No matter the gifting occasion, you could probably wrap an old shoe, and your furbaby would still give you loads of kisses in return. However, as a pawrent, you also know your furbaby deserves the best. If your furbaby is a medium or large breed, chances are, you've witnessed them tear a brand-new toy to shreds in a matter of minutes. If you’re still on the hunt for a fun treat or toy that will last, you’ve come to the right place.
We put this gift guide together especially for pawrents who want to find the perfect gift for their pup so they can show thanks for all the love, happiness and surprises their furbaby brings.
1. Bully Sticks
Have you caught your furbaby sneaking away with your shoe on more than one occasion? If your pup likes to chew, bully sticks make the perfect holiday gift for your furbaby and your wardrobe.
Bully sticks are safe, fun to chew and offer several health benefits . Made only from easy-to-digest beef muscle, bully sticks are high in protein, free of artificial ingredients and help clean your furbaby's teeth. They are also a long-lasting chew toy available in different shapes and sizes. Best of all, your furbaby will love them. Try premium bully sticks from Redbarn .
2. Three-Knot Rope Tug
For many furbabies, nothing beats a round, or five, of tug of war with Mom or Dad. Big breeds can get a lot of games and chewing sessions out of a durable three-knot rope tug like a Mammoth Flossy Chew . Flossy Chews clean your pup's teeth like floss while they chew, tug and play. These durable cotton blend rope toys can withstand many tugging games. A three-knot rope makes a good handle for pawrents and an easy grip for furbabies. Mammoth makes colorful ropes available for mini mouths to extra-large sizes.
3. Big Dog Chew Toy
Large furbabies can cover a chew toy with fang marks fast, especially if it's not the right size or material. Here's a chew toy that can stand up to a powerful bite and keep strong chewers relaxed and happy for hours.
We suggest the Nylabone Power Chew Big Chew Beef Bone . This bone is made of sturdy nylon and is ideal for breeds weighing over 50 pounds. A Nylabone chew toy is great for encouraging healthy chewing habits, relieving stress and boredom and cleaning your furbaby's pearly chompers.
4. KONG Extreme Dog Toy
A KONG is a classic dog toy for just about all sizes. With a KONG, you stuff the core with tasty treats and then let your furbaby enjoy working for the snacks inside.
Large furbabies love the KONG Extreme, which is for tough chewers . The KONG Extreme is soft enough for a pleasant chewing experience, yet highly durable to handle determined chewers. This toy is sure to satisfy your furbaby's instincts. Made of a durable rubber formula, the KONG Extreme comes in sizes from small to double extra-large. Help your furbaby celebrate the holidays by stuffing the KONG with a fun, yummy recipe .
5. GPS Tracker
Did you know a greyhound named Feather beat the Guinness World Record for the highest doggy jump in 2017? Yep, this furbaby leaped over six feet into the air last year. What does this have to do with Christmas gifts for dogs in 2018? Well, if your furbaby likes to rocket over the fence like Feather or dart out the front door when you least expect it, it might be time to buy a GPS tracker. You'll enjoy greater peace of mind as relatives come and go during the holidays, and your furbaby will appreciate the safety and warmth of home sweet home.
PC Magazine recommends the Whistle 3 GPS tracker because it's small and light, has long battery life and a low initial cost.
6. Doggy Bed
Your furbaby can enjoy ultimate comfort when it's time for bed or a lazy afternoon nap with a quality memory foam bed. A memory foam dog bed helps soothe aches and pains and promotes restful slumber for your pooch. We recommend a Big Barker orthopedic dog bed for large furbabies. Big Barker beds come in three different sizes – large, extra-large and giant. Designed to support joints using high-quality foam, these beds are easy to clean and made of safe materials. It's the perfect way to pamper a furbaby who has arthritis, hip dysplasia or age-related pains.
For furbabies who like to snuggle in confined spaces, BarksBar Large Snuggly Sleeper is a great choice. This doggy bed features a non-slip backing, removable, washable cover and quality orthopedic foam.
Buying a bed for your furbaby is an investment in their well-being. Be sure to consider the following factors before your purchase:
Size: Your furbaby's bed should be big enough to let them rest comfortably without paws or feet dangling off the edges – unless they like to lounge that way! You can measure the space they currently sleep in to get an idea of the size you need.
- Foam quality: Your pup's bed should be firm enough to support their weight and relieve pressure from their hips and bones. Look for a dense orthopedic foam with a thick, firm base.
- Material: Look for CertiPUR-US certification, which means the foam is free of harmful materials. If your furbaby has bladder issues, you might look for a removable, washable cover and water-resistant material. If they tend to chew or scratch their bedding, look for durable material such as heavy nylon or canvas.
- Style: What's your furbaby's sleep style? Do they like to curl up surrounded by blankets and pillows? If so, you might choose a comforting bolster-style bed, which provides a secure, confined space. However, if your furbaby likes to stretch out and move around, a mattress-style bed without the bolster sides would be a better fit.
- Bottom material: If you plan to place the bed on tile or hardwood floor, look for a bed with a non-slip surface on the bottom to make bedtime easy for furbaby and to avoid having to constantly push the bed back into place.