Thanksgiving is a great time for family, and that includes Fido, too! When your house is full of family, and you’re all chowing down on delicious home-cooked treats, it’s important to keep your pup in the loop, too. With so many new faces and smells filling the house, your dogs are going to be antsy, and of course, begging for food. There are some great treats out there made just for dogs that have great fall flavors that your pup will love, and are pretty good for them too! We’ve reviewed some of the most popular Thanksgiving toys and treats for your pup to help them have a great holiday, too. From pumpkin pies made just for them, to bacon flavored wishbones, we have your pup covered.
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Thanksgiving is a fun time for many humans; your house is full of people, and you may spend your day in the kitchen baking fun holiday treats. You have to keep in mind that your furry friend is going to be overwhelmed with new smells, and new people all day long. Unfortunately, dogs can’t handle new foods as well as humans. While you may get a bit overstuffed, feeding your dog excess table scraps can make them very sick. Most dogs are used to eating the same thing every single day, when you shock their system with too many fatty foods all at once, you may be doing more harm than good. Keep in mind that finding sweet treats designed for dogs is the best way to go when you spoil your pup for the holidays. If you have any questions about how to keep your dog safe during the holidays, check out our Fall Guide here.
petsafe squeeze meeze turkey
All of the Squeeze Meeze toys are a favorite amongst our toy testers. They have bright vibrant colors, a unique squeaker, and a fun rubbery texture. We recommend this great turkey toy for any breed around the holidays. It’s light enough for tiny breeds to play with, and durable enough to withstand heavy chewing. Dogs love the unique turkey noise it makes when they chomp down on it (although you may not). The turkey also has a variety of fun textured parts that you dog can chew on and play with when they’re lounging around during the holidays. It’s soft enough to be thrown around indoors, and it’s latex exterior makes it weather resistant. It’s a great toy to keep your dog occupied and distracted during the holiday season.
Omega Paw Tricky Treat Ball
The Omega Paw Tricky Treat ball is a great way to keep your dog occupied both indoors and outdoors. It’s about the size of a tennis ball, and is a favorite toy for a lot of pups. As you can see, the ball has many dugouts that allow you to stuff the ball with your dog’s favorite treats, that can later be dispensed as your dog plays. Surprisingly enough, it’s actually quite hard for most dogs to get the treats out. Once filled, this will keep your dog occupied for quite some time. There are numerous small craters great for stuffing with peanut butter, and of course, deep holes that are great for stuffing loose treats. We’ve also found that dogs like this ball even when treats aren’t involved; the various grooves make it easier to carry around.
lullabelles turkey toy
The Lulubelles Turkey is a fun and festive way to include your dog in the holidays. The turkey is not only soft and comforting for dogs, but also durable enough to make it through the holidays. The turkey is lined with durable mesh that keeps your pup from ripping through it too quickly. It also has a squeaker which will entice play and keep your dog busy playing through the holidays. Your pup can cuddle with it, chew on it, and it’s even a great toy for tug of war.
The Lulubelles Turkey Toy is ideal for small and medium sized dogs; it’s dimensions are 6” x 4.5” x 4.5”. We have found that compared to other soft plush toys, this toy holds up better with tough chewers. It will be much harder for your dog to gut this turkey than you may think! It should last through the holiday season, keeping your dog occupied, and helping to deter destructive behavior caused by boredom.
Bonebone Chew Toy
While it’s not safe to hand your dog the wishbone after carving the turkey, the Bonebone wishbone is the next best thing. It contains real bacon, giving it an irresistible scent and taste. You can also try this wishbone out in a peanut butter flavor, or even a rotisserie chicken flavor. It’s the perfect way to include your dog in on the holiday treats without compromising their sensitive digestive system.
