Dog Appreciation Day: Fun & Unique Gifts for Man’s Best Friend

by | Aug 26, 2019 | Gifts, Lifestyle, Pets

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Today, August 26, we celebrate Dog Day or Dog Appreciation Day, an unofficial holiday for appreciating canines we’ve come to consider as family or best friends. Founded in 2004 by pet and family lifestyle expert and animal behaviorist Colleen Paige, World or International Dog Day as it’s also called, honors these amazing four-legged creatures for everything they bring to our lives. It aims to promote dog adoption as well as underscore the importance of providing rescue dogs with safe and loving homes. For dog lovers, it is yet another occasion to lavish our furbabies with even more love than we already do every day. And if you’re like us dog parents here at Sexy Anti-Aging, you’ve probably bought every single cute, adorable, functional, and playful accessory you can for your pooch. So we’ve come up a few more gift ideas to pamper your dogs with today and any day.

Dog Appreciation Day: Fun & Unique Gifts for Man's Best Friend

1. DogTread Small Dog Treadmill

Dog Appreciation Day: Fun & Unique Gifts for Man's Best Friend

Keeping our doggies in shape is one of the basic responsibilities for any pet owner. But with busy schedules for school or work, we’re usually left with either the wee hours of the morning or late into the night to walk our dogs and give them their exercise. Then when the weather’s too hot, wet, or cold, we’re stuck with no option but to keep them indoors. Now if your pet weighs no more than 30 lbs., this treadmill from DogTread is great for providing the workout it needs right in the comfort and safety of your home, regardless of the time of day. Much like the treadmills we use, it’s equipped with an LCD console where you can adjust Program Speed, Time, and Distance for each workout. It also has a recessed treat holder for dispensing much-needed incentives during the initial stages of training. Rated 4.0 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Buyer’s Review: “I bought this for my papillon/daschund mix in 2011 when we found out she had a life – threatening heart condition and it became more important than ever that she get regular exercise. She took to it right away and it’s been her favorite thing ever since. She asks to get on it every time she gets a chance and thanks to the regular exercise she gets now, her heart condition has not advanced at all these past couple checkups. I would highly recommend to anyone who wants to provide regular exercise for their small dog.” – Krista N White

2. SportDOG Family Remote Trainers

Dog Appreciation Day: Fun & Unique Gifts for Man's Best Friend

If you and your pooch lead a sporty, active, and adventurous lifestyle that involves a lot of time outdoors, then you might want to invest in the SportDOG Remote Trainer. The most popular among this family of devices is the 425X, the lightest and smallest e-collar designed for in-the-field training, or hunting with close working dogs. With a range of 500 yards, it features three stimulation modes – vibration, tone, and 21 levels of static stimulation. It fits dogs 8 lbs. or larger, with neck sizes from 5 to 22 inches, and supports simultaneous training of up to three canines. Made with DryTek technology, the collar is waterproof and submersible up to 25 feet. The system is powered with rechargeable lithium ion batteries that take only a couple of hours to charge in order to deliver 50 to 70 hours of use. An effective tool for correcting unwanted behavior especially in hyperactive and stubborn dogs, it’s rated 4.2 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Buyer’s Review: “The best $170 I’ve ever spent. I bought this out of desperation to get control over our exuberant 13 month old German Shepherd Dog. We had been using a trainer for him since we got him and weren’t getting the results we had expected, based on our experience with our previous GSD. She had been an extremely mellow, obedient female and the trainer had worked wonders with her. This guy, on the other hand, is one of those small % of dogs BORN to be an alpha male and is energetic as hell. On the first day with the collar, I had to “nick” him 12 times at the lowest setting. It’s now like we have a totally different dog. He is not only completely (or nearly so) obedient, he’s a lot happier. With the ability to enforce our commands, he has quickly figured out that good behavior gets him what he wants and bad behavior does not. Anyone who thinks these devices are cruel doesn’t know what they are talking about. We went from having a $4,000 nuisance to having a loyal and loving family member in a week.” – msmaddiecat

3. Illumiseen LED Dog Collar

Dog Appreciation Day: Fun & Unique Gifts for Man's Best Friend

These LED collars are lifesavers for dogs that go out at night.  They allow motorists to see more easily in advance so you have more peace of mind when you walk them in the dark. It’s also useful when your pets are off leash on your lawn or at a park. Featuring three settings – steady, slow flashing, or rapid flashing, you can choose to go from one to the other with just one click. These fully adjustable collars are rechargeable via the supplied USB cable with an hour’s worth of charge able to give five hours of illumination. Covered with a lifetime guarantee, they’re perfect with matching LED leashes that will further add night visibility. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, choose from Bright Orange, Cotton Candy Pink, Neon Green, Royal Blue, Ruby Red, or Sunburst Yellow on Amazon.

