Does your dog get a Christmas stocking? Yeah, ours do, too. It’s fun to buy treats and toys for four-legged family members, especially ones that keep them busy throughout what in many households is a very busy day (you know, gift-opening, big meal, football, naps….). So what’s trending this year? Our friends at Pet Food Express gave us a few leads, and we sleuthed through Santa’s workshop for a few more.
No-Hide Chews: Hottest chew on the market. It looks like rawhide and it chews like rawhide, but a better choice. Earth Animal No-Hide Beef 7-inch chews. Long lasting and easily digestible, they’re made from hormone-free beef that has been rolled, cooked and uniquely dried.
Tuff Toys: There are some dogs you should just never turn loose around a stuffed-animal toy — these chompers need something indestructible. We’re partial to Orbee-Tuff toys, made in the USA for Planet Dog, a socially conscious company that donates 2 percent of its profits to support the training, placement and support of service dogs. Kong is another, widely available brand that can be trusted for durability.
Other Treats: Other treats that your dog will love are Kiwi Kitchens single ingredient freeze dried treats from New Zealand, low-calorie training treat Bixbi Pocket Trainers and Tucker’s Chicken Breast and Bacon Treats are so good you’ll be tempted to eat them too.
All in one leash: DogTrekker likes the WalkPRO leash. Designed to make your on-leash experience the best possible and made in America, the WalkPRO has an expandable leash pack built to hold your cell phone, keys and more . . . plus a Velcro tab to hold your poop bags.
Personalized collars: OK, we admit it: your dog won’t be the slightest bit interested in that new collar you’ve stuffed in her stocking. But you will. You'll never have to worry about lost ID tags again if you get one with a riveted nameplate engraved with phone, microchip and license numbers. Alternatively, choose a textile collar embroidered with your dog’s name and your phone number.
Now for the big stockings:
- The world from dog level: What does the world look like from your dog’s point of view? Get her geared up with a GoPro action camera, and you’ll get a whole new perspective. You’ll need a harness to do the job right. Two popular models—a chest-mount model from Kurgo and one called GoPro Fetch, which mounts on the dog’s back, help you gain perspective into the visual world your dog inhabits. Oh, and you can use it for human eye-level pursuits, too!
- Bites from dog level: How would you like to see, talk, play, and even provide treats to your pup when you're away? Petcube Bites Treat Camera is an all-in-one Wi-Fi pet camera with built-in treat dispenser that lets you train and reward your pet remotely by mobile phone.
Be sure to shop your local Pet Food Express for all of your pet food, supply and stocking stuffer needs.