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Some of Our Favorites for Your Pooch

Updated: May 15

*Article may include affiliate links.*

As devoted pet parents, we all want the best for our furry companions. From playtime to mealtime and everything in between, selecting the right products can significantly impact your dog's overall well-being and quality of life (not to mention your own). That's why we've curated a comprehensive list of top picks across various categories to ensure your pup receives the care and attention they deserve!

Toys & Chews: Engaging toys and satisfying chews are essential for keeping your dog mentally stimulated and promoting healthy chewing habits. Our recommendations include Bark Box toys, designed for durable play and interactive fun. For good dental health and a long-lasting chew (for most chewers), consider the Red Barn Beef Cheek Roll, which helps keep your dog's teeth clean and their jaws strong. For puppies or avid chewers, Nylabone offers a variety of textures and flavors to satisfy their natural chewing instincts and prevent destructive chewing behavior- we recommend you avoid the compressed wood and ring-shaped chews, however, for safety reasons.

Bowls, Slow Feeders, & Lick Mats: Mealtime should be a pleasurable experience for your pup, and choosing the right bowl can make all the difference. Our top picks include slow feeders (great for fast eaters, gulpers, or dogs prone to bloating) like the Lickin' Layers Dog Puzzle Game. It promotes healthy eating habits while helping to prevent digestive issues. For a more stylish yet functional option, consider the sleek and modern design of the Max and Neo Heavyweight Non-Skid Rubber Bottom Stainless Steel Dog Bowl, perfect for adding a touch of elegance to your pup's dining area (and helping shelter dogs at the same time!).

Collars & Electronic Collars (ECollar): Whether for fashion, identification & tag holders, training purposes, or safety during outdoor adventures, collars and electronic collars are invaluable tools for pet parents. For basic but durable collars ideal for daily wear and tags, we recommend Dogline Biothane Flat Buckle Collars. For something with a little more control for training purposes, we recommend a quality chain martingale collar like the Max and Neo Stainless Steel Chain Martingale Collar. If you are looking for a high-quality collar known for its reliability, durability, and customizable sizing options to suit your dog's specific needs, we recommend Herm Sprenger Prong Collars. For advanced training features and long-range capabilities, consider the E-Collar Technologies Educators, ideal for off-leash activities and behavior modification. For those adventurous pet parents seeking a multifunctional solution, the Garmin Alpha 300i offers GPS tracking, training, and activity monitoring features in one convenient (albeit pricey) device that isn't just for Hunting Dogs.

Leashes & Long Lines: A sturdy and reliable leash is essential for daily walks and outings with your pup. Our top pick is the Heather's Heroes Sidekick Leash*, crafted from durable materials and featuring a unique and patented design for dogs of all shapes and sizes. Made by a dog trainer for pet parents, this leash is an absolute game-changer for the majority of my clients who use it! From puppies to reactive dogs, this leash is pure magic. If you're looking for a quality long-line (did someone say Recall Training?!), I recommend the Heather's Heroes Long Line*; we love its length, feel, and slip-lead-based design.

Enrichment Toys: Enrichment toys play a crucial role in keeping your dog mentally stimulated and preventing boredom-related behaviors. Our recommendations include the Orbee-Tuff Snoop, designed to dispense treats and challenge your dog's problem-solving skills. For scent-driven enrichment, the Joyhound Classroom Snuffle Puzzle Fast Foods Burrow & Play Mat provides quality entertainment as your dog searches for hidden treats or kibble. And for a decent mental workout, the West Paw Toppl offers a solid solution to busting boredom through food- simply stuff it with your dog's favorite foods, freeze it, and watch them enjoy!

Dog Food Brands: Nutrition is the foundation of your dog's health and well-being, and choosing the right food is essential for their overall vitality. Our top picks include Volhard Dog Nutrition NDF2, renowned for its high-quality ingredients and balanced nutrition tailored to your dog's dietary needs; simply add your raw or gently-cooked protein, water, and NDF2 base mix and your pup is in for a super healthy meal! For pet parents seeking high-quality kibble options, both Redbarn Pet Products and Open Farm offer a wide range of recipes formulated with premium proteins and wholesome ingredients, on top of fantastic customer service and sustainable business ethics.

Treat Brands: Treats are a wonderful way to reward your pup for good behavior, reinforce training, or simply show them some love. Our favorite treat brands include Redbarn's Air Dried Beef Training Treats or Protein Puffs Training Treats, known for their delicious flavors and natural ingredients that dogs love. For pet parents seeking more variety for their pup, Fig & Tyler* offers many different treats made from sustainably sourced ingredients and are free from artificial additives or preservatives.

With these carefully selected products, you can ensure that your pup receives the care and attention they deserve at every stage of their life. From playtime to mealtime and beyond, these top picks are guaranteed to enhance your dog's well-being and strengthen the bond between you and your furry companion. Happy shopping, and here's to many more joyful moments with your beloved pup!

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