Pets At Home has well and truly hit a home run with this advent calendar. In fact, we’d go so far as to say it’s the undisputed king for 2022. There will never be a dull day when opening each door this December – and considering there’s three days that contain poop bag rolls that really is saying something. Every detail in this calendar has been meticulously thought out, from the Christmas-cracker- and gingerbread-man-shaped chews to the candy-cane-striped bandana and Christmas-tree teddy. It’s a fun, tasty and practical treat for the festive countdown that both pups and humans will adore opening.
The most wonderful time of the year is almost upon us, and we at IndyBest have been doing our utmost to make sure you are prepared. From helping you source the best artificial Christmas trees and stocking stuffers to a look into this year’s best festive hampers and the films to watch this December, we’ve been working almost as hard as Santa’s elves.
Now, with less than a month to go until the big day itself, we’ll soon be cracking open our advent calendars, so the excitement can really commence. You may have noticed we have featured many festive countdowns over the past few months, but that’s mainly because there are just so many options to choose from.
Beauty fans have been well and truly spoiled for choice this year, with calendars appearing from retailers such as Asos right through to Sephora. But they’re not the only ones on the ‘nice’ list, as there’s everything from beer and wine calendars to countdowns filled with toys or tools too.
With everyone else seemingly catered for, it seems only right that our four-legged friends be included too. And, this year, the range of calendars for dogs is bigger than ever.
From advents filled with meaty treats to those stocked with toys, if you’re constantly telling your canine companion what a good boy/girl they are, these are the advents to buy, so they too can get in on the festive fun.
How we tested
With help from Kolo, our two-year-old black lab, we spent the best part of two months testing advent calendars for dogs. For him that meant sampling treats and playing with toys, while we had the slightly less glamorous job of scrutinising poo bags and the quality of the packaging.
We looked for calendars that provided more than just treats, could potentially be used more than once and could be personalised. Or, if they were a one-hit wonder, we rated them based on the quality and size of the treats inside and how sustainable the packaging was. The below represents the best range of calendars on the market that are sure to set tails wagging.
The best dog advent calendars for 2022 are:
- Best overall – Pets At Home treats, toys and accessories advent calendar: £12.50, Petsathome.com
- Best for personalisation – Yappy Christmas countdown: £14.99, Yappy.com
- Best for meaty treats – JR premium advent calendar: £14.99, Petbuddyshop.co.uk
- Best for familiar flavours – Scrumbles dog advent calendar: £5.95, Scrumbles.co.uk
- Best bespoke labrador design – Stag Design labrador advent calendar: £30.40, Etsy.com
- Best Christmas Eve box – Tails Christmas goodies box: £30, Tails.com
- Best for vet-approved treats – Lily’s Kitchen dog advent calendar: £12, Lilyskitchen.co.uk
- Best for small dogs – Cupid & Comet snuffle calendar: £20, Notonthehighstreet.com
- Best for giving back – RNLI calendar: £4, Rnli.org
- Best for bigger dogs – Tails Christmas countdown: £10, Tails.com
- Best Christmas dinner countdown – Forthglade 12 meals of Christmas: £19.49, Forthglade.com