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    Just 39 Things You'll Probably Find Extremely Useful If You Have A Dog

    Anything is paw-sible when you have these useful products.

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    1. A slow-feeder bowl that will help your pup slow down their bad overeating habits and aid with proper digestion. I need one for me, honestly.

    Reviewer photo of a dog eating out of a slow feeder bowl

    Promising review: "I actually really like this bowl. Even when the dog dumps it over, and it takes him a minute to do that, eating the food off the floor still slows him down. Instead of gagging after inhaling his food, he actually stays busy for five minutes. It is pretty sturdy, holds at least 4 cups of food. So far it hasn't gotten any teeth marks from getting tossed around by the dog." —Sara B

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99 (available in three sizes and six styles).

    2. A lick pad so you can easily distract them while you give them the much-hated bath they absolutely need.

    A yellow lab licking a blue lick pad on a shower wall while someone washes them

    The pad can stick on any shiny or polished surface, such as tile, granite, or glass!

    Promising review: "Our Labradoodle needs a distraction during bathtime and haircut/nail trim. We previously bought a different lick mat that we liked, but the suction cup didn’t work because it was too shallow. This mat has four deep suction cups on the corners with little tabs for easy lift off when you’re done! It stays up on the shower wall and keeps our pup entertained for his bath. The grooves are quite deep and have no variety so it’s easy to clean but if you’re looking for something a little different, just know that this isn’t that." —Cate

    Get it from Chewy for $10.95 (available in two styles).

    3. A ball launcher to really elevate your fetch game with your doggo friend without wearing out your arm muscles. This bad boy will launch the ball so far, they'll get the most exercise they've gotten in a while. Get ready for a tired pup on the way home.

    Reviewer photo of a dog starting at a person holding a ball launcher

    Promising review: "I have a young golden retriever who would retrieve balls and Frisbees all day long if my arm could take it. I can throw the ball a lot farther and for more throws, so he gets more exercise. Love that I no longer need to bend over to pick up the ball or have to touch a slimy, sandy, filthy ball! It's quite intuitive to use and within about three throws you'll have it down perfectly. You can also use regular tennis balls with it." —Pupspicacious

    Get it from Amazon for $7.05+ (available in seven styles).

    4. A dog backpack so Freddie Pawcury can bring his own gear on your weekly adventures together, saving you the extra weight. The breathable mesh keeps your pup cool and has expandable pockets to store all the treats!

    Reviewer photo of a dog in a river wearing a dog backpack

    Promising review: "It worked for letting him carry his own water (Ziploc freezer bags). He also carried his collapsible bowl and packed out his own poop. He was comfortable with it and gets excited when he sees it because he knows it’s hiking time." —Ralph

    Get it from Amazon for $28.63 (available in four sizes, three styles, and three colors).

    5. A crate cover because they spend a lot of their time taking naps in their crates, so why not make it a much more calming and cozy experience? This can help reduce their anxiety when you're away and prevent those sorrow-filled yelps your neighbors constantly complain about.

    A Golden Retriever dog in a crate with a navy blue geometric crate cover on it

    Promising review: "I was going to make a crate cover and found this one for less than 1 yard of fabric!" —Pattycakes

    Get it from Petsmart for $19.99+ (available in four sizes).

    6. A bag of Pill Pockets so you can cleverly disguise your buddy's medications and supplements in a treat. They'll be none the wiser and all the healthier.

    Promising review: "I finally tried these and I will never look back. It has made it so easy and quick to give him his meds. He loves them and taking his pills is probably the highlight of his day now! And I only use two pockets a day since a lot of his pills are small I just rip off a bit and wrap the pill see my pics. One whole pocket for a pill seems like a waste unless the pill is super big." —Kimm99

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98+ (available in a pack of six).

    7. A puzzle ball made of natural rubber that will help keep your pupparoni entertained and provide much needed mental stimulation by filling it with tons of treats!

