10 Best Gifts for Your Dog

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Last week we featured 10 of our favorite gifts for dog lovers, but we didn't want to leave out the dogs! Like any other member of the family, our pets deserve to get spoiled just a little during the holidays, too. With that in mind, here are our 10 favorite gifts for your furry best friend.

1. Bonbal Toy

Bonbal dog toy

For the dog who can't decide whether she loves her bone or her ball the best, the Bonbal is both! Made from 100% rubber, this convertible toy is sure to keep your pup entertained. From $7 at Pet Fancy.

2. Elevated Feeding Stand

Elevated Dog bowl

With a sleek look and colorful options, this elevated feeding stand will have your dog eating in style. We like that these rigs keep bowls from sliding all over the floor, spilling food and sloshing water, and are more comfortable for larger breeds to feed from. $68 from Modern Mew.

3. DIY Suitcase Pet Bed

DIY suitcase dog bed
For those on the crafty end of the spectrum, this DIY dog bed turns a vintage suitcase (cheap and plentiful at thrift stores) into a cute, shabby chic resting place for your furry pal. With a few hours and a few bucks you've got a one-of-a-kind project! Full instructions on Houzz.

4. Puffer Vest Dog Jacket

Dog puffer vest

If the fanciful hoodie above doesn't suite your fancy, this sportier "puffer coat"-style dog vest just might. We especially love the zipper and piping details. Heck, it looks so snuggly we wondered if they make a human version! $55 from Stay Jacket.

5. Floating Toss Toy

floating dog toy 

The genius of this toy is that it keeps the dog slobber where it belongs-- on the dog's side! This toss toy has separate grips for you and ol' Slobbery Sam. Plus it floats, so it's perfect for fetch in the lake. $12.95 from Dublin Dog.

6. Slow Feeder

Slow feeder for dogs

Got a pup with energy to burn? This "slow feeder" turns mealtime into a challenging game, keeping Fido entertained and full (eventually!). These sorts of challenge games and feeders are a great solution for dogs who get bored and destructive, or excitable puppies. $30 from PetSwag.

7. Treat of the Month Club

Dog treat of the month

Spoil your dog rotten month after the month with a Treat of the Month subscription. We like the one from CahaBones, which features organic, locally-sourced ingredients baked into treats that'll have your pup howling for more. Starting at $26.25 from CahaBones.

8. Tattoo Love Dog Collar

Dog collar 

Everyone looks tougher with a cool tattoo, even your pup! This fun collar features a traditional nylon collar decorated with cute ribbon, and comes in buckle and Martindale styles. Starting at $21 from The Mod Dog.

9. Murphy Bed for Dogs

Murphy bed for dogs

The idea of a hideaway Murphy Bed for dogs is, frankly, long overdue. We love this as a solution for large breeds and homes with multiple dogs. While the Murphy's Dogs Bed isn't yet available for sale, we're excited that they plan to begin a fundraising Kickstarter soon! Via Murphy''s Paws Designs.

10. Clawguard!

 Clawguard with bow

Clawguard is a great way to protect your pups precious paws from broken nails and other injuries caused by excessive door scratching. Not to mention, Clawguard's protection to your door and door frame are a gift to you!  Consider a Clawguard door protector for the dog or dog owner on your list today!

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Top 10 Gifts for Dog Lovers

Kevin Dixon

For many of us, this is the season for gift giving, and the Clawguard team has rounded up our top 10 picks to surprise the dog lover on your list. From funny to sweet, poignant to goofy, these gifts are sure to be a hit this December, or anytime throughout the year.

 

1. Mutt Blueprint

Dog Blueprint Gift

We have a soft spot when it comes to mutts, and this customizable mutt blueprint is a great way to give a favorite mixed breed the spotlight they deserve. A perfect gift for the mutt-lover you love. $185 from Uncommon Goods.

 

2. Organic Dog Biscuit Cookbook

For the dog lover who is also a budding chef, this cookbook is just the thing. Full of recipes no canine can resist, they're "human tested and animal approved." $18.95 at Bubba Rose.

 

3. Dogs of the Year Calendar

Labs, dalmations, beagles and more-- This calendar covers nearly all the bases for whatever dog enthusiast you're buying for. Plus, as a hand-pulled screenprint it is truly a work of art. $39 from Charlotte Farmer.

 

4.Underwater Dogs Book

Underwater Dogs Book

We featured photographer Seth Casteel's work here on the Clawguard blog a few months back. Anyone who loves dogs will appreciate this entertaining peek into the determination that goes into a chase. $16.59 from Better World Books.

 

5. Humunga Stache Toy

This "Humunga Stache" adds a little class to any game of fetch. The secret is the rubber ball that Fido can't help but chase, and everybody else can't help but chuckle about.  $14.99 at Muttropolis.

 

6. Custom Pet Painting

These custom pet portrait paintings are lovingly observed and come in sizes from small to large to fit just about any budget. $79-$300 from Adriana Willsie.  

 

7. Dog Breed Pillow Whether you've got a bulldog buddy, greyhound gal or pug person to buy for, these breed-specific throw pillows are nearly as cute and cuddly as the real thing. $36-$60 from Perpetually Yours Pets.

