Are you looking for a gift idea for that special dog or dog lover in your life? Whenever possible, we like to support local or small businesses and many of our favorite things fall into that category.
I received a free sample from Whisk and Wag and a free stick toy from Doog when I met their reps last spring, but since then I have purchased more items from each of them with no promises of good reviews. All of the other products are things that I have found, purchased and used on my own (with the exception of the two items our friend Capone loves and recommends). I don’t use affiliate links or make any money off of my recommendations.
For the dog lover:
make it at home dog cookie mix from Whisk and Wag
There are 5 different flavors to choose of this easy to make, easy to store mix. Personally, I add more water than is called for because the mix is very crumbly and I find it easier to roll out and make shapes when the texture is smoother. The girls haven’t noticed a difference and have loved every flavor that we’ve tried!
water toys from Doog
There are so many choices! We especially like the seal because it bobs in the water making it easy to see. Winn also loves her stick toys and will play fetch endlessly when I pull them out. I do have to supervise her when I pull these out, they are throwing toys, not chewing toys, as she would be able to destroy them if she were allowed to carry them off and lie down for a good chew session. I had a very positive experience with their customer service when I was waiting for a different item that had been back ordered and everyone I’ve interacted with has been so friendly and accommodating.
$9.99-$16.99 available here at Doog USA.
dog breed key chain from Gray Dog Goods on Etsy
Keep your favorite furry friend nearby when you are out and about. I recently bought a memorial key chain in honor of Annie, but there are many other key chain options as well as a bracelets, necklaces and ornaments. They are made to order and personalized so plan on about 10 days lead time during the holiday season. I ordered mine last month and received it within days of my order and so far have been very pleased.
$14.95-$24.99 plus shipping, available here in her etsy shop.
dog breed wine glasses by Create Brightly on Etsy
Last year my husband gave me glasses with the names of each of our past and present Newfies etched under the Newfie image. It took me a while to be able to use the Annie glass, but after a year of regular use and being washed in the dishwasher, they are still in perfect condition!
gift subscription for a sporting class (rally, agility, scent work, barn hunt, tricks)
Taking classes with Maisie and Winn is something we all enjoy. Training has helped strengthen our bond and they each look to me as the leader of our team. My communication with them and their listening skills have continued to improve with each session. They both love the one on one time and the tasty rewards. Take a look at the schedules at your nearby training center and surprise someone with a class to try something new and different.
Neater Feeder by Neater pets
My mom bought this a few months ago for her dog and I have been very impressed. We have had him stay with us a couple of times when she is out-of-town and I’m thinking of getting a large one and filling both sides with water. The water bowl in our house is always needing to be refilled and Winn makes a huge mess every time she drinks. The trough under the bowls catches a lot of the overflow and the side rim helps to contain the splashing. (Of course we will still need the waterhog mat for when she lifts her head and walks away with water dripping out of her jowls.)
Teddy the Dog merchandise
T-shirts, sweatshirts, bags, hats, dog accessories and so much more are available in numerous designs with Teddy and a clever pun. (Of course I love Newfound Love of Life, but Shepherds Pie, Pittie Party and Whippet Good are pretty great too). There are many collections including breeds, sports, music and tv. It’s hard to choose but you are sure to bring a smile to anyone who receives a gift from Teddy the Dog.
$15 and up, available here on the website.
For the Newfie lover:
Newfs Gone Bad 2019 calendar
This calendar raises money for the Newfoundland Club of America’s Charitable Trust. Each year they ask for pictures to be posted on their FaceBook and the top 12 pictures with the most likes are featured. The runners-up are featured in smaller squares within the calendar (baby Maisie was in the calendar last year).
$25 plus shipping available for domestic, Canadian and International delivery. They can be purchased through the Newfs Gone Bad FaceBook.
Newfie graphic t-shirt, sweatshirt, ornament or coffee mug from Newfielove
Christine is a Newfie owner and graphic designer. She has created so many cute Newfie images that can be put onto many different things. I purchased a beach towel from her last year that she customized for me with a brown newfie.
Mugs, ornaments, coasters and other novelty items $16 and up available here on her website.
Newfie infographic print from Beatrix and Midge
$20.70-$28.80 depending on size, other gift items also available on their website here. (I’m big a fan of the Canoewfie design as well.)
Newfoundland Growlers gear
Newfoundland, Canada has a minor league hockey team and their mascot is the Newfoundland Dog. Check out their online store here for the full selection of hats, jerseys and collectibles.
For big dogs:
Jolly Ball by Jolly Pets
Big dogs need big toys and these are great. They are very durable and they float. Winn did chew the handle on the pink one but she still loves to fling it around and chase it as it bounces. They come in different sizes and colors and some of the colors are scented.$11.99-$19.99 depending on size and style, available here at Amazon and many local pet stores.
bibs for drooling dogs
Big dog owners know that drool happens and wearing a bib helps with clean up and control. Two of our favorite sellers are Droolicious bibs (you can find her on FaceBook and send a message. She is located in the UK so shipping takes a little longer) and Designs by 2 Paws. They each have many designs on hand and will also customize anything you can think of.
Prices range from $27-$35 plus shipping.
Big Barker bed by Big Barker
As a big dog owner I have a hard time finding things big enough, especially beds. This is one company that caters specifically to big dogs. They are made in the U.S.A out of high quality materials. The cover zips off for easy washing and replacement covers are available. I purchased one for Annie and she immediately knew it was hers. She let Maisie try it out when it arrived, but after that, it was all hers. Every night, she cuddled up on it, rubbed her face in the bumper while making happy noises and then fell into a sound sleep.
$199-$399 depending on size and style. Crate pads and cargo liners for SUV’s also available here at Amazon.
For the dog that needs a little extra protection from the cold weather:
Our “shop dog” friend Capone recommends the super soft and washable stretch fleece from Gold Paw ($22 and available in many colors on their website here).
He also recommends the only boots that he will wear from Salt Sox ($54.95). These booties are available at Bentley’s Pet Stuff, small retailers and on their website here (you can also enter your zip code to find a retailer near you).
So there you have it, these are a few of our favorite things. We hope we gave you some unique, new ideas for this gift giving season and we wish you all a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy New Year!