This post goes out to all the dog mammas (and dads) out there! Since getting my Aussie Labradoodle pup, Penny, I’ve gone through tons of various dog foods, toys, shampoos and so much more. I’ve rounded up my ten favorite puppy products just for you guys.
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*These are products that have really worked for Penny and I! That being said, every pup is different! Not all of these products will be the best fit for your pup, but they’re worth taking a look at.
If you have a puppy that devours treats + food (who doesn’t?), then you need puzzle toys! Puzzle toys are a lifesaver for me, because Penny can play with them for hours. They present a challenge for your pup to figure out how to get to treats and/or toys, and can keep them entertained way longer than a normal toy. If your pup eats way too fast, you can also buy a puzzle bowl like THIS ONE, which slows down their eating and therefore prevents tummy aches 🙂
When Penny first came home, I bought her a little harness and a standard leash, and she hated it. The harness was a process to put on and I felt like every time she pulled the leash, the harness was squeezing her whole body.
I found this “Found My Animal” leash and LOVE it so much. Not only is it super cute – and yes, I care about that! – but it’s made in Brooklyn, NY with locally sourced materials. It’s marine-grade rope that can withstand pulling, water, sand and more. Plus it has hooks that allow you to adjust the length of the leash.
One of the most common dog treats I see are Rawhides, which are not good for dogs! They contain cow skin + tons of chemical preservatives, plus they are difficult to digest and can get lodged inside your pup. The healthy alternative is Bully Sticks! Bully Sticks are single ingredient, oven baked beef treats. They’re fully digestible and their hard texture helps to scrape plaque off their teeth while they’re chewing!
Be prepared to go through THOUSANDS of plastic bags with your puppy! If you have to use them, be sure they are made from recycled materials. I use “Earth Rated” bags, because even the core of the roll of bags is made from recycled paper. Yay!
I started clipping Penny’s nails super early on, so that she wouldn’t be afraid of the nail clippers or give the vet/groomer any trouble when they tried to clip them!
These clippers have a safeguard to prevent over clipping, too!
I recently found this line of products from Skout’s Honor and I’m obsessed. Getting your pup groomed can be so expensive, so I try to wash penny myself and only take her to the groomer for haircuts. I use the “honeysuckle” scent of Skout’s Honor and it smells so freaking good!
These products are pH balanced and fight against shedding + itching. Plus, every for every bottle sold, Skout’s Honor provides a shelter pet with a full day of meals.
If your dog easily overheats, or just won’t stop playing even when they’re tired, you need a cooling bandana! We live in California, so the sun is always shining and Penny’s black coat can get super hot. Her cooling bandana works so well at keeping her cool, and all I have to do is get it wet and wring it out!
Perfect for beach days, hikes, long walks and trips to the dog park! These bottles dispense water into a mini bowl and have a built in water filter if you need to use the hose or a public water fountain.
This is a product for the modern doggie! It’s some of the coolest technology ever. The Pet Cube is a camera and treat dispenser in one. Once you download the app onto your phone, you can monitor your pet and “throw” treats to them! You can even choose how many feet you want the treat to be thrown. Amazing.
A friend gave me one of these toys and I was so stoked! Aromatherapy dog toys are infused with lavender essential oils. Each time your pup squeaks the toy, a bit of lavender is diffused! The soothing effects of lavender have helped Penny so much with vet visits and separation anxiety. I leave it next to her when I leave the house and I’ll see her snuggling with it on the Pet Cube camera 🙂