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Choosing the right gift can be “ruff,” and shopping for your dog is no exception.
Finding something special that shows just how much you love him requires time, which is in short supply this time of year! Of course, there’s nothing your pup would love more than the two of you taking a trip together. If that’s not in the cards right now, some new travel gear and a promise to hit the road soon is a great substitute.
Traveling full-time with Ty and Buster allows us to thoroughly test the products we use, and everything we choose has to be good for our dogs, durable, a value for the price, and somehow enhance our pet travel experience. Here are five gift ideas for traveling dogs:
Every dog on the go wants to look his best, so start with a spiffy new walking harness! At $30 this harness from 2 Hounds Design is a gift for you both – the patented control loop on the back of the harness, which tightens gently around your dog’s chest to discourage pulling, makes walking a more enjoyable experience. And the option to connect the leash at the chest ring is great for big dogs who sometimes forget their size (we’re not pointing any fingers, Buster!)
These harnesses come in a rainbow of colors, so you’ll find the perfect shade to complement your pup’s features, and the chest strap is lined with Swiss Velvet, so it’s very comfortable for your dog to wear.
Everyone knows that a dog’s world revolves around his nose … so how he smells is important! Made with lavender oil, Purple Rain shampoo and leave-in conditioner ($28 for the combo) have a calming scent that’s perfect for traveling dogs. Manufactured in California with no parabens, sulfates, or harsh chemicals, Lucy’s grooming products are 100% cruelty-free.
To top it off, all the net profits generated by sales of Lucy Pet Products goes to support low-cost spay and neuter programs through the Lucy Pet Foundation – so your purchase is a way of giving back!
Safety and functionality combine with this collar and leash combo from Alcott. For $14, you can give your dog a martingale collar, which will not choke him if he pulls on his leash, and will keep him from slipping out and getting lost if he’s startled. Add a weekender adventure leash for $20, with its super-duty swiveling leash clip and neoprene-padded handle with integrated buckle, so you can safely connect your pup to your chair at the coffee shop, bench at the park, or stool at “yappy hour.”
Both the leash and collar come in five fashionable colors and have reflective accents, increasing your pet’s visibility in the dark and keeping you both safe.
One thing no dog wants to miss when he’s traveling is his dinner, and Yummy bowls from Sleepypod allow you to pack your pup’s water and food in one convenient container – without ever worrying about a mess! The spill-resistant water bowl serves as the base, the second layer hold your dog’s food, and the lid doubles as a serving bowl and seals everything up nice and tight. Made from baby-safe, FDA food grade, BPA-free silicone this bowl is freezer, dishwasher & microwave safe, and at $30 it’s a pet travel essential!
A novel treat is a sure-fire way to please your pup, and Nice Mussels dog treats from The Honest Kitchen are a healthy, unique way to tickle your pup’s taste buds. Sustainably farmed off the coast of New Zealand and dehydrated, these green and blue mussels are packed with Omega-3 fatty acids that are great for your dog’s skin a coat. (Word has it that cats like them, too, so if you’re a mixed-species household, these will be a hit with all your furry family members!) Each bag of Nice Mussels is $14, and they’re prefect for stuffing into a toy to keep your pup busy while you’re traveling – or during the holiday festivities.
So what do you think – would the woofers on your list be happy with these gifts? We certainly hope we’ve helped you narrow things down. And don’t forget … the gift your pet loves most of all is to spend time with you!