Gadgets and contraptions: Holiday Gift Guide 2010

Our reviewers have gone high-tech for the holidays. Whether it’s dog toys, cleaning tools, or just the latest in contemporary canine living, we’ve got your list of Seasonal must-haves…er… must-gives.

Bissell Spot Bot

There are two best parts about the SpotBot® Pet Portable Spot Cleaner by BISSELL®. The first: It’s hands-free. You literally push a button and then walk away while the machine does its thing. Second: It really does its thing. Even our deepest, most tenacious stains and odors were gone, thanks to the product’s Deep Reach Technology

. OK, maybe three best parts: I’m no longer stressed about Spike’s little “accidents.”

Boa Lite Leash, Pod & Kung Fu Collar

Alite Designs has 3 new products to ensure we will never be caught bag-less again. Each contain a roll of poo bags cleverly concealed in a zippered pocket. Just pull a bag from the dispenser and another takes its place, ready to tackle the next big (or little) job. The Pod and Leash also have a couple of “stash” pockets, great for storing keys or training treats.

Nina Ottoson Dog Twister Puzzle

Dogs have an innate problem-solving ability that, when left unchallenged, can cause them to act-out in destructive ways. Nina Ottoson’s interactive puzzles provide our pets with the mental stimulation they need and crave. They also provide our families with hours of enjoyment as we watch our furry “Einsteins” problem-solve.

Wisdom Panel Insights Dog DNA Test

Ever wonder why your sweet rescue pup barks non-stop? Or why she’s obsessed with running in circles every time she’s let loose in the backyard? In many cases genetic factors predispose some breeds to certain behavioral traits, medical conditions or special dietary needs. Learning your dog’s heritage can be both fun and practical with the Insights DNA Test!

Sleepypod Air In-cabin Pet Carrier

Fifi never had it so good! Flying in style in her ultra-plush, collapsible cat carrier that slips easily under an airline seat or safely secures with a seatbelt when riding in the car. Luxurious yet practical, the carriers soft, cushy interior is machine washable! The Sleepypod Air is lightweight, versatile, durable, and comes in 5 yummy colors. Great for small dogs and cats.

Doggie Fountain

Doggie Fountain™ gives your dog instant access to fresh, clean water whenever needed. Fountain is activated when the dog steps on the metal plate. To install, just attach to any garden hose and adjust water height by controlling water pressure. No more stagnant water or empty water bowls on hot days!