Gift Guide: Gifts for your Dog

Have I mentioned lately that I have three rescue boxers? Clair is 8, Webster is 3, and Reggie is 2. Nick and I don't have kids, and nor are we planning to have any, so our pups are ridiculously spoiled.

I didn’t have any dogs until about 10 years ago, nor did I grow up with them, so everything was a learning curve. If you have a new dog, or plan to get one I’m going to share some of my favorite products that my dogs and I both love.

Toys:

Three dogs + powerful jaws = lots of $ spent on dog toys. Now normally, I’m a huge proponent of shopping local, but when it comes to dog toys, honestly Amazon has the best prices. Below is a round up of our favorite dog toys - all the Amazon links are included. As a side note, with the exceptions noted below, none of these toys last very long in our house, but these are the most long lasting toys versus others we’ve tried. And we’ve tried a LOT.

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From top: Bag of tennis balls, ball and rope toy, Kong toys (These are a lifesaver in our house- I stuff them with peanut butter and freeze them - keeps them occupied for a while)
Bottom row: Outward Hound Hide-a-Squirrel dog toy (this one is their FAVORITE), No-stuffing squirrels (these are great when I’m tired of picking up stuffing off the carpet) , GoDog Dragon Toy


Treats:

Ever since I read about dogs dying due to fake chicken treats from China, I have been vigilant about only buying American-made treats. We use 3 treats in rotation in our house - one is a daily health supplement, and the other are plain-old treats.

Food:

Food is a little complicated at our house. Reggie is allergic to chicken AND has a very sensitive stomach (the curse of pure bred boxers, even when they are rescues), so he’s on a grain free, no-chicken diet. The other two don’t have these issues, so they are on regular food. All three dogs eat Fromm’s - I like this brand because it is still family owned and American made, and they only sell through family-owned stores. This is definitely in the premium end of dog food but I’m convinced that it’s kept our dogs out of the vet’s office except for their normal checkups, so we think the price is fully justified by the quality.

Other essentials:

Hemp Oil calming Treatment: Webster has anxiety -he’s on doggie Prozac, but on some days, he needs a little more, especially if we’re having guests over. On those days, we use Pawlife Calming treats and they really make a difference. We also use them for Clair in a thunderstorm.

Leashes: You should NEVER use a flex leash on a dog. NEVER. Our favorite leashes are these dual handle leashes because it gives me greater control when I need to pull the dogs closer to me on a walk. The padded handles are a plus, especially in the spring and fall when it’s warm enough to not need gloves, but your hands still get dry.

Poop bags: Biodegradable is the way to go.

Bully Sticks: Our dogs LOVE these bully sticks. They’re particularly helpful in keeping them occupied when I need to be on a conference call - it takes them a while to get through these. I do not recommend giving these to your dog if you are not there to keep an eye on them - you want to be in a position to intervene if they start choking on it (Note: we have never had this happened, but its better to be save than sorry!)

I hope you’ve found this post helpful! Feel free to pin any of the pictures so you can save all the links for future use!

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Disclosure: This post contains Amazon affiliate links. This means that if you do end up purchasing from any of these links, I receive a small commission. This does not affect your pricing in any way. We have tried and tested each of these products linked in this piece - all opinions are 100% my own (and interpreted on behalf of our dogs :))