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14 Gifts Your Dog Actually Wishes You’d Buy

You might enjoy buying your dog a cute sweater or a toy that looks like a bottle of champagne, but they might have different thoughts. Here are some toys and accessories your dog actually wants.

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Sherpa fleece dog coat

This soft but durable sherpa dog coat has over 100 five star reviews from customers raving about how much their pup likes it. And if you’ve ever had a dog, you know how difficult it can be to get them into a jacket on cold, winter days. It has three buttons along one side to allow you to easily get it on and off your dog. Avoid these pet products that vets never buy.

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Benebone Bacon Flavored Wishbone Chew Toy

Dogs love anything bacon flavored. This chew toy is made with real bacon and durable nylon. Its ergonomic shape and deep flavor groves will keep your dog entertained for hours. You can also feel good about buying this toy because a portion of all Benebone sales goes to animal support organizations. Also, get your dog these things they wish you would buy at Petco.

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Chuckit! Ultra Rubber Ball

These ultra rubber dog balls are designed specifically for a fun game of fetch. They bounce off of any terrain (grass, trees, rocks) and can even be used in the water. Chuckit! Ultra Rubber Balls have over 1,500 five star reviews on Owners say that their dogs don’t leave the house without it and that it’s a great alternative to a tennis ball, which gets dirty and has fuzz that dogs can bite off.

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KONG Classic Dog Toy

If your dog is a chewer, they will be forever grateful if you give them a KONG toy. Its unpredictable bounce can provide lots of games of fetch (even when you’re not home) and its hollow inside lets you stuff it with treats or kibble that your dog has to lick out keeping them busy for a long time. These are the best puzzle toys for bored dogs.

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Rabbitgoo Dog Harness

Dogs don’t like getting their neck yanked as much as you don’t like holding them back when they try to go after a squirrel. This harness features a no-pull design perfect for dogs that tug on the leash a lot or that need training. It has soft material that protects your dog’s skin, adjustable straps, and secure buckles that are easy to open and close.

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Nylabone DuraChew Dental Chew Dinosaur Dog Toy

If your dog seems to chew through everything you give them, try this DuraChew Dinosaur. It’s non-edible but chicken-flavored so your dog will love the taste and the toy will last for a very long time. Also, its unique texture cleans your dog’s teeth, reduces tartar, controls plaque buildup, and massages gums while dogs chew. If you’re getting a new puppy, you’ll want to stock up on these products too.

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Donut Self-Heating Orthopedic Dog Bed

Your pup will look extra cute and be extra cozy in this donut bed. It’s soft material and insulation layer warm your pet up by radiating your pet’s own body heat. The round design and raised edges creates a protective atmosphere making them feel safe and providing a nice headrest. The bed also has an additional filling that helps dogs with joint and muscle pain after a long day of playing.

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Gumby Dog Toy

Who doesn’t love Gumby? Almost every dog that received this toy loved it as soon as their parents took it out of the box. They bring it everywhere with them. Gumby has durable fabric and a squeaker so he’ll hold up well to lots of tug of war competitions. Avoid doing these things that your dog actually hates.

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Outward Hound Hide A Squirrel Puzzle Dog Toy

This toy is perfect for any dog that loves to scavenge. All you have to do it pop the squirrels in the log and watch as your dog sniffs and digs around to find them. Here are some things you didn’t know about what makes your pet tick.

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Greenies Regular Dental Dog Treats

Instead of holding your dog down to brush their teeth, give them a Greenies bone, they’ll definitely love you for it. They’re made with all-natural ingredients and work to control and remove disease-causing plaque and tartar. This is what your dog actually wants from you.

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Pet Zone IQ Treat Ball Dog Toy

With this treat ball toy, your pet will have to work a little bit for their treats, but they’ll love the reward. Put pieces of kibble or small treats in one side of the ball and watch as your dog rolls it around trying to get them through the holes and out the other side. They’ll get physical and mental exercise while playing with this toy, so once all the treats are gone they’ll be ready for a nap.

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KONG Wubba Classic Dog Toy

You can play both fetch and tug of war with this durable KONG toy. The toy comes with two balls, a tennis ball for bouncing and a squeaky ball so your dog gets the best of both worlds. Customers say that its thick fabric lasted through lots of tugging from their dogs for over a year. If you live somewhere where it gets cold, make sure to purchase one of these cozy dog coats for the winter.

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Outward Hound HedgehogZ Plush Dog Toy

Every pooch needs a stuffed hedgehog friend to bring around with them. This one made by Outward Hound has an irresistible squeaker, tough fabric for chewing, and soft faux-fur for endless play.

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KONG Classic Flyer Frisbee Dog Toy

Dogs love catching a frisbee mid-air, but the hard plastic of a normal frisbee can hurt and damage your dog’s teeth. This Classic Flyer is made of durable rubber that will feel good on your dog’s teeth and gums so you can throw and fetch in the park for hours. Investing in one of these toys is just one of the ways to keep your pet busy while you’re at work.

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Morgan Cutolo
Morgan is an Associate Editor at Reader’s Digest. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2016 where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. She writes for, helps lead the editorial relationship with our partners, manages our year-round interns, and keeps the hundreds of pieces of content our team produces every month organized. In her free time, she likes exploring the seacoast of Maine where she lives and works remotely full time and snuggling up on the couch with her corgi, Eggo, to watch HGTV or The Office.

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