Helpful canine gifts for any holiday you might celebrate.
by Joseph Grammer
The holidays are a stressful time. They’re great, too, and they bring out the best in us—warmth, togetherness, appreciation of the little things in life—but they can also drive you nuts if you’re not careful. This winter season, get your gifts early, before the last-minute rush when you find yourself racing across five lanes of traffic on 495 at 4 a.m. Christmas morning (or any night of Hanukkah) trying to find a Pokemon toy.
If you’re looking for a gift for your dog, things are much simpler. Your dog loves you no matter what, regardless of whether or not you found the right Kylo Ren action figure. Hooray for dogs! Although, to be fair, they’re not capable of getting you a present in return—unless you count unconditional affection and joy as a present, which, to be fair, it probably is. In any case, here are a few ideas for the upcoming holiday season, depending on the personal ity of your beloved pup. Whether she loves getting dressed up or prefers sprinting around aimlessly at night, we’ve got your fuzzy companion covered. No matter what holiday you and your family might celebrate, rest assured you can find the right gift to say thank-you to your pooch: even if she really should be on the Naughty List for chewing your shoes.
Everyone chews shoes sometimes …
For the Dog Who Really Needs to Chill:
You’ve had a long day. You walk in after your hour-plus commute, take off your coat, and immediately your hyper dog jumps up and starts begging to be taken care of. Do you love him? Sure! Do you want to express your love for him from afar while he just sits there? Sometimes! That’s where Pet Tunes for Dogs comes in. The cute little cube is pre-loaded with soothing songs meant to calm a dog down. (They’re pretty relaxing for a human, too.) Several vets on the Pet Acoustics website claim the music is frequency-modified to be especially pleasant for pups, which may come in handy during a storm, in the middle of the night, or even on Christmas morning. Whether you’re celebrating Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or anything else, you’ll always want a way to make your dog chill once in a while. Get Pet Tunes and relax—your doggy will, too.
FIND it: petacoustics.com/pet-tunes-1.html
For the Up-All-Night Dog:
Are you feeling Grinchy and sleepless from worrying that your pup will run off into the dark when you let her out? Set your mind at ease with Nite Beams leashes and dog collars, two products that will help exhausted pet parents breathe a sigh of relief while knowing your canine is visible from a half-mile away. Both items are made of non-abrasive, high-quality nylon, and the lights are LEDs with “steady” and “flashing” functions. Just pick your favorite color and relax every time you take your nocturnal fur baby on a midnight walk. (Unfortunately, you’ll still have to scoop up his poop.)
This gift works great for puppies, who usually need frequent trips to the yard, or for any dog who prefers being up at night. It can come in handy if you get home in the evenings and the first thing your canine wants is a trip around the block to do his business. It also might be helpful for next year’s GlowDogGlow race! Basically, you never know when you’ll need an LED leash or collar.
Treat yourself as well as your pooch this upcoming holiday, and bring a little light to the winter nights.
Collar: $19 (Available colors: red, orange, blue)
FIND it: www.novadogmagazine.com/Products
For the Glam Dog:
Pawdicure Polish Pens. Channel your canine’s inner Bowie with these patented nail pens, which are water-based, non-toxic, and odorless. They look like bright, funky markers, so it’s hard not to want the whole collection of them on your shelf. Also, they dry in 40 seconds or less! You only need one layer to make your pup shine like the finest singer of the last century, and don’t worry: it’s easy to remove. (Warren London, who makes the pens, recommends applying a layer of white polish to dark nails first, and then putting on your favorite color.) There’s even a Christmas bundle with white, neon green, and red if you want your pup to look like one of Santa’s helpers.
So shine on! Don’t be afraid to express yourself—or your dog’s self—this holiday season. If the relatives stare, so be it. They’ve probably just never seen an animal look so glamorous before.
