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Looking for the perfect gift for a dog lover in your life? Need some gift ideas for your four-legged family? We've got you covered!
We've compiled the best gifts for dog lovers this year including beautiful custom and personalized pet gifts, rad accessories, popular stocking stuffers, and a few quarantine-friendly finds. We also listed our all-time favorite gifts to spoil your dog with this holiday season.
Stellar Villa is a Brooklyn-based art company offering stunning custom designs by artist Laura. Stellar Villa offers many custom pet art options including minimalistic line art (left image), mid-century style pet portraits (right image), carton-style pet art, custom paintings, and even custom pet tattoo designs. As the two below examples show, Laura's artwork is truly exceptional and tends to have a modern flair.
West & Willow offers fun and modern custom pet portraits and custom iPhone cases. The pet portraits feature gallery grade paper, real hardwood frames, and modern, custom illustrations of your four-legged family. Choose from several portrait background options including white, dusty pink, charcoal gray, and other limited edition options.
We ordered a custom pet portrait of Django and couldn't be more thrilled with the artwork. The portrait itself is gorgeous and a perfect likeness of our adorable and fluffy sausage dog. The frame is clearly high quality and classy. It's a perfect addition to my (Steph's) home office.
Does the dog lover on your list like dogs? And coffee? These stunning custom pet mugs by PetCanva are an essential for the cupboard.
Now you can protect your phone AND carry your four-legged family with you everywhere you go. West & Willow phone cases feature a solid back and flexible sides that make it easy to take on and off. Wireless charging compatible. Save 20% on all phone cases when you also purchase a portrait.
DJANGO's dog carrier bag is a beautiful waxed canvas and leather pet tote designed for daily commutes and weekend adventures. A soft and sturdy footpad and bag-to-harness tether ensures dogs' comfort and security. Four exterior and interior zip pockets ensure essentials (poop bags, keys, your passport) don’t get lost in the fray.
This modern and rad shop has some of the coolest dachshund-themed apparel and accessories for women including tees, tanks, sweatshirts, and face masks. I myself own a few of their items and can highly recommend them.
If you're looking for additional gift ideas for sausage dog lovers, check out our Dachshund Lovers Gift Guide.
DJANGO's Adventure Dog Harnesses and Leashes are high quality, comfortable, and adventure ready. The harnesses feature a padded and weather-resistant neoprene body, four points of adjustment for a custom fit, and beautiful solid cast brass hardware. The leashes are made with heavy-duty webbing and feature a padded comfort handle and the same gorgeous brass hardware. Save $10 when you purchase a dog harness and leash set via DJANGO's 'Adventure Bundle'.
A fanny pack!? We know what you're thinking, but hear us out... Next time you're out walking your dog, why not look a little stylish doing it? Put your keys, phone, wallet and even your four-legged family's poop bags in this classy and modern fanny pack.
Social distancing doesn't have to be so boring. Get the dog lover on your list this dog-themed 1000 piece Ravensburger jigsaw puzzles for adults.
Bgraamiens' 'Puppies' Party' is 1,000 pieces worthy of any skilled puzzler who's practicing social distancing and quarantining at home.
Consider this other best selling dog-themed jigsaw puzzle on Amazon. Unlike the 1000 piece Ravensburger puzzle we featured above, this one is 'only' 500 pieces and equally entertaining.
This dog-friendly deck of playing cards features our favorite breeds: huskies, poodles, goldendoodles, corgis, and more.
Based on the hilarious @dog_feelings Twitter and Instagram feeds by Matt Nelson of WeRateDogs, this calendar offers sweet, endearing thoughts from the paw-spective of a good dog. The pontificating pup’s reflections on life always bring laughs or melt hearts.
This best selling pet keepsake is a lovely pawprint kit. Rated 5 stars by over 1,000 Amazon customers, the kit includes 70g of white clay, roller, circle cutter, hole puncher, assorted color ribbons, 2 display stands, and bonus stencil kit for a personalized pet keepsake or Christmas ornament.
BarkBox has a few of their best-selling plush dog toys listed on Amazon, and each of them is adorable and awesome in its own way. Gordon the Giant Sloth, for instance, is covered head-to-toe in super-long, super-strong hair that dogs absolutely love (including our dachshund Django!). There's also our personal favorites Odd-Ollie the purple octopus and Consuela the Cactus.
