Santa Paws Is Coming to Town: 17 Dog Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Your Spoiled Pooch
With the holidays just around the corner, don't forget to spoil your pup too! Arguably your favorite family member, your dog may hog all the covers but he's awesome at cuddling and making you feel 100-percent loved.
"The human-animal bond is incredibly powerful," Angela Hughes, DVM, PhD, veterinarian and senior manager of Global Scientific Advocacy at Mars Petcare, says. "Pets provide us so much companionship and comfort and it's all unconditional."
Science shows those warm, fuzzy feelings aren't just all in your head either. Petting your pooch actually decreases the stress hormone (cortisol) and boosts the happy hormone (oxytocin) in both you and your dog, according to research.
So it only makes sense that you'd want to share some holiday cheer with your furry friend. Fill your dog's stocking with some of these fun picks that'll spark lots of tail-wagging joy.
Toys Worth Their Time
Playtime is an important part of a dog's development, and helps pups burn energy and stay occupied. And while we love the trusty tennis ball for games of fetch, these toys offer a little extra oomph in the doggy entertainment department.
Talking Babble Ball
KONG Floppy Knots Dog Toy
Twist 'n Treat Dog Toy
Nylabone DuraChew Textured Dog Bone
Cooler weather means the holiday season is near, and you know what that means: Chilly walks and photo ops! Keep your pup warm and your Instagram account adorable with these super-cute apparel options.
Holly Jolly Flannel Dog Bandana
LL Bean Mountain Classic Dog Parka
Reversible Teddy Fleece Dog Vest
Sure, the standard, solid-colored nylon collar does its job keeping your pooch's ID tags attached. But why not make a statement with these fashionable-yet-functional dog collars that let your pup's personality shine through instead?
Upgrade your fur-baby's standard dish on the floor to something more stylish. From an on-the-go thirst quencher to a customized food and water bowl, there's no better way to celebrate their favorite time of day ... dinner!
Stuff for Snuggles
When you're sharing your space with a furry roommate, it's important both of you are comfy and cozy to optimize cuddle time.
Tasty Holiday Treats
There's nothing better than opening your stocking on Christmas morning to a handful of your favorite snacks. Give your canine the same joy this season with these holiday-themed treats.