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    36 Things For Anyone Whose Dog Is, Bless Them, A Little High-Maintenance

    ♫ I'm so fancy. You already know. ♫ —Your dog

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    1. A package of pocket treats to disguise their medications because they absolutely refuse to take anything that doesn't taste utterly delicious.

    Reviewer photo of the pill pocket next to a pill

    Promising review: "My oldest dog is a total butthead about medication. He simply refuses. No amount of bribery will work. Disguise a pill? He has X-ray vision. He will eat the cheese, peanut butter, cream cheese, etc., off the pill and spit it out. Hickory smoke gets him to take his meds about 90 percent of the time without hassling me too much." —TheNutBarnReviews

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98 or Subscribe & Save for $7.58/month (available in three sizes).

    2. A paw soothing balm so their paw pads stay silky smooth at all times. Dry, cracked paws are simply ~out~ of the question.

    Reviewer before and after of dog paws

    Promising review: "My doggie’s paws were terribly cracked. Literally, the morning after I applied the product, they were significantly better. I keep applying it every night and it’s been five days since then and I still see improvement every day." —Guilherme

    Get it from Amazon for $5.95.

    3. A pair of clippers to keep their nails short and stout. The sound of their nails clacking against hardwood is just too much for their precious ears.

    Reviewer photo of a dog paw with clipped nails

    Promising review: "My wife is able to clip the dog's nails quickly and effectively with these. Being able to use it single-handed is a nice feature and a must for a dog who does not generally like you putting your paws on his paws." —Aaron S

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    4. Or 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 5 to 6 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 $29.99.

    5. A pillow so they can comfortably binge watch their favorite show, RHONY, that they *definitely* base their entire personalities on.

    A small puppy laying their head on a red pillow with black paw prints on it
    Aunt Marys Pet Pillows / Etsy

    Aunt Marys Pet Pillows is a small business based in Los Angeles that sells, you guessed it, handmade pet pillows, but also beds and blankets!

    Promising review: "My little Granddoggie loves his new pillow! My son says the material is soft and comfy. It was also cutely wrapped and had a cute little card. Quick delivery time even at this busy time of year. Definitely happy with my purchase!" —Patricia

    Get it from Aunt Marys Pet Pillows on Etsy for $12.99 (available in 12 colors, two materials, and nine fabrics).

    6. A plush orthopedic dog bed because anything less than an ergonomic contour mattress that helps cushion pressure points, distribute body weight, and improve air circulation is simply ~not acceptable~.

    Reviewer photo of a dog laying on a bed

    Promising review: "She loves it!!!!! My dog loves the contoured edges and is perfect for her hips. I also have a baby crib sheet over it for easy cleaning." —Amazon customer

    Get it from Amazon for $57.99 (available in four sizes).

    7. Or an utterly soft bed so your pup has somewhere to rest their precious noggin, but it'll still look like a cute piece of furniture in their crate.

    The dog bed in a black and white color

    Promising review: "My dog absolutely loves this bed. The cover is easy to take off and put back on. She loves resting her head on the sides. She’s been using it for about a year and a half. Not sure when it will be time to get a new one, but when that time comes, I’m getting another one of these!" —Target customer

    Get it from Target for $19.99 (available in sizes S-L).

    8. A pair of rechargeable clippers to keep their beautiful locks perfectly coifed and curled every single day. If there is even ONE fur out of place so help them.

    Promising review: "These clippers are SUPER quiet. The dogs never flinched when I turned it on. The attachments are easy to get on and off. I also liked the ability to adjust the clippers on the body of the unit to make very close cuts (without nicking the skin) for the underbelly and rear end area." —TH

    Get it from Amazon for $31.99+ (available in six colors).

    9. A two-pack of doorbells so your highness can announce when they have to be relieved. "Mm yes, peasant. I am ready for my tinkle time."

    Reviewer photo of a dog laying next to bells on a door knob

    Promising review: "I was skeptical but within 2–3 days she learned how to use them and frankly now I think she takes advantage of them just to go outside. These amazing bells solved our potty training problems!" —Jill

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in five styles).

    10. An adjustable elevated dog bowl because your pup refuses to eat off the floor. Who do you think they are? Simon, the house cat? *scoff*. Don't you want them to eat in a healthy feeding position for ~ultimate~ digestion?

