Deck the halls with chew toys and biscuits! Is Santa Paws coming to spoil your lucky pooch this year? To help share your festive spirit with your pet, we put together a list of the best dog Christmas gifts.
Your doggo did his best to stay off Santa's naughty list this year, even if he did inspect the bathroom garbage can once or twice. He deserves a special treat on Christmas morning just like the rest of us. Tis the season of giving after all, and there is no one more appreciative than your dog.
As dog owners ourselves, we understand your wanting to express your love for them amid the holiday season. Let us help you find the perfect stocking stuffer for your furry friend this year.
Best Dog Toys For Christmas
Let’s start the list off with the fun stuff - Toys! If your dog is toy crazy, then this list is sure to be helpful. Every dog is different, so find the toy that best suits your dog’s personality and play style.
For the Destroyer of Toys
...and furniture, shoes, or whatever else they can sink their teeth into!
West Paw Hurley Bone
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If your dog can demolish most toys in minutes, then the West Paw Hurley Bone is just what you need when shopping for Christmas pet gifts for dogs. Part of West Paws ultra-durable line, the Hurley is made from 100% recyclable materials but can still stand up to most aggressive chewers.
It’s latex, BPA, and phthalate-free, and is FDA compliant, meaning it is non-toxic and safe. Three sizes are available, x-small to large because little dogs can be powerful chewers too. It’s also dishwasher safe, so you can keep this toy clean and fun for longer.
The best part? It’s guaranteed. West Paw offers a one-time, hassle-free replacement if your dog manages to destroy it. This might just be the one toy that your dog can’t kill, making it one of the best Christmas gifts for dogs.
Planet Dog Orbee Tuff Cosmos Luna Ball
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The game of fetch may be most dogs’ favourite game, but finding a ball that can stand up to more powerful chewers and enthusiastic fetchers is tough. Solution: the Luna Ball from Planet Dog. Rated a 5 out of 5 on their durability scale, the Luna ball can stand up to tough chewers and still be a fun and engaging toy. Better yet, they are available in large sizes for larger breeds!
The Luna ball glows in the dark, making it great for winter and evening rounds of fetch. Don’t let the setting sun dampen your outdoor fun, and never lose it in the snow. (Just don’t mix it up with the yellow snow!)
Luna balls are also infused with a small amount of mint oil to engage your dog’s senses and keep them interested, so they are not only. We are so sure that your dog won’t destroy this toy, that Planet Dog offers a 100% money-back guarantee on this bad boy.
Want more dog Christmas gift box ideas for your power chewer? Check out Tough Dog Toys for extreme Chewers.
For the Tug-of-War Champion
Because you totally let them win… right?
Beco Pets Ball with Rope
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Challenge your dog to a friendly game of tug-of-war with the Beco Ball with Rope Toy. The durable ball is made from 100% rice husk rubber and gives your dog a good grip. Grab onto the natural cotton rope and hold on for dear life.
This is a great way to exercise your dog both mentally and physically, as well as an excellent bonding game. The soft materials are gentle on your hands and their mouth, so it’s suitable for dogs of any age.
When you are done playing tug, and by that, we mean when your dog inevitably shames you by winning, this toy also makes an excellent throw toy. The rope helps you get more distance from your throw, and will give your dog a high-intensity workout.
Ruffwear Pacific Loop
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This rugged toy is made for dogs that won’t give up. The ballistic nylon finish covers sturdy nylon webbing so your dog can tug to their heart’s content. This double-ended toy gives both you and your dog a comfortable grip.
Designed for medium to large breeds, the Pacific Loop is over 20 inches long, keeping your fingers safe and out of the way of your dog's over eager teeth. The bright colours and reflective stitching make the toy easy to spot, even when tossed around at the dog park.
For the Cuddle Bug
The cutest stuffies for the cutest dogs.
Multi-Pet Lamb Chops
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This is the song that never ends, it just goes on and on my friend! That’s right folks, Lamb Chops is back and softer than ever. Your pet can now cuddle with one of your favourite childhood characters.
Toys aren’t just for roughhousing. Some dogs treat their toys like their best friend, so give them something soft and comfy to snuggle up to, like Lamb Chops!
Lamb Chops comes in three sizes, so no matter how big or small your dog is, he can find a friend in our favourite TV lamb. Any dog would be thrilled to wake up Christmas morning to find a brand new Lamb Chops under the tree.
Kong Comfort Kiddos Elephant
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Finding a plush toy without a squeaker is tough. The squeaker is fine for playtime, but sometimes you just need some peace and quiet. The Kong Kiddos Elephant is just the toy you need for your pup and will quickly become one of your pup’s favourite dog Christmas presents.
