The 11 Best Holiday Dog Treats of 2022

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Give your dog a taste of the howl-idays with limited-edition treats. These cheery snacks have festive packaging, spirited shapes, jolly colors, and even flavors inspired by human favorites, like peppermint and gingerbread. You might be tempted to sample (we sure are!), but all are formulated for a pupper’s palette and are safe for dogs to consume.

Our favorite holiday dog treat is Bocce’s Bakery Peppermint Bark. These crispy canine crackers are made with real mint, vanilla, and apples. They come in a gift box shaped like a piece of candy, which is perfect for placing in your dog’s Christmas stocking. If your dog prefers a meaty flavor, Lazy Dog Cookie Co. Home For The Holidays Maple Glazed Ham Dog Treats provide a savory snack-sized glimpse into their human’s holiday dining experience and are made with real pork.

From wintertime classics, like turkey and cranberries, to drool-inducing canine favorites, such as peanut butter and bacon, these tasty snacks will make the season bright for your favorite doggo.

Here are the best holiday treats for dogs.

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Best Overall

Bocce’s Bakery Peppermint Bark

Bocce's Bakery Peppermint Bark

Petco

What We Like
  • Baked in the USA

  • No artificial ingredients or preservatives

What We Don't Like
  • Very pup-ular, keep selling out

Made with real apples, mint, and vanilla, these canine crackers have a crispy texture and a satisfying crunch. Bocce’s Bakery Peppermint Bark is baked in the USA and made with all-natural ingredients. The treats are easy to break into smaller pieces and suitable for dogs of all ages. They arrive packaged in a candy-shaped gift box, which is perfect for putting under a tree, but we recommend keeping it out of sniffing range until you are ready for your pup to open its present.

Price at time of publish: $5

Flavor: Mint and Apple | Ingredients: Oat Flour, Rolled Oats, Coconut Glycerin, Molasses, Flaxseed, Canola Oil, Apples, Carob Chips, Mint, Citric Acid | Life Stage: Puppy, adult, and senior

Best for Bacon Lovers

Beggin’ Hamlet on the Hutch Dog Treat

Beggin’ Hamlet on the Hutch Dog Treat

Chewy

What We Like
  • Hamlet on the Hutch toy included

  • No artificial flavors or FD&C dyes

  • Easy to tear into smaller pieces

  • Made in the USA

What We Don't Like
  • Toy included is not meant for dogs (decorative only)

Bacon is enjoyed all year long, but this limited-edition package full of Beggin’ Dog Treats comes with a plush version of the brand’s mascot, Hamlet. The toy is for decorative use only and not intended for your dog to play with, so we think Hamlet on the Hutch is the perfect canine companion for your favorite seasonal spy, Elf on the Shelf. As for the treats, if your dog loves bacon, and so many do, these savory strips have a tender texture, so they are easy to chew, and they can easily be torn into smaller bite-sized nibbles.

Price at time of publish: $10

Flavor: Bacon | Ingredients: Pork, Barley, Rice, Ground Wheat, Oatmeal, Soybean Meal, Glycerin, Sugar, Corn Gluten Meal, Ground Yellow Corn, Wheat Flour, Water, Soy Flour, Bacon, Soy Protein Concentrate, Wheat Gluten, Salt, Phosphoric Acid, Bacon Fat (Preserved With BHA And Citric Acid), Natural Flavor, Sorbic Acid (A Preservative), Natural Smoke Flavor, Calcium Propionate (A Preservative), Added Color, Malted Barley Flour | Life Stage: Adult and senior

Best Canine Cookies

Milk-Bone Limited-Edition Holiday Biscuits Dog Treats

Milk-Bone Limited-Edition Holiday Biscuits Dog Treats

Target

What We Like
  • Texture helps to freshen breath and reduce tartar build-up

  • Festive colors and shapes

  • Fortified with 12 vitamins and minerals

What We Don't Like
  • Artificial colors

Crunchy little canine cookies in red and green Christmas tree and stocking shapes are mixed in with Milk-Bone’s classic dog bone shapes. Each treat in the seasonally decorated tin has the signature beef flavor that dogs have enjoyed for decades, and the crisp texture of the cookies will help to freshen your dog’s breath by reducing tartar build-up.

Price at time of publish: $10

Flavor: Beef | Ingredients: Ground Whole Wheat, Wheat Flour, Meat And Bone Meal, Milk, Beef Fat (preserved With BHA/BHT), Salt, Natural Flavor, Dicalcium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Malted Barley Flour, Sodium Metabisulfite (used as a preservative), Minerals (ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganous Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Vitamins (vitamin E supplement, niacin supplement, vitamin A supplement, D-calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Brewers Dried Yeast, Red 40, BHA (used As A Preservative), Yellow 5, Blue 1 | Life Stage: Puppy, adult, and senior

Best for Teeth Cleaning

WHIMZEES by Wellness Holiday Dental Chews Natural Grain-Free Dental Dog Treats

WHIMZEES by Wellness Holiday Dental Chews Natural Grain-Free Dental Dog Treats

Chewy

What We Like
  • Cleans teeth, freshens breath, and reduces tartar and plaque

  • GMO free, gluten free, and contain no artificial colors or flavors

  • Produced with sustainable practices

  • Low in fat

  • Vegetarian

What We Don't Like
  • A human version of a treat that also cleans teeth should exist

The knobby form of WHIMZEES Stixs are now available in holly-jolly snowmen and Christmas Ttree shapes. As your dog entertains itself by chewing on a grain-free treat, it’ll also break down tartar and plaque build-up on their teeth, which can freshen their breath. WHIMZEES are made with fiber to help with digestion and are low in fat, so your dog won’t pack on any holiday weight from snacking. 