Buyer’s Review: “Exactly what we were looking for! We have a small black dog and a big back yard. This saves me from panicking if he decides to stay outside at night to sniff the wind longer than expected… It works perfectly for our purposes. I already bought two more to give as gifts.” – idiganthro

4. Pooch Selfie: The Original Dog Selfie Stick

Dog Appreciation Day: Fun & Unique Gifts for Man's Best Friend

As dog parents, we LOVE taking pictures of our babies. We can’t take enough of them. Every little thing they do is a photo op, and that’s perfectly acceptable! But if your pooch is anything like mine, then you probably have more blurry photos than good ones because it is just so hard to make them stay still. And even when they miraculously do, you’re probably stuck with images of them looking everywhere but straight at the camera. Well, there’s finally hope of crisp, clear mementos where our beloved four-legged friends are actually facing the lens. Behold the Pooch Selfie – the original selfie stick for dogs. It’s simple – there’s a squeaking tennis ball and a smartphone attachment. Just slide the clip over your phone or tablet and attach the ball to it, then click away as your pet’s gaze is fixed on the interesting sphere in front of him. Afterward, you can detach the ball and give it as a reward for the great pictures. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Buyer’s Review: “Great photo accessory! I absolutely love this product! After I opened the package, I immediately put it on my cellphone and before I could even call my dogs they were sitting next to me looking up at it, as if they were dying to know what the new toy was! They sat patiently waiting while I snapped a few pics. Then when I was done, I removed the ball from the device and played with them for a while. Later, I put the ball back in the device, reattached it to my cellphone and snapped a few more pics. This works great! Nothing like a ball to get a dog’s attention!” – Kelly

5. Pawfect Pets Elevated Pet Feeder

Dog Appreciation Day: Fun & Unique Gifts for Man's Best Friend

We have ergonomic chairs, pillows, and work tables to help avoid repetitive stress injuries and discomfort. Our pets need the same consideration with their regular activities. This elevated pet feeder from Pawfect Pets offers a more comfortable way for dogs to get into their food and water bowls. Its elevated design does away with stooping that can lead to choking down food as well as back pains and digestive issues. It also allows air to circulate between the floor and the dishes thus keeping moisture and heat from creating mold and bacteria. The stand itself is sturdy and beautiful, crafted out of water-resistant bamboo. Recommended for aging dogs and those suffering from neck problems, back problems, arthritis, or those susceptible to bloat or megaesophagus, each set comes with FOUR bowls so you can alternate each pair for more thorough washing. It’s available in three sizes – small with a height of 4 inches, medium at 7 inches, and large at 12 inches to suit whatever size dog you have. Get it on Amazon where it’s rated 4.3 out of 5 stars.

Buyer’s Review: “My dog loves this bowl! Okay, maybe I love it. It keeps her food and water clean and she doesn’t pick up the bowls and move them all over the place like she used to. I love that it comes with 2 extra bowls. We’ve had this for a couple months now and she’s a golden/lab mix so she usually makes a little bit of a mess when drinking water, but there is no mold and that was my biggest concern! Anything is better than having to eat off the ground. Would definitely recommend, glad I found it on a flash sale making it that much better!” – Morgan Leigh

6. Outward Hound Ottosson Puzzle Brick Dog Toy

Dog Appreciation Day: Fun & Unique Gifts for Man's Best Friend

Our pets need mental workouts as much physical ones. They’re left on their own most of the time and they too, get bored out of their wits without us or other human and animal companions to interact with. This toy is an excellent source of brain stimulation for our pets. It features 20 different treat compartments, four removable bones, and eight openable pieces which can be played three ways – by flipping, sliding, or pulling off blocks to uncover the treats. Everything can easily be sanitized simply by hand washing with warm, soapy water, rinsing, and allowing to dry. This level 2 game was designed by Nina Ottosson, who has been creating puzzles for over 25 years. She received the 2017 Pet Age Icon Award for her development of innovative treat puzzle toys and for raising awareness for mental stimulation as an important part of a dog’s health. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, this puzzle brick toy from Outward Hound is currently at 10% off on Amazon.

Buyer’s Review: “Loved this product! Kept the pup entertained for longer than other toys. Helped build up her confidence and coordination. We used training treats, dog biscuits and frozen water & fruit.” – marian

7. Mekbok PetPeek Fence Window

Dog Appreciation Day: Fun & Unique Gifts for Man's Best Friend

Here is another product designed to provide our dogs with entertainment especially when they’re left on their own. PetPeek is a terrific way of giving them a great view of the other side of the fence, allowing them to witness the goings-on beyond the confines of their home. It’s a safe and secure alternative to simply creating open holes on their perimeter, as they can eventually wriggle their way through those, even running the risk of getting stuck in the process. At 9 ½ inches across and 5 inches deep, these domed windows afford them a fun vantage point and their owners, peace of mind as well as attractive points of interest on their premises. Made of 3/16-inch acrylic, they are easy to install and just as simple to clean. Highly popular, they’re rated 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Buyers’ Reviews:

