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6 Great gifts for your pup

I've been a pet lover my entire life, but made my passion a profession in 2006. I closely follow pet lifestyle trends, industry news and assist companies with product development.

Holidays, oh, holidays — this is the best time of the year! Thinking about something special for that four-legged pooch that brings you so much love and joy all year long?

Look no further. Here are the hottest, most coveted dog gifts. Now, all you'll need is some doggie-safe wrapping and Fido will be howling with joy!

Pooch Parka in Signature Zig Zag

This adorable designer dog parka might have your four-legged friend looking more stylish than you do! The signature Kate Spade Pooch Parka zig zag pattern is complete with back pockets, Velcro closures and a polka dot-lined hood, making this an excellent gift for the fashion-forward doggie and owner. It's currently available in sizes S-L (Kate Spade, $45).

ThunderSweater

ThunderSweater

Another look your preppy pup will love this winter is the ThunderSweater by ThunderWorks. This adorable cable-knit sweater features a classic khaki, ash-gray and heather-gray color-blocked style. The ThunderSweater is available in sizes XXS to XL, but it's more than just warm, cozy and stylish. The ThunderSweater also includes the company's famous ThunderShirt, which applies a gentle, constant pressure proven to calm anxious or fearful dogs. So fashion meets function with this top dog-gift pick (ThunderWorks.com, $60).

Sealy Dog Bed

Sealy Dog Bed

One of the world's largest mattress brands is now providing our favorite four-legged friends with a more supportive and restful sleep. Featuring "Quad Layer Technology," the new Sealy Dog Bed includes a cooling energy gel which absorbs stress on joints and cools dogs for comfort. It also has Pet Rest Memory Foam to help increase circulation by conforming to a pet's body shape, a Bio-Green Orthopedic Foam layer to help maintain natural weight distribution and a Pro-Charcoal HD Foam Base that provides support and absorbs any odor. Additionally, the bed has a nonslip bottom, washable covers, a waterproof internal liner and no exposed zippers. The Sealy Dog Bed is available in three sizes (S, M and L) and two color options: the "Max," with dark gray, light gray and Sealy blue piping; and the "Bella," which includes a chocolate-and-cream color combination (SealyDogBed.com, from $100).

Cotton Rope Tug and Toss Dog Toy

Cotton Rope Tug and Toss Dog Toy

If a healthy game of tug-of-war is your pup's favorite thing to do, then all he'll want for Christmas is this gift. The Cotton Rope Tug and Toss Dog Toy by Harry Barker is made from machine-washable cotton with Earth-friendly dyes. It's available in small, medium and large sizes and comes in every pretty color you need (Harry Barker, from $6).

Soggy Doggy Super Shammy

Soggy Doggy Super Shammy

If your dog lives in a wet, snowy or rainy winter wonderland or gets groomed at home in the bath or backyard; or if your dog enjoys hitting the trails, going camping or taking trips to the beach with you; then it's official — your dog is a Soggy Doggy! The Soggy Doggy Super Shammy is a must-have item and a great gift idea. Made from the company's signature velvety-soft, high-quality microfiber chenille, the Soggy Doggy Super Shammy has two convenient hand pockets to quickly and easily dry off your pooch. The material is five times more absorbent than a regular cotton towel and will remain odor- and bacteria-free. With an array of colors to choose from, you might find yourself wanting two: one for the house and one for the car (Soggy Doggy Productions, $20).

Luxe velvet collars by 2 Hounds Design

Luxe Velvet Collars by 2 Hounds Design

'Tis the season to be stylish, and dogs will be howling this holiday for these custom-made, creative and super-comfortable designer dog collars from 2 Hounds Design. All of these collars and leashes are made in the USA, and you'll enjoy taking your pick from a large variety of high-end, worldly materials like Swiss velvet, Asian silks and satins. There are literally hundreds of designs to choose from, and these collars are built to last with features like Weinerlock buckles, solid brass hardware and overall durable construction. So no matter your dog's personality, size or demeanor, you'll find exactly what your dog will love (2 Hounds Design, from $35).

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