It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – and many of us may have spent the last few weeks frantically searching for the perfect gift for our spouses, relatives, friends…and, of course, our dogs.
We’ve decided to round up a selection of some 2020 Christmas gift ideas for your pup, although these ideas aren’t just for Christmas – they will provide your dog with mental and physical stimulation throughout the year. These gift ideas are perfect for any budget and virtually any dog!
(Wondering which holiday leftovers are safe to feed to your dog? Looking for a dog-friendly recipe to involve your pup in the season’s eatings? Take a look at our article which shows you the foods to avoid feeding to your pup over the Christmas period!)
1. KONG AirDog Squeakair Ball with Rope Dog Toy
Product Link (Chewy)
If your dog loves the outdoors, this very affordable toy from KONG could be the perfect gift! The Squeakair combines a traditional tennis ball, a squeaker toy and a rope, providing your dog with an abundance of physical and mental stimulation.
- Ideal for helping your dog achieve its daily exercise
- Unpredictable bounce makes this a great interactive fetch toy
- Non-abrasive felt is gentle on your dog’s teeth and gums
2. Kong Extreme Large
A classic puzzle and chew toy, the Kong is a staple for providing an outlet for your dog’s boredom and mental stimulation needs. The Kong Extreme is perfect for destructive or tough chewers who enjoy shredding their toys. This model is more durably made than Kong original, but maintains the same design. Extend your dog’s enjoyment by freezing your filling for a while before giving the Kong to your pup.
- Ultra-durable material designed for determined chewers
- Great for stuffing with frozen treats or snacks for increased mental stimulation
- Erratic bounce is ideal for games of fetch
3. OurPets IQ Interactive Treat Ball
Product Link (Amazon)
This interactive treat dispenser is the perfect tool to keep your dog mentally stimulated. Available in two sizes, your pup will gradually learn how to roll the ball to obtain their treats.
- The ball’s adjustable interior disc allows you to increase the difficulty level for your dog
- Easy to use, clean and maintain
- The slower feeding will reduce bloating and help your dog’s digestion
4. Chuckit! Sport Launcher Dog Ball Thrower
Save your arm – and the need to touch a ball coated in slobber – with this ball thrower. This allows you to throw a Chuckit! ball up to two or three times further, encouraging your pup to run even further.
- Allows you to exercise your dog without straining your arm or exhausting yourself
- Made from a durable, lightweight plastic with a comfortable handle, designed for optimum control
- Product comes with one Chuckit! ball and also works with compatible tennis balls
5. Starmark Treat Dispensing Bob-a-Lot toy
Product Link (Chewy)
This mental stimulation toy holds a variety of different treats, allowing you to mentally challenge your dog at meal-time or in order to obtain treats.
- Easy-to fill chambers can be filled with treats or kibble
- Bobs and tils on a weighted, anti-slip base.
- Customizable difficulty level, allowing you to offer mental stimulation to your dog
6. KONG Wubba
The Wubba from KONG is a fun and interactive tug toy, made with durability and tails on one end for extra enjoyment! This toy is available in a number of different sizes.
- Made with durable, ballistic nylon for added toughness
- Easy to pick up, throw or tug for playtime with your dog
- Available in a variety of styles and models
7. Chuckit! Kick Fetch ball
Product Link (Chewy)
Take fetch to a whole new level! This Chuckit! Kick Fetch ball is perfect for dogs who have a tendency to destroy soccer balls and is built to last.
- Product design gives unusual bounce to increase excitement
- Works in yards, parks and even in water
- Easy to pick up and gentle on your dog’s mouth
8. EzyDog Convert Harness
Product Link (Highland Canine)
$60.00-$76.00 depending on size
If you like to use harnesses on your dog, but are tired of the hassle involved in putting them on and taking them off, then look no further! The EzyDog harness is built with your pup’s comfort in mind, and was developed to provide optimal ease of use for owners. It is highly adjustable in order to provide the perfect fit for your dog, without the hassle of thin straps, clips or buckles. The EzyDog harness is durably constructed, available in a variety of colors and sizes, and extremely practical for everyday use.
- Perfect for dogs with an active lifestyle
- Fully adjustable chest strap provides a snug fit
- Soft cotton lining is comfortable for your pup
9. Nino Ottosson Outward Hound Puzzle Toy
Produced to look like real wood, this dog puzzle toy is an entertaining way to mentally stimulate your dog. Simply place dog treats in the activity toy blocks and compartments, and your dog has to work out how to get them out!
