Pet ownership is a huge responsibility and finding the right dog care products are a major part of that responsibility. For the past ten years, I have been mommy to two Chihuahua mixes. Charlie is a Chihuahua/Jack Russell and Chiclet is a Chihuahua/Minni Pinn. They are my little babies and are often a handful. My husband says I spoil them rotten, but what does he know.
I didn’t know much about caring for dogs in the beginning but I have learned a few things over the years that work for me. There are a lot of dog care products available and it can be very difficult to choose what is right for your pet. I thought I would share a few of my favorite dog care products that I believe every dog owner will want to have.
One of the most important decisions you mill make is what to feed your dog. Puppies and adult dogs have different nutritional needs. In addition, so do different breeds. First be sure you consider the age or your dog and do a little research on the breed to determine what their nutritional needs will be.
I was given some wise advice when we adopted our first dog, Charlie, which was to go ahead and decide on a quality brand of food. He will be more satisfied and healthier in the long run and that’s what every dog owner wants.
I chose the Blue Buffalo brand of dog food. Since my dogs are small breed, I feed them Blue Buffalo Life Protection Formula for Small Breed Adult dogs. Click here for a link to the exact product.
In addition to dog food, the next most important dog care product is treats. Every dog owner dreams of having a well trained and super smart dog. This doesn’t happen by accident and treats are a great way to potty train and teach your dog the basic commands.
I use Pet Botanics Mini Training Reward in the 500 count bag. They come in a variety of flavors. They are small, my dogs love them, and they continue to be a must have in my house. I have tried a few other varieties and always come back to Pet Botanics. Here is a link to the exact product I use.
Dog Training & Puppy Pads
One of the most difficult aspects of pet ownership is potty training. Regardless of whether your dog will be an inside or an outside dog, they must be trained on where to use the bathroom.
Since my dogs are indoor dogs, I began training by using potty pads. Both of my dogs were fairly easy to train to use them. I also take my dogs outside. They actually prefer to go outside, but if that is not an option, they use the potty pads.
I will be very honest and tell you that potty pads are not a cheap dog care product. Since I have two dogs, I use a lot of them!!! I have tried several brands from pet stores, and big box stores, but have found them all to either leak, my dogs didn’t like them or they were just too expensive.
The dog care product I will absolutely not be without is AmazonBasics Dog and Puppy Leak Proof Training Pads. I purchase them in regular size 100 count packages. My dogs love them and they don’t leak. Here is a link to the exact pads I use.
Pet Hair Removal
If you have dogs, you are going to have pet hair! I love my fur babies but they shed a lot of fur!!!! Fortunately, I have hardwood floors which is easier to clean than carpet. Staying on top of the fur is quite the challenge. I realized quickly that running the full size vacuum every day wasn’t practical so I began looking for a cordless brand.
I settled on a Dyson V8 Animal Cordless Stick Vacuum. It’s a little pricey but so worth the cost. It is light weight and I can easily use it daily to pick up the dog fur. Here is a link to the exact model I purchased. I have had it for several years with no problems.
If you are looking for something a little less pricey, I would recommend the Evriholder FURemover Pet Hair Removal Broom and Lint Brush. I do not personally own this product but it seems very effective for fur removal at a reasonable price. Here is a link.
I hope you find this list of my favorite dog care products helpful. If you want to read more about the benefits of pet ownership, check out my previous post The Power of Pets.
I have provided links to all of my favorite products below! Just click and you are on your way to happy pets.