Dog Product Buying Guides

MyDogLikes 2011 Holiday Gift Guide

Harley and Charlie taking a dog Christmas photo with cousin Mia
Written by Kevin Sando

Welcome to our first annual Holiday Gift Guide!

Harley Christmas We all love our pets, and if you’re anything like me, you don’t need an excuse to spoil them.  Unfortunately, with a limited budget we often have to curtail these splurges.  When the holiday season approaches however, it is always a little easier to loosen up and pick up something special for your best friend.  The intention of this guide is to highlight some of our favorite products so you can feel more confident in your purchases this year.

How to use this guide: We have broken up this guide into several categories for easy browsing.  Just match up your best friend with one of our personalities and hopefully you can find something special to surprise them with this year. Alongside each selection is a short description followed by a link to our review. Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

For the inquisitive mind: Kyjen Hide-A-Squirrel
Kyjen Hide-A-Squirrel:  Keep your dog stimulated and engaged with this unique interactive toy.  Plenty of play options possible for hours of fun.

Our Review:  Kyjen Hide-A-Squirrel      


For the persistent chewer:



West Paw Design’s Hurley:  A bone shaped toy made from West Paw Design’s Zogoflex material.  Amazingly durable and includes a product replacement guarantee.

Our Review:  West Paw Design’s Hurley     

Nylabone Double Action Chew

Nylabone Double Action Chew:  Non-edible chew toy with excellent resistance and durability.  Great for cleaning your dogs teeth as well.

Our Review:  Nylabone Double Action Chew     

For the insatiable appetite:

USA Beefhide Heavyweight Dog Bone
USA Heavyweights Rawhides:  These are not your ordinary rawhides!  Super heavy duty and made in America using safe practices, you will be amazed at how many hours of chewing these will provide.

Our Review:  USA Heavyweights Rawhides     


Mini Naturals
Zuke’s Mini Naturals:  Healthy dog treats available in peanut butter, chicken, and salmon flavors.  Small size makes these treats excellent for training as well.

Our Review:  Zuke’s Mini Naturals     

For the lighthearted:

West Paw Design’s Bumi:  Another West Paw Design toy, the Bumi’s unique shape and material properties allow for tons of tugging, fetching, and playing fun.

Our Review:  West Paw Design’s Bumi     

Wet Wubba


Kong Wet Wubba:  One of our all time favorites – available in a variety of styles (Classic, Wet, Snugga) and sizes.  You will love watching your dog shake and interact with this toy.

Our Review:  Kong Wet Wubba     

About the author

Kevin Sando

Kevin is a mechanical engineer with a degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He has move than a decade experience in new product design, prototyping and early stage manufacturing. Pairing this background with his love of dogs, gives him a unique perspective to evaluate the design and execution of new and interesting pet products.