Time for bed, or just need a break for the shrill noises of your pet playing? Take the squeaker out, and you have a perfectly quiet cuddle toy for your pup instead. This can be soothing if your dog is feeling overwhelmed by the noise and excitement of holiday festivities.
For the Brainiac
Some dogs are too smart for their own good!
Flipo Busy Bone
Puzzles are great for mental stimulation. A bored dog can develop some annoying and destructive behaviours, so keep them occupied with the Flipo Busy Bone. The Busy Bone is perfect for dogs that are new to puzzle games and toys.
The puzzle features eight chambers to hold treats, kibble, or snacks to grab your dog’s attention. Puzzles allow your dog to learn how to play by using their nose, mouth, and paws. Pieces need to be either lifted or slid side-to-side to uncover the goodies.
Outward Hound Nina Ottosson Multi Puzzle
Get ready for the ultimate dog puzzle. If you think your dog is a smart cookie, then this toy will test just how smart. The Outward Hound Nina Ottosson MultiPuzzle combines several challenging puzzle formats to keep your dog guessing and learning.
This puzzle is made for only the smartest of dogs. Just kidding, it is a tough one, but if you stuff it full of high-value treats, then your dog will stop at nothing to get those tasty rewards.
Looking for even more toys? This was just the tip of the iceberg! We have many more to choose from.
Best Christmas Dog Treat & Chews
Christmas is the time of year when we indulge in all sorts of delectable goodies, many of which can’t be shared with our pets. Instead, fill their stocking with snacks and treats that are both delicious and healthy -Treats make awesome dog gifts for your favourite little buddy, and it's a great time to try out something new!
For the Show Off
Sit? Down? - Ha! Too easy. Try literally jumping through hoops!
Benny Bully's Beef Liver Plus Apples
Your dog trains hard, and they deserve and tasty reward. Benny Bully’s Beef Liver Plus Apples are a versatile high-value reward to keep your dog focused and engaged. With only two ingredients, these healthy snacks are loaded with rich meaty flavour essential vitamins.
These freeze-dried beef liver squares are easy to snap into smaller pieces for longer training sessions. At less than 4 calories per treat, these meaty snacks can be just the motivation your dog needs to master their next trick.
Farm Fresh Bacon Treats
What dog doesn’t love bacon? If you are looking for a way to get your dog excited about training, then Farm Fresh Bacon treats are exactly what you need. These soft, chewy sticks are loaded with flavour and are great for any type of training.
For extended sessions, tear or cut the sticks into small pieces. The smell is enough to make you salivate, no less your dog. Even dogs that aren’t enthusiastic about training will sniff out these treats in a heartbeat, and stand (or sit) at attention.
For the Home Wrecker
Idle paws and all...
Eldon's Free-Range Bully Sticks
It should be no surprise to see bully sticks on your dog’s Christmas wishlist. We can’t speak highly enough of bully sticks and their benefits. They are low fat, easy to digest, and great for dental health.
For dogs that love to chew, offering them a safe and delicious natural chew can’t prevent them from destroying more expensive items like shoes and furniture. Eldon's Free-Range Bully Sticks are available in multiple sizes and shapes to accommodate your dog’s chewing habits.
Want to learn more about bully sticks? Check out What are Bully Sticks: The Facts, Myths, and Nutrition.
Himalayan Dog Chews
Looking for something a little tougher? Dog lovers praise Himalayan Dog Chews. They are made from only 4 ingredients: yak and cow cheese, lime juice, and salt. This long-lasting chew is excellent for dogs that need a harder chew to keep them busy.
Yak cheese is low in fat and high in protein, making them ideal for dogs with weight issues, sensitive digestion, and even food allergies. Yak cheese chews are not recommended for puppies and dogs with compromised dental health due to their hard nature.
For the Husky Pooch
and no, we don’t mean the breed…
Zukes Mini Naturals
Diet and exercise go hand-in-hand. Short training sessions are a great way to encourage activity, and Zukes Mini Naturals are the perfect low-calorie training treats to keep your dog excited. Plus they are available in so many flavours, like pork, salmon, chicken, and the ever-popular peanut butter!
Remember, they are on a diet, so be stingy with the treats. Cut them in half or even quarters to extend training and activity. If your dog is food motivated (they didn't pack on those extra pounds by not loving food), then they will do whatever it takes to get that scrumptious morsel, no matter how small it is or low calorie it is.
Eldon's Angus Beef Strips
Chubby dogs love to chew too. Unfortunately, many natural chews are too calorie-dense to feed often. You’ll find the best of both worlds in Eldon’s Angus Strips. This 12” long strip of beef esophagus is low fat, high protein, full of flavour.
Your dog’s food obsession shouldn’t keep them from getting the health benefits of natural chews. This chew is small enough to give weekly and tough enough to offer dental benefits and relief from boredom.
