Taking care of a dog isn’t easy, but as dog owners, we have a habit of desensitizing the hardest parts of our job to the point that we don’t even realize it. You might not think you need these products, but once you start using them, you’ll be glad you did.
1. The Original Fozzy Dog Leash ($32)
Walking your dog while trying to juggle a leash, keys, and a phone is every dog owner’s daily struggle. Who knew there was a leash designed so that we never have to go through that again? The Fozzy Dog leash, to be exact. It comes with a pouch to store items so that you never “forget” to have a poop bag.
2. Buster Activity Mat ($70)
So you just got home from work. All you want to do is relax, but your crazy puppy wants to play. Time to whip out the Buster Activity Mat! This mat stimulates dogs both physically and mentally, and comes with three “tasks” for your dog to finish. Think of it like a puzzle–for your dog. Depending on your dog’s intellect, it should keep them distracted for hours.
3. Grannick’s Bitter Apple for Dogs Spray Bottle ($9.99)
Keep your dog from chewing the furniture or licking its paws by spraying this taste deterrent. Dogs hate the taste/smell, and it should curb their destructive habits for whenever “No!” isn’t enough.
4. Membo (19.95)
If you don’t live alone, chances are you and the other members of your house are all sharing the responsibility of taking care of the dog. But this is where confusion occurs. With so many people feeding the dog, it becomes hard to keep track of how often the dog has been fed each day. Thankfully, this reminder tool puts that problem to rest by letting everyone know when a task has been completed or not. Simply flip the tab over once the task has been completed. Poor Fido. He’s going to miss that fourth meal.
5. Puppy Bumper ($19.95)
Tiny dogs and big fences don’t mix. Fortunately, if you want to keep your pooch from slipping between the fence, the Puppy Bumper has you covered. Simply slip it over your dog and you have a stylish look that’ll keep you worrying a lot less.
6. iFetch ($115)
For the true lazy dog owner, the iFetch makes endless games of catch with your dog a thing of the past. Simply train your dog to drop a ball into the iFetch and the machine spits it back out. You can even set the distance of how far you want the device to throw the ball. Simply go to work, turn on the iFetch, and let your dog entertain itself.
7. Pet Umbrella ($7.90)
Sure the Pet Umbrella is more of a novelty gift, but you can’t deny how beneficial this is for pet owners who have dogs that refuse to pee in the rain. This ingenious leash/umbrella combo will make sure your dog stays nice and dry.
8. FroBo ($29.99)
Every dog owner know the struggle of keeping a dog cool in the summer. But frozen ice treats and iced water only last for so long. That’s where the FroBo comes in. The bowl comes with a non-toxic gel insert that you freeze in your fridge before inserting it into the bowl. The gel insert stays cold without melting, keeping water ice cold all day long.
9. Cooling Mat ($30.00)
And speaking of cooling dogs down, another way to keep them cool is with this cooling mat. Soft and puncture-resistant, your dog is sure to enjoy taking its summer naps on it.
10. Bissell Pet Hair Eraser ($24.99)
When you have a dog that sheds a lot, sometimes it feels like nothing works. I guess you’ll just have to get used to the couch being encased in fur, right? Wrong. This handheld vacuum packs a lot of power in its tiny size. Simply swipe it along your couch or pet bed and watch the fur just disappear. Hey, they don’t call it the “eraser” for nothing.