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4 Dog Items You Won’t Know How You Got By Without

                                            

 

If you’re a dog owner, you’ll already have the standard set of dog items every dog needs. You know the ones—a leash, a dog bowl, and all the other basic things that help with taking care of your dog. You might even have more than one of each of these things—so you certainly don’t need even more of them!

 

So what would you think if we told you that there are some more unique items for your dog that are so useful you’ll wonder how you got by without? If you’re thinking you have enough “things” already, the items we’ve listed below are different from the usual fare. They’ll make time-consuming tasks quicker and complex tasks simpler. Intrigued? Keep reading to discover what they are.

For Finding Your Dog: A GPS Tracking Collar

One universally dreaded experience that all dog owners face is when we have no idea where our dog has run off to. You know the feeling this brings about: the panic sets in and your mind jumps to the worst conclusions. It’s particularly stressful when your dog has been gone for hours, or even a whole day or night.

But why put yourself through that worry when you don’t need to? With a GPS tracking collar, you’ll be able to keep tabs on your dog at all times. Instead of having to wait anxiously at home or setting up a search party, you’ll be able to instantly pinpoint where they are.

 

If you’re worried about the collar being uncomfortable, there’s no need to be. These collars are designed to be completely comfortable and lightweight, so your dog won’t even notice this useful device resting upon their collar.

For Making Walks a Breeze: A Dog Treat Pouch

Another item you won’t know how you lived without is a dog treat pouch. This innovative item not only make treating your dog a breeze, they also take the pain out of going for walks. You will no doubt be familiar with the mad rush of trying to get everything organized for a walk with your four-legged friend. You need to find where you placed the poop bags, treats, your keys, and other items you like to take with you.

The best dog treat pouches make it easy to keep everything handy in one place. Once you load your pouch with everything you need, you can say goodbye to the mad rush! For instance, in addition to a dog poop bag dispenser, the highly-rated Paw Lifestyle Dog Treat Training Pouch has zippered and mesh storage pockets and two d-rings so you can store whatever else you need to bring along with you.

 

Simply bring your pouch along with you on every walk, and you’ll have everything you need at the ready. Just be sure not to forget to replenish the dog treats when you’re running low!

For When You Miss Your Dog: A Treat Camera

Now that we’ve covered giving treats to your dog when you’re with them, let’s talk about giving them when you’re not with them. No—that’s not a typo! The power of technology now allows any dog owner to offer their dog some treats even when they’re hundreds of miles away!

We were also taken aback when we came across the Petzi Treat Cam. This device leverages the power of Iot to let you see and interact with your dog even when you’re out and about without them. Simply connect the device to your smartphone, and you’ll be able to not only peep in on what your dog is up to, but also dispense treats from the device.

 

You can even speak to your beloved pooch through the device’s microphone, and snap a photo of them if they’re looking particularly adorable. It’s the perfect solution for dog owners who miss their dog or want the piece of mind that there’s nothing amiss while they’re at work or running errands.

For Hassle-Free Grooming: A Cleaning Stick Brush

Grooming your dog is an essential but frustrating task. While they may be having the time of their lives playing a game of “catch me if you can” while you try to get their fur under control, it’s no fun for you. It’s enough to push you to go to a professional groomer from time to time, but the high cost makes it infeasible to go all the time.

 

If you’re fed up with the usual hassles and costs involved with grooming dog, you should consider getting a professional cleaning stick brush. While there are many options out there, we particularly recommend this one from Hertzko. Not only is it under $20, it’s got a legion of fans. In fact, it has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from over 10,000 reviews!

 

So what’s so good about this brush? The fine bristles are super gentle on your dog, so you can get rid of loose hair, knots, and other unsightly things without hurting them. It’s also very easy to clean as the bristles retract into the bus with the click of a button. As an added bonus, the brush helps to improve blood circulation and leaves their coat silky smooth.