 

8. Dog Tea Towels

Dog Tea Towels

 If you have to clean up after Fido's licking, dripping, drooling messes, at least it can be a bit more fun with this set of three modern illustrated tea towels. $45 from Gingiber. 

 

9. Dog Mask

For tiny dog lovers, this fabric mask is the great addition to imaginative play, and tails are available, too! $18 from Opposite of Far. 

 

10. Clawguard!

Clawguard Door Scratch Shield

If reducing the stress on your doors, and your holiday host's doors, sounds like a Christmas miracle to you, we think a Clawguard would be a perfect addition to your shopping list. It allows you to travel worry free, in hotels and at your parent's place, too. No more embarrassing situations or permanent damage from door scratching! Consider a Clawguard door protector for the dog or dog owner on your list today!

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Watch Clawguard in Action in Our New Video

Kevin Dixon
Have you been considering purchasing a Clawguard of your own? Check out our newest video that walks you through why it's the best door scratching solution out there, and how easy Clawguard is to install! Clawguard superfans may notice two familiar faces in the video-- Foster, the dog who inspired the Clawguard's creation, and inventor Kevin Dixon who brought it to life.
Still have a question about Clawguard? Get in touch and we're happy to help!

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We love dogs who do good

Kevin Dixon

Philanthropy is something near and dear to our heart here at Clawguard. We don't want to just protect your door, we want to protect dogs in need too. It's as simple as that. In the past year Clawguard has partnered with dog adoption groups, a local dog shelter, and a national rescue organization. This month we're proud to partner with an organization that is passionate about helping canines and their humans too.

Clawguard sales support Nawty Dog Big Heart

Nawty Dawg Big Heart is an organization devoted to helping those in need. Sometimes that means covering an expensive vet bill or helping a dog find a forever home. This organization is always happy to step up and help their community. After all, their mission is to create a forum of friendship, laughter, networking and philanthropy. And their spokesdog Ecco D'Oro sure does that, in his many creative appearances and costumes, he shares his warmth and love with all who meet him. We applaud the charitable efforts of Nawty Dawg Big Heart and will be donating a portion of our proceeds to their philanthropic cause. It's simple, for every Clawguard sold in November, we are donating $1 to Nawty Dawg Big Heart.

 

How our donation can help:

  • $5 can make a HUGE impact on an animal’s life!
  • $25 can make the difference between whether a foster or shelter has enough food to take in another homeless pet.
  • $75 provides a spay/neuter for a cat or a dog.
  • $250 can mean the difference between life and death for an animal.
 

Our BIG Goal:

If we sell one thousand Clawguard door shields in November, we will donate $1,000 to this wonderful charity.   We can do this! Help us reach our goal, by sharing our mission with your friends.
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Meet Ecco D'Oro, the spokesdog for Nawty Dawg Big Heart Ecco d'Oro

Ecco D'Oro is the spokesdog for Nawty Dawg Big Heart. His name means "Here is Gold" and he truly has a heart of gold. Ecco thrives off of relationships and helping others in needs.  You can often find him counseling friends on his Facebook account, or leaving a pawsitive message to brighten someone's day. He makes multiple donations a month to charitable funds and when he's given all he can give, he calls on his friends to might be able to lend a paw. He is always impressed at how the work of a few can literally touch thousands. If you would like to join Ecco's pack, join him on Facebook and Twitter.  

Have you purchased your Clawguard yet?

 Clawguard dog door scratch shield

 

See how it can protect your door and your dog's paws. Scratching the front door is a real problem for many dog owners, see how Clawguard can help you correct your dog's nawty behavior. Because as a dog owner, we don't have to tell you that separation anxiety can be a real problem for the dog, and for you.

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These Dogs Have Halloween Covered: Funniest Dog Costumes

Kevin Dixon

Dressing dogs in clothing is a polarizing issue. There are those who have drawers full of clothing for their pup, and those who can't imagine. But when it comes to Halloween, there's one thing most of us can agree on: Dogs in costumes are adorable. Here are a few of our favorite creative and hilarious dog Halloween costumes.

 

funny dog Halloween costume

The award for the most unexpected costume has to go to "Two Dogs Carrying a Present." We don't know who thinks of these things or why, but we're glad they did. Source.

 

Frida Kahlo dog costume

Art lovers will appreciate this canine nod to Frida Kahlo. Good luck drawing on that unibrow, though. Source.

 

martini dog costume

If your dog happens to be in an Elizabethan collar over Halloween doesn't mean they can't dress up. Consider transforming that plastic cone into a dirty martini, like this boozehound. Source.

 

Dog Halloween costume

 This dog-to-lion transformation proves that sometimes simple can be best. Source.

 

Not the most terrifying Cerberus we've ever seen, but possibly the cutest. Source.

 

Captain Jack, or just a run of the mill pirate, we approve of chihuahuas with dreadlocks regardless. 

 Pincushion dog costume Halloween

Seamstresses will recognize this stuff tomato instantly as the classic pincushion. Only this time on four feet with a thimble hat. 

