Dog beds are also another great gift idea your dog is sure to love. (Jessica Fedigan/News Gazette staff)

Treat your four-legged family members

Items your pet will love all year

Sometimes the hardest family member to shop for is the four-legged kind. Tina Draker from Island Pet Source in Langford recommended five of the top animal toys for the 2017 holiday season.

1. Treat dispensers

Included in this category are “intelligent toys” such as Paw Hide. The puzzle pictured is hide and seek with seven ways for your dog to win treats.

“A lot of people will put bits of their [dog’s] food in and that is how they feed them for dogs that eat too fast,” she said. “The concept behind it is that they have to work at it.”

2. The snuffle mat

This is a great invention that helps keep your home a little cleaner during the winter months and it’s one your canine friend is sure to enjoy.

“I use it in the winter instead of my dog having a raw bone or something she would be outside with, she gets the snuffle mat and I take approximately a third of a cup of kibble – a different kibble than she normally gets – and we tuck in all her pieces and she snuffles through,” Draker said. “It’s also machine washable.”

The snuffle mat retails for about $70.

3. A new bed

What dog doesn’t like a new fluffy bed to curl up on?

Island Pet Source has numerous options available to choose from including orthopedic beds, soft and cozy beds and beds made of recycled materials.

“A new bed for Christmas is never a bad thing,” Draker added. “There are just so many types of beds now available.”

4. The Jolly Ball

These bright colour soccer ball-style toys are designed to retain shape and texture even after your pup sinks their teeth into it.

There are two different sizes including an eight inch and six inch. The eight inch runs for $27.99 while the six inch goes for $19.99.

5. Nylabones

These toys aren’t for every dog but if you have a dog that loves to chew, this is the gift for them this year.

“Some smell/taste like bacon and other flavours,” she said. “Their products are also guranteed as well so if your dog doesn’t like it or they go through it fast.”

These run in the $20 price range.

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