17 of the Best Gifts for Dog Lovers
My compilation of 17 of the best gifts for dog lovers includes both doggone good dog goods, and doggone good goods spotlighting dogs that will make dog lovers go, Hot diggity dog! Enjoy.
Note: products are priced as they were at printing. Pricing, and availability, are subject to change.
Pooch Selfie Phone Attachment
The Pooch Selfie presumes your dog is a big enough sucker that he'll be mesmerized by a simple tennis ball with a squeaker inside long enough for you to snap the perfect photo of the two of you.
And I think, for at least 80% of the dogs out there, that's a pretty good presumption.
The Pooch Selfie includes a removable Squeaking Pooch Selfie Ball and a smartphone attachment that lets you use the lure with both front and rear facing cameras. So you can switch between selfies of you and your four-legged BFF and portraits of him sitting there being the cutest puppy doggy on earth alone.
Shiba Inu Dog Marshmallows
If the sight of a Shiba Inu makes you just want to squishitsface, well, how about sparing the dog's dignity and ability to breathe, and taking out your cuteness aggression on a set of Shiba Inu Dog Marshmallows? Come on, you have to admit, they're just as adorable as the real thing.
And the marshmallow versions are filled with chocolate and sweet azuki bean flavors!
Murphy Style Dog Bed
A murphy bed for pups, now that is some doggy style. The Eco FLEX Abigail dog murphy bed folds out of a decorative cabinet in your choice of Espresso or Antique White.
The convertible bed comes with a memory foam cushion, waterproof with a removable cover for washing. The cabinet is made of ecoFLEX, a non-toxic recycled plastic-wood polymer that is resistant to warping, cracking, and splitting. Open the canine murphy bed when you and your dog are hanging out watching Animal Planet, and then close it up to blend in with the rest of the furniture when guests come over or you're in the mood for a tidier, more composed look in your space.
Mighty Paw Smart Bell for Dogs
We've all seen Bunny the Sheepadoodle, right? Think of Mighty Paw as Step 1 to building your dog's vocabulary and communication skills. "BOOP! Time to go out," ol' Rufus is telling you every time he gives the smart bell a bump.
the Mighty Paw activator is a wireless, battery-free disc that sticks to your door or wall with a 3M adhesive strip. You can install it indoors or out (or both with the 2-activator set) so your pup can let you know when s/he needs to do some business, or when the transaction is complete and s/he's ready to come back inside.
Feed Me: 50 Home Cooked Meals for Your Dog
50 Home Cooked Meals for Your Dog?! How about Feed Me: 50 Home Cooked Meals for Your Favorite Dude? I've seen dogs dig gristle out of the trash. I've seen dogs lick smeared PB&J and Filet-O-Fish sandwiches off the ground at the park. I've seen dogs eat POO! Dogs will eat anything! They don't need a home-cooked meal, much less a cookbook filled with 50 of them, and they certainly don't need a human to spend hours in the kitchen preparing gourmet dishes filled with love.
I, on the other hand, do.
So, uh, if any dog owners out there are planning to buy the Feed Me cookbook, and use it to whip up meals such as Carrot Risotto with Seared Beef and Quinoa with Squash and Lamb Ragu, would you mind making a little extra for me?
CoyoteVest Pet Body Armor
Sure, a CoyoteVest will make the lap dog wearing it look like a mohawked Mad Max BAMF, but that's just a happy side effect. The self-described "Pet Body Armor's" primary purpose is to protect Little Buddy from an attack.
Bigger dogs, nasty raccoons, and other wild animals can sneak up or decide to pounce on pets suddenly, and whether owners are there at the time or not, they may not be able to stop it. As the CoyoteVest's name suggests, coyote attacks in particular are on the rise in the US. What's a 7-pound puggle or a maltipoo going to do to combat a vicious low-level wolf?
How about stab it, poke its eyes out, and zap it back to the hole it crawled out of, all while keeping his own delicate doggie flesh impenetrable?
How Dogs Love Us
Like you don't already know how your dog loves you. He runs in from the rainstorm and jumps on your bed. Chews up your couch cushions. Poops in your shoe. But in How Dogs Love Us Emory University neuroscientist Gregory Berns delves a little deeper - MRI machine and brain scan deeper - into the unbreakable bond between the Turners and Hooches out there.
Given his career, Berns clearly wonders what someone is thinking on a pretty regular basis. After adopting Callie, a terrier mix rescue, the question kept falling on her. To the point that man and dog embarked on a journey of intense still-sitting training, technical hurdles, and legal implications to produce the first images and analysis of the inner workings of the canine brain.
Bow Wow Water Fountain
No opposable thumb required. This pooch-friendly water fountain attaches easily to the end of a standard garden hose, and activates at the touch of a paw. Adjustable to 3 pressure settings, the perpetual hydrater is also capable of both delivering Brutus the H2O PSI big breeds with big cajones love to guzzle, and quenching little Bubbles' thirst without turning her into a canine projectile.
