If you love your dog, then you know there are times when the same old squeaky toy or collar just won’t do. Sales of pet care products have skyrocketed in recent years, namely due to your undying love for your furry BFFs but also because of the growth of innovative new products that are not just good for dogs, but for owners as well.
Who couldn’t use some cool dog accessories that are not only fun for dogs, but make life for owners a little easier? Here are nine of the best dog accessories available that you and Fido will both appreciate. They also make great birthday presents for your dog or a fellow dog owner.
1. Highwave AutoDogMug Portable Dog Water Bottle and Bowl
Gone are the days when you had to lug along a bowl and a bottle of water to give your dog a drink while playing in the park or out for a long walk. The built-in bowl on the Highwave AutoDogMug makes sipping a snap and prevents waste. Just squeeze the bottle and cool water instantly fills the bowl; release your grip and it drains back into the bottle.
The BPA-free design holds 20 ounces of water and is compatible with car and bicycle cup holders. It’s also available in a 14-ounce size for smaller dogs. A comfortable velcro carrying strap wraps around your wrist for easy toting on adventures with your pet.
2. iFetch Automatic Ball Launcher
You’re not lazy, but you do need to work for a living and sometimes you just don’t have time to indulge your dog in a game of fetch. If your dog is a fetch-aholic, then he or she will adore the iFetch automatic ball launcher. The toy comes in two sizes for small-to-medium and medium-to-large sized dogs.
The iFetch (and iFetch Too, the model for larger pooches) are suitable for indoor or outdoor use and launch tennis balls in a variety of distances up to 40 feet. They feature a random distance mode to keep your dog guessing.
Once dogs learn to return the ball into the iFetch reservoir, the fun never stops. This toy keeps your dog active while also stimulating his brain which is important for mental health and preventing boredom.
3. Petzi Treat Cam
You’ll never have to wonder what your dog does when you’re not home when the Petzi Wi-Fi Treat Cam is keeping an eye on things. This high-tech security camera allows you to view your pet, speak to him/her, and dispense a treat as a reward all via your smartphone.
The product’s features include a wide-angle camera, night vision, and the ability to snap a photo of your dog’s antics to be shared easily on your social networks. The camera connects easily to your phone with an app and has multiple mounting options for all parts of your home.
4. Handcrafted Leather Leashes and Collars
Nothing says classic than a high-quality leather dog collar and leash. Even better is if it’s handcrafted and comes with brass hardware. The proprietors behind Genuine Collar’s leather dog leashes create each of their products by hand, of premium leather and durable materials.
The result is beautifully made leashes and collars that are water-resistant and last longer than their nylon competitors. Each item is created one at a time and also features strong bonded polyester thread to last a lifetime.
5. Dexas MudBuster
Dogs and kids have a lot in common, not the least of which is they’ll track dirt or mud through your home without a second thought. The Dexas MudBuster was designed to give your pooch’s paws a quick scrub after they’ve been playing outside.
To clean your dog’s paws, add water to the MudBuster tumbler and insert one paw at a time into it. The MudBuster’s soft silicone bristles at the bottom of the tumbler will remove dirt as you twist it around your pet’s paw. Then wipe the paw dry with the included towel, and your dog is good to go!
6. Comfort Zone Calming Vest
If the crack of thunder or fireworks sends you dog cowering for cover, try swaddling him or her with the Comfort Zone Calming Vest. This gentle compression vest is easy to put on, comes in different sizes for every dog, and mimics swaddling to help your pup relax during stressful situations.
The vest is a must for vet visits and stress caused by loud noises.
7. Planet Dog GuRu Ball
The Planet Dog Guru Ball has five openings where you can hide kibble, sticks, apples, peanut butter, and your dog’s other favorite treats. When your dog applies pressure to certain areas of the ball the treat is released. This ball will keep your dog guessing while encouraging exercise.
Since it’s buoyant, it also doubles as a pool toy and is made from completely non-toxic material that is easy on a dog’s gums.
8. Ruffwear Jet Stream Lightweight Cooling Vest
Does your dog love to join you on adventures, no matter how high the mercury climbs? You can help him or her keep their cool on warm summer days with the Ruffwear Jet Stream Cooling Vest.
Three layers disperse heat from your dog’s core to help cool them off. Just dip the vest in cool water, twist the excess out, and place on your dog for evaporating cooling action that lasts for hours.
9. Illumiseen LED USB Rechargeable Dog Collar
Just because it’s night doesn’t mean your dog won’t have to go to the bathroom. The glow-in-the-dark collar by Illumiseen keeps your furry friend and you extra safe when you venture outside. The included rechargeable battery lasts for up to five hours.
With one click, you can adjust the light settings between slow and rapid flashing. It will also make your pup look super cool at evening barbecues and other nighttime social outings.
Other Cool Dog Accessories to Check Out:
- The ChuckIt! Ring Chaser: A chase and fetch toy with erratic movement that you toss for interactive playtime
- The DoubleDog Leash: Perfect for walking two dogs without fear of tangles
- Grain Valley’s Aluminum Dog Crate: Collapsible for easy storage
There’s no shortage of cool dog accessories being introduced to consumers every day, so the above list is just a small sampling of great new items being introduced for you and your best friend.
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