Whether the day's agenda calls for thrashing, ripping, or just curling up under the blankets for 15 hours, dogs love this toy. Non-toxic plush from high-quality manufacturers ensures that this toy is safe for all pups to play with.
We've always been huge fans of KONG dog toys and products. Not only are KONG dog toys super durable and well made, but Django also loves each KONG toy we've gotten him! I was pretty pumped when I saw KONG came out with their own monthly subscription box of dog toys, treats, and training tools. If you're looking for a fun and fresh assortment of toys to keep your dog entertained and excited throughout the month, definitely consider KONG's great monthly boxes.
If you want to make your dog extremely excited and happy every month... this is the gift to get. BarkBox is a subscription service that delivers 2 original dog toys, all natural dog treats, and an all-natural chew directly to your doorstep. Django absolutely loves BarkBox and somehow knows the box is for him every time.
If you don't want to subscribe to a monthly service, no problem. Dog owners can purchase one-off boxes at any time throughout the year. One-off orders are a great way to do something special for your pup without the ongoing cost of a monthly membership.
Django's favorite hobbies including eating, cuddling, and absolutely obliterating new toys. He loves nothing more than taking a perfectly new toy and ripping it to pieces. We stopped paying more for premium "destroy-proof" toys since Django would ruin them in minutes! You can imagine Mike and I were thrilled when Bark rolled out its Super Chewer monthly subscription box for dogs who play harder and demand more of a challenge with their toys.
Each monthly Super Chewer box includes 2 tough toys, 2 full-size bags of treats, and 2 meaty chews. Each box is themed around different types of play and senses such as fetch, mentally stimulating puzzles, and scents for nose work.
The Bully Buddy is a durable, easy-to-use, veterinarian-vetted, and dog-approved device that tightly secures bully sticks, preventing dogs from choking on the tail-end of the treat.
If your dog loves going outside in the fall and winter but gets chilly when the temperatures drop, consider sneaking into his stocking a super cozy DJANGO Dog Hoodie. DJANGO dog hoodies are soft, stretchy, and designed for outdoor adventures and everyday wear. Designed for comfort and function, the dog hoodies are fully lined and have a reinforced leash portal, a stretchy elastic waistband, and are machine washable.
This gift might be too big for a stocking, but it would make an amazing and thoughtful addition to your dog's holiday gift list this year! Puffy's Memory Foam Dog Bed is an incredibly comfortable and well made bed for four-legged family. High-density memory foam evenly distributes weight and has cooling qualities to prevent dogs from getting too warm while they rest. The bed cover is also removable and machine washable (an absolute must for our dog Django who sheds like no other and manages to track in dirt and debris after every outing!). One more huge plus? Puffy's dog bed comes with a lifetime warranty.
Benebone's Wishbone bacon-flavored dog chew is designed for aggressive chewers. The long-lasting, durable chew is flavored with real bacon and incredibly tantalizing to dogs of all shapes and sizes. Made and sourced in the USA.
Castor & Pollux's Organix lines of dog treats and dog food are wonderful, high quality organic options for dogs. We actually recommend this brand's 'Organic Grain-Free Small Breed' dry food recipe in our article "The Best Organic, All Natural, and Grain Free Dog Foods". The first ingredient of this particular Organix recipe is USDA Organic free-range chicken. In addition to being a favorite among dogs (and dog owners), a bag of these crunchy treats averages only $6-7 - a very reasonable price compared to other organic dog treat options out there.
We (Mike and Steph) visited Polkadog's retail location with Django in South Boston last year. We were both impressed by the quality of Polkadog's ingredients, their simplistic recipes, and the fact that every bag of Polkadog treats is made in the Boston area. Unlike other dog treat brands which outsource manufacturing, Polkadog Bakery owns and controls their own manufacturing facilities. Does your dog prefer fish instead of chicken? Try Polkadog's dehydrated cod skin sticks. Django LOVED these crunchy treats when we visited Polkadog in Boston, and we ultimately went home with a 2lb bag of them.
