17 dog gifts to ring in National Dog Day
Make your K9 feel like a K10.
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Today, the powers that make up fake holidays have given unto us National Dog Day, a time for us to go on extra long walkies, give belly rubs, and otherwise show the best member of our families how great they are.
Line their bed, food bowl, and toy basket with treats, techy accessories, and chew toys to keep them busy while you’re away. They might not always be perfect—chewing up your apartment molding or peeing all over the rug—but you could never deny that they are, indeed, Very Good. Onward to our favorite wag swag.
These natural chicken dog treats by Whole Life Pet Products are freeze-dried to maintain the flavor and nutrients of the meat. The treats rely on all-American ingredients and are totally grain-free. Give the treats to your dog right out of the bag or soak them in water for a softer treat.
Since you can’t always be around, the Petcube Bites two-in-one treat dispenser and HD camera is a clutch item for any pet owner. You can watch your pets on your smartphone with the 138-degree, 1080p camera. You can talk to them using two-way audio and feed them treats. The device holds two-pounds of treats that can be tossed on your phone through the app or with Amazon’s Alexa. The Petcube features 3x digital zoom, night vision, and both motion and sound detection. It comes in carbon black, matte silver, and rose gold.
The PetSafe automatic pet feeder allows you to keep your pet’s belly full even when you can’t make it home in time to feed them. The smart device connects to your phone over Wi-Fi, sends you notifications once the food has been dispensed, and can hold up to 24 cups of chow. In the smartphone app, you can choose how much food you want to dispense—between 1/8 of a cup and four cups—and schedule up to 12 feeding times a day. Also, if your dog eats too quickly, you can use the Slow Feed feature that will dispense the food at a slower rate. It can be powered via an outlet or with four D-cell batteries.
On your next hike, film the trek from your dog’s perspective. The padded GoPro Fetch dog mount is attached to a harness that comfortably fits dogs that are 15 to 75 pounds. It mounts on your dog’s chest or back, allowing for multiple angles.
For a no-tech, no-fuss eating option, let your dog feast like royalty out of a stainless steel elevated watering bowl. The lifted bowl helps with posture and digestion.
Collapsible, silicone dog bowls are great for taking food and water to the park. They fold down into flat discs—meaning they don’t take up a lot of room in your bag—and are dishwasher-safe. They come with carabiners to attach to your bag if you don’t want to put a wet or dirty bowl back inside with your clean items.
My dogs have always slept in the same bed as me—and it wasn’t my choice. They’d jump up while I was sleeping, disrupting my sleep. It changed, though, when I got a nice bed for my dog. This one is made of memory foam, with a fur-resistant, machine washable cover made of a microfiber suede.
Who am I to say that this is the best dog toy? All I can tell you is that that my dog loves it. If yours can’t stop chasing squirrels, give them the option to do it indoors. This interactive, squeaky dog toy comes with three squirrels and a log for you to stick them in.
Hide treats inside Outward Hound’s Hide N’ Slide dog toy to test your dog’s cognition and sniffing abilities. Pup has got to figure out how to slide the puzzle pieces in order to reach the yummy stuff.
This USB-rechargeable LED dog collar will make your dog more visible on night walks. The collar charge lasts five hours and has three different light settings—steady, fast flashing, and slow flashing. It’s available in six colors.
Here’s a compact way to transport your pet’s food and keep it fresh. For the sake of your backpack or pants pockets, don’t use easily-ripped plastic bags. The Vittles Pet Food travel container is airtight, has built-in food and water bowls, and comes in two colors.
The Whizzotech pet carrier works as a front carrier (with the dog looking forward with you) or as a backpack (’90s Volvo style). It’s got four holes for their legs, a slot for their tail to fit through, and both zipper and velcro closures to keep them secure. The carrier has adjustable straps and comes in small, medium, large, and extra-large and in five styles—black, pink, purple, rainbow, and stripe. A built-in leash attachment also helps keep your pup secure when you’re taking them out of the carrier.
These waterproof and flexible QUMY dog boots will have you cleaning less and will protect your dog’s paws from possibly painful things on the ground like snow salt during the winter. They have velcro straps for a snug fit, anti-slip soles, and come in sizes for all dogs.
Bissell Stomp ‘N Go stain removers are really good at getting pee stains out of rugs. Place the splotch-lifting pad on the floor, step on it—no hands!—and the formula digs into the mess on the carpet and pulls out the stain. Leave the pads on the stain between an hour and 24 hours.
This seat cover is made of a strong, waterproof polyester material that buckles into the headrests of your car, protecting the interior from a barrage of hair, dander, and scratches.
This is a no-brainer. Unless you have a hypoallergenic dog that floats 3 inches off the ground, you’ll want a vacuum to suck up dirt, fur, or kibble bits your dog can track around the house. Leave the full-sized vacuum in the closet and opt for a quicker clean with this hand-vac. It’s bagless, with a 16-foot power cord and two different kinds of nozzles—one for removing hairs from fabrics and a hard nozzle for hard surfaces.
Did you know that dogs won’t always do what they’re supposed to? Sometimes they make a mess and sometimes it stinks. Grab some Angry Orange odor remover to keep your home free of the smells that will cause you to think ill of your pets. It is non-toxic, smells like oranges, and can be used on wood and carpet.