    Reviewer photo of a dog eating out of an elevated bowl

    Promising review: "Maximus loves his new bowl stand. He doesn't have to bend to put any aches on his neck. It took him a minute to eat and drink. He had to sniff it out first but overall we're both happy!" —Dy

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

    11. A personalized collar to remind every dog at the dog park who exactly *they* are. And don't you forget it, Spot!

    A pink collar with pink florals and the word Stella on the buckle with a phone number
    Tag Pup / Etsy

    Tag Pup is a small business based in Bellingham, Washington that sells personalized collars, pet tags, dog bandanas, and more!

    Don't forget to add your pup's name *and* one of the font choices in the Personalization box! 

    Promising review: "LOVE LOVE LOVE!! If you’re on the edge on to get it or not, just do it! It’s absolutely beautiful and fits my girl perfect! I ordered the large and it fits my 3 year old Weimaraner perfectly. The engraving on the buckle is gorgeously done and the collar itself is so soft." —Olivia Keaton

    Get it from Tag Pup on Etsy for $14.44+ (available in sizes S-XL, three colors and five buckle options). 

    12. A package of deodorizing wipes so you can clean off your doggo after a fun day at the park. We both know they'll whine the whole car ride home if they have even a speck of mud on them.

    Reviewer photo of a person wiping a dog with a dog wipe

    Promising review: "These wipes are about the same size as baby wipes the material is similar as well. Woven synthetic fabric, not flushable but strong and doesn't come apart in your hand during use. The fragrance is very light and pleasant. Not "perfumey" or trying too hard to mask odor. From the first sheet to the last, not too damp or dripping wet." —Toybiz

    Get a 100-count from Amazon for $10.99 (available in three sizes and two scents).

    13. A car seat cover for your car, but really so your fur baby doesn't have to deal with their precious paws touching your car's seats. "Your seats have old coffee stains, Carol. Don't you worry about me." —your dog, definitely.

    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 $26.99 (available in sizes two sizes). 

    14. An automatic water fountain that allows your dog to constantly have fresh running water to drink out of. They've tried that sad, stagnant water bowl once. Never. Again.

    Reviewer photo of a dog drinking out of the fountain

    Promising review: "I do notice the dogs are drinking more water and it’s exactly why I purchased this item in the first place. Depending on how much water your pets drink determines how many times you’ll have to refill the tank. I typically refill the water tank once a day but on hotter days I make sure it’s always full." —Monae

    Get it from Amazon for $22.94 (available in two colors).

    15. An airtight food storage container to keep their kibble dry, fresh, and also smelling delicious longer. The second the food get too stale, it's over. Let's make it last a bit.

    Reviewer photo of a container with kibble in it

    Promising review: "I was looking for an airtight container that could hold the 28 lb bag of kibble still in the bag. The whole dog journal recommended not to pour kibble out of the original bag because it would expose the kibble to more oxygen than necessary, which causes the food to go stale and lose nutrients faster. This did the trick!" —J. Bass

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in two colors and sizes).

    16. A four-step pet stair because since you ~refuse~ *eye roll* to carry them onto every surface in the house, this will just have to do.

    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 $33.92 (available in three colors).

    17. A detangling brush so you can remove those pesky mats that develop in your dog's fur, and they'll let you know about it. Trust me.

    Reviewer photo of a dog sleeping on a brush

    Promising review: "Great brush. The two heads are perfect for different types of fur and removing anything that gets caught. My dog loves it so much he actually sleeps on it." —Serena Theresa

    Get it from Amazon for $5.40.

    18. 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.

    19. A pack of male dog diapers because even your elderly pup still has (way too much) dignity and would rather wear this than pee themselves. Honestly, me.

    Reviewer photo of a dog in a diaper

    Promising review: "Our dog wagged his tail and jumped with delight when I put this wrap on him!! He loves how thin and lightweight they are and best of all he has emptied his whole bladder and not a single drop of leakage!! These work so amazingly!!! They even have a Velcro-type closure so if he doesn’t pee in them we can reuse them for several days until he does have an accident." —Becca

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in sizes S–L).

    20. A portable dog paw washer that will keep their muddy paws sparkly clean so they can continue being the prissy pup they were born to be.

    Promising review: "I’ve been using this for a few weeks, and I love it. It cleans the salt off my dogs’ paws so easily. When it’s super dirty and the streets are covered in salt, I’ll refresh the water supply. I add a few drops of their doggie shampoo, and it works great." —Sandra

    Get it from Amazon for $10.50+ (available in three sizes and six colors).

    21. A lick pad so they can have something to do while you give them the premium spa treatment they expect at least once a week.

    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 bath time 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).

    22. 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.

