five six days of giveaways!
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Over the last few months, we tested and curated a slew of pet products. Many didn’t make the cut. But for those that did, for the next five days, I’m going to share the best of the best – the perfect holiday gifts for you and your pets. Because these are so highly recommended by me and my crew, and thanks to the generosity of all the different brands, we’re offering a giveaway of every single recommendation!
So, let’s get started, shall we? (First, take a moment to review all the logistics.)
Today I’m sharing with you my top 3 toy recommendations. From classic to clever, these toys make the perfect gift for any dog.
Like red lipstick or a LBD, the KONG is a classic must-have.
We love to stuff ours full of healthy snacks and pop them in the freezer. The boys love the icy treat, and it keeps them busy for longer than any chew. But here’s why I think this is the PERFECT gift: You can never have too many! If you give one to a dog person who didn’t already have one, great! If someone already had one, also great! Because keeping multiple in rotation with a few pre-stuffed and stashed in the freezer means you’ll always have one on hand in a pinch. Bonus: KONG now has stuffers to make filling them a breeze! KONG Classic $6.99 to $21.50 depending on size on Amazon, and around $6 for KONG Stuff’N depending on flavor
Nina Ottosson is world-renowned for her incredible puzzle games for dogs and cats (and pigs! and ferrets! and parrots!). We played with the DogWorker and had SO much fun.
It’s hilarious to watch each of my three guys go at it because they all approach problem-solving very differently. Lucas starts pawing and pawing, no strategy, just brute strength. Cooper, on the other hand, starts poking and pushing and nosing, trying to see which piece does what until he starts to make a little progress. Emmett… dear, sweet Emmett… puzzle games are not his forte. He tries to go at them with his teeth, but the website outlines a really careful way to introduce your dog to the puzzle and help them work through it. Emmett’s still trying, but that’s sort of the beauty of this: It keeps him busy, occupied, and thinking! Yes, it’s pricey, but the durable wooden construction and longevity of the toy – plus, you can configure it in several different ways to keep it fresh – makes this a fabulous gift for the clever dog in your life. It’s currently unavailable on Amazon, but this is a similar product that we have and also love.
BONUS: The generous folks at Nina Ottosson have provided a discount code for everyone! Use the code “vipdog” in the Nina Ottosson webshop to receive 10% off your purchase. AND they ship worldwide!
As you know, we’ve dealt with a lion’s share of anxiety around here. We love ThunderWorks products for help with stress, and wouldn’t you know, they’ve come out with a playful stress buster: ThunderToy!
Made from high-density rubber, the toy is designed to be stuffed. It gives your stressed-out pup an activity to help distract, and it redirects your dog from chewing your shoes/wall/sofa. We tested it with Cooper while I was out of town – always stressful for him – and it was fab! Plus, it’s super adorable! This would be a great gift for a pet loving friend who’s dealing with anxiety in her pet. Or, if you love a stressed-out pooch, this would make the perfect stocking stuffer for your little one! $12.95 from ThunderWorks
We LOVE all three of these toys. I think they make the perfect gifts this holiday season. But now’s your chance to win one of the three gift recommendations! (Three winners total, each winner gets one of the prizes listed above.) This is a Rafflecopter giveaway… the widget should pop up below after a few seconds. If you’re reading this through a reader like Feedly, you probably have to click the link to get to the widget.
A big, huge, heartfelt thank you to KONG, Nina Ottosson, and ThunderWorks for providing these fabulous prizes!
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