket while you train. Comes in bright royal blue and red.
7.95 – 11.95
4. IQube II Cagey Cube Puzzle Plush Dog Toy
If you have a poodle or dog that’s nearly as smart, then you have to get an IQube II. Inside the cage-like square are 5 squeaker shapes: jack, ball, cylinder, square, and triangle. This is a toy that challenges and develops your dog's confidence and puzzle-solving skills as he attempts to remove the squeaker shapes from the cube. I love to watch my point-nosed poodles stuff their noses inside and shake their heads like crazy until they free their prize. You need to help your dog learn how to use the toy properly (otherwise the dog could become frustrated and chew on the toys and ruin them). You also need to be there to replace the squeaker toys once they have been removed. Machine-washable fabric is made with safe, non-toxic materials.
I volunteer for a prison puppy training program and the inmates were looking for tough toys for their lab and golden puppies. I found Tuffies and they have worked great. They have 2 layers of industrial grade nylon backing underneath the soft fleece outer for strength, and are stitched twice crosswise and twice linear to withstand chewing and abuse. Stuffed with non-toxic fiber, edged with heavy-duty grade webbing. Each toy has multiple squeakers with a protective pouch around each one for extra safety and a quieter squeak toy, plus it rattles. They float, and are great for toss or tug games. Machine washable, air dry.
Junior 7" 8.50
Large 10" 12.95
6. Itty Bitty Buddy Biscuits
Itty Bitty Buddy Biscuits are an all natural, low-calorie, small crunchy biscuit (a mini version of the Buddy Biscuit). My dogs love them and they are cute! Each biscuit is about the size of of a woman's pinkie and they hold up good in pockets. I hate treats that crumble and stink up my jackets. NO corn, soy, sugar, dairy, artificial flavors or sweeteners and there are wheat free flavors. Flavors: Bacon & Cheese Chicken Peanut Butter (wheat free) Veggie (wheat free).
8 ounce box: 4.50
8 lb. box: 30.00
7. Bungee Ball Tug Dog Toys
If your dog loves to shake toys, he’ll love the way the Bungee Ball flings around My dogs swing it back and forth so that the tennis balls whack them in the head! The Regular Bungee Ball Tug is made from 1" soft-touch nylon webbing and has standard size tennis balls. It's 23" long, but it's elastic core allows it to stretch to 30". The Mini Bungee Ball Tug is made from 1/2" nylon webbing and the balls are 2" in diameter. It's 13" relaxed and stretches to 21".
11.95 – 12.95
8. Cuz Dog Toys
Cuz dog toys are another great toy for tough chewers. Cuz rubber squeaky dog toys are made of thick-walled, heavy-duty rubber and finished with a long-winded squeaker. Available in Good Cuz and Bad Cuz characters in three sizes: Small is 2.5", Medium is 4", and Large is 5". Assorted colors.
2.95 – 5.95
9. Microfiber Towel
I know there are a lot of microfiber towels on the market, but this one works better than any I’ve tried. I keep it by the back door and it cleans muddy paws thoroughly. A special Aquitex microfiber is ultra-absorbent and draws water and dirt from your pet's coat. It’s very thick and mine has lasted forever!. Color Red
Large 19 x 39: 17.50
X/Large 29 x 55: 29.50
10. Kong Stuff'n TOTs
Kong Stuff'n TOTs are a few calories each and very small. This liver based treat is great for training or as treats for small dogs .The shape is cylindrical and consistent, so they are easy to work with. Dogs love the taste and they are low fat and gluten-free. Their smell is moderately strong (part of the reason dogs love them!). Packaged in a resealable bag.
NO wheat, corn or soy
NO artificial ingredients
YES low fat