    Reviewer photo of dog poop bags and dispenser

    Promising review: "These are awesome. They are a great size. They rip apart so easily but I have never had an issue with the bags tearing while filled AND there is a convenient arrow that tells you which side is the opening- I APPRECIATE THIS SO MUCH. These will be my go-to poo bags forever." —Reviewrachel

    Get a 37-piece set from Amazon for $15.99 (available in three sizes and four scents).

    23. A crate cover because they spend a lot of their time taking naps in their crates, so they absolutely expect it to look like a place fit for royalty, *not* a prisoner. Hmph!

    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 one yard of fabric!" —Pattycakes

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

    24. 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.

    Reviewer photo of a person holding the shampoo bottle

    Promising review: "This shampoo WORKS. It takes out the worst odors, and leaves her coat soft and shiny." —Taley

    Get a 20-ounce bottle from Amazon for $2.34 (available in three sizes). 

    25. A heated bowl to keep their water from freezing in the wintertime while they frolic in the snow. What did you expect? For them to eat yellow snow? Please.

    Reviewer photo of the teal bowl outside with water in it

    Promising review: "My dog is older and can have accidents in the house while I am at work. Now I leave him in the garage so he can enter his dog run at will. This heated water dish allows him to always have water available. He has an insulated area with a warming pet mat so he can have all the comfort and fresh water he chooses." —Joseph D. Dubay

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99.

    26. Grooming gloves, because if you're going to bother them with pets, at least be productive about it. *flips floppy ear*

    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.

    27. 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 high-maintenance.

    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).

    28. A waterproof sweater so the second a snowflake falls, you're ready to take them outside without any pushback.

    Reviewer photo of a dog wearing the coat

    Promising review: "It's very cute and looks and feels high quality. I love that there is a notch to attach his leash through to his harness. It's also nice that it's reversible and velcros in multiple areas so it's easy to get on and off." —Lindsay D.

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in sizes XS–3XL and seven colors).

    29. An LED rechargeable collar because they want to be SEEN, and will do everything for that attention. Oh, it's dark out? No problem. HERE I AM.

    Reviewer photo of a dog wearing an LED collar

    Promising review: "Before I used to fear losing track of my dog in the dark, now I can see him outside from such a distance. I wondered at first if the collar light would bother him. He didn't seem to mind it all! Very nice product. Totally worth every penny!!! I love that it's rechargeable!" —Kerhow86

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99 (available in 2XS–XL and six colors).

    30. 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 setup 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).

    31. A container of eyewash pads for those pups who constantly get those nasty looking eye boogers on their fur. Royalty should always look the part.

    Promising review: " I use this to keep her eyes clean from debris. She loves to run around and get dirty, so I like to use it after she is done playing. It definitely works, I see all the dirt it removes from her eye area. She doesn't seem to mind it and it doesn't irritate her eyes. The pads are thin but it doesn't bother me because I just need a quick swipe and it seems to do the trick." —JBShopper

    Get a 90-count from Amazon for $5.36 or Subscribe & Save for $5.09/month.

    32. A *deluxe* pet carrier so they can go on their trips to the Cape and Hamptons in utter ~style~. Okay, 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 and two colors).

    33. A dog feeding reminder to make sure your Royal Pawness hasn't tried to trick you into more food. "Let me eat Kibble" —Puprie Antoinette.

    Reviewer holding the reminder tool with a slot for every day of the week

    Promising review: "Awesome product! There are four of us that are 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 $5.99.

    34. A portable water bottle because did you actually expect them to drink out of a...*gag* lake? or a ...*barf* river? Please. Only filtered water, thanks.

    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 $18.68 (available in two colors).

    35. A pack of can covers to protect their wet food from drying out and basically, according to your dog, becoming completely inedible.

    Reviewer photo of the lid cover on a can

    Promising review: "My dogs get just a spoonful of canned food as a 'topping' on their twice-daily meals; this means I go through one can a day, and need to cover the half-empty can between meals. The dual ridge on these rubber covers makes it possible to use these on two different sizes of can. These covers seal better than others I had in the past. There's no escaping dog food smell in the fridge." —Legogirl

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $1.29 (available in three quantities).

    36. And finally, a pint of ice cream mix you can make by just adding water and freezing. AKA the perfect treat after a long day of queenliness.

    Reviewer is holding a cake with dog ice cream on top in front of a dog in a birthday hat

    Promising review: "Having a dog that is a picky eater it is very difficult to get him something that he likes. In the past, I've made him a doggie peanut butter cake for his birthday but he did not even touch it. This time he took one lick and he was hooked! The instructions are very easy and simple to follow I would definitely purchase more!" —Carlos

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in six flavors).

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