We’ve tried out a lot of dog products over the years, and one thing I can tell you is that there are definitely some duds out there. Fostering exposed us to not only dogs with certain needs, but also a variety of personalities and likes/dislikes, so I know that not every dog will love the same thing, but I do think that when you discover a great thing it is worth sharing! Our recent relocation into downtown living also introduced us to a couple of new products that I think are worth sharing for fellow urban-dwelling dogs and their owners. Below are the Best Dog Products we’ve found on Amazon.
Tuff Mutt Bag Holder ($13.99) – Not all poop bag holders are created equal, my friend. We’ve tried out plenty of them, and what we love about this one is that it attaches really securely and flatly to the leash, dispenses easily and even has a small extra space inside to hold keys, or a ring on the outside to clip your keys onto. Since we occasionally run with Walter, we love that this one eliminates any big plastic container flopping around while you jog, and doesn’t dangle off the leash or have anything that can fall apart/open up unexpectedly. Pro tip: to ensure the bags dispense easily, make sure that they roll goes under across the bottom of the holder and then out the dispenser hole, rather than wrapping up around past the zipper and through the dispenser hole.
Petsfit Soft Portable Dog Crate ($54.99) – Walter loves being in a create, and we’ve always had one as part of our “decor” so he had a place that was exclusively his. He has also always been crate trained, and I think when you live in a building it is especially important to rely on crate training, so that you aren’t annoying your neighbors (so rude). With our smaller home we knew that his crate would likely need to be out in a communal space, so I wanted something that looked nice. We also wanted something that was collapsible and easy to transport. This one fit the bill on all fronts. We love the way it looks and that it has both a front and side door that can be zipped open, but we love that the entire thing is light and easy to move around the house or load into the car. Pro tip: obviously this is not a good fit for dogs who have anxiety and might scratch or shred their way out.
Ruffwear Front Range Harness ($39.95) – If you have a dog with a strong opposition reflex, who prefers to “take you for a walk”, I strongly suggest trying a front range harness. We switched over to one of these about a year ago, and it made a huge difference. Walter has always been a “tugger” on a leash, and this really minimizes that. This one is well-designed, comfortable, padded, and his options for both front and back hooking, so that you have both options.
K&H Ortho Bolster Dog Bed ($45.71) – Not all dog beds are created equal, but this one is so comfortable that I’ve considered curling up in it for a nap. We’ve had it for probably 3 years, and for the most part it still looks brand new. I love that it is relatively simple, and doesn’t look ugly or awkward in our space. Walter seems to love napping in it, and always has his head resting up on the bolstered edge. Its kind of expensive, but for how well it has held up and how great it looks after severals years, I think it was well worth it.
Collapsible Dog Dishes ($5.99) – We love these for their portability. We take them with us when Walter comes along for a bike ride, toss them in our bag when we head to a brewery, take them to the dog park on hot days, use them in the car, toss them in his bag when he’s headed to the dog sitter etc.
Tug-a-Jug Dog Toy ($5.49) – If you have a smart dog who loves to be challenged intellectually, puzzle toys are the way to go. This one requires that the dog figure out the proper technique of holding the jug and pulling the rope to get the treats to dispense. You can make it harder or easier based on the size of the treat. This is an excellent way to entertain a young dog who has a lot of energy, or to keep your adult dog mentally stimulated.
Kong Classic ($6.49) – One of the dog toys that we’ve had since Walter was a puppy and still use pretty regularly is the Kong. Walter loves it with Peanut Butter and/or coconut oil frozen inside of it as a treat. This is great for crate training, when you want to distract the dog and get them to entertain themselves in their create.
Zoom Groom Massaging Dog Brush ($5.99) – One of the first times I took Walter to the groomer she remarked “Well, he didn’t like the cut, but he fell asleep during the bath.” And it’s true. Although Walter is a hard sell on bath time, once he’s in the water he’s a total ham. She sent me a link to the “massaging brush” she used on him and we’ve used it ever since. It’s entirely rubber, with large, nub-like bristles on one side. It helps gently remove loose hair to minimize shedding, but also provides a gentle massage that stimulates natural oil products to encourage a healthy coat.
Best for my Pets Bully Sticks ($24.97) – Bully sticks are a godsend for dog owners. These all-natural treats are a healthy alternative to rawhides (which can get stuck in your pets throat or digestive system) and are free of unhealthy additives, hormones or preservatives. We love that these ones are odor free (thank god) and are so well priced. Although expensive, bully sticks typically take a long time to chew. One stick usually takes Walter about 3-5 hours of chewing over the course of several days. One stick will usually entertain him for a week or more. These things are a real life saver when you have a chewy or energetic puppy in your house, but dogs of all ages seem to really love them.