Price at time of publish: $9

Flavor: WHIMZEES | Ingredients: Crude Protein, Crude Fat, Crude Fiber, Crude Ash | Life Stage: Adult and senior

Best Soft & Chewy

Bocce’s Bakery Reindeer Fuel

Bocce’s Bakery Reindeer Fuel

Petco

What We Like
  • Baked in the USA

  • No artificial ingredients or preservatives

What We Don't Like
  • Does not give dog the ability to fly like Santa's reindeer

These soft and chewy bite-sized treats from Bocce’s Bakery combine the salty taste of bacon with the sweetness of banana. Like other dog treats from this brand, Reindeer Fuel morsels are in the signature B-shape. They are baked in the USA without any artificial ingredients or preservatives, and the recipe is grain-free (no wheat or corn) and soy-free.

Price at time of publish: $6

Flavor: Bacon and Banana | Ingredients: Oat Flour, Rolled Oats, Coconut Glycerin, Molasses, Flaxseed, Vegetable Oil, Banana, Bacon, Citric Acid (Preservative) | Life Stage: Puppy, adult, and senior

Best for Training

Zuke's Mini Naturals Holiday Trees Turkey & Cranberry Recipe Dog Treats

Zuke's Mini Naturals Holiday Trees Turkey & Cranberry Recipe Dog Treats

Chewy

What We Like
  • Made with real turkey and cranberries

  • Soft and chewy texture

  • Low in calories

What We Don't Like

For the season, Zuke’s Mini Naturals has a holiday-inspired recipe using real turkey as the main ingredient along with cranberries. These soft and chewy tiny morsels shaped like Christmas trees are the perfect size for training and rewarding your dog. They are low in calories—fewer than 3 per tree—so your dog won’t feel stuffed.  

Price at time of publish: $8

Flavor: Turkey and Cranberry | Ingredients: Turkey, Barley, Rice, Malted Barley Extract, Sweet Potatoes, Vegetable Glycerin, Tapioca Starch Modified, Cranberries, Cherries, Natural Flavor, Sunflower Oil, Dried Cultured Whey Product, Salt, Sunflower Lecithin, Phosphoric Acid, Turmeric Spice, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Proteinate, Citric Acid, Tocopherols | Life Stage: Adult and senior

Best for Peanut Butter Fanatics

Exclusively Dog Cookies Bonfire Bears Peanut Butter & Molasses Flavor Dog Treats

Exclusively Dog Cookies Bonfire Bears Peanut Butter & Molasses Flavor Dog Treats

Chewy

What We Like
  • Made with real peanut butter and molasses

  • Suitable for dogs who are sensitive to animal proteins

  • Delightful bear shapes

  • High in protein

  • Made in the USA

What We Don't Like

If your pooch goes wild for peanut butter, then it’ll love these bear-shaped dog treats. Exclusively Dog Cookies Bonfire Bears Peanut Butter & Molasses Flavor Dog Treats are made in the USA with all-natural, human-grade ingredients. They also happen to be vegetarian, so they won’t irritate your dog’s tummy if it is sensitive to animal proteins.

Price at time of publish: $7

Flavor: Peanut Butter | Ingredients: Wheat Flour, Sugar, Vegetable Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Peanut Butter, Molasses, Salt, Sodium Bicarbonate, Natural Butter Flavor | Life Stage: Adult and senior

Best Gingerbread Flavor

Portland Pet Food Company Gingerbread Biscuit

Gingerbread Biscuit from Portland Pet Food Company

Amazon

What We Like
  • Made in the USA

  • Non-GMO ingredients

  • No artificial flavors or preservatives

  • Grain- and gluten-free

What We Don't Like
  • They aren't shaped like gingerbread dogs

Gingerbread houses and cookies are a seasonal tradition you can safely share with your dog by giving them a Gingerbread Biscuit from Portland Pet Food Company. These people-shaped canine cookies are made with real ginger, cloves, cinnamon, and molasses in the USA. A double baking process makes them extra crunchy, and they are free of GMO ingredients, artificial flavors, colors, gluten, and grains. 