    Reviewer photo of a dog biting a rubber ball

    Promising review: "I was searching for a great toy for my dog and decided on this toy. He is a chewer and destroys anything he can rip apart. I went with the green X-large-size ball, and he just loves it. It has some weight to it, and he still picks it up and runs around with it with ease. I try to only let him play with it while supervised, and so far it is still in one piece!...after a month now. When you throw it, it rolls does not bounce. Hope this helps." —DZ

    Get it from Amazon for $7.51.

    8. A seatbelt tether, because dogs tend to get overexcited in the back seat and this will bring you peace of mind knowing they're secure and safe.

    Reviewer photo of a dog looking out the window of a car while being tethered to a seat belt

    Promising review: "We needed something to secure our poodle, Maggie, to the back seat of our Jeep. She rides around a lot with us, and we were worried she might one day jump out and end up falling. So far, we love this seatbelt! It lengthens just long enough so she can still get her head out of the window and into the wind like she loves to do, all while it is securely buckled in." —Wendy

    Get it from Amazon for $12.31 (available in three colors and three styles).

    9. A four-step pet stair to make your late-night cuddle sessions on the bed *so* much easier since you won't have to carry them up anymore!

    A small Yorkie terrier is standing at the top of the dog steps in front of a bed

    Promising review: "I purchased this for my 5-month-old Shih Tzu puppy and she absolutely loves it. After having fallen off our bed, I wanted her to have a means to get on and off the bed. She was shown once how to climb it and she loves it. I sometimes find her on the bed because she just loves climbing it. However, we are working on going down the stairs...that is a little more challenging for a puppy but we are getting there. Best thing I ever did for her." —PeggySue

    Get it from Chewy for $36.33 (available in three colors).

    10. A portable water bottle because dogs get thirsty, and this is a much easier (and faster!) way to get them to drink *all* the water instead of pouring half your water bottle onto the ground and them only taking one lap.

    RG Enterprises GB / Etsy

    BTW! You can put treats on the bottom compartment! 

    RG Enterprises GB is a small business based in Worcester, United Kingdom.

    Promising review: "Looks like great quality. I cannot wait to use this with our puppy and saves carrying lots round! So good you can put treats in the bottom too. It really helped calm in on his first car journey." —Eleanor Baker

    Get it from RG Enterprises GB on Etsy for $17.98 (available in two colors).

    11. A pet gate to keep all the annoying things, like that small human who always wants hugs, *away* from your pup so they can get their much needed quiet time.

    A chocolate lab sitting in front of a white gate between a doorway

    It comes with two extension panels to fit any size doorway! It *also* has a cat door to allow your feline buddy through. 

    Promising review: "I purchased a pair of these after returning some cheaper plastic ones. I wish i had looked up reviews before hand, it could have saved me gas and a headache. Unlike the cheaper plastic options this gate gives you flexibility for adjusting length, much better-machined quality hardware (that works consistently), AND it's easier to set up than the cheaper competitors. I had them setup within a couple minutes and let me reassure you the extra money for an access door for you to step through is worth it... Especially if you're setting this up in a high-traffic area. You needn't look any further than this product. It's simply amazing and built to last." —PracticallyPrudent

    Get it from Petsmart for $95.99 (originally $99.99).

    12. An interactive puzzle game toy perfect for keeping your doggy occupied and entertained while you're busy working or cleaning. You can buy different levels as they get smarter to constantly keep them engaged.

    Reviewer photo of a dog playing with a puzzle toy

    Promising review: "I could not wait to get this puzzle and I was not disappointed! We have a lot of puzzles, but this one was so much different than any of the others! This one took my dog some time to figure out but he loved it! Very durable, easy to clean. We used some Purebites to keep him motivated to solve the entire puzzle and he did!" —Dakota

    Get it from Amazon for $6.22+ (available in four levels and four styles).

    13. A grooming rake because you'd be surprised how much loose fur Dr. Poops has in their undercoat. This will keep their fur looking shiny and brand-new after every session.

