They say that a dog is man's best friend and according to data, this is true, especially for millennial men in the U.S. A 2017 Statista survey showed that 71% of millennial males owned a dog. Another survey by Volvo Car USA and the Harris Poll showed that 39% of millennial male pet owners have bought organic pet food and 30% plan to have a birthday party for their pet. So for those who consider themselves a dog dad, why not celebrate all your hard work and dedication? Here are 16 ideas for dog dad gifts!
Furbo Dog Camera
For the dog dads who aren't able to be with their dogs as much as they'd like to or worry about their dogs when they leave the house or apartment, the Furbo Dog Camera is ideal. It has an HD camera with a 160-degree wide-angle view and night vision. Plus two-way audio, a sensor that detects if your dog is barking and treat tossing capabilities. It's easy to set up and connects to an app on your phone, so you'll always be able to access it.
If the Furbo is a little too expensive for what you're looking to spend, you can opt for some of these less expensive options.
Dog DNA Test
For the mutt dog dads out there, a DNA test kit is a great gift - as long as the dog mom wants to find out what breeds make up her pup and you're willing to spend a little more. We did DNA tests on our two dogs and it was so fun (and informative) finding out what breeds they are. We used Wisdom Panel, but there are plenty of other Dog DNA kits to choose from!
Paw Print Kits
For dog dads who like hands-on projects or a little DIY and want a keepsake, there are paw print kits. You can choose between clay or ink, both of which are mess free. The kits come with everything you'll need. The Pearhead Paw Print Pet Keepsake Kit comes with a solid wood shadowbox picture frame, while the Ultimate Pawprint Keepsake Kit comes with display stands for a more ornament style final product. If you want the look of ink, Pearhead also has their Pet Paw Print Clean-Touch Ink Pad and Imprint Cards.
Travel Mugs & Tumblers
For dog dads who love their drinks (be it coffee, wine or water) and are often on-the-go or out and about, these travel mugs and tumblers may be perfect. For a more classic one, there's this 12 ounce Hasdon-Hill Dog Dad travel mug with paw print one. Or if you want to splurge a little, there's this 17 ounce Rae Dunn Dog Dad travel mug. There are also ones that say "Best Dog Dad Ever," like these travel mugs in a 30 ounce silver option and a 16 ounce with blue and teal, as well as this 12 ounce stemless wine tumbler. If you want something a little more humorous, there's the SassyCups "I Prefer Dogs Over People" 20 ounce travel mug (which comes in navy and black), the Sillybean "Canines and Caffeine Make Me Happy" 20 ounce mug, this "Dogfather" 12 ounce tumbler and this 20 ounce travel mug thanking dog dad's for picking up their dog's poop. Bonus: all of these are stainless steel!
For more stationary dog dads who like alcohol, particularly beer and whiskey, you can get some drink glasses. There are these "best dog dad" and "best dog dad ever" beer mugs, which are more classic. Then there are more humorous ones like this "dogfather" beer glass (which comes in a whiskey glass as well), this "it's not really drinking alone if the dog is home" one and this one thanking dog dad's for picking up their dog's poop. There are also this "dogfather" in a whiskey glass! Bonus gift: these funny beer coozies that say "In dog beers I've only had one."
For dog dads who love to golf, you can go a few different ways. You can get dog-themed golf balls, like this three pack with paw prints on them or this 12 pack featuring dogs and more. You can also get imprinting tools for dog dads to draw their own design onto their golf balls. Two options are this paw print imprint tool and dog silhouette one by Tin Cup. Another gift could be a paw print hat clip that doubles as a golf ball marker when on the course. You can get a more classic black and white clip/marker or this blingy paw print. Or if you own a rescue dog, you can go for this rescue/adopt yin yang clip.
for a more whimsical gift for golf-lovers, there are lots of different dog golf club covers to choose from!
For any dog dad, you can usually never go wrong with some dog apparel. And the choices are abundant - from hats to socks and everything in between.
Two great hat choices are these cotton "Dog Dad" with paw print hat (which has six color and style options) and Hatphile "Dog Dad" cap in a simple font embroidered in all caps font (also comes in several color options). There's also this Hatphile "pawdre" cap that comes in beige and black and this Life is Good Baseball Hat With Dog And "Wag On". And if you like the "dogfather" phrase, you can go for this one by Ann Arbor T-shirt Co. or this denim "Dogfather" one.
A few sweatshirt options include these simple but stylish "Dog Dad" sweatshirts by Virgo + Co. Designs in hoodie or crewneck options, as well as this "Dogfather" sweatshirt by Ann Arbor T-Shirt Co. Bonus sweatshirt: the Kei Tomlison Unisex Big Pouch Hoodie is also a pet carrier.