Dogs absolutely love these wishbones because of their unique ergonomic deign. Your pup can pop one end up and chew their hearts out without destroying the toy. The bone also has deep grooves that help your dog get a good bite, and a great deal of flavor with every bite. These bones are perfect for any size breed. They’re available in 3 sizes; mini, medium, and jumbo. You’ll also be happy to hear that all sizes and flavors are made right here in the USA, so you know your dog is getting a product with quality ingredients.
booda fresh'n floss
After a long day (or month) of holiday treats, it’s important to make sure your pup’s teeth don’t suffer. The Booda Fresh N Floss is a great way to help your dog achieve fresh breath and a healthy smile while they play. Of course the rope fibers help to floss your dog’s teeth and scrape away and plaque and tartar like all rope toys. However the Booda Fresh’n Floss also works to give your dog fresh smelling breath. The rope contains dental floss twisted in with the all-natural cotton fibers! Your pup is getting a fresh minty floss while they chew away at this rope. The floss is non-irritating and will help to sooth your dog’s mouth and gums while they chew.
So what makes this rope so great for your dog’s teeth? The rope is a great combination of both cotton and mint-scented floss. The rope fibers have a great taste and the nylon fibers are even coated with wax to give your dog a safe floss. The fresh’n floss also contains baking soda to fight plaque and control tartar. Your pup will have a healthy mouth, and great spearmint scented breath!
This toy is designed just like the Blue’s Choice Rope, with a braided body and multiple knots on the rope to prevent your dog from destroying the fibers. You can purchase the rope with either 2 or 3 knots depending on your dog’s chewing level and size. The medium is 2.5 x 2.5 x 19 inches, the large is 3 x 3 x 24 inches, and the extra large is 3.5 x 3 x 32 inches.
Pumpkin pie is a must-have when Thanksgiving rolls around. While it’s not quite healthy enough to give to your furry friends, the LazyDog Pup-Pie is the next best thing! It’s a pumpkin pie made just for dogs. You can trust your dog with LazyDog’s Pup-Pie’s, they’re made in the USA with human-grade ingredients, and are hand inspected. The pumpkin flavor is also vegan, and non-GMO, making it the perfect treat for dogs on special diets, or those with allergies. No matter how big or small your pup is, this pie is the perfect way to spoil them around the holidays.
Even if your pup doesn’t have allergies, this treat will be great for their digestion. Pumpkin is high in fiber, and rich in antioxidants. This will give them a great tasty treat that’s also easy on the stomach. The pumpkin pie is cut into ten convenient slices, all around .5 ounces. It contains natural pumpkin, unsalted peanut butter, tapioca starch, baking soda, evaporated cane juice, nonfat dry milk, yogurt powder, and naturally dyed sesame seeds.
pawstruck meaty bones
Bring your pup back to their roots with these meaty bones. They’re an all-natural single ingredient alternative to treats, and they’ll keep your dog occupied for hours. Pawstruck’s bones are made in the USA in FDA approved facilities; free from hormones, artificial ingredients, and chemicals. These delicious femur bones are available in three great sizes to suit the needs of any breed. You can purchase 3″, 5″ or 8″ bones. All sizes are slowly roasted to lock in flavor and help your dog enjoy maximum flavor. You’ll also be happy to hear that the hard texture easily scrapes plaque and tartar from your dog’s teeth improving their dental health.
We highly recommend these meaty bones to dogs of all sizes. They’re safe for your dogs, and they give your dog something to chew on and stay occupied with when you’re not around to play with them. The bones have a 36 month shelf life, and are full of protein for your pooch. Check them out on Amazon, and find the perfect bone for Fido.
blue buffalo pumpkin & cinnamon treats
Pumpkin is a great flavor for both humans and dogs around the holidays.Pumpkins are full of nutrients that are great for your pups. They’re high in fiber, contain vitamin A, and even beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is stored in fats in your dog’s body and converted into Vitamin A through the liver. Blue Buffalo is one of our favorite brands for our dogs. They make quality food and treats for your pups that you can always trust. They’re easy on the stomach, and are even great for dog’s with allergies or sensitive stomachs. The Blue Buffalo Health bars are one of our favorites. They have pumpkin as a main ingredient, allowing them to provide your pup with beta-carotene, fiber, and even vitamin A. Additionally, these yummy treats contain flaxseed. Flaxseed is a great source of Omega 3 fatty acids which will help your dog obtain a healthy coat; they’re also great for your pup’s heart health.
