If you’re looking for a birthday, Christmas or gift for simply being a good boy or girl, our dog gifts guide has something for adventure-loving pets and their owners.
If your pet fancies him/herself as a bit of an adventure dog (perhaps they love hiking, trail running, paddling, or simply spending time out exploring), then we have you covered.
This list is also a great place to look if you’re searching for the best gifts for dog dads and dog moms!
From coats, sweaters, boots, and goggles to GPS collars and more calming gifts for dogs such as treats and chew toys, we’ve sniffed out some of the best dog gift ideas and put them all together in this handy list.
1. A warm, water and stain-resistant dog travel blanket
With a variety of striking designs, these water-resistant pet pillow blankets from Voited are perfect for road trips, camping or simply lining your dog’s bed or crate for some rest and relaxation.
It’s also handy to have at home if your dog likes napping on the sofa and you want to protect it from their fur and dirt.
This blanket is lined with micro-fiber fleece and is durable, stain-resistant, and machine washable… plus it’s made from recycled plastic bottles!
2. A goody box of toys and treats for the ‘goodest’ adventure dog
If you want to treat your pet to some new toys and treats, how about surprising them with one of these fun goody boxes from Chewy.com?
They come in a range of limited edition themes – our adventure dog Kepler was recently delighted with their Adventure Dog Goody Box, which came packed with nature-inspired furry and squeaky toys and treats.
Buying dog gifts in a box like this also represents great value compared to buying toys and treats separately – the whole box costs less than $30.
3. Some Real, Good Food
Nom Nom dog food is 50% OFF right now when you start a trial.
Nom Nom’s nutrient-packed recipes are meticulously crafted by their Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionists with quality, flavor, and texture in mind.
It’s what Nom Nom likes to call delicious science. And seems to be what all the furry pups are going bonkers over right now.
This is a great dog gift because what’s better than the gift of good health?
I mean yes, a dog needs a calm, stress-free environment, exercise, and good-quality sleep too but food is what will help fuel all of that.
4. A slimline dog backpack for running, hiking, and walks
The Switchbak dog harness-backpack hybrid from Ruffwear does double-duty – it’s ideal for all-day adventures where your dog will be wearing a harness and you’re going to need accessories and food to make your pup’s time out there even more enjoyable.
This is a great dog gift because you know it will get a lot of use, even when your dog isn’t hiking or trail running, because it’s great simply for everyday walks.
It’s minimal enough to feel like a harness, but you can also put water, treats or poop bags (including the full ones) in there for your dog to carry.
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For more dog backpack ideas, read our dog hiking backpacks buyer’s guide.
5. A GPS Dog Collar that tracks your dog’s location, steps and sleep
The Fi Collar is the smartest smart collar for dogs. Chew-proof, water-proof (even the ocean), and generally dog-proof. It’s Bluetooth enabled to track doggo’s walkies and activity and to keep your dog in good shape.
It costs $149 at the time of writing, although Fi does sometimes offer discounts (check the latest offers click here). If you’re considering getting one for your dog, you can use our exclusive coupon code TK25 via the link below to get $25 OFF your Fi Collar order:
Our dog Kepler wears his Fi collar every day and has thoroughly field-tested it in everyday life and off-leash trail adventures together.
This smart dog collar has a ton of clever features including:
- Create safe zones and be notified if your dog escapes
- Activity and sleep tracking for your dog
- It’s waterproof
- Long battery life (an average of 3 months between charges under typical usage)
To learn more about the key features, read our Fi GPS dog collar review.
6. A water bowl that keeps water cold… and doesn’t tip over
There are many reasons these YETI dog bowls are so popular – dogs just love to drink from them!
Plus, they keep water cold for a long time, look great, are dishwasher safe and are very difficult to tip over.
If you’re already a fan of YETI coolers and drinkware such as the YETI Rambler flasks, then you already understand why these dog bowls are awesome.
For more about them, read our full YETI dog bowl review.
7. A personalized, silent dog tag
These Qalo dog tags are jingle-free and custom-made for active pups and their owners!
Available in a range of fun (as well as single-color) designs, these fun, easy-to-clean silicone dog tags are a great gift for dog owners who love to take their pets on adventures.
8. A dog DNA test and genetic age profile
Your dog’s DNA test will show their mix of breeds, provide you with information on them, and – if you buy the version with the added genetic age profile – it will also tell you your dog’s approximate age!