- The interactive puzzle toy will exercise your dog’s mind
- No removable parts – the puzzle feeder stays completely intact
- Made from a unique composite material, the puzzle toy is tough and easy to clean
10. West Paw Zogoflex Zisc Frisbee
Product Link (West Paw)
This frisbee is lightweight yet durable – gentle on dog’s mouths and perfect for fetch and tug of war. The Zisc flies a sizeable distance for minimal effort.
- Dishwasher safe and latex-free
- FDA-compliant – the Zisc can double as a travel bowl
- Also available in a glow-in-the-dark version
11. Jack&Pup Filled Dog Bones
Product Link (Amazon)
These delicious, filled bones are the ideal alternative to marrow bones for dogs. These last for a long time and will keep your dog occupied for several hours.
- These bones come in a variety of flavors – Bacon & Cheese, Bully Stick and Peanut Butter
- Great for teething puppies, aggressive chewers and large dogs
- Sourced from grass-fed, free range cattle and raised without added hormones and antibiotics
12. 101 Dog Tricks by Kyra Sundance – and a clicker
Book Link (Barnes and Noble)
Teach your dog over one hundred incredible dog tricks, with helpful step-by-step instructions and prerequisites to help you get started. Tips and troubleshooting tips throughout the book help to cover common issues.
- Easy-to-follow color photos to help
- Learn basic tricks like ‘sit’ or ‘roll over’, then challenge your dog to tidy up your toy or get a soda from the fridge
- International bestseller in 18 languages, with over a half-million copies sold around the world
13. Handmade Leather Leash
Product Link (Highland Canine)
The Handmade Leather Leash from Highland Canine is available in black, brown and natural in 6’ or 4’ length. This is a quality, durable authentic leather leash that can be made with brass or nickel plated hardware. Leashes are hand-made by the Highland team and crafted precisely to your requested specifications.
- Available in a variety of lengths and colors
- Hand-crafted to your specifications
- Comfortable and durable – perfect for a number of purposes
14. Deluxe Dog Training Pouch
Do you find yourself carrying bags of dog treats around with you when you are training, or going through countless ziplock bags every week when you are regularly working with your dog? It is critical to reward your pup’s desirable behavior when training for fast and consistent results, but training can be frustrating when you are always having to worry about the most efficient way to get treats out exactly at the moment you need them without them falling onto the ground. A treat pouch is a highly effective (and simple) solution to storing treats in an unobstructive way. The Rapid Rewards Training Pouch was designed with dog owners in mind.
- Pouch is very durable, spacious and contain additional pockets for accessories
- Magnetic opening makes it easy to access treats
- Optional belt strap available
15. Nino Ottosson Dog Brick Interactive Puzzle
Product Link (Outward Hound)
The Nino Ottosson Dog Brick Interactive Puzzle is a great way to keep dogs busy by challenging their brains. Encourage problem solving and rewarding pups for using their brains, this interactive puzzle is an easy way to discourage unwanted behaviors caused by boredom.
- Offers three different feeding features for hiding treats
- Can help calm anxious dogs and entertain bored dogs
- Easy to clean
- Freezer safe – prolong the fun by freezing treats inside of compartments
- Compact size, can be used anywhere
16. SniFFiz SmellyMatty Snuffle Mat Puzzle Toy
Product Link (AKC)
Does your dog love to sniff? The SniFFiz Snuffle Mat puzzle toy is an easy and enjoyable way to keep your dog occupied while providing mental stimulation and encouraging natural foraging behaviors.
- Can be used indoors or outdoors.
- Adjustable difficulty levels to keep your dog stay challenged as they learn how to work the puzzle
- Developed with enthusiastic dogs in mind – Contains a non-slip bottom, anti flip structure and machine washable
- Provides vital mental stimulation for dogs while keeping them busy
- Capacity to hide full meals or treats
17. Tactipup Collar
Product Link (Tactipup)
Tactipup offers top quality, hand crafted, customizable tactical dog collars for working dog and pet dog owners alike. Gift vouchers are available if the turnaround time on their handmade collars means your gift won’t arrive before Christmas.
- Many models include a metal Cobra buckle and a very heavy duty D-Ring – these features create a collar that can withstand over 2,000 pounds of force
- Personalized collar includes dog’s name embroidered in a variety of available faults
- Many colors, camo patterns and patches available to further customize collar
- Can be purchased in 1”, 1.5”, and 2” widths
- Available with or without handle
18. PetSafe Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain
Product Link (Amazon)
The perfect gift for the picky dog! If you find it difficult to get your pup to drink water, the Petsafe Drinkwell Pet Fountain may be the answer to your prayers.