Ingredients: Oatmeal,Ground Barley,Ground Whole Oats,Pumpkin,Cinnamon,Flaxseed (source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids),Cane Molasses,Carrots,Canola Oil (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E),Calcium Ascorbate (source of Vitamin C),Vitamin E Supplement,Salt,Calcium Carbonate
pumpkin spice fruitables
Fruitables is a great brand of dog treats that we have grown to love. They have a variety of flavors manufactured right here in the USA that dogs flip for. These treats are a great way to reward your pup during the holidays, and give them a dog-friendly treat to enjoy while you’re enjoying your holiday baked goods. The Skinny Minis are not only delicious, but they’re healthy for dogs as well. And at only two calories per treat, you don’t have to worry about your dog gaining weight during the holidays. They also have a fun chewy texture that your pup will be able to gobble up with ease.
The Fruitables Pumpkin Spice chews are an all-natural treat free from wheat, corn, soy, and artificial ingredients. They contain wholesome ingredients such as real pumpkin to ensure your dog is getting the maximum nutritional benefit from these delicious fall ingredients. As soon as you open the bag you’ll be greeted with the rich smell of pumpkin, cinnamon, and apple; you may even be tempted to try them!
These treats are available on Amazon, or you can order them as part of a pack full of dog treats and toys from shopwoofpack.com. Either way, your pup will have a fun new holiday treat to try out!
turkey & apple nylabone
Nylabone has a great reputation for their both edible, and inedible bones. Fortunately, these Chicken & Apple bones are 100% edible, and great for your dog. They have a long-lasting, and highly digestible formula that will keep your dog chewing, and protect their sensitive stomaches. Unlike many flavored bones, these delicious treats have only limited ingredients. They don’t contain any added sugar, salt, artificial preservatives or colors. These bones are a great way to treat your dog to something special during the holidays without feeding them table scraps. They have a strong taste, and contain real turkey! You can order a two pack from Amazon, sure to keep your dog busy and entertained while you’re enjoying your holiday meals. Who knows, they may even prevent your dog from begging your guests for food!
how to make a pilgrim hat for your pup
Your dog will be the center of attention all day long with this adorable pilgrim hat made just for them. They’re easy to make, and your dog (may) tolerate wearing it for more than a couple of seconds. To start this project you’ll need:
- hot glue
- black, white, and yellow felt
- A small cup (such as a coffee cup)
- A white elastic chord (or any string that will fasten it to your dog’s head)
- A patient dog
step 1: Create the Structure
A small cup makes the perfect structure for the hat. Find a cup about the size of your dog’s head and flip it upside down. Glue a circular piece of felt across the bottom of the cup and let it dry.
step 2: Finish the top of the hat
Wrap a larger piece of black felt around the outside of the cup and hot glue it together.
step 3: Create the Band
Cut out a 1″ thick piece of white felt that will cover the circumference of the hat. Wrap it around the black felt to create the band, and secure it with hot glue. You can then cut out a square from the yellow felt to create a “buckle” to glue on the front.
step 4: Create the rim
To make the rim, simply cut out a large, circular piece of black felt with a hole in the center that’s just a bit smaller than the opening of the cup. Hot glue the circle to the top of the cup, and you have a pilgrim hat!
step 5: Fasten the hat
To keep the hat on your pup’s head we suggest using elastic chord (like the chords found on party hats), simply hot glue or staple the chord to the bottom of the hat to make it fit comfortably around your dog’s chin.
pilgrim dog costume
If you’re not an artsy person, or you don’t have time to make a costume from scratch, you’re in luck! You can purchase an adorable pilgrim costume right from Amazon. Their costumes are comfortable, and sure to make your dog the center of attention at any holiday party. The measurements of this costume are: back length 14″, chest 18.5-20.5″, neck 12-13.5. It has snap closures that are easy to use, and real metal buckle details. Of course this outfit also comes with a matching hat (that your dog may or may not wear). We love this costume because it’s breathable, comfortable, and looks absolutely adorable on dogs.