Look for a sturdy harness that is easy to control. A “no-pull” harness will give you more control over your dog on walks and alleviate pressure on his neck and back. Also, multiple leash rings give you more options for training, etc. and minimizes chance of escape.
Soft and mesh harnesses are the best option for dogs under 30 pounds. A harness will alleviate the pressure on small,delicate dogs and keep your dog from straining his neck or damaging his trachea. For dogs with broader chests – like dachshunds, french bulldogs, pugs, etc – look for a “step-in” harness that can expand around a large chest, or a stretchy fabric that will cover the chest. For tiny pups under 10 pounds, a lightweight harness that drops low around the chest (to minimize neck strain) is your best option.
Buy a couple Kong toys (or any dog toy that can be stuffed with treats) and fill them with a few treats first. Then, spread peanut butter or plain yogurt into the rest of the toy. Pop them in the freezer and you will have a stash of yummy and long lasting treats for your pup while you’re gone.
Bonus: Kong toys are now made in the USA so they are safe for your dog to chew!
When looking for a good quality dog shampoo, it’s important to look for ingredients that won’t dry out or irritate the skin and coat. First, it should be soap and detergent free. A coconut base will clean your dog’s skin and coat without the harsh effects of soap or detergent. Next, look for ingredients that will alleviate your dog’s skin and coat issues. For example, if your dog has allergies or any type of skin flare up, look for soothing ingredients like tea tree oil, aloe, vitamin E, and Shea butter. Oatmeal shampoos are great for sensitive skin. Some dog shampoos are a shampoo/conditioner combo. This can be great if your dog has a long coat that needs to be detangled. Here are some great options…
Buddy Wash Shampoo/Conditioner in One – Conditioner for long haired dogs
DerMagic Tea Tree Oil Shampoo – Great for hot spots and itchy skin
Earthbath Oatmeal Shampoo – Good for sensitive skin
West Paw Design makes a great quality (and eco friendly!) dog mat. I have 2 mats and my dachshunds are always lounging around on them. Soft, durable, and easy to clean, these mats are a great alternative to dog beds. They can also be used for traveling or for crate pads (they are made to fit in various crate sizes). I throw the mats in the wash every few weeks and they come out looking like new. …continue
We can’t keep these toys in stock at the store! Dogs absolutely love them and go nuts trying to yank out the squirrels, birds, or bees. Perfect for interactive play, these toys sharpen your dog’s cognitive abilities by challenging them to “find” the critters inside.
Surprisingly durable, these toys hold up well to vigorous play and each have a strong squeaker. The perfect gift for your dog to unwrap on Christmas morning…and it will keep him busy while the family is opening gifts!