These peanut butter and banana organic dog treats by Wet Noses are a favorite among health-conscious dog owners and a top seller on Amazon (for good reason). All five ingredients are USDA Organic and non-gmo. Because the treats do not contain any animal protein (rather, organic pea flour is used as a source of protein), the crude protein content is slightly lower than other treats on this list at 15%.
We've been giving a selection of Spot Farms treats to our sausage dog Django for years and often recommend the brand to our dog loving friends. These treats contain nutritious, human-grade ingredients like antibiotic-free chicken, high-fiber brown rice and antioxidant-rich apples. Dogs absolutely love the rich meat flavor in these small bite-sized treats, and dog owners love Spot Farms' simple list of honest and high quality ingredients.
Dog owners rave about these 100% organic beef sticks by Green Butterfly Brands. The limited, high quality ingredients are organic, human-grade, and American sourced, and the treats contain no artificial flavors, colors, fillers or preservatives. In addition to being packed with protein, these crunchy beef sticks are great for dogs of all sizes. Although the sticks themselves are a good size, they're very easy to break into bite-sized pieces for smaller dog breeds.
Our dachshund Django is absolutely obsessed with The Farmer's Dog and Pet Plate (more on that one below). The Farmer’s Dog purchases high-quality, human-grade ingredients from local farms and food suppliers that meet USDA standards. Pre-made meals arrive in recyclable cardboard boxes with dissolvable cornstarch insulation. The New York-based company freezes multiple servings in each non-resealable package. They must be stored in the freezer and thawed in the fridge before serving.
Pet Plate is another very high quality fresh dog food delivery brand with tons of raving customers (both two-legged and four-legged). The company has a Cornell University-trained veterinary nutritionist who ensures its recipes meet or exceed AAFCO standards. The meals are gently cooked in small batches and then flash-frozen in USDA kitchens. Each microwavable-safe container has two, pre-portioned meals. Pet Plate also has a topper plan if you want to mix fresh dog food with kibble.
In June 2016, Mike and I (Steph) packed up our tiny New York City apartment and put almost everything we owned into storage. We flew to the Pacific Northwest with two suitcases and our long-haired dachshund, Django. Over the next 10 months, Mike and I worked remotely, lived in both Oregon and Southern California, and spent almost all of our free time adventuring, hiking, and camping with Django. One of our all-time favorite dog-friendly adventures was a road trip down California's Pacific Coast Highway.
In this DJANGO Dog Blog article, we highlight the best dog-friendly places to visit along the Pacific Coast Highway. Although the PCH technically ends just north of San Diego, we include our favorite pet-friendly beaches, parks, camping grounds, and vineyards to visit on your next road trip from San Francisco to San Diego. We also include an interactive Google Map highlighting each dog-friendly attraction along the route.
Heartworm disease is one of the most serious and potentially lethal canine diseases. It is prevalent throughout the United States and found all over the world. Heartworms are silent killers that can damage your dog’s heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys if left untreated.
If you are a dog owner, you are likely well aware that it is important to protect your dog against heartworm disease. You probably give your dog regular heartworm prevention medicine to ensure your four-legged friend's health and wellbeing. But have you ever stopped to wonder what exactly heartworm disease in dogs is? What causes heartworm disease, and how do dogs contract heartworms? What are the symptoms of canine heartworm disease? Can the disease be successfully treated?
Here is everything you need to know about the causes, symptoms, treatment, and prevention of heartworm disease in dogs.
When we brought Django home in 2015, he had 28 razor sharp puppy teeth. Like a human baby, Django explored the world by putting objects into his mouth. Although we (Mike and Steph) always tried to direct Django's chewing energy towards puppy-safe chew toys, Django would put things in his mouth and chew on items he wasn't supposed to. Since Mike and I were a part of his world, he inevitably started nipping and biting our fingers, hands, and toes.
While mouthing is completely normal during puppyhood, it is important to let your puppy know what is and what is NOT allowed to be chewed on. Why do puppies gnaw on everything? How do you keep your dog from biting you? Are there outdated training techniques you should avoid? When should you seek professional help for your four-legged friend?
We spoke to Denise Harmon, the founder of Brooklyn-based dog training and consultant company Empire of the Dog, for tips on preventing puppy nipping and biting. Here is everything you need to know.