The Top 5 Doggie Gifts for the Holidays

PetMD Editorial
Updated: December 11, 2013
Published: December 16, 2009
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Woof Wednesday

Well, bow-wow-wow, it’s the holidays, a.k.a. the time for giving and making sure all the really important people in our lives are shown they’re loved (be they puppy-dogs or the people who own said puppy-dogs). But the options are so many and varied it’s hard to decide just what to get.

Luckily, you have PetMD to help you out with the top five gift options for the dog (and dog lover) in your life.

#5 Extra Playtime

Does the dog in your life need an extra bit of lovin’ during the day? Well, doggy day care can help out the most stressed of pups. And, if you can’t afford the local day care, then why not invest in a dog-walker.

Dog walkers will walk the dog, play with the dog, and help him flirt at the local dog park, all for a reasonable fee. It’s perfect! Dog walkers not only makes a splendid gift for your favorite furry friend, but for your favorite dog lover, too.

#4 Naps!

Let’s face it. As much as dogs love to chase squirrels, mailmen, and Frisbees, they love to sleep (dogs are like men that way). Luckily, there are sexy and cool dogs beds available for all budgets. And, from what we hear, they are very comfy. Just make sure they're made with pet-safe materials as well as care and love.

#3 On the Road, Again

Dogs love to travel. Even before they were bred to hang out in designer handbags, dogs adored being with their masters to see the strange and new sights. But beyond the obvious designer bags, fashion gurus are beginning to create trendy coats and outfits for trips, as well as collars and leashes designed for any occasion. Luckily these days, every dog can travel in style … no matter what his master's budget is.

#2 Chew Toys

Your old slippers are so last year. Chew toys come in all shapes and sizes and are perfect for even the most modest of modern budgets. There are chew toys that are filled with treats (like peanut butter), chew toys that are a bit more interactive, and even novelty toys like the Official Vick Dog Chew Toy (revenge, dogs would agree, is always sweet). Best of all, some chew toys are specifically designed to clean teeth, which, let's be honest, we could all use a little more of… Just make sure the chew toy is size appropriate to the dog and you can't go wrong.

#1 Treats

Everyone loves treats, especially our doggy pals. And they make great stocking stuffers. From organic tidbits to doggy-cakes, there’s something for every dog.

And there’s even something for every dog owner, too. Is your fellow pup-loving friend an avid cook? Why not give them a doggy treat cookbook? Many have wonderful recipes, including treats that help with oral hygiene or those that are chock-full of extra vitamins and minerals to give the dog a shiny, healthy coat.

Happy holiday shopping!