Best of all, with your dog able to drink on demand, you'll never have to worry about changing and cleaning dirty, grimy, or leaf-laden water bowls; no one will inadvertently step in, kick, or dump over Fido's sole source of eau de vie anymore; and lazy pet owners will have one less responsibility to shirk in taking care of their quadrupedal best friend.
If You Can Read This Dog Tag
If you can read this I will lick you. A simple metal disk turns dog collar banality into dog collar hilarity. But how many people take the time to rifle through a dog's tags in search of potential witticisms? I think this fair warning etched in aluminum would have an even better effect hung from a chain around the neck of a two-year-old child, an old person with dementia, or someone high on E.
I'd also like to find the next generation of engraved dog tags - the ones that say If you can read this I will sick you and If you can read this I will lick my balls and then lick your face.
If you're currently sitting at home living in your bathrobe, don't leave your doggo out of the lounging fun. The Dog Bathrobe lets four-legged friends of all sizes join their humans in experiencing what it's like to be a disheveled slob on the couch for days on end.
I suppose you could also put the Dog Bathrobe to a more functional use, wrapping Toby in it post-Barkbath to dry him off, warm him up, and make him feel all cozy and comfortable cocooned in a sheath of microfiber terry.
This Labrador Rug from Lillycrop Design blew my mind when I found it last night. Yes, it was late and I was overtired, but I was neither drunk nor high, and this optical illusion tripped me out. First I was like, "Labrador Rug? Naw, that's a real black Lab." Then I was like, "Well, OK, if it's not real, it's taxidermy. Or at least a 3D stuffed animal." But no, dudes. Look at the next image in the gallery. The Labrador Rug is indeed a Labrador Rug. A two-dimensional puppy carpet you can drape over your furniture, lay out in the kids' room, or cozy up next to your bed.
Or. Or! Use to sike out your living Labrador retriever.
Underwater Dogs - Subsurface Fetching Photos
How the heckfire did Seth Casteel even come up with this idea of photographing dogs fetching balls and sticks and other lures of underwater canine submersion? Its hilarity - with one wrench of pure horror in the form of a snarling yellow lab thrown in for good measure - is kind of brilliant. Underwater Dogs exposes the underbelly of simple, carefree games of catch. What owners typically perceive as a sprint, a leap, and a splash, now emerges as a heretofore unseen subsurface circus.
Pet Tunes Speaker with Calming Canine Music
Come on, dog owners. Don't say you've never left music or the TV on when you've left your pooch home alone so he or she would have some "company," maybe feel a little less lonely. Pet Acoustics' Pet Tunes Calming Music Dog Speaker just takes what you're already doing a step further, applying some (pseudo?) canine science to the act of soothing, comforting, and tricking your dog with sound.
The palm-sized Pet Tunes speaker is a Bluetooth device that comes pre-loaded with 90 minutes of music Pet Acoustics says was "developed by a sound behaviorist to reduce stress and calm nervous canines." Some stress-related behaviors you might test out the Pet Tunes speaker on include excessive barking and pacing, which typically manifest when Ollie or Bella is left home alone, traveling or staying in new environments, and during thunderstorms and fireworks.
Cuddle Clones - Realistic Stuffed Versions of Your Pet
Cuddle Clones transform any real pet you've got - dog, cat, rabbit, tarantula - into an adorable, highly realistic plush toy. The process takes several weeks, and all stuffed animals are handmade based on photos you upload of your pet, and unique characteristics about him or her you report with the submission. You can also choose how you want your Cuddle Clone positioned.
Ruffwear Highlands Sleeping Bag for Dogs
Ruffwear made its Highlands Sleeping Bag just for dogs because they know you want your pooch to be just as warm and cozy as you are when it gets cold in the mountains, or chilly on fall nights by the lake. Yeah, just as warm and cozy. But...preferably not on top of, or burrowed all up inside your sleeping bag with you, kicking and scratching as he has dreams of chasing rabbits and Amazon Prime delivery men all night.
Cuss Collar - A Collar that Curses When Your Dog Barks
Though the Cuss Collar sounds like a punishment for your foul-mouthed kids - or your husband - its application and function are a lot more literal. The Cuss Collar is a dog collar that swears whenever your dog barks. You know, like a dog-to-human translator that knows when Grandpaw* goes Woof! he's really saying, Woof the fuck?!
Created by MSCHF the Cuss Collar consists of a patent leather collar with padded interior strap, a stainless steel buckle, and the centerpiece, a bark-activated speaker that plays various profanities whenever your dog woofs you a piece of his or her mind.
*Grandpaw is the grand canine star of the Cuss Collar promo photos and video.
Shark Puppy Bed
The smooshy shark or the poofy puppy: I don't know which is more adorable, and therefore most responsible for my urge to slap it in the face. Can any woman look at this dog without longing to hold it in her arms? Can any man look at this dog bed without contemplating how comfortable it would be as a 360-degree pillow for himself?