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5 Gift ideas for dogs

The past few weeks, Bubbles has been spoilt even more than usual, and she loves it. This got me thinking about all the dogs in shelters who have nobody to spoil them. And so many of those are soppy staffies like Bubbles.

So if you can manage to find an extra gift, do spare a thought for the dogs at your local shelter and drop a gift off for them. Many shelters also have an Amazon gift list so you can buy something that will be sent to them directly. Here are my 5 gift ideas for dogs.

1. A coat 

Whilst all dogs love a good walk, many are a little reticent to leave the house when it’s raining. My two have lovely, warm waterproof coats that are ideal for winter days. They are also ideal for cold summer nights when we’re camping. When we’re wrapped up warm in the evenings, the dogs get chilly too.

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2. An amazing bed

My lucky dogs reviewed the amazing Snoozer cozy cave beds. They are quite pricey but both dogs have totally fallen in love with them. As you can see, the dogs can climb into the bed to keep warm. The number of people who have come over to me when we’ve been camping and asked where we got the bed from has been quite remarkable. The beds are fine for summer too because the dogs just lie on top of them.

Snoozer UK make a range of products for dogs. The cozy cave is a warm, cosy, washable dog bed that is so appealing I've emailed them to ask if they'd think about making one for humans!

3. Something to chew

If you read my post about 13 guilty dogs, you probably noticed that many of their misdemeanours involved chewing. Finding the right chews for your dog is a case of trial and error.

As a guide, Pluto will have a dentastick and make it last for 15 minutes. That’s quite enough chewing for him for one day. Bubbles on the other hand can consume a dentastick in approximately 12 seconds.

My husband’s tip from the top for chewy dogs is to pop to the butchers and ask for a knuckle bone. Many butchers will give these away free as they are just waste. Others will charge a nominal amount. Our local butcher just asks for a donation in his charity pot.

4. Dinner

Now I’m not suggesting you take your dog out for dinner, but there is no treat more exciting for a dog than a really nice dinner. So if you’re cooking some meat for yourself, put on a little bit extra for the dog. They shouldn’t have cooked bones but they’d love to join you for a good cut of meat.

In our house, there’s not much meat around since I’m vegetarian. However, my husband will occasionally treat himself to a steak and if he does, he puts on a spare piece for the dogs to share.

The Brug is both a bag and a rug. It packs down small enough to slip into a handbag and can be used to carry things or sit on. It is both waterproof and washable and is the perfect multi-use item.

5. A new toy

Most dogs have a favourite toy. Bubbles loves anything she can throw around and chew. She also loves a ball on a string because she doesn’t like to carry the ball in her mouth.

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For Pluto, the ultimate toy is a cuddly draft excluder in the shape of a giant rabbit. Obviously. He used to love cuddling it and throwing it around but he’d never chew it. Sadly Bubbles wasn’t quite so kind to it and she soon demolished it. So Pluto is in the market for a new cuddly toy. I just need to work out how to stop Bubbles from destroying it.

Gifts for dogs | If you own a dog or you're a dog lover, you probably want to treat your pooch to a gift every now and then. After all, pets are part of the family aren't they? Here are five gifts your canine friend will love. There are ideas to suit dogs of all ages too, from a bouncy young pup to a pampered old dog.

Please note, the Amazon link in this post is not an affiliate link - it is a link to the wish list of my local dog shelter. They haven't asked for it to be included.


  1. January 10, 2016 / 4:23 pm

    Oh bless, Pluto is just so cute and he looks so proud wearing that coat. I love boxes like this, we occasionally have one for my three cats x

  2. January 10, 2016 / 5:41 pm

    I’ve never heard of Wagglepets before, will definitely be taking a look. I like Pluto’s coat, Marlow could do with one of the these x

  3. January 10, 2016 / 10:02 pm

    We always buy the in laws dog Jasmine Narlabone toys (no idea if that’s how you spell it) and we have never really thought outside the box. Love your list. Jasmine’s a Staffie too, such misunderstood dogs x

  4. January 11, 2016 / 6:27 am

    I love the look of that rope in the waggle pet sets – my mums dog is a pickle for destroying toys

  5. January 11, 2016 / 11:10 am

    I dont have any pets but these sets look great! 🙂

  6. January 11, 2016 / 6:52 pm

    Brilliant ideas, I miss having a dog. They’re such loving and fun pets to have. People don’t realise how special having a dog is x

  7. January 15, 2016 / 9:47 pm

    I always used to buy my dogs a little present – some great ideas here. Waggle Pets sounds fab! Kaz x

  8. January 27, 2016 / 10:38 pm

    Stella has a raincoat but it hangs off her now she’s lost so much weight so I’ve got her a fleecy waterproof jumper now too…getting it on and off is quite the performance but it stops her shivering. I think people don’t realise that proper dogs do sometimes need clothes too.

    She reviewed a toy from Pheenx recently that has turned out to be indestructible…it’s shaped like a giant bone but is soft and snuggly plus has a rope bit for chewing and a squeaker…it still squeaks…it’s a miracle!

    She’d also like to invite your husband round for dinner because I don’t share steak! 😉

    • January 28, 2016 / 12:38 am

      Ooh thank you for the recommendation on the bone toy Stella, we’re always looking for indestructible toys. And I agree, dogs need to keep warm too!x

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