7 Gift Ideas for Pet Lovers And Their Pets
This time of the year we can get so busy trying to find just the right gift for our human friends and family that our feline and canine friends get overlooked. That’s why Run Those Dogs owner Jen Sewell shares some of her favorite holiday gift ideas for pet lovers, pets, and those that spend time outdoors. If these don’t satisfy, you can check out her past gift ideas from 2018, 2017 and 2016 too.
1. Gnawt It Toys!
Chewing is a normal part of a dog’s life. Remember that their wild ancestors used to have to work much harder to chew their wild-caught food. For young dogs, chewing is a way to relieve pain that might be caused by incoming teeth. For older dogs, it’s nature’s way of keeping jaws strong and teeth clean. Chewing also combats boredom and can relieve mild anxiety or frustration.
That’s why Jen loves the line of chew toys from Ruffwear. GNAWT-A-ROCK is a resilient, natural rubber throw toy inspired by the volcanic obsidian crystal. It’s unusual shape results in an unpredictable bounce that will grab your dog’s attention. The Rock can also hold treats to keep your pup challenged, entertained and engaged for a longer playtime. Having to work for their meal also keeps their mind sharp–especially great for the working breeds.
Another spin off of the rock is…wait for it… GNAWT-A-STICK. Like the driftwood it’s modeled after, this chew toy floats for easy recovery in water. It’s also made of resilient, sustainable latex rubber. Both toys are part of the Pacific Gnaw-west toy collection inspired by Ruffwear’s home of Bend, Oregon, and its natural surroundings. Check out Ruffwear’s line of pet toys and gear for more holiday gift ideas.
Run Those Dogs’ motto is, “A tired dog is a happy dog.” Your dog (or cat) will be excited to get outside in the Wonder Walker Body Halter. Made in Seattle by locals, this halter helps you and your dog (or cat) walk, run, and explore together safely and comfortably. The halter places control of your dog around their center of gravity rather than their head or neck. This moves training cues from the head and neck to the dog’s body where they’re sure to catch them without added strain or cinching. Positioning on the body utilizes a dog’s instinctive push/pull reflex called the opposition reflex — a dog’s natural inclination is to move toward pressure. This reflex is why so many dogs pull while on leash — as you pull, they pull back.
Jen uses this type of halter for her dogs Kai and Gus. They’re light weight, easy to put on and easy to clean. We suggest bringing the dog when choosing the size for the very best fit.
Tired of wondering if your answer to “what kind of dog are they?” is accurate? Wonder no more! The Embark Breed + Health dog DNA test enables a dog owner to learn about their pup’s breed, ancestry, health, relatives, and more with a simple cheek swab. With a research-grade DNA genotyping platform, Embark looks at over 250 breeds and more than 175 genetic health conditions and traits. Its definitely a great gift for new dog parents and their pup.
Knowing that your dog tested negative for genetic health conditions will give you peace of mind. If any predispositions for a disease come up, you’ll feel good sharing that information with your veterinarian so you can have the best chance of early detection and treatment.
Once complete, you can set up notifications when new dogs are tested that have a similar breed mix. Sometimes this shows just how diverse dogs can be despite being the same species. The results are relatively easy to navigate and share and who knows, you might find a close relative nearby.
Be sure to search online for discount codes or watch for online sales to get the best price. The cost of this service continues to come down making it one of the great holiday gift ideas for the pet lover in your life.
Do you get or give socks to someone for the holidays? It gets cold around the house this time of year. Maybe your pet would like to be extra cuddly cozy this season too! If you want to completely spoil your pet, this is one way to really go for it.
Heating pad beds are also helpful for the joints of older dogs and cats to keep them from getting too stiff. Some younger pets just think of you (or their mom) while laying on this soft, cozy pad that can be placed on a pet bed or at the foot of your bed. It’s also waterproof so you can keep it clean easily with a damp cloth and line dry.
But be sure to put it in a public area of the house if you want to see your pet in the winter.
If you have a little more in your holiday gift budget, you might be interested in the Furbo Pet Camera. For use when you’re away at work or running errands, this home security camera will keep your furry friends safe and sound. Better than a teddy bear cam, using your i-Phone or Android device, you can talk to your pets and dispense treats when you’re not at home. One of the coolest features is that unlike cameras that send you general sound alerts, Furbo only notifies you when your dog is barking. You can adjust the sensitivity of the barking sensor or turn it off.
If you have a clever pet, you’ll want to place it out reach to prevent them from raiding it. The treat size also matters so it won’t get clogged or shoot out too many treats. But it won’t take long for your pets to get used to hearing your voice while you’re out. You might even be able to work remotely on obedience training during your lunch break!
We can’t forget the humans in your life. To keep them warm on those early winter mornings and brisk evenings or as every day wear, consider the Brooks Cascadia Thermal Vest. Made for runners, you can enjoy the fresh air without being too cold. Stay warm from start to finish in this wind- and weather-resistant, insulated running vest.
It has an inside pocket for your phone or ear buds. It offers premium warmth without being too bulky and packs down nicely if you want to throw it in your pack when the day gets nicer.
Brooks has a complete line of shoes and running gear so check out their site for other quality gift ideas.
7. Locally Made Creations by Jamie!
Finally, we had to include a hyper-local option. This holiday you can get your very own, one-of-a-kind, handmade sign from Jen’s pet nanny, Jamie! For only $15! Jamie can make them custom by request in almost any size and color! If you want a unique gift they’ll get from no one else this holiday season, you contact Jen directly and she’ll pass you along to Jamie so you can discuss the details of your handmade sign!
We at Run Those Dogs hope this holiday season is you warm, glittering and cozy for you and your fur babies. Let us know what you think of these gift ideas and please, share your other gift suggestions with us in the comments below.
Have a safe, happy holiday season, no matter how you celebrate.