Week of requests: Dog stuff

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“I just adopted a dog and would like more pet picks!” writes a reader named Susanna. “Open to any, including products you didn’t think you needed but discovered you did, especially in terms of pet grooming and “beauty.” Also anything that helps you keep your apartment from being ruined by dogs’ indiscretions.” I like the brand Wagwear for a lot of my doggie essentials, and am especially fond of their strong, bright collars (here are the matching leashes).

If you’ve got a smaller dog, a carrier bag can make life infinitely more convenient. Wagwear offers a few different iterations of this bag, but I like the colorblock one.
My dog Mister likes to chew the stuffing out of toys, so I like to provide him with good rope toys like this one.
I also invest in a number of unstuffed toys.
Because of Mister’s chewing proclivities, I have a very boring indestructible bed, but if I could have anything I wanted in this category, I’d go for this cute bandana print specimen.
I splurged on these bowls because they’re great-looking and so sturdy.
If you’re taking the dog for an especially long walk or are traveling with him/her, a collapsible water bowl is a smart idea.
Dogs tend to leave messes and splash water when they eat and drink, so a good, big placemat to protect your floors is key. I have a rather ugly one, but quite like the looks of this canvas number.
And why not a Barbour coat, I ask you?
These things are like canine pacifiers: when the dogs get out of control, I just toss one these bully sticks their way, and they’re content and chewing for a good 30 minutes. Fun fact: they’re made of bull’s testicles. And one more thing to know about them: they stink to the high heavens. I’ve included some that are unscented (which costs a bit more but might be worth it to you).
I like this Burt’s Bees shampoo because it suds up really nicely and has a clean-but-not-overwhelming scent. And the oatmeal is good for sensitive skin, which many dogs have.
For doggie indiscretions, I swear by Nature’s Miracle Advanced, which gets rid of urine scents instead of just covering them up.

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    Lauren R
    14 Sep 2018
    9:47am

    Can’t resist a bit of a shameless plug here: another perfect pet pick is a portrait! Maybe just slightly more for the owners than the pups, but wonderful for a new pet owner or to give as a gift to a pet parent. https://www.wanderinglaur.com/shop

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    HickfromStyx
    14 Sep 2018
    12:10pm

    My secret is that I use Burt’s Bees baby shampoo for my little darling, who looks a lot like Mister. My husband wanted to use it, but he’ll have to get his own.

    The irony of the so-called non-allergenic dogs (hair, not fur) is that they can have food and environmental allergies. Like fair-skinned people, fair-haired dogs seem to have sensitive skin. So, when pollen levels are high, and when the leaves fall, “Missy” goes into the shower with Burt’s Bees. It doesn’t irritate her skin like dog shampoos. I’ve never seen the dog version of Burt’s Bees in the store.

    “Missy” still goes to the groomer, of course, but shampoos between groomins in spring, summer and fall help with the allergic skin