When we first got Jack (you can read more about that here), I did a lot of research on what essentials we would need to take the best care of our dog. Like with many other things in life (having young kids comes to mind), there are so many options available for dog products! It can actually be be a bit overwhelming. From dog food, to chew toys, to leashes and harnesses, there are endless possibilities and options for fido. And with all of these options, come people’s personal opinions. If you’re anything like me, this can be the tricky part. While I certainly appreciate honest reviews and opinions, I am one who generally speaking likes to form my own opinions on things. Thus, began the trial and error of MANY products and items over the last year and a half.
If you’re a new dog owner, or just looking for some new, handy products, feel free to start use the list below as a starting point. Try it out, see how it works for you and your pup. Every dog is different, so even if you’ve had a dog before, what you used for one, may not work for the other.
Easy Walk Harness
When Jack was a little puppy, our trainer suggested we get him used to a harness instead of a collar. To start, we used just a simple, inexpensive harness from Petsmart, and it worked really well. But as he grew we started having trouble walking him with that harness. He was getting stronger, and he was pulling A LOT. As soon as we started having problems with his old harness, we switched him to the Easy Walk Harness. We had heard good things about it and we saw it on so many dogs at the park.
Let me just say, I totally understand why this harness is so popular. As soon as we switched Jack over to it, we noticed a massive difference. Within just a few walks, there was massive improvement with pulling, and we had much more control. Paired with leash training, we were able to eliminate pulling altogether. Unless, of course, he sees a squirrel!
If you want to try out the Easy Walk Harness, click on the link below to purchase it now:
Dog Poop Bags
This might seem like a weird or unnecessary one to throw on the list here, but these things become just a huge part of your life. You go through them like crazy, and you want to make sure you’re using ones that aren’t flimsy…trust me. I also like that these are scented, so when I walk down the street with a full bag in my hand, there isn’t a gross smell all the way home.
Click on the link below to purchase these bags now:
It took me a long time to find the right toys for Jack. Obviously, when we first got him, we went a little overboard with toys (what? we were excited!). But we quickly discovered that he’s a big chewer, and most of the fancy toys didn’t stand a chance. In fact, they barely lasted a few hours before being ripped to shreds and destroyed. So when my grandmother bought him a cheap rope toy for Christmas, I didn’t think it would even make it to the next morning!
To my surprise, not only did it last, but Jack loved it. He could play with it on his own, chew away at it, or bring it to one of us to play tug of war with him. Since then, these rope toys are pretty much the only toys we buy him. We replace them once every 3-5 weeks, depending on how often he uses it. The best part is that they are some of the cheapest toys out there! No matter where you get them from, they’re under $10, sometimes even as cheap as $2 or $3 on sale.
**As with all dog toys, please always keep an eye on your pet while they use it. Even though the toys hold up well, there are still rope strands that get pulled out, etc.**
If you want to purchase a rope toy for your pup now, click on any of the links below:
Furminator Grooming Rake
Brushing a dog’s coat was something I greatly underestimated when we first got Jack. People warned me that golden retrievers shed a lot, but wow! It’s incredible just how much they shed! But brushing regularly definitely helps. It doesn’t stop them from shedding, don’t get me wrong, it just eases it a bit.
We tried a few different brushes in the first year or so, but none of them seemed quite right. Either they didn’t work that well or Jack really didn’t like them. It’s not fun when you pull out the brush and your dog runs away.
I bought the Furminator Rake on a whim. I wasn’t planning on a buying a new brush, it just happened to be on sale at the checkout at Pet Valu. Well, Jack loves it! As soon as I pull the brush out he comes running and sits down with his back to me, ready for a good brushing. Makes life so much easier.
Now, if I’ve done my research correctly, this Furminator Rake is supposed to be more for untangling and getting mats out of a dog’s coat. They also have a deshedding tool that’s supposed to remove all the loose fur off the coat (though I find that the rake does a pretty good job of this too). I will likely try the deshedding tool at some point as well, but I haven’t as of yet.
If you want to give the Furminator rake a shot, purchase it now using the link below:
As I said, I like these items because they seem to work for me and my dog. But please, feel free to disagree or offer better suggestions in the comment below. If you do give any of these items a shot, let me know how they work out for you and your dog!
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