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Mother's Day 2023 Gift Guide for Dog Moms (#9 Will Make You Laugh)


Written by Mel Lee-Smith

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Published: 04/27/2023, edited: 05/03/2023


Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. The devoted pet parents on the Wag! team conduct independent research to curate products our own pets would pawsitively love! All prices are current at the time of writing.

Did you know dog moms get their very own holiday on National Dog Mom Day, celebrated the second Saturday in May each year? Sure, Dog Mom Day might seem like a silly, made-up holiday. But why not celebrate the love dog mamas share with their fur-babies? After all, pet parents spend a lot of time and effort looking after their four-legged children.

Want to spoil your favorite dog mom this Mother's Day? (Or Dog Mom Day?) Furget cliché trinkets like mugs and socks — we've got you covered with 10 unique, quirky gift ideas for dog moms to suit every budget!

cover of the big book of tricks for the best dog ever

The Big Book of Tricks for the Best Dog Ever

Whether Mom is a natural at dog training or needs a helping hand, The Big Book of Tricks is the pawfect gift. Written by presidential dog trainer Larry Kay and stunt dog trainer Chris Perondi, this book contains 100+ commands for Mama’s mutt to master.

Featuring both simple and advanced tricks, it’s no wonder why we consider The Big Book of Tricks to be one of the best dog training books ever written.

Price: $12.29

Why we love this gift:

  • Written by two of America’s best dog trainers
  • Includes illustrations, detailed instructions, and troubleshooting tips
  • Features practical commands as well as fun advanced tricks

Pro tip: To help Mom make the most of their new training manual, add some dog training accessories to your gift! Need some inspo? Check out our guide to the best affordable dog training accessories under $40.

Image source: Chewy; Copyright: Larry Kay & Chris Perondi

Personalized jigsaw puzzle depicting a person with blonde hair standing next to a brown horse. The text at the top reads, "Best Pony, Phoebe & Jane"

Personalized photo puzzle

If the mutt mama in your life loves puzzles, this personalized jigsaw is sure to be an unfurgettable Dog Mom Day gift. With 252 pieces, it’s smaller than most puzzles, making it a great way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Price: $22.97

Why we love this gift:

  • Custom photo and text for an extra thoughtful gift
  • Option to preview your puzzle before checking out
  • Comes in a gift box

Pro tip: When customizing your puzzle, upload a photo that’s at least 1000 pixels by 1000 pixels, and use the photo editing tools for the best results. Choose a photo of Mom and Maisie that has good lighting. Or, host your own pup-friendly photoshoot with a little help from one of Wag!'s very own dog mom duos, Aurus and Goji!

Image source: Chewy; Copyright: FRISCO

dog with black and white merle coat wearing an off-white maxbone signature color with a whistle health limited edition tracker attached

Whistle & Maxbone Tech Walk Bundle

Keen to splash some cash on Mom this Mother’s Day? Check out the Whistle & Maxbone Tech Walk Bundle for a super cool gift that keeps on giving all year round.

The bundle includes a signature Maxbone leash and collar, as well as a Whistle Health Limited Edition tracker. This next-level gadget uses AI to track Sparky’s fitness, health, and even emotions using the Whistle app.

Price: $149.00

Why we love this gift:

  • Comes with a 1-year subscription to the Whistle app
  • Stylish hands-free leash gives Mom more freedom and control on walks
  • Water-resistant Whistle tracker fits dogs of all sizes

Pro tip: Remind Mom to renew their Whistle subscription after the first year. If you’re keeping this gift a secret until the big day, set a reminder on your preferred calendar app for a year after the purchase date. Then, invite Mom to the calendar event so she doesn’t have to lift a finger — literally!

Image source: Maxbone; Copyrights: Maxbone and Whistle

The Talking Pet Button set, including blue, red, yellow, and green recordable buttons used for training dogs to communicate with their human family members

Talking dog buttons

If you’ve scrolled social media at any point in the past 6 months, you’ve probably seen Bunny the “talking” Sheepadoodle. This intelligent pup has learned how to communicate with her humans using buttons.

With the Talking Pet Button Set, Mom’s pup can learn to “speak” just like Bunny. Using these 4 buttons, Mom can record commands their dog already knows, like “potty” or “walkies”, so they never have to wonder what their woofer’s whining about ever again!

(Each button takes 2 AAA batteries — don’t forget to throw in a pack so Mom can start using this gift right outta the box.)

Price: $28.99

Why we love this gift:

  • Lets Mom record commands in their own voice
  • Training process will strengthen Mom’s bond with their dog
  • Rave reviews on Amazon

Pro tip: Training a dog to learn how to speak with buttons will take some time, patience, and know-how. To help them get started, send Mom our article on how to teach dogs to speak with buttons!

Image source: Amazon; Copyright: Talking Pet Button Set

6 bottles of Bowser dog beer in a yellow cardboard carton with a cartoon dog on the front

Dog “beer”

Thanks to dog “beer”, Mom will never have to drink alone again! Of course, dog “beer” is non-alcoholic and usually made with meat broth and herbs. (Alcohol is toxic to dogs.)

You’ll find a range of dog beer brands out there, but we like Bowser Beer for Dogs. The 6-pack includes 3 punny flavors, including Beefy Brown Ale, Cock-a-Doodle Brew, and Porky Pug Porter. Bowser’s mascot is a rescue pup named Maggie, who’s sadly crossed the rainbow bridge. This Dog Mom Day, pour one out for Maggie and all our hound-dog homies who will live furever in our hearts!