 

 

About the Author Jenny Jarvis is a frequent contributing author for Pet Life Today. She’s originally from Central Ohio but has lived all over the world with her family, including Texas, Florida and Germany, among other places. She’s taken her two fur babies (and human ones, too) with her along the way and currently calls Eastern PA home. Jenny has been writing on all things pets (mostly focused on dogs) since 2015 and hopes to continue honing her expertise for many years to come.

Dog superpowers

Did you know that your pup has superpowers? In fact, your pup has at least six superpowers that you don’t have. It would be a dream to have any of these superpowers that your pup does.

Smell

Your pup’s sense of smell is incredible. It’s actually unbelievable. Try to hide your dog’s treat, a small one even, somewhere where you think the pup won’t find it. Get your pup excited for a treat and ask her to go get it. Give it two minutes, and your pup will be eating away. It’s incredible how amazing your dog’s sense of smell is. Coinciding with the sense of smell is your dog’s ability to SEE its own farts. Ever notice your dog fart, and then she immediately turns her head? You think, oh, she noticed her fart. Well, she actually SAW her fart. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty okay with not being able to see my farts.

Harm

Your pup can sense two different kinds of harm: natural disasters and illness. It’s well documented that dogs are used in “smelling” cancer. This doesn’t just apply to cancer. Ever wonder why your pup gets up all close to you and the next day you’re sick? Well, it’s because your dog can actually sense all illness in you. It’s an evolution that occurred only in man’s best friend, and it makes our pups invaluable to us and our health. Similarly, our dogs can sense natural disasters. Again, you can easily YouTube a pup reacting to an earthquake or a major storm before it happens. The same sensory system that senses illness senses natural disasters, which, similarly, helps humans in the long term. It’s nice to have your best friend available to you to help you navigate the more challenging things in life.

Internal Map

Your dog has a built-in map. It’s like a GPS that doesn’t need a satellite. Dozens of stories exist where dogs were lost for days, weeks, and sometimes months, only to find their way home. Your little pup triangulates your home position as soon as it recognizes your home as its home. This is a great tool in case your pup gets lost. We don’t really understand the mechanics behind it, but your dog pays attention to all landmarks, smells, and other geolocating tools to figure out where you live and always find her way home. You can even test this if YOU’RE lost. Let your pup off leash and ask her if she wants to go home and start following. Your pup is ready to get home at all times, to the warmth and comfort of its bed. It’s an incredible superpower that we only wished we had!

Doggy sitting services

There are dozens of options for dog sitting services. From in-home sitting to in another home to sitting in a commercial spot, dog services are a plenty. The question is what is the best doggy sitting service for your pup.

In home sitting

The first type of sitting is in home sitting. Is it in your home or in someone else’s? If you use a service like Rover or Care.com you can easily find a sitter who would be willing to either come to your home or host your pup to in their home. There are some concerns and liability issues with both options, but using a home-sitting service through an online service provider limits a lot of those issues. If you use a friend, it can be a little trickier, but a trusted friend or relative is also preferable to a stranger, even if it’s a trustworthy stranger from a verified internet site.


There’s a really good chance your pup is more comfortable at your own home, but if your dog-sitter has a better housing situation, like a bigger yard, a quieter neighborhood, or a more dog-friendly house, it’s a good idea to screen that living situation for a good in-home sitting situation. In any case, ensure that your dog is comfortable by having the sitter home for a test visit or taking your pup to the other dog’s house to look for red flags.

Out of home sitting

Taking your dog to a commercial facility, or anywhere that’s not someone’s home, is an entirely different animal. There are plenty of facilities that are meant for dogs, but they are not all created equally. Some dog facilities are old, have poorly trained staff, and are brimming with disease and danger. Most facilities are well-maintained, have highly trained staff, and are doggie playland.


Unfortunately, it’s hard to determine which is which without visiting. And by the time you are ready to visit, it’s hard to spend a lot of time visiting other places. Unfortunately, many people don’t do the same kind of due diligence with their pups that they do with their children, even though they should. It’s important to start with Yelp and Google reviews, use referrals, and actually visit the facilities and interact with the staff before making the leap and allowing your precious pup to stay out of home in a commercial facility.