 

And if you're feeling really mischievous this Halloween, consider copying SpiderDog and scaring the bejeezus out of unsuspecting neighbors like this guy did.

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Doggie Language, Illustrated

Kevin Dixon

With the thousands of tips and tricks out there for how to train our dogs, it's easy to forget that as dog owners it's up to us to train ourselves to read out dogs as well. In a quest to help educate the public, illustrator Lili Chin created a series of infographics and posters that are not only adorable, but also shed light on dog body language, behavior, special needs dogs and more. Here are a few of our favorites--  "Doggie Language" stars Chin's Boston Terrier, Boogie, in a demonstration and decoding of dog body language.  

the yellow dog project illustrations

"The Yellow Dog Project" is a program to help visually identify dogs that need a little space when they're outside, and to encourage those nearby to give them a little extra space. "How Not to Greet a Dog" is a great resource, especially for teaching children dog manners.    "Ain't Misbehavin'!," a collaboration between Chin and dog trainer Elisabeth Weiss, is a good reminder to keep our pets engaged in positive activities rather than get angry when they act out out of boredom. See more Doggie Drawings here.

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September Sales Support "Dogs Deserve Better"

Kevin Dixon

Continuing our commitment to give back to homeless pets and animal charities we admire,we're donating $1 of every Clawguard sale in September to Dogs Deserve Bettera Virginia-based organization committed to rescuing penned and chained animals.

 

clawguard supports Dogs Deserve Better organization.

 

Dogs Deserve Better's Good Newz Rehabilitation Center in Smithfield, VA is located on the site of the NFL quarterback Michael Vick's former Bad Newz Kennel. The center has sheltered over 80 dogs since moving into their dedicated space in 2011, socializing and rehoming animals who would otherwise have spent their entire lives outdoors, neglected and alone.

We recently worked with Amy Hines of Dogs Deserve Better when she brought an energetic crew of "dog models" to a Clawguard video shoot. Afterwards falling in love with the pooches-- and the organizations mission-- we donated  a handful of Clawguards to help protect the doors at DDB's facility.

Pups at Dogs Deserve Better

With 80+ dogs coming through the facility, the doors at Good News Rehabilitation Center took a beating.

 

With a crew of inquisitive pups still learning about manners and how to behave inside a home, it's no surprise that the Center's doors take a beating. Amy said that "our staff is constantly cleaning, sanding and touching up the scratched trim that surrounds our doors." The pups are "always curious as to who might be on the other side of the door. [But] we were all smiles as the first Clawguard was hung around the door knob."

 

Clawguard sales support Dogs Deserve Better

Inquisitive pups check out their new Clawguard

 

Amy said that with the organization's limited budget, Clawguard would prevent costly repairs to the Center's doors and trim. She said, "Being a non-profit, we can now save money on the supplies it takes to make these repairs and get back to spending time obedience training our pups! Here are six reasons why Clawguard is a MUST HAVE: Poppy, Rico, Rhes, Suki, Chance & Sampson!"

 

Clawguard sales support Dogs Deserve Better

To support the important work Dogs Deserve Better is doing, donate directly through their website. To support their work AND protect your own doors from damage, purchase a Clawguard in September!

 

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Dog Life: Underwater Fetch

Kevin Dixon

It's takes effort to achieve anything great, and sometimes great efforts can make you look, well, a little crazy. This truth is no different for man's best friend, as revealed by photographer Seth Casteel. In the photo series (and now book) "Underwater Dogs," Casteel reveals the lengths to which our dogs go to to fetch a ball underwater. Though the series is definitely hilarious, with all those flapping gums and gnashing teeth, we're just glad that these expressions are still hidden most of the time.

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via The Telegraph.

 

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Dogs We Love: Maddie on Things

Kevin Dixon

Every pet owner's done it: Your dog is standing there, minding her own business when suddenly the idea pops into your head, "Wouldn't it be funny if I could get her to stand on top of that tall thing over there?" Generally our practical side will win out of these sorts of silly/crazy/dangerous ideas. But when photographer Theron Humphrey has a similar train of thought, instead of talking himself out of the crazy idea to pose his dog on top of his truck, he ran with it. What developed was a series of (highly entertaining) photos of his coonhound, Maddie, entitled simply, Maddie on Things.

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Maddie the Coonhound is a rescue (yay!) who accompanied Humphrey on a photo project across the country. He began photographing her along the way and discovered Maddie's uncanny ability to balance atop just about anything. The photos gained a following on Instagram and soon Maddie and her balancing act went viral. She's become something of a celebrity, having appeared on The Today Show and Buzzfeed, just to name a few.

Maddie the Coonhound

These  days, Maddie seems to be doing less balancing, but between William Wegman-style photo opps and a book tour, her life is still quite lovely, and definitely well-documented. For more pics of Maddie on things, check out her Instagram or website.

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Keep Your Pet Safe This Fourth of July

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Did you know that more pets get lost of the Fourth of July than on any other day of the year? Fireworks and parties are fun for humans but can be stressful to our canine companions. Keep your pup safe with these tips from Petfinder.

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