Want some fun dog socks instead? Try these "fur papa" novelty socks, this "dog dad" pair with different types of dogs or these "dogfather" socks. And if your dog dad wears ties or bowties, there are some fun but classy ones. For example, there's this navy tie with embroidered beige paw prints or this brown tie with paw prints and bones. Josh Bach also has a few silk ones, such as this red tie with navy paw prints and this light blue with a dog playing frisbee that comes as a necktie and bowtie. And if the dog dad in your life loves Disney, here are two fun options: a gray tie with different Disney dogs and a Dalmatian spots patterned tie.
For on-the-go and traveling dog dads, especially those with small dogs, a nice pet carrier can be a great gift. There are lots of cool sling dog carriers, like this camouflage one. Or you can find regular dog carriers in their favorite color. If we had dogs to travel with, our dog's dad would love an olive green dog carrier. But there are so many color options from red and orange to navy and black - or whatever color they fancy.
Dog Shaped Cookies
For dog dads with a sweet tooth, look for some canine themed goodies. For example, there are Walkers Scottie Dog Shaped Shortbread Cookies, which come in a variety of flavors (like classic, chocolate, chocolate chip, mini and more). Or you can go for something that comes in dog packaging, like this Gardiners Of Scotland Dog Tin With Luxury Traditional Scottish Vanilla Fudge.
For dog dads who love puzzles, there are lots of options. If you want something smaller, try the MasterPieces Dean Russo Dog Is Love 300 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle. For something a little harder, you can go for the Buffalo Games Dog Gone Funny 750 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle or their Fun at The Amusement Bark 750 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle. And for something even more difficult, there's the Mudpuppy Hot Dogs A-Z Puzzle 1000 Piece Dog Jigsaw Puzzle and the Agirlgle Dog Jigsaw Puzzles 1000 Pieces.
Books About Dogs
For dog dads who like reading, there are so many options. You can find informative books like The Forever Dog: A New Science Blueprint for Raising Exceptionally Healthy and Happy Companions; Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know; Doggie Language: A Dog Lover's Guide to Understanding Your Best Friend; and Decoding Your Dog: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Dog Behaviors and Reveal How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones.
For fiction, there's the three book series A Dog's Purpose (A Dog's Purpose, A Dog's Journey and A Dog's Promise), Steven N. Lee's As The Stars Fall and When The Skies Cry and Barbara Hinske's two book series Guiding Emily and The Unexpected Path. And for non-fiction, there's No Better Friend: One Man, One Dog, and Their Incredible Story of Courage and Survival in World War II, Bring Jade Home: The True Story of a Dog Lost in Yellowstone and the People Who Searched for Her and No Ordinary Dog: My Partner from the SEAL Teams to the Bin Laden Raid.
For dog photography (with or without stories) and coffee table books, there's Dogs by Lewis Blackwell; Resident Dog: Incredible Homes and the Dogs That Live There (Compact and Volume Two); Underwater Dogs by Seth Casteel, Finding Home: Shelter Dogs and Their Stories (A photographic tribute to rescue dogs), The Year of the Dogs; Pawverbs for a Dog Lover’s Heart: Inspiring Stories of Friendship, Fun, and Faithfulness; and The New Yorker Book of Dog Cartoons.
For any dog dad, you can never go wrong with a picture frame (especially if you print a picture of their pup). You can go for a more generic one like this "best dog dad ever" engraved wood frame by Cedar Crate Market. Or you can get the frame customized like this one by Personalized Favors. Personalization Lab also has two options with names and year - this one with pawvs and bones and this one with dog silhouettes.
For dog dads who have a car, love to drive, have house keys or any other use for a keychain - these gifts are a cute option. There are lots of options in all kinds of materials. There's fabric and leather, like this "proud dog dad" keychain, this handmade leather paw print and this leather keychain with paw print and carabiner. Or you can go for plastic and metal, like this "I love my dog" paw print, this "dogfather" paw print or these paw print bottle openers. You can also get specific breeds like these metal caricature ones or these with a paw print, bone and dog. There's also this cute metal cartoon dog keychain (where each purchase provides donated meals to shelter dogs) and these customizable keychains with paw print and metal bones.
The Pawsitive Co. Dog Collars And Leashes
Of course, you can't go wrong with one of our collars or leashes as a gift for any dog dad. We have multiples options, with eight different patterns and five different colors. The patterns come in a soft yet durable fabric to reduce chafing, while the colors come in classic nylon fabric with high density webbing. All of our collars range from extra small to large and come with both a chrome plated D-ring and eco-friendly buckle clasp. And all of our leashes are your standard six foot long ones (read our article about the pros of six-foot leashes, here!). Bonus: every product you buy helps dogs in need! For every dog collar or leash sold, we donate to shelters and rescues.
Bonus: Want some customized dog decor? Check out our customizable collection of blankets, canvases, clocks and towels!