Price at time of publish: $7

Flavor: Gingerbread | Ingredients: Garbanzo Bean Flour, Peanut Butter, Vegetable Oil, Ginger, Cloves, Molasses, Cinnamon | Life Stage: Adult and senior

Best Chicken Flavored

Blue Buffalo Santa Snacks Tasty Chicken Recipe Soft-Moist Dog Treats

Blue Buffalo Santa Snacks Tasty Chicken Recipe Soft-Moist Dog Treats

Chewy

What We Like
  • 100% free from poultry by-product meal

  • Made without corn, wheat, soy, and artificial flavors or preservatives

  • Snowmen, stars, and Christmas tree shapes

  • Soft and savory

What We Don't Like

We have a hunch that your dog (and Santa himself) will welcome the savory flavor of a soft treat made with real chicken. Blue Buffalo’s Santa Snacks Tasty Chicken Recipe Soft-Moist Dog Treats are shaped like Snowmen, Stars, and Christmas Trees. They are made without poultry by-product meals, artificial flavors, or preservatives. Put a bag in your dog’s stocking, and open up a package now for all your treat giving needs.

Price at time of publish: $7

Flavor: Chicken | Ingredients: Chicken, Oatmeal, Brown Rice, Cane Sugar, Potatoes, Vegetable Glycerin, Pea Protein, Flaxseed (source of Omega 3 & Omega 6 Fatty Acids), Water, Natural Flavor, Salt, Fish Oil (source of DHA-Docosahexaenoic Acid), Natural Smoke Flavor, Dried Cultured Whey, preserved with Lactic Acid and Mixed Tocopherols, Oil of Rosemary | Life Stage: Adult and senior

Best Holiday Ham

The Lazy Dog Cookie Co. Home For The Holidays Maple Glazed Ham Dog Treats

The Lazy Dog Cookie Co. Home For The Holidays Maple Glazed Ham Dog Treats

Baxter Boo

What We Like
  • Made in the USA

  • Made without GMOs and with sustainably-harvested ingredients

  • No wheat, corn, or soy

What We Don't Like
  • Makes us crave a holiday feast

The Lazy Dog Cookie Co. Home For The Holidays Maple Glazed Ham Dog Treats sneak a little extra fiber into your dog’s belly to help with digestion and are made with all natural ingredients in the USA. Whether you make your dog ham it up or let them be a lazy dog, these treats are a great reward for good boys and girls. Made without wheat, corn, or soy, so they work for dogs with allergies and food sensitivities.

Price at time of publish: $7

Flavor: Ham | Ingredients: Rolled Oats, Honey, Coconut Glycerin, Whey, Vanilla, Rice Flour, Maple, Natural Pork & Natural Smoke Flavor | Life Stage: Adult, senior, and puppy

Best Crunchy

Old Mother Hubbard Winter Fun P-Nuttier Crunchy Dog Treats

Old Mother Hubbard Winter Fun P-Nuttier Crunchy Dog Treats

Petsmart

What We Like
  • Stocking, snowflake, star, and Christmas tree shapes

  • No artificial preservatives or meat by-products

What We Don't Like

A satisfying crunch leads to a mouthful of flavor from peanut butter, apples, carrots, and molasses. Old Mother Hubbard Winter Fun P-Nuttier Crunchy Dog Treats are made in the USA and shaped like stockings, snowflakes, stars, and Christmas trees for the season. They contain no artificial preservatives or meat by-products and are suitable for dogs of all sizes.

Price at time of publish: $5

Flavor: Peanut Butter | Ingredients: Whole Wheat Flour, Oatmeal, Wheat Bran, Chicken Fat, Crunchy Peanut Butter, Apples, Carrots, Cane Molasses, Eggs, Maltodextrin, Salt, Natural Peanut Flavor, Mixed Tocopherols added to preserve freshness, Rosemary Extract, Green Tea Extract, Spearmint Extract | Life Stage: Adult and senior

Final Verdict

Our overall favorite is Bocce’s Bakery Peppermint Bark. It’s almost like your dog is asking for these crispy crackers by name! The treats come in a cheery gift box and are made with real mint and apples. If you are looking for a flavor that you know your dog loves, Blue Buffalo uses its original recipe to make Santa Snacks Tasty Chicken Soft-Moist Dog Treats in holiday shapes. They are 100% free of poultry by-products and artificial ingredients.

FAQ
  • Are holiday dog treats safe?

    Yes, these treats are made for dogs to consume. We recommend following the feeding instructions for portion and frequency that best aligns with the size of your dog. While some have “people food” names, they are not interchangeable with food made for people.

  • Are holiday dog treats available all year round?

    Most are limited releases, so once they sell out, you won’t be able to find any until next year. Others are made with the same recipe, like WHIMZEE, but the holiday shapes and packaging are limited releases.

  • Which holiday dog treats are the healthiest?

    That depends on your dog’s needs. A lot of holiday dog treats have vitamins and minerals, but they should not be given in place of a well-balanced meal. If your dog has food allergies or sensitivities, make sure to check the ingredients before giving it anything new to eat.

    Treats are intended to be consumed by a canine intermittently as rewards for being the most wonderful doggo in the world.

Why Trust The Spruce Pets?

This roundup was written by Anna Mejorada, a writer for The Spruce Pets, who shares her home with a happy Pomeranian named Gidget. Before researching and writing about pet products for a living, Anna embarked on a self-mandated, ongoing quest to find the optimal items for her dog. She is now delightfully devoted to helping humans discover and select the most favorable products for their pets.

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