    Reviewer photo of a dog sitting next to a huge pile of their fur

    Promising review: "Best brush ever! Gets so much hair out of my dog!" —Kendra

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    14. A life jacket to keep Jeffrey safe when they go to their favorite place ever: the lake! Am I the only one who gets anxious seeing dogs swim? Won't they get tired?! I can't handle it. Get them a life jacket, for me.

    Reviewer photo of a dog jumping into water

    Promising review: "Our dog loves this life jacket! He can swim without it but just not well or for very long. In the mornings he would try to get into it himself so we would go throw the ball into the lake for him! Medium fit perfectly for our oddly shaped dog. Has different Velcro and buckles to change sizes and make it a custom fit!" —Jessi

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (available in sizes XS–XL, three styles, and seven colors).

    15. A stuffing-free toy, because remember that one time you came home to find stuffing everywhere? Yes, let's prevent that from happening again.

    Reviewer photo of a dog chewing a plush monkey

    Promising review: "My dachshund destroys every toy she gets. These dog toys by Petstages are her absolute favorites and last the longest. They have two different squeakers that makes their unique sound. Whenever she does finally rip them apart, stuffing doesn't go everywhere. This is probably her ninth toy like this over the years. Highly recommend!" —Mattbakerrr

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in three sizes and three styles).

    16. Dog goggles (DOGGLES?!) to keep their precious eyeballs protected from the wind (and debris) while they stare out the window and contemplate how amazing they really are. Life's ~ruff~ when you're adorable and have no responsibilities.

    A Dalmatian wearing black dog goggles in a backyard
    Paw 2 Paws / Etsy

    Paw 2 Paws is a small business that specializes in stylish and affordable pet gear.

    Promising review: "The sun glasses fit my Newfoundland dog. Spud let me put them on and tolerated them well. We will be using them this summer when camping in the desert and it should keep the sun exposure down. Thank you." —Colette Taylor

    Get it from Paw 2 Paws on Etsy for $9.99 (available in four colors).

    17. A pooper scooper so you never have to bend down and feel that warm *gag* poo in your hands. Sure, the poop bag is between you and the humid fecal matter but it's just way too close for comfort.

    Reviewer photo of a pooper scooper

    Promising review: "Easy to assemble. Very sturdy and easy to use! After having this scooper. I now don’t have to bend over to collect my dog’s poop anymore. I should’ve bought it a long time ago." —JJShopper

    Get it from Amazon for $14.28.

    18. A dog feeding reminder, because sometimes it's hard to remember if we really ~did~ feed the pup. Especially when they always act like they haven't eaten in 64 days. Nice try, Frito Paws.

    Reviewer photo of the reminder with daily slots to answer yes or no to "did you feed the dog"

    Promising review: "Awesome product! There are four of us that were working together to feed the dogs. It simplified everything because I no longer have to text to see if anyone had fed them every morning. Now I just to see if it's green and if not I feed them and indicate it, we all love it so much!" —Toni Deegan

    Get it from Amazon for $6.49.

    19. A *deluxe* pet carrier so they can go on their trips to the Cape and Hamptons in utter ~style~ and you don't have to worry about them getting antsy or annoyed. OK, it's the vet, but don't tell them.

    The carrier in a black quilted pattern and mesh sides

    Promising review: "I love the safety strap that allows me to pass a seatbelt through it. I know my animals are safe even if we're in an accident!" —Trese80

    Get it from Petsmart for $39.99 (originally $83.99, available in two sizes).

    20. A nail grinder kit to trim your pup's nails without the worry of cutting them too short, which could result in bleeding and future anxiety about nail trims. They'll let you know about it. They never forget. The grinder will safely grind their nails down to the desired length *and* is wireless for easy maneuvering around the puppo.

    A person is holding a nail grinder up to a dogs paw to trim their nails

    The nail grinder has two speeds to choose from and comes with the charging station and extra drum heads so you're always using an effective grinder.

