9 dog gifts that'll make life easier for both you and your pup

This National Dog Day, spoil Fido rotten with gifts for dogs that work double duty

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We're pretty obsessed with our dogs. Almost every decision seems to track back to what Buddy will like, or how he will react to it. For good reason, these four-legged creatures have captured our hearts and sealed a place in our now pet-friendly homes

That means, we're always on the hunt for gifts for pets. But, of course, it doesn't hurt when these dog gifts work double duty to help our lives too. So this International Dog Day (Aug. 26th), spoil them with these pet-approved picks that may just make dog ownership a little more stylish, and a lot easier. 

Living with pets is both a joy and a test. We're keen on keeping our dogs happy, healthy, and adding some pizazz that also doesn't disrupt our core home style. That's where the following list comes in, with stylish and functional essentials for dogs that reward your good boys and keep you home looking fresh too.   

1. A perfectly portable dog crate with pad

Revol dog crate with poodle mix inside

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From everyday comfort to road trips, this Diggs crate couples aesthetics, safety, and convenience into one secure home for your pet. We also adore the complimentary waterproof dog pad that makes cleaning up any upsets a breeze without sacrificing anyone's comfort. 

Revol Dog Crate | $245- $340 at Diggs

Revol Dog Crate | $245- $340 at Diggs

The Revol Crate is perfectly portable, folding flat with two discreet rear wheels for easy transportation. The diamond-shaped mesh pattern and solid, single-piece frame helps prevent injury to jaws and paws. It also includes a divider that can grow with your puppy. Choose from small or medium in gray, ash or charcoal. 

Snooz Dog Crate Pad | $75-$105 at Diggs

Snooz Dog Crate Pad | $75-$105 at Diggs

Complement your dog's new digs with a matching cushion. This neutral pad, available in two sizes and four colors, is tear and liquid-resistant, washable, and made of Certi-Pur US memory foam for necessary comfort and support. 

2. A vacuum built to handle the shedding

V11 Animal Cord-Free Vacuum

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Dyson V11 Animal | $599

Opt for one of the best vacuums for pet hair to keep your floors, and pet hair, under control with the Dyson V11 Animal. You may even come to love this dust-busting vac as much as your dog... 

Packed with power, and up to 60-minutes of runtime,  the V11 Animal offers 99.97 percent filtration, which is great for allergy sufferers and the sizeable 0.2 dust bin ensures you can pick up an abundance of hair and debris without pausing to empty. 

3. Keep them refreshed with a purified water supply

PetSafe water bowl

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PetSafe Seaside Stainless Dog & Cat Fountain | $40

There are many reasons to consider a drinking fountain for your pet: the constant stream of water mimics a natural water source and encourages them to drink more while filtration removes pet hair, saliva and unpleasant tastes from the water so its never sitting stagnant. Healthier for your pet, and easy for you to keep clean. One winning combination. 

 4. For earning style points at the dog park


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Puffer coat with removable hood | $59 at Found my Animal

Puffer coat with removable hood | $59 at Found my Animal

Capture the attention of all the other dog owners as your pup walks by in this striking and very of the moment puffer coat, replete with a removable hood. It's also quite fuss-free to slip on and off. 

With sizing to fit small doods as tiny as 8-inches long to big boys as long as 26-inches, and color options that span the rainbow, you may just want a puffer for every day of the week. 

5. Stimulate and treat your dog at the same time

The Game

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The Game | $55 at Fable

The Game | $55 at Fable

Occupy your pet's time and reclaim your own with The Game. This rubbery silicone toy is simplistic in nature but designed to simultaneously feed and exercise your dog, with multiple complexity settings so your dog never knows what to expect. It’s also a great way to help treat anxiety and curb boredom. The Game is designed to mimic the experience of hunting prey and can hold over 1.5 cups of dry food.

6. Match with your dog for walks

barbour tartan harness

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Barbour Tartan Dog Harness | $40 at Bloomingdale's

Time to leash up for some nice long afternoon walks. Match your pup's harness to your favorite with this classic outwear. We're incredibly partial to coordinating with a pair of the best Wellington boots from Barbour, of course! 

7. A stylish blanket that'll protect your furniture too

PupProtector Waterproof Dog Blanket

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PupProtector Waterproof Dog Blanket | $119 at Amazon

PupProtector Waterproof Dog Blanket | $119 at Amazon

A dog with a mission to jump on the couch, really can't be stopped. Luckily, you can protect your furnishings with a soft, stylish and water-proof faux fur blanket. Your pet will love to snuggle up in this PupProtector dog blanket, and you'll love how your upholstery stays snag and stain free. Choose from two faux fur and two cowhide designs. 

8. An air purifier that will keep your home smelling fresh

Levoit Air purifier and dog

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Levoit Core P350 Pet Care True HEPA Air Purifier | $120

Banish that animal smell from your home ( you know the one) with one of the best air purifiers to absorb and eliminate pet odors, so your home always smells fresh. The Levoit Core P350 features an H13-HEPA filtration system that reduces up to 99.97% of harmful air pollutants, smoke, pollen, mold spores, dust mites, and other allergens as small as 0.3 microns from the air. It's also ultra-quiet, operating as low as 24 dBa.

9. A pet gate that works with your decor, not against it

benson gate frontgate

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Benson Pet Gate| From $199 at Frontgate

Benson Pet Gate| From $199 at Frontgate

Establish boundaries for your dog with a dog gate that keeps pets where they need to be, without sacrificing the look and style of your home. Choose from a 24" free-standing or a 36" expandable tension-mounted design.  

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Jaclyn Turner
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Jaclyn is H&G's eCommerce editor and oversees all things shopping. She's also a bonafide sleep expert, and previously managed all sleep content on Homes & Gardens and Real Homes– in fact, she has passed our five-step certification process to become a verified customer advisor on mattresses. She regularly scouts out the best of the best for buying guides to help you fill your home with only the best. She joined the team in January 2021. She has previously worked with Apartment Therapy, The Kitchn, The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, and MyDomaine.  When Jaclyn's not working, she loves browsing real estate listings, unwinding with a chilled glass of Rosé, and entertaining her Cavapoo, Reese.