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Gearing up for the holidays is a family affair. And given that our furry friends are as much a part of the family as anyone else, they deserve to get in on the holiday spirit, too. With a 2021 dog Advent calendar, your pup will be counting down the days until Christmas right there with you—or at the very least, begging for their daily treat.
Here are eight of the most popular and unique Advent calendars for pets, in pup-friendly designs stocked with treats, toys and more.
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1. This gourmet dog cookie calendar
Who stole the cookie from the Advent calendar? Your dog! Each of the 25 slots includes a different handmade gourmet cookie for your pup to enjoy, like peanut butter and pumpkin biscuits decorated with grain-free tapioca and yogurt frosting.
“[The cookies are] too adorable to give to the pups to eat,” one person raves. “But I did and they love them.”
2. This personalized Advent calendar
Make your dog feel like absolute royalty with an Advent calendar emblazoned with their name. While they might not be able to read it, perhaps they’ll sense the thoughtfulness. The hanging calendar is crafted from felt material and features 25 hand-stitched pockets you can fill with your dog’s favorite treats and toys.
“The quality of my Advent calendar was perfect,” one reviewer writes. “The details are incredible. This has totally exceeded my expectations.”
3. This puppy treat calendar
Treat your dog to a tree of their own that comes with or without treats, and in your choice of festive hues like hunter green and snow white. The tree has 25 pockets to get your pup riled up for the big day, and it’s made of a soft felt material they may or may not want to cuddle up with. May we suggest placing the included bow around your dog’s neck for a fancy outfit?
“It’s absolutely perfect!” one person writes. “It’s so, so cute and gorgeously decorated. I would definitely purchase it again, I love it so much.”
4. This all-natural treat calendar
If both you and your pup are on a health kick, allow them to begin their New Year’s Resolution a month early with this Advent calendar filled with 25 all-natural treats. Each treat is made with only two ingredients and comprised of 95 percent meat like duck fillet, chicken burger and turkey in the shape of little stars. Plus, you’ve got to love the adorable festive animal graphics.
“Both of my grandpups love these calendar treats and sit by theirs every morning,” one person writes. “It’s made with all dehydrated meat with no fillers so it’s a win-win and very economical for the quality and quantity of treats. It was a favorite last year and a hit this year again, too!”
5. This dog toy calendar
If your dog is on a special diet and can’t really be playing Russian Roulette with Advent calendar treats, they’ll be equally thrilled about a new toy per day. The Wondershop Advent calendar is stacked with 12 different holiday-themed toys, like a spiked ring for soft chewers, a tennis ball for a game of catch, knotted ropes for a competitive game of tug of war and plush toys that squeak to stimulate multiple senses.
“Our new puppy is going love this for his first Christmas,” one reviewer writes. “It’s very cute. I like that I can see the toys on one side and the numbered doors are on the other side.”
6. This reusable Advent calendar
If it’s not broke, don’t fix it—i.e., if your dog loved it one holiday season, keep the tradition alive for multiple holiday seasons to come. This reusable Advent calendar is a great way to limit your single-use plastic consumption while treating your dog to foods and toys you know they already love. Each drawer measures one by one inch and it contains 25 slots.
“Great product as expected,” one person writes. “[The calendar] is exactly as advertised and is great for those not willing to risk the cheap treats that come with some of the dog Advent calendars out there. This way I can fill it with treats I know won’t make her sick.”
7. This gourmet cookie calendar
Operating as both a gift for your dog and a form of holiday décor, this custom illustrated box with a magnetic closure is a holiday season essential. Each of the 25 slots is filled with a bone-shaped cookie in one of three colors. All ingredients like whole wheat flour, applesauce, honey and coconut are human-grade and locally sourced, meaning they’re safe for human consumption, although they’re best enjoyed by your pet. On the final day of the Advent calendar, your dog will find a larger cookie in the shape of a paw. All that’s missing is a high five (or high paw) from their owner to celebrate the festivities.
“Our pup loves these treats,” one person writes. “He can barely contain himself when he sees the Advent calendar come out after dinner each night for his special treat. He has some GI issues but these treats don’t upset his stomach at all. We will definitely be purchasing again next fall.”
8. This extra large Advent calendar
Over the course of 24 days, your dog will get to enjoy grass-fed free-range water buffalo sourced from India that’s said to be lower in fat and higher in protein than other popular types of dog food. Each bite, from jerky strips to liver sticks, is coated in sustainably harvested honey for a sweet and savory flavor.
“Great calendar,” one reviewer writes. “I was pleasantly surprised at how big the calendar is. Stella gets up every morning and sits in the middle of the floor until someone gives her a treat.”
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