Hi there, friends! Allen The Dog here. I’d like to bark about a few great picks for your pups during the holiday season.
As a self-identified #adventuredog, I’ve been fortunate to spend the majority of my four years on this planet enjoying the outdoors. Whether I’m frolicking in the forest or fetching flying discs at the park, my exuberance for being outside means I’ve been able to test a lot of dog gear (you’ll see me modelling some of it in the hiking with dogs guide).
When it comes to stocking stuffers for convivial canines, it’s always good to have options. Here are a few of my favourites:
1. A frisbee that floats
For your furry friends who love to fetch. The soft, durable West Paw Dash Frisbee has a hole in the middle to make it easy for you to pick up and for your human to toss really fast. Plus, it floats! So it’s an especially great gift for all the water-lovers out there (not me).
2. A nice-looking leash
Until we get more dogs in office to start making strides on leash reform, we’ll have to abide by the rules of society. I always say, “If I’ve gotta be on-leash, I’m going to be comfortable and look good doing it.” The Canadian Canine Trapper Leash checks those boxes.
3. A dog toy made of recycled inner tubes
I may be neutered, but that doesn’t mean I don’t care about the future of the planet for the next generation of doggos. The super fun (and buoyant) High Roller Dog Toy is made of recycled bike inner tubes, so it’s a solid choice for conservation-minded canines and their owners. My buddy Inca is a big fan of it too.
4. A way to take care of business
No one wants to be the dog who buries their business haphazardly then trots off. Poop bags are a must have for any conscientious canine. This bag dispenser clips onto your leash or attaches to a stroller with a loop and carabiner.
5. My own hiking pack
Help out your humans with this awesome Ruffwear pack. A snug and comfy fit with even load distribution and easy access pockets for frequently used items (like treats).
6. A quick-drying towel
We get it humans: you don’t like the smell of wet dog. To be totally honest, we’re not crazy about it either. I won’t bore you with the science of why we smell so bad when we’re wet (rest assured, it’s not our fault), but I’d like to help you minimize the impact and prevent the unpleasant odour. This PackTowl absorbs four times its weight in water to dry us off as quickly as possible, and is machine washable.
7. Portable water bowl
A quick, simple solution to wet your whistle and stay hydrated on hikes and road trips. The oversized flip-up bowl comes attached to the lid, and the release button allows unused water to drain into the back of the bottle for later.
8. An outdoorsy collar
This strong, reliable Ruffwear collar comes with a pinch of charisma and lots of outdoor-inspired designs to choose from. The silicone tag silencer cuts down on the jingling from my dog tags, too. Perfect for the active dog who wants to wear a colour that pops against their coat.
9. A warm sweater
Aside from being adorable, dog sweaters help keep your pup warm and safe during the winter. The super cozy Fernie Sweater has a fleece interior and is machine washable, so it’s a win-win for dogs and humans.
10. Bright bandana
Bandanas are the perfect accessory for the dapper dog (case in point: me, below). For every United By Blue bandana sold, they remove one pound of trash from the world’s oceans and waterways.
11. A puffer jacket for dogs
For my short-haired friends who aren’t built to handle our rugged Canadian winters. This puffy winter jacket features a responsibly sourced down vest with a knit collar and sleeves for maximum coverage and warmth.
12. A light-up necklace
Dogs can see a lot better than humans in the dark, yet you’re the ones who drive cars at night – explain that one to me. Make sure everyone can spot your dog at night with this glow-in-the-dark safety necklace. It’s water-resistant and lasts for 60 hours (with replaceable batteries), so it’ll be good for many late-night walks.
13. A roomy tent
I nap as hard as I play, and when the time comes to rest my weary puppy-dog eyes on a camping trip, there’s nowhere better than inside the MEC Camper 4-person Tent with my human. Despite the obvious oversight in naming this tent (4-person? *eyeroll*), its large footprint and spacious vestibules provide ample room for me and my humans to store our gear and recover from a long day of adventure.
14. Kikkerland Dog Bottle Opener
Alright humans, here’s one for you. Keeping up with us four-legged beasts is sure to work up quite a thirst. Pop open a bottle of your favourite bevvie with this attractive dog bottle opener. Scooby brew to the rescue!
Along with all the items in this guide, other fantastic gift ideas for adventure dogs include: a promise of 10x more ear scritches, a tub of their favourite dog treats, and giving them a hug even when they need a bath.
A big, furry thank you to MEC staffer Jaime for bringing her pup Inca to be the dog model for the Ruffwear Fernie Sweater (green looks good on him).