Price: $7.99 per pen
$74.95 for all 13 colors
Available colors: Red, Pink, Purple, Blue, White, Yellow, Black, Silver, Gold, Neon Pink, Neon Purple, Neon Green, Neon Orange
FIND it: warrenlondon.com
For the Fit Dog (also the Wandering Dog):
Vets recommend that dogs get about 30-60 minutes of exercise every day. Pettorway, a UK company, has made this goal a whole lot easier with the Petrover Activity Monitor, a nifty device that’s perfect for tracking how active your canine friend is. It attaches to all dog collars and analyzes time spent running, walking, and resting. It also has a short-range tracking function that works within a few feet (sort of like when you can’t find your car in the parking lot and you start hitting buttons on your keys to make it beep). It even allows you to set a daily activity goal for your athletic pup, which is nice if your vet’s been telling you to get your dog in shape. Also, it’s shockproof, waterproof, and its battery can last up to 10 days.
If you’re one of those research-lovers who wants to see a nice graph of your dog’s activity, this is the gift for you. Learn more about how your four-legged friend moves and rests throughout the day! You might be surprised at what times your fuzzy loved one prefers to run around.
When you feel like sharing your findings with the world, there’s also the Z1 Data Logger, which tracks your pet’s movements and allows you to upload the information online, sort of like a canine Fitbit community. It will also show you a map of where your dog has traveled.
Last but not least is the Z3 GPS + WiFi Pet Tracker, which syncs to a mobile app that can follow your dog’s movements in real time wherever she goes (as long as there’s a GPS signal). That energetic pup who always takes off running down the block will never get lost again—just clip the device to her collar. You can even set an alert that notifies your phone with a text if your doggy leaves a pre-defined area. Give your dog the gift of always knowing where she is at any given time! You can pretend you’re Jason Bourne if you want—we won’t judge.
Petrover Activity Monitor: ~$43 (converted from British pounds)
Z1 Data Logger: ~$69
Z3 GPS + WiFi Pet Tracker: ~$128
FIND it: www.pettorway.com/products
For the Dog Who Wants a Spa Day:
Moisturize, cleanse, refresh—you think those words are just for humans? Give your dog the deluxe treatment she deserves with a line of shampoos and other gels from kin + kind. Organically sourced, these hair-care products will have your pup looking professional in no time at all.
Highlights include the Hot Spot relief stick for healing irritated skin (made with tea tree oil and coconut oil), the Oatmeal Nourishing Shampoo for dry skin, and the Charcoal Deodorizer for getting rid of life’s more pungent canine smells. Basically, if you want your pup to feel like he’s in GQ, get him one of these shampoos or cleansers. When you’re strutting your way down 14th Street with your heads held high, you’ll be thankful you got your dog the best hair care on the market. Looking sharp, Fido.
Hot Spot relief stick: $11.99
Oatmeal Nourishing Shampoo: $19.99
Charcoal Deodorizer: $11.99
FIND it: www.kin-kind.com
For the Hungry Pup:
Everyone loves food, but no one more than dogs. Have you ever tried enjoying a meal more than your fur kid? You can’t. So give up and get your pup even more delicious dinners she’ll be sure to scarf down.
To Doggy With Love has rolled out a bunch of specialized dog foods that will keep your canine in great health. They’re all locally sourced (within 100 miles of each location), with no GMOs and no preservatives.
Take the Hip & Joint with turmeric and black pepper, for instance. All that calcium inside helps your dog’s bones so they’re less achy. Variations like wild-caught mackerel and smoked bacon make skeleton health sound cool and delightful.
There’s also the Vita-Boost with wheatgrass, which is packed with iron and vitamins A and C, plus the Wee-Wee Boost with antioxidant cranberries and blueberries, for help with your dog’s bathroom issues.
Price: $11.99 per each 3.5-oz. bag
FIND it: http://todoggywithlove.com/#about
Or Find it Local:
Woof Gang Alexandria
6462 Landsdowne Centre Dr
Alexandria, VA 22315
Felix & Oscar
6671-A Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22150
508 H St NE #1,
Washington, DC 20002
For the Stocking:
Pop a little extra something in your pup’s stocking to keep him safe all winter long.
This cute glowing pendant will help your pet remain visible during the long, dark winter evenings.
FIND it: www.novadogmagazine.com/Products