Price: $28.99 (6-pack)

Why we love this gift:

  • Unique Mother’s Day gift for dog moms
  • Contains glucosamine for joint health
  • Made with human-grade beef, chicken, and pork

Pro tip: Throw in a bottle or pack of Mom’s favorite adult beverage to complete this gift. Or, go all out and customize a gift basket with Mom's favorite snacks, some dog treats, and maybe even a new ball for the ultimutt pup-friendly picnic!

Image source: Chewy; Copyright Bowser Beer

box containing a tractive gps tracker. the front of the box shows a brown and white beagle dog wearing the tracker on their collar

Tractive dog GPS tracker

Does Mom’s pooch fancy themselves a Harry Houndini? A GPS tracker is a petacular gift for escape artists and outdoorsy pups alike. We like the Tractive GPS Dog Tracker so much that we featured it in our roundup of the top 5 GPS trackers for pets!

Mom can use the smartphone app to monitor Maisie’s location in real time, get alerts when their pup runs off, and even set up a “virtual fence” to prevent future escapes.

Price: $49.00

Why we love this gift:

  • More affordable than other GPS trackers
  • Waterproof
  • Includes a SIM card that connects to T-Mobile, AT&T, or Verizon Wireless networks to send location data to Mom’s smartphone

Pro tip: To help Mom make the most of this gift, throw in a 1-month subscription to the Tractive app for an extra $13. (A subscription is required to use the tracker.) You can also purchase a 1-year, 2-year, or 5-year subscription.

Image source: Chewy; Copyright: Tractive

circular steel tin containing paw butter. The product label depicts the paw of a brown long-haired dog and reads, "The Blissful Paw Dog Butter"

Spa day gift basket with paw butter for pups

All that walking, training, and cuddling is bound to wear out any dog mom. Treat Ma to a little R&R this Mother’s Day with a gift basket packed with their favorite soap, lotion, and other spa-day goodies.

Don’t forget to pamper Mom’s pup, too! Paw butter is a great gift for dogs with sensitive paws. We recommend The Blissful Dog paw butter, which is made with all-natural ingredients and dog-safe essential oils for super soft toebeans.

Price: $17.99

Why we love this gift:

  • Contains shea butter and beeswax for maximum moisture
  • Heals and protects paws from cracks and blisters
  • Handmade in the USA

Pro tip: This “paw” butter can also be used on dry dog noses and elbows! Throw in a bag of Tucker’s favorite dog treats to distract them from licking their paws while the butter works its magic.

Image source: Chewy; Copyright: The Blissful Dog

kurgo baxter dog backpack in coastal blue color

Doggy backpack

Is the dog mom in your life an avid outdoor adventurer? Treat them to a dog backpack so they can literally take a load off while hiking and camping! Dog backpacks are available at many online retailers and big-box pet stores. We recommend Kurgo's Baxter Dog Backpack, which doubles as a harness and comes in 3 colors.

Price: $47.45+

Why we love this gift:

  • Doubles as a harness and includes a handle for added control
  • Built-in bottle opener for refreshment on the go
  • Reflective trim for after-dark adventures
  • Saddlebags for extra pet supply storage
  • Lifetime warranty for peace of mind

Pro tip: Make this gift extra special by filling it with smaller gifts, like a travel-sized first aid kit and a bag of Fido's favorite treats. If Mom's dog has never worn a backpack before, send them our guide on how to train a dog to carry a backpack!

Image source: Chewy; Copyright: Kurgo

Get the Kurgo Baxter Dog Backpack on Chewy


the cover of pooping pooches' 2023 calendar, which shows a golden dog pooping in the snow

Pooping Pooches calendar

Yes, calendars featuring pups pooping are actually a thing. (Who knew?) This quirky gift is sure to be a conversation starter for Mom’s guests!

If you’re wondering where you’d even start searching for a gift like this, check out Pooping Pooches. Operated by Gag Gifts for Good Causes LLC, this gift shop hosts an annual contest to determine which woofers get a spot in the coveted calendar.

A portion of the proceeds from each sale is donated to Maui Humane Society. So not only can you and Mom have a good laugh, but you can also feel good knowing you're helping doggos in need.

Price: $16.99

Why we love this gift:

  • Funny Mother’s day gift for dog moms with a sense of humor
  • Part of your purchase benefits animals in need
  • Pooping Pooches shop also offers greeting cards, puzzles, and other dog-themed gag gifts

Pro tip: Get Mom’s pup featured in next year’s Pooping Pooches calendar! Email a photo of Ma’s mutt doing their business to info@poopingpooches.com to enter the contest.

Image source: Amazon; Copyright: Gag Gifts for Good Causes LLC

southern therapy pet odor-eliminating candle in peachy pooch scent

Pet odor-eliminating candle

Need a cheap, last-minute Mother’s Day present for your favorite dog mom? Nothing beats a good candle! We pawticularly like Southern Therapy’s pet odor-eliminating candles. They come in a range of scents, including Peachy Pooch, Sitrus, Clean Paws, Doggy April Fresh, and Kitten Linen.

Price: Starting at $14.95

Why we love this gift:

  • Made in the USA
  • Burns for up to 45 hours
  • Available in a range of scents

Pro tip: If Mom isn’t a fan of candles, check out Chewy’s range of pet odor-eliminating wax melts, air fresheners, and more!

Image source: Chewy; Copyright: Southern Therapy

Show us your Dog Mom Day gifts!

That's a "wrap" on our guide to Mother's Day gift ideas for dog moms. If you gave or received any of these gifts, we'd love to see 'em! Snap some selfies of your new #dogmomgear and share them with us on Insta. Don't forget to tag #wagwalking for a chance to be featured on our feed!

From all of us here at Wag!, happy Dog Mom Day to all the moms of two- and four-legged children out there!

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