It’s our favorite time of the year at Sniffspot. The rain is falling and the holiday lights are twinkling in the darkness. We all want to spread the holiday cheer to our dogs, so we thought would would put together a list of amazing gifts for reactive dogs (or really any dog). The specific focus here is on enrichment toys that can reduce anxiety and fear in reactive dogs (as we wrote about in our previous post).
We did some research to find the most amazing gifts for reactive dogs by 1) asking reactive dog owners in the area, and 2) asking a local trainer for input to make sure these are the highest quality options for you (see the end of the article for more information on the trainer that reviewed this article).
Also: we don’t use referral links or have any relationship with any of the products we are recommending.
1. Tail Teaser
Give your dog the gift of endless excitement and sure-fire exhaustion by giving them a tail teaser. Our pup never gets tired of chasing the tail! Here is one example, but you can also Google to find many more!
Great for a quiet rainy afternoon, this simple gift will entertain and engage your pup’s brain while they sniff and forage for treats! Check out the source here.
3. Turtle Treat Dispenser
Great for the expert level treat getter! Our pup is an expert level treat finder and dominates every toy we give her to hide treats. This turtle toy stands up to her efforts for hours! You can find it on Amazon (and other places I am sure!)
This is as classic as it gets. Time tested, get your dog the simple game that never gets old. You can buy these most anywhere, but here is one example on Chewy.
5. Pet Treat Tower
Not satisfied with a simple Kong for your pup, go high tech with the Pet Treat Tower from JW. You can even adjust the difficulty level for your dog! You can find them on Amazon here.
6. Squirrel Puzzle Dog Toy
If on a scale from 1 to 10 your dog’s prey drive is an 11, this would be a great toy for them. Let them hunt squirrels all day long with no squirrels harmed. Check it out on Chewy here.
7. Snuffle mat
And last but not least, we love the snuffle mat. Not only does it have a great name, it also gets your pup sniffing and searching for treats. Another great gift for rainy afternoons! Support a small producer and order on Etsy (or you can Google for it anywhere!)
This is the trainer that reviewed this article:
Erica is a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) through the National Association of Canine Scent Work. She teaches Agility and K9 Nose work classes, both sports she participates and competes in with her rescued Brittany Spaniel, Mimi and newest monster, Gator.
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