Did our list leave you wanting more? Click the link below to check out our full line of popular dog treats.
Favourite Festive Feasts
Our holiday gift guide is missing something...
Oh ya, dinner! There's no better holiday tradition than sitting down to a delicious family dinner with all the bells and whistles, so make sure your family dinner includes your dog too!
Portland Pet Food Company Grandma Ada's Turkey & Yams Holiday Meal
One of our favourite things about Christmas is the food. Now your dog can have his own special holiday meal too with Portland Pet Food Company's Grandma Ada's Turkey & Yams. This homestyle meal comes in a convenient easy-pour pouch that you can slightly warm in the microwave to really get that holiday aroma stirring.
In addition to turkey and yams, this festive meal features some classic holiday ingredients like green beans and cranberries. This fancy meal is perfect for picky eaters and sensitive stomachs, but to help your dog celebrate the holidays by your side, this special treat can be fed just for the fun of it.
Northern Biscuit Pumpkin Pie
No holiday meal is complete without dessert. Give your dog a taste of your family’s favourite dessert with Northern Biscuits Pumpkin Pie treats. Pumpkin is great for digestion and is loaded with flavour. Who can say no to this holiday classic? Your dog won't, that's for sure - especially if they are fans of peanut butter, pumpkin, and other sweet flavours.
Are you a holiday baker? Then check out our favourite homemade pumpkin dog treat recipes, including a mouth-watering recipe for pumpkin pie for dogs.
Homemade Christmas Gifts for Dogs
We love to spoil our friends and family at Christmas, but all these gifts can get expensive. Though you may want to be able to buy your dog all of the toys and treats at the pet store, a great way to avoid breaking the bank at the holidays is to supplement with some DIY Christmas gifts for dogs.
More than likely, your pet is just happy to have their whole family around for Christmas. Extra days off and cheery humans are probably enough to make your doggo super excited and happy. They don’t necessarily need to have fancy toys. While they are nice, there is no reason not to also give your pup some nice homemade Christmas dog gifts.
Homemade Dog Treats
One of the best parts of the holidays is the treats. Most treats that humans enjoy are definitely not suitable or healthy for your furry friends. If money is tight or you just want a fun kitchen project, you can make your own homemade Christmas holiday gifts for dogs with these delicious treats!
Homemade treats are super healthy, and you’ll feel good knowing exactly what ingredients go into each treat. You can google recipes, incorporate your furry friend’s favourite foods, and get creative with what you make.
You can decorate them to be festive and holiday-themed. Your pup will love getting to eat your homemade treats. Check out some Homemade Dog Treat Recipes!
Easy DIY Ball and Sock Dog Toy
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If you’re looking for some of the best- and cheapest- personalized Christmas gifts for dogs, consider making ball and sock toys. You can easily personalize them to what your dog likes and they are super fun! The toy is super fun as it allows all the fun bounce of a tennis ball, along with the tug of war abilities that a rope toy offers.
Simply place the tennis ball inside the sock. Tie a knot up. You can also get creative with this. You can substitute an old T-shirt for the sock to make it festive and fun. You can also use a water bottle instead of a ball, which makes a “crunch” noise your dog will love. Endless fun for your dog, and an entertaining show for you :)
Keep in mind, your dog may not be able to tell the difference between your repurposed socks and the ones you currently use. If your dog has a bad habit of stealing your socks already, then this DIY dog toy might not be the best option for you.
Instead, check out these 4 Easy DIY Dog Toys instructions to help keep your Christmas budget under control.
DIY Dog Rope Toy
Does your dog love rope toys? These are some of the best homemade Christmas dog gifts.
This rope toy is the perfect gift for your dog! All you need is some super strong rope, a lighter and a few zip ties. Simply follow the directions provided, and you can make a ton of different shaped rope toys that are strong enough for even the toughest of chewers!
DIY Sweatshirt Dog Bed
Does your pet need a cozy new bed? One of the best homemade Christmas dog gifts is this super fun project from Handimania. This also works as personalized dog gifts, as you can make it custom to the fabrics your dog likes, and even add his or her name!
It’s also great for the environment- you just use an old sweatshirt that you no longer need, making it the perfect upcycle. Plus, you can wear it for a little bit to get your smell in it, which will make your dog super happy. This will quickly become your dog’s favourite place to sleep when you aren’t home!
While this project does require basic sewing skills, it is super easy. Most people will be able to get it done in just a couple of hours or less!
But Wait, There’s More
Haven’t quite found everything on your dog’s wishlist this year? Check out the rest of our great gift ideas for dogs and cats.
What’s will Santa Paws leave in your dog’s stocking thing year? Let us know if your dog is on the naughty or nice list in the comments below!