We don’t know about you, but Father’s Day really snuck up on us this year. Rushing to find a last-minute gift? (Don’t worry — your secret is safe with us!) Below, we’ve compiled some unique Father’s Day gift ideas for dog dads. No matter what Dad and Dexter like to do, you’re sure to find a gift they’ll both love.
Outdoor adventure gear
If Dad and doggo like to “ruff” it in nature, why not get them some cool gadgets and accessories to level up their adventures?
A fitted backpack for dogs makes the perfect gift for hiking partners. Not only will it free up Dad’s hands to take photos or do some birdwatching, but it also stimulates your dog’s brain by giving them a job to do.
A bicycle leash provides a unique exercise opportunity for bikers and barkers alike. You can find specialty dog leashes that attach to bicycles at most big-box pet stores. (Of course, you’ll need to train your dog to run alongside your bike first!)
And finally, if you’ve got a four-legged fishing fanatic, you can’t go wrong with a doggy life jacket. This essential equipment will come in handy for fishing trips and kayaking excursions. (More on that later in this article.)
Dog dad swag
Search the internet for dog dad gifts and you’ll find all sorts of knick-knacks. Mugs, keychains, clothes, custom cards — whatever Dad could possibly want, chances are you’ll have no trouble finding it! Want something more meaningful than a mass-produced mug? Here are some of our favorite ideas!
Custom photo frame
The beauty of this budget-friendly Father’s Day gift lies in its simplicity. What better way to celebrate Dad’s bond with his four-legged children than with a custom photo frame showcasing a sweet snap or three? Whether you go all out with a handcrafted wood frame and custom message or keep it simple with a store-bought frame, a picture is worth a thousand barks.
Don’t have any frame-worthy photos of Dad and Duke? Stage an impromptu photoshoot in the back yard or at your favorite park. Be sure to get Dad’s good side!
If you’re feeling extra fancy, why not commission a local artist to create a masterpiece? Take your time brainstorming the medium and the setting, and plan well in advance so it’s ready by the big day.
Would Dad prefer a sketch, painting, or wood carving? Should it commemorate a cherished fishing trip, an unforgettable nature walk, or just your pup posing with their favorite toy? The “pawssibilities” are endless!
A dog-friendly adventure
Not a fan of material gifts? You might prefer to treat Dad and his best four-legged buddy to a dog-friendly excursion instead. Here are a few ideas:
A “pup” crawl at Pops’ favorite dog-friendly bars and restaurants
A campout at a local state park or national forest
A fishing or boating adventure
A day trip to a new city
A scenic drive
This Father’s Day gift for dog dads doesn’t have to break the bank. If you can’t splurge on camping or traveling, keep it simple with a nature walk or even a historical walking tour of your city. After all, the best things in life are free, as the old saying goes!
Maybe you’d prefer to tap into your inner artist and make Dad a one-of-a-kind gift. This is a “grrreat” bonding opportunity for all your family members, fur-children included!
Whether you’re scrapbooking, knitting, or just making a paper card, feel free to get creative. Need some inspo? The internet is chock full of Father's Day craft ideas for dog lovers.
One of our favorites is having your dog make their own Father’s Day card. All you need is some plain paper and a little bit of pet-safe paint. Gently brush the paint on your dog’s paw pad and press it onto the paper. (Treats will come in handy for keeping Baxter on their best behavior!) Wash the paint off your dog's paw with water, then decorate your card however you like.
Even if you don’t quite consider yourself a savvy baker, this Father’s Day gift is sure to be a hit with both two- and four-legged family members! We’ve covered some simple hypoallergenic dog treat recipes in another article, but we’ve included a couple of our favorites here. The best part is, the whole family can enjoy them together!
Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Bites
This recipe is versatile and super healthy. Here’s what you’ll need:
3 cups whole wheat flour
1 ½ cups milk
1 ¼ cups 100% all-natural peanut butter (with no added sugars, oils, or ingredients)
½ cup rolled oats
1 tbsp molasses
2 tsp baking powder
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 F.
Step 2: Add dry ingredients to a bowl and mix until combined.
Step 3: Add wet ingredients to a separate bowl and mix until combined before adding to dry ingredients.
Step 4: Knead the dough and roll it out.
Step 5: Cut into whatever shapes you like. (Bonus points for a bone-shaped cookie cutter!)
Step 6: Bake for 20 minutes.
Step 7: Let cool.
Step 8: Chow down!
Berry Good Pupsicles
The weather is warming up, so why not whip up some “pupsicles” for dessert after a hearty Father’s Day meal? Of course, the humans can indulge in your favorite frozen treats. But your furry friend will really feel like part of the family with one of their own! Here’s what you’ll need:
4 cups of water
1 cup of dog-safe berries (blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, or cranberries)
1 tbsp. watered-down molasses (optional)
Step 1: Combine ingredients into a bowl.
Step 2: Pour into ice trays or molds and freeze.
Step 3: “Bone” Appetit!
Carnivorous hounds and humans will go dog wild for this super simple treat. It only requires one ingredient (and a little patience).
You’ll want to put the jerky in the oven early so it’ll be ready in time for your Father’s Day celebration. Feel free to add the seasoning of your choice to Dad’s jerky, but skip the seasoning for your dog. (It can make them sick.)
Here’s what you need to do:
Step 1: Preheat oven to 170 F and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
Step 2: Cut venison into bite-sized pieces and bake for one hour.
Step 3: After an hour, decrease the heat to 140 F and bake for an additional 8 hours.
Step 4: Let jerky cool.
Step 5: Enjoy! Store extra jerky in airtight containers in the fridge.
A doggy box subscription
This two-in-one treat is a barktastic way to pamper your pupper. You’ll find all sorts of subscription options out there that spoil Sparky with new treats and toys delivered right to your door each month. Both Dad and Daisy are sure to have a ball! (A tennis ball, that is.)
There’s no better way to spend a rainy day than curling up in bed with a good book and your fur-baby. Big-box bookstores stock a wide range of heartwarming books about dogs. You can even find stories written specifically for dogs! Looking for a kid-friendly book that Dad can read at bedtime? Balto and the Great Race and Because of Winn-Dixie are two terrific options.
Show us your Father’s Day gifts!
And that’s a wrap for our favorite Father’s Day gift ideas for dog dads! If you treated Dad to any of these gifts, we’d “pawsitively” love to see them. Share your snaps on Instagram @wag, and don’t forget to tag #wagwalking. We just might share your dog-dad duo on our feed! Happy Father’s Day to all the dads of two- and four-legged children!