No. 2: Poop bag dispensers

Walks are the highlights of a dog's day. But rushing to find poop bags right before you leave can cause your pooch to whimper with impatience.

The Four Paws Poo-Kins Dog Waste Pickup Bag Dispenser means you're ready to walk out the door after leashing your dog and putting on your shoes.

Available at, this fun dispenser attaches to your dog's leash so it's there when you need it. Available in three styles -- the lion, the monkey and the zebra -- each $7.99 dispenser holds rolls of bags that are durable and colorful. Refills are available for $7.99 for four rolls of 15 bags each.

Petco also carries the Bamboo Waste Bag Dispenser that also attaches to a leash. Scented companion bags contain Arm & Hammer baking soda for natural odor elimination. The large size enables easy tying.

Since this is as sexy as this topic is going to get, let's move on to toys.

Martha Stewart Santa dog toy

No. 1: Toys that don't stand a chance

Our canines are good at convincing us that they're smarter than the average dog. They sit and shake on command and bark at strangers to show that they have our backs.

But at the end of the day, they're furry creatures who'll spend 20 minutes chewing their toys to shreds. That's why holiday toys are a must in every dog's gift basket.

Exclusively at a PetSmart and toys by Martha Stewart Pets. Pooch can show his affection for Kris Kringle by sinking his teeth into the Santa flat plush toy, which costs $8.99. After giving that toy a good thrashing, watch him demolish the Gingerbread Man squeak toy, priced at $6.99.

With many more holiday toys on the market, include a bunch of them for added décor in your pup's basket.

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