    Promising review: "Pleasantly surprised as I’m not sure what I was expecting. I’ve used Dremel tools for years for household projects and was picturing that loud power tool. This isn’t exactly quiet but it isn’t horrible. However, I was pleased with how well it sanded down the nails and how easy it was to shape them so there were no sharp edges or angles like you always get with clippers. Our one-year old boxer mix took two people to use this but that was just to keep him calm and to help hold the paw. He mainly just wanted to pull away but was in no real distress and didn’t actually fight. Instructions say three seconds per nail in a rotation to keep them from getting hot. I found five to six seconds worked for me to make progress and I would feel the nail after and they were still cool. You do need to stabilize longer nails so they don’t vibrate. I would say once a week is optimum so you stay ahead of growth. Also don’t be stingy with sanding drums but they aren’t expensive and do last through multiple sessions. Definitely recommend over clippers." —MortyTheDog

    Get it from Chewy for $29.83.

    21. A collapsible dog bowl so you always have a way to give your pup food or water when you're out and about. It also comes with a carabiner for easy clipping to your bag.

    Reviewer photo of a puppy holding a collapsible bowl in its mouth

    Promising review: "Perfect travel bowl for parks and hiking! Easy to clean!" —Priscilla

    Get it from Amazon for $12.89 (available in three colors).

    22. An all-natural itch relief shampoo bar that'll nourish and moisturize your pup's skin while getting their fur clean and looking ~oh so luscious~. Do we expect anything less from Katy Pawry?

    A person holding the shampoo bar in front of a dog in a basin
    Simple Sage Dog Treats / Etsy

    Simple Sage Dog Treats is a small business based in Norcross, Georgia, that specializes in all-natural paw balms and soaps for dogs with allergies or skin conditions.

    Promising review: "Great product! Very helpful! AMAZING! My dog doesn’t itch anymore and surprisingly it’s soothing for her. Usually after the bath she sleeps or lays down for hours. Just great." —T. French

    Get it from Simply Sage Dog Treats on Etsy for $8.99.

    23. A pet stain and odor remover, because accidents happen and you should always be prepared for even the stinkiest ones. Bonus: it's ~organic~.

    Promising review: "I've tried other formulas and this Rocco & Roxie formula. Rocco & Roxie formula works every time. It kills, completely eliminates odor." —Katherine Wright

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    24. A pack of dog poop bags with a dispenser to satisfy your dog's favorite pastime: watching you clean up their poop. "Ahh, yes. Clean my poo. Yes, everyone's watching you. You gotta do it." —Baxter, your boxer


    Comes with two 120-count packs of scented poop bag refills. Also made using EPI technology and designed to break down faster than regular waste bags.

    Promising review: "Some poop bags are extremely thin. These are not! They will work well even for larger dogs. I have used them for years." —Sissy

    Get it from Chewy for $10.17.

    25. A container of paw soother that will protect and heal those lil' toe beans from being cracked, dry, or injured.

    Reviewer photo of a before and after of a dog's front paws

    It's 100% natural! They use only organic, chemical-free ingredients like coconut oil, chamomile, and cocoa butter.

    Promising review: "It's been two days and already my dog's dry paws are noticeably softer and less rough. We have a gravel driveway and fairly hard clay soil under the grass, and in hotter weather, our dog's pads get dry and rough from dashing across it all the time. It's easy to apply with my finger and not at all greasy. My dog is interested while I'm applying it to her back feet, but it soaks in fast enough that she doesn't try to lick it off when I'm done."—Amy

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95 (available in three sizes).

    26. A cozy sweater to keep them utterly warm during those frigid walks they begrudgingly take for the sake of peeing.

    A black dog wearing a black knit sweater
    Mr. Soft Top

    Psst! They ship to the US!