It’s super easy to do with a quick cheek swab, and results are emailed to you within a couple of weeks of sending it off.
We tried out this test ourselves with our Border Collie, Kepler, which came back as a 100% Border Collie match (no surprises for us there) – and the test had his age accurate, too!
9. A warm dog sweater to stave off the cold during winter walks and trail hikes
Dogs, especially short hair dogs (who feel the cold more than long-haired breeds) can benefit from wearing warm layers in winter, for everything from their everyday neighborhood walks, to mountainous trail adventures.
Plus, who doesn’t like it when their dog wears a sweater?
One of our favorites is the K9 Core Sweater from Kurgo, which is made from knitted fleece, comes in a range of great colors with reflective details, and features an athletic cut for full freedom of motion when on.
This warm winter layer looks great on its own, and also pairs really well with Kurgo’s popular Loft Jacket, which is also available in a wide range of color options.
Read more about this dog sweater in our review.
For more dog coats and sweaters, read our dog jackets buyer’s guide.
10. A vibrant new collar and leash… and matching accessories for their dog mom or dad
Honestly, we struggled to choose our favorite design from Wolfgang Man & Beast’s gorgeous range of matching dog collars, harnesses, leashes and human accessories including bandanas, tees and key fobs.
With a range of unique and vibrant styles, you’ll have fun choosing what combo suits your lucky pet gift recipient the best!
11. Dog goggles to protect your dirt or snow-loving adventure dog’s eyes
Apart from these Rex Specs dog goggles looking adorable, they also help protect your dog’s eyes from debris, environmental hazards, and sun damage (especially so, in snowy environments where the light bounces into their eyes).
They are stable and secure while still allowing for full jaw motion and field of view.
Reasons you may want to get goggles for your dog are if they are spending time in environments such as dusty, dirty trails (especially on windy days), when they may run in and around lots of undergrowth at eye level, or really bright conditions on trails, snow or the water.
All lenses are rated UV400 – blocking 99.9% of UVA and UVB rays and the strap system is fully adjustable to accommodate a range of shapes and sizes.
Make sure you buy the right size for your dog, Rex Specs’ website will help with that.
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12. A frisbee makes for a great dog gift
Even your backyard can be full of fun adventures for your dog. Especially if they’ll chase a frisbee or ball!
Our resident adventure dog Kepler is a big frisbee fan, and recommends this particular style of disc, the Tailspin Flyer, as the best dog gift ever.
Giving your dog the opportunity to catch frisbee as a reward is also a great incentive for all of you dog moms and dads to teach them some freestyle tricks 🙂
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For more choice in frisbee sizes and styles, you can also head over to our list of the best dog frisbees.
13. Immune-supporting dog treats
You can’t really go wrong with dog treats when they’re actually beneficial for your dog’s wellbeing!
Noochies organic dog cookies from Because Animals are designed to provide a good source of fiber as well as containing nutrients for immune support – and they’re tasty, too!
14. Dog bootie shoes to protect paws from hot, cold, icy and rough terrain
A set of water-resistant dog boots will provide your dog’s paws with protection from outdoor elements, including hot pavements and gravel in summer, cold snow and ice in winter, and harsh, rough or spine-strewn trails at any time of year.
Dog booties can also be a great choice if your dog has difficulty walking on slippery surfaces at home, such as tile and hardwood flooring.
The Grip Trex from Ruffwear are best in class when it comes to dog boots for hiking and spending time on other trail adventures as well as providing protection from very hot or snow-covered surfaces.
For more dog boot options, including tips on how to choose and get the right fit for your dog’s paws and needs, visit our dog boots buyer’s guide.
15. A dog bungee leash for casual hikes and trail runs
The Ruffwear Roamer Leash is an adjustable stretch-webbing running leash that can be hand-held or worn around the waist for a dynamic hands-free leash experience.
This is a great gift for dog moms and dads that like to run or hike with their dogs on-leash. Having the leash attached at your waist frees your arms up for other things.
The stretch webbing in the leash keeps humans and canines connected while allowing for an extended range for roaming and exploring.
Ruffwear’s unique Talon Clip offers a strong and secure leash-to-collar attachment which can also be used to attach the leash to a harness if you’d prefer.
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If you’re interested in exploring more dog leashes (and harnesses) that are suitable for running with your dog, visit our dog leash and harnesses buyer’s guide.