Dogs Buying Guide
Purchasing Products for Dogs
Consider the following when shopping for dog accessories:
- Shop for products that suit the specifics of your dog’s breed. Long haired dogs, for example, often require specialist dog grooming products.
- It is important to buy products that match your dog’s size and age. Older dogs, for example, may require softer chew toys than younger dogs.
- Pay attention to the size and weight of dog travel accessories before you make a purchase. For example, a folding dog bowl will almost always be preferable to a standard dog bowl.
Types of Dog Products
Food, Treats & Feeding
Dog food, dog treats and dog bowls are almost always among the first things you buy when you take on a pet. There is a huge variety of products on the market. The following information could help you make the right choices from the offset:
- Dogs will almost always benefit from having a varied diet. Try to include a healthy mix of tinned, dry and fresh foods to ensure your dog gets the nutrition it needs.
- Choose a dog bowl that matches the size and appetite of your dog. For example, smaller dogs may struggle to access food from a taller bowl.
- Keeping your dog hydrated is of vital importance in the warmer months. For maximum convenience, consider opting for the likes of a pet fountain that keeps the water in the bowl fresh without any involvement from you.
Dog beds enable your pet to sleep and relax in comfort. Choosing a dog bed may seem straightforward but there is actually quite a lot to consider. Be aware of the following when making a purchase:
- Always choose a bed that matches the size of your dog. Placing smaller dogs and puppies in large dog beds has been known to bring about signs of insecurity.
- It is a good idea to match the dog bed to the breed. Hairless dogs, for example, may feel more comfortable in a heavily insulated or nesting bed.
- Long haired dogs may find that conventional beds cause them to overheat in the summer months. In this instance, look for a raised, camping stretcher-style bed with a mesh upper as this will allow for greater ventilation.
Dog Toys & Apparel
Dog toys and dog jackets keep your dog happy and healthy. In the case of toys, they also encourage play and can help develop the relationship between the two of you. Bear the following in mind when shopping for these dog accessories:
- No dog likes to be left unattended but sometimes it is unavoidable. You can lessen the burden on your pet with a toy that is designed to cure boredom. Look out for ones that can house treats as they can hold a dog’s interest for longer.
- Dog jackets are a simple way to keep your pet warm in the colder months. Keep an eye out for jackets with reflective markings as they can help you keep tabs on your dog when you are walking them after dark.
- If your dog likes to chew, be sure to choose a toy that matches their age and their energy. Very tough toys, for example, may be too firm for the teeth and gums of older dogs. To get the best value, look out for toys that help improve dental hygiene.
Dog Grooming & Care
Dog grooming and the application of dog treatments is all part of life as a pet owner. While it is unlikely that your dog will look forward to these processes, there are products on the market that can make the experience less of a struggle.
- Shop for dog grooming products that suit your dog’s breed. Long haired dogs, for example, often require specialist combs and shampoos. If your dog is scared by the mere sight of conventional grooming products, look out for the likes of grooming gloves.
- Shop for grooming and care products that are made using natural or pH adjusted ingredients. These will be more gentle on your dog’s skin and will help prevent the removal of natural oils from the skin and the coat.
- Dealing with fleas and ticks is part and parcel of owning a dog. Thankfully, there are many products that can protect your dog against their effects. For the best value, look out for sprays that can be used on both your pets and your upholstery.
Dog Collars, Leads & Harnesses
Choosing the right dog lead and collar/ harness and going for walks will be something you both look forward to. There is a huge variety of products on the market. The following are some features worth looking out for:
- Look out for leads that can make your life easier. For example, leads made with stretchy material can reduce the strain on your body if your dog makes a sudden movement in a different direction.
- Training collars can help headstrong dogs become better on the lead. Certain collars can even correct unwanted behaviours like barking by emitting high frequency sounds that divert the dog’s attention away from what was causing them to bark in the first place.
- If you like to walk your dog after nightfall, look out for collars with reflective panels or ones that can be easily paired with clip-on lights so you don’t lose sight of your dog if they go off the lead.
Kennels, Containment & Travel
Travelling with your dog and controlling which parts of your home they have access to is a big part of being an attentive pet owner. The types of products you can buy to achieve this end are many and varied. The following are some options and features to look out for:
- If you need to control the areas that your dog has access to, look out for security gates that are designed for animals. These have smaller gaps in between bars than child safety gates so your dog can’t slip into areas you don’t want it to.
- Car seat covers protect your upholstery so you don’t have to put your dog in a carrier every time you travel together. Look for models made from materials that can be machine washed or wiped down to keep maintenance times to a minimum.
- Ensure any pet carrier or dog kennel you buy is sufficiently ventilated and allows your dog access to daylight. Look out for models that attach to your car’s seat belt system for easy, safe transportation.
Pet Vacuum Cleaners
Cleaning up after your dog is all part of the experience. Pet vacuum cleaners, however, can lighten the load. Shop a range of specialist vacuums and remove pet hair and dander with ease.
WiFi cameras allow you to monitor your dog’s behaviour when you aren’t around. Shop a range of smart cameras that offer a host of different features and find the model that meets your need.
If your dog’s diet contains fresh food, consider a separate mini fridge just for dog food. This could reduce the strain on your existing refrigerator and help prevent the build-up of unpleasant odours.