Holiday Gifts for your service or companion dog.

Santa, I want this . . . and . . . (Photo Credit of Service Dog with Santa by: Craig Weakly)

Santa, I want this . . . and this . . . and also . . . and maybe . . . (Photo Credit of Service Dog with Santa by: Craig Weakly)

Whether you have an assistance dog (service, guide, or signal/hearing), a working dog, therapy dog or just a beloved companion dog, chances are you will be buying him or her a present this holiday season. Can you guess the percentage of people who do buy their dog a gift?  Would it be 8%, 13%, 26%, 56%, or 75%?  (See the answer below).

But what to get your dog for Christmas?  To help you decide, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite gifts.  We hope that one or more of these ideas might inspire you.

Favorite Book: “Captured . . . The Look of a Dog.”

Who among us doesn’t love pictures of dogs?  With their special personalities and whimsical reactions, the two authors have truly “Captured . . . The Look of the Dog.”  The photos are interspersed with funny stories, touching poems, and quizzes.   This is my favorite “dog book” to give to friends this year.  ($18.95; Purchase directly from the authors via email at:, or on line. A Kindle version is also available.)




De-Icer: Safe Paw Ice MeltMost melting compounds are dangerous for dogs.  They can burn their feet or even be poisonous if ingested. Safe Paw deices walkways but is safe for your pet. (About $15-20 for 8 lbs. Available at most pet stores, Amazon and





Blinking Light for CollarSafety Light Blinkers and Collars

Attaching a blinking light or collar to your dog may be one of the best investments you’ll ever make.  Most of them come with rechargeable batteries.  If you’ve ever gone through the despair of losing your dog, especially at night, you will be thankful for this.  (Wide variety of blinkers and collars available through pet stores and on line.  Blinkers range from $1-12; collars from $6 up.)





Baroque Pet FeederFancy-Schmancy Dog Bowls

For that extra-special time (Yeah — grub’s out — ring the gong!) we present to you the Personalized Decorative Baroque Pet Feeder ($199 for item: 59306) from Frontgate.  This fine company has a variety of feeding stands, and especially for larger dogs, we value the fact they carry a variety of raised ones. (




B-79-Mealtime MazeMealtime Maze
Many dogs gobble up their food as fast as they can.  Here’s something that can slow them down.  A special feeding bowl with a spiral that makes your pet work a little more for their kibbles and bits.  A rubberized bottom prevents slips and spills. ($25; Available at Search term: “Slo-Bowl Feeder”)



And, for after eating . . .

Waste bagsGreenbone biodegradable bags, made from sustainable & renewable corn products. (Various sizes and prices. The 12 pack bio-refill rolls shown here are available at Target and on line for about $12.95).




Note: receives no incentive or other fees for listing these gifts.  We picked them out because they seemed unusual or useful.  Therefore, provides no guarantee for any of the above items.  As always, do your own research to ensure quality of the product.



Donate to your local animal shelter and one (or more!) of the national humane organizations.


Ans: 56% .  ( Poll, October 13-20, 2010, GfK Roper Public Affairs and Corporate Communications.)

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7 Responses to Holiday Gifts for your service or companion dog.

  1. Norman W Wilson December 10, 2014 at 2:27 pm #

    Excellent gift suggestions. The percentage of folks who buy gifts for their dogs is amazing.

  2. Kathleen Kaska December 10, 2014 at 8:23 pm #

    I like the safety light and blinkers. Has anyone thought of a GSP tag for dogs?

    • Dr. B December 13, 2014 at 9:13 am #

      Yes! Thanks for this great idea. Watch for a future blog which we’ll dedicate to new and wonderful gadgets to keep our furry friends safe.

  3. Bill Thorn December 10, 2014 at 10:57 pm #

    Good ideas. I love the safety light blinkers and collars. As I age, I probably should get one of them for myself!!

  4. Patti Cole December 11, 2014 at 3:33 am #

    Great ideas for our wonderful pets although the gifts are for us too i.e. the pleasure of watching our animals enjoying them!

  5. Gloria Yarina December 11, 2014 at 6:13 pm #

    Thank you for the gift ideas.
    A special thank you to you for sharing our book with your readers.
    It can also be had at and
    Have an idea about a toy blog:
    see picture below:

    dogs sharing, gathering, guarding.

    Happy Holidays to All!

  6. Boris December 11, 2014 at 9:05 pm #

    Great ideas, Natasha! I am currently working on a recipe for kitty treats using the liquid from canned salmon or tuna, ground turkey guts, shredded carrots, eggs and gluten free flour. The dogs love them also! Good thing we like tuna or salmon salad sammiches, eh?

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