    Mr. Soft Top is a small business based in New Zealand that specialized in apparel and accessories for your pup. Also they use their dog as their brand's model and I can get enough of that face.

    Get it from Mr. Soft Top for $64.15 (available in sizes 2XS–L, prices on the site are in NZD).

    27. A car seat cover for keeping your car looking clean and ~almost new~ without the inevitable muddy paw marks you'd get otherwise.

    A Golden Retriever laying down in the backseat of a car with a car seat cover over the seats

    Note: this is *not* recommended for Volvo cars!

    Promising review: "This can be used as a bench seat cover or as a hammock. I chose the bench seat cover. It completely covers my Corolla rear seat. There are Velcro seams so that you can access the seat belts. I use an EzyDog clip adjustable seat belt restraint that I also got from Chewy." —Kate

    Get it from Chewy for $29.99 (available in two sizes). 

    28. A finger toothbrush to allow for easy cleaning of the entire mouth without any fuss. You can finally provide thorough teeth cleaning for your fur baby with ease.

    Reviewer using the finger toothbrush on their dog's teeth

    Promising review: "Cannot recommend this 360-degree finger brush enough. Such a simple, and creative solution to pet teeth cleaning. Our dog usually never lets us go near his mouth. Saved us hundreds of dollars in going to a vet for deep teeth cleaning. Super easy usage, easy to clean, can throw it in the dishwasher or just rinse off after use." —Alicia Cohen

    Get it from Amazon for $13.49 (available in two colors).

    29. A de-matting comb that will easily remove mats and tangles from coarse or long, matted coats. Soon, Ms. Trixie will have the long luscious fur she's meant to have. *fur flip*

    Reviewer photo of a dog next to a pile of fur

    Promising review: "Goldendoodle grooming miracle!!! I spread some peanut butter on a glass door and removed a brown grocery bag worth of mats from my Goldendoodle. With the peanut butter, he didn’t even care. Really works, tight curls and all!!" —Chong Factor

    Get it from Amazon for $12.77.

    30. A chewing deterrent spray to keep Hairy Pawter from nibbling on your favorite pair of shoes or things that could cause him harm.

    The white bottle that says "Stop chewing, sour apple and orange spray"
    Ella Grace Essentials / Etsy

    Ella Grace Essentials is a small business based in DeKalb, Illinois, that sells essential oil products for babies, adults, and pets. 

    Get it from Ella Grace Essentials on Etsy for $4.99+ (available in two sizes). 

    31. An LED dog collar so you always know where they are when you take them out for their nightly walk. The collar has different light options, is adjustable, and rechargeable with up to five hours of use.

    Reviewer photo of a dog wearing an LED blue collar

    Promising review: "By the time I get home from work, it's dark so walking my dog seems a bit safer. The collar doesn't seem flimsy or cheap, it charges rather quickly and lasts a good amount of time. I don't put the collar on the flashing mode but I like the fact that there are options." —Cassandra

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99 (available in four sizes and six colors).

    32. An artificial grass bathroom mat perfect for those who live in apartments and sometimes it can be difficult to get your dog outside for a walk when they really have to go. This keeps them from making a mess indoors and gives you peace of mind knowing your new rug is probably safe.

    Reviewer photo of a dog using the artificial grass bathroom mat

    Promising review: "The best tool for potty-training in an apartment! We put it on the balcony and it's been working great." —Mike B.

    Get it from Amazon for $17.05+ (available in two sizes).

    33. A ChomChom roller that'll gather up pet hair from basically anywhere in your home. No really. Couches, clothes, bedding, cat towers, rugs — you name it. The best part? It has a little compartment that stores the fur for easy cleaning!