“Big hit in my dog yard. My husband just installed the PetPeek window today and my dogs are already enjoying it for their squirrel watching pleasure. Simple installation, but we needed to go to Ace Hardware and purchase 4 quarter inch nuts. I will be back as some point soon to order another one.” – doglover

“Love these and simple to install!! We have 3 of these in our fence. Once you do your first one, they take less than 10 minutes to install and work great. Our dogs absolutely love them and people walking past on the greenway that goes behind our fence always have a smile when they see the dogs looking out at them.” – Ernie Behrle

8. Tuff Mutt Hands Free Dog Leash

Dog Appreciation Day: Fun & Unique Gifts for Man's Best Friend

The Tuff Mutt Hands Free Dog Leash is a great alternative to regular leashes, especially for those who lead active lifestyles with their pooches. Ideal for avid runners, adventure-goers, and neighborhood walkers, its versatile easy-glide belt attachment hooks on to the adjustable waist belt. The strong, shock absorbing bungee minimizes risk of injury, while the bright reflective stitching makes it easy to for people to see. It also features dual control handles for added security in tight situations that call for reining your pet in closer. Available in gray/blue, gray/coral, gray/orang, gray/teal, gray/yellow, and gray/green combinations, it’s rated 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Buyers’ Reviews:

“This product is a total game changer. I have been running my 70 lb. dog on a regular leash for the past 6 months, and I’ve found myself to almost dread taking him along because I knew my shoulder was going to hurt afterward from all the pulling, and awkward position of my leash-holding hand for the duration of my run. I have used the Tuff Mutt Hands Free Leash twice in the past few days that I’ve had it in my possession, and I can honestly say it is SO MUCH more of an enjoyable experience to run with my dog!” – Kindle Customer

“Hands down one of the best leashes I have owned… This leash is great because it offers not only a safe and reliable option to hook around the waist and doesn’t unhook, but it also gives the human the ability to hold the dog close to you on the bottom hold or like a normal leash at the top hold… Overall this will be your last leash you buy.” – Maida

9. Bake-A-Bone The Original Dog Treat Maker

Dog Appreciation Day: Fun & Unique Gifts for Man's Best Friend

Perhaps some of you already bake cakes for your pet’s birthdays, so here’s another option for other occasions like today’s Dog Appreciation/World Dog Day. How about making a batch of delicious, healthy, and all-natural bone biscuits with the Bake-A-Bone Original Dog Treat Maker? It features allergy-sensitive recipes that are free of preservatives, wheat, corn, gluten, soy, and lactose in chicken, beef, liver, cheese, peanut butter and other flavors. Create fun specialty treats like Snicker Poodles, Banana Biscotti Bones, Puppy Pot-Roast Bones, and more, and even decorate your mouthwatering goodies with pet-friendly homemade icing. Get this fun dog treat maker from Amazon.

Buyer’s Review: “This is a must-have item if you have a dog, large or small. When you make your own treats, you control what goes in them; no additives or preservatives, which makes me feel better about giving my dog homemade treats… The only downside to this treat maker is that you can make only 4 treats at a time. I’m kind of impatient, have a busy schedule, and from beginning to end it takes about an hour and a half. But on the plus side, the average number of treats is 24, so you get a lot done!! Bottom line, this is an awesome treat maker…I wore my old one out after 2 years of hard service…” – Virginia TerLouw

10. Wisdom Panel Health Canine DNA Test

Dog Appreciation Day: Fun & Unique Gifts for Man's Best Friend

This next item is probably more for us, dog parents, than for our doggies themselves – a canine DNA test. Yup, you read it – a kit for collecting swabs CSI-style and getting them processed online, also CSI-style. It’s both a fun AND functional product that lets us screen much more than merely our pets’ genetic ancestry. It gives an extensive profile of their breed and most importantly, their genetic health information. The leading name in dog DNA testing across the globe, Wisdom Panel has the largest breed database available and is able to test for over 150 genetic health conditions covering 17 major body systems including the heart, eyes, and lungs. This is particularly useful as it gives us a good idea of any ailments our pets may be prone or predisposed to, giving us the chance to design a proper health care plan. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, it’s currently at 9% off on Amazon.

Buyer’s Review: “Would definitely recommend this test. It gives you the peace of mind of ruling out numerous genetic diseases (or the knowledge to plan for any expenditures associated with the diseases if the test comes back positive). It is super easy to use, and the results came back very quickly (approx. 2 weeks). And it told us some things about our little mutt’s breed that explain a lot about her personality and activity level. Very good as a gift for the person in your life who loves his/her animals more than their people. The whole process was fun and exciting!” – G.C.

For dog owners, parents, and lovers, every day is a chance to cherish their canine companions. Every day is Dog Appreciation Day. After all, our four-legged babies bring us love, joy, and friendship every moment they are with us. And their presence is just as powerful and effective in keeping us young, vibrant, and alive as any anti-aging ingredient. So let’s grab every opportunity we have to enrich their lives as much as they do ours.

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