- Various sizes available
- Provides a free-falling stream of water that encourages dogs to drink more
- Includes a built in water filter
- Dishwasher safe BPA-free design makes the device easy to clean
- Ability to customize water flow level to fit your dog’s preferences
19. Tractive Dog GPS Tracker
Product Link (Tractive)
$49.99 + monthly subscription (starting at $5.39/month)
Does your dog love to roam, or do you have a friend who owns a dog with a tendency to escape? Tractive Dog GPS Tracker allows you to track your dog’s location – no matter where they end up.
- Live tracking: Allows user to track their dog in real-time with unlimited range
- 100% waterproof
- Attaches directly to dog’s collar
- Rechargeable battery lasts two to five days
- Activity monitoring: Through the use of a smart phone, a user can monitor their dog’s daily activity
- Subscription plan is required, starting at $4.99 per month per tracker
20. Dogtra Pathfinder
The Dogtra Pathfinder is the ultimate GPS collar – remote collar combo. Designed for the everyday dog owner to serious enthusiast alike, the Dogtra Pathfinder can track up to 21 dogs (additional compatible collars necessary). The collar is easily paired to a smartphone, where you can quickly view your dog’s location as well as utilize the collars remote features. Unlike most GPS collars, the Dogtra Pathfinder does not require cellular data or an additional navigation package. The collar works in live time with a two second update rate, and can be used alongside the remote collar or in tracking only mode. The Pathfinder also has a Geo-Fence alert system. If your dog is regularly working at a distance from you, or if you have an escape artist, this collar could change your life.
- Works within a nine mile range
- Unit is fully waterproof
- Offers 100 different levels of tone and stimulation
21. Rex Specs Dog Goggles
Product Link (Rex Specs)
From $80, depending on model
Developed by a couple who realized how difficult it was to find quality eye gear for active dogs or dogs with sensitive eyes, Rex Specs are used by everyone from military working canines to sporty dog owners to keep dogs eyes safe in every environment.
- Block out UV rays
- Protection from debris, wind, bugs, dust, punctures and more
- Solid build with numerous sizing, color and style options
- Interchangeable lenses: Most models include two lenses with the option to purchase various lens colors
- Fully adjustable strap system to ensure optimal fit and security
22. iFetch Interactive Ball Thrower
Product Link (iFetch)
$115 for iFetch Original, $40 for Frenzy, $200 for iFetch Too
Calling all dogs who love to play fetch! The iFetch Interactive Ball Thrower is an interactive device that allows your dog to play fetch – with itself!
- Distance settings allow a user to control the distance balls are thrown at – ranging from 10-40 feet (depending on model)
- Rechargable system that lasts up to 300 throws before needing to be recharged (depending on model)
- Large depositing area on top of the unit allows dog to place ball directly into the machine so it can be thrown again
- Machine launches tennis balls continuously on its own
23. BETA Rope Long Line
Perfect for basic and advanced obedience, search and rescue, scent sports and nature walks, the Beta Rope Long Line is crafted from a comfortable, durable, weatherproof material that makes working your dog a pleasure. Unlike many other forms of synthetic based longlines, the Beta Rope Long Line is very unlikely to cause rope burn, even when moving at fast speeds, and many find the circular design to be more natural than most standard flat long lines.
- Easy to care for and maintain
- The long line provides plenty of room to accomplish a variety of training goals
- Available in a variety of colors
24. CleverPet Hub
Product Link (CleverPet)
Know a pup who could use some mental stimulation? The CleverPet Hub is a one of a kind gaming console for dogs.
- Utilizes algorithms to create light sequences that dogs must touch in a correct order in order to receive treats or food.
- Adjusts automatically to any skill level so it is never too simple or challenging.
- Great for helping to resolve boredom related behavioral issues
- Holds up to 2.5 cups of dry food
- Offers 50-300 plays per day
- Smartphone controls and tracking: Allows dog owner to monitor their dog’s progress through a smartphone, as well as providing users the ability to manage their Hub’s operating schedule (so you can set it when you are away).
25. PetChatz HD
Product Link (PetChatz)
Do you miss your pet dearly when you’re not with them? Or perhaps you know a dog lover who can’t stand to be away from their pup. PetChatz is an interactive videophone system that allows your pet to call you – and you to call them.
- “PawCall” – A two way video chats through an HD screen on the device which connects to the camera on your smartphone
- Contains a built in treat dispenser which enables dog owners to deposit treats out of the device through their smartphone while they are away
- “PetWatch” – A video recording feature which allows you to check on your pet and capture their activity
- Contains an aromatherapy feature which allows you to calm your dog from a distance
- No monthly fees