    Model is picking up fur off a couch using the white Chom Chom roller

    Promising review: "Buy this now! Seriously! This product is absolutely life changing! I have two dogs and two cats, so obviously there’s fur everywhere. They’re totally worth it though. I always used the upholstery attachment on my vacuum before this, but now hair pickup is a breeze! For best results, use short back-and-forth strokes. If you want a long, clean line like you vacuumed your couch, then just finish with a long stroke after doing the short strokes. To use on your comforter, simply hold the bedding fabric taut with one hand while using. I now use this on my couch, comforter, decorative pillows, and dining chair seats all the time. Only takes a few minutes to get it all done. The collection trap can hold quite a bit and is very easy to empty. Best of all, I can just stash this handy thing in the coffee table drawer until I’m ready for it again and have it easily accessible at any time." —DogMom

    Get it form Chewy for $24.95.

    34. Or a pair of grooming gloves to clean all the loose fur off of them without them going into battle with a comb. They'll think they're getting pets, and you'll have less fur floating around the house. It's a win-win!

    The blue pair of grooming gloves on a person's hands

    Promising review: "I was skeptical about this product but it is wonderful! I was amazed at how much hair came off my dogs with these grooming gloves. Plus the dogs loved the extra pets while being groomed. I got more hair off with these gloves than with the brushes I have been using." —Kwbd

    Get it from Chewy for $9.99 (originally $10.99).

    35. A deodorizing shampoo that will eliminate any odor they have before they vengefully rub themselves on everything you own for taking too long to clean them.

    The deodorizing shampoo made with vanilla bean scent

    It has a unique formulation that includes a special vitamin complex blend of nutrients that helps maintain the health of your dog's coat and skin. It's also free of sulfates, parabens, and artificial colors!

    Promising review: "This shampoo is great! It lathers up very well and has a great vanilla scent. My dog is super soft after his baths too." —Trina738

    Get a 32-ounce bottle from Petsmart for $14.99 (available in two sizes).

    36. A car door protector so you don't have to worry about your pup scratching up the door out of the excitement of looking out the window and spending time with their bestest bud in the whole world. Spoiler alert: It's you.

    Reviewer photo of the door cover

    Promising review: "Really pleased with these. Snap in quick and easy and the windows operate easily while on. I leave them since my girl rides with me often, in the back where she is safe like a child." —KimofCoventry

    Get it from Amazon for $34.33 (available in three colors).

    37. A packable dog poncho because you can't control mother nature and you should always be prepared for whatever the weather may hold. Plus, dogs are honestly just so cute in raincoats.

    Reviewer photo of a dog wearing a blue raincoat with a rubber duck pattern on it

    Promising review: "For the price, this raincoat is great. It stays on and the fit is adjustable. The girth is really adjustable with a wide Velcro band, so you want to buy according to your dog's body length so you can shield them from the rain. Love the ducky pattern!" —Laura Kao

    Get it from Amazon for $19.03 (available in sizes 2XS–3XL and 17 colors).

    38. A spot-repair formula designed to eliminate those pesky yellow spots in your backyard grass created by the wrath of their urine.

    Reviewer's before-and-after of dead grass and then healthy lawn

    Promising review: "I have lacrosse players and dogs, and this stuff is amazing. My yard looked like an abandoned lot before this and it literally 'grew anywhere' just like it said. The bag I planted last year actually came back strong this year so I put more down and it is working like a dream!" —chchmom

    Get a 2-pound bottle on Amazon for $13.99 (available in five sizes).

    39. And finally, a monthly subscription to DogTV because there is nothing more useful than distracting your dog while you take your umpteenth trip to Target for the day to walk around while sipping a *Starbies*. They offer stimulation, relaxation, and exposure programs all designed to make being alone a little less, well, alone.

    A dog sitting on a stone ledge with blue butterflies flying around them

    DogTV is a 24/7 channel with programs scientifically developed to provide the right company for dogs when they're left home alone and need a little bit of company. Each video meets specific attributes of a dog’s sense of vision and hearing *and* supports their natural behavior patterns. Results: the happiest dog ever! Psst, you can stream DogTV on any device!

    Get it from DogTV for $9.99/month or you can purchase the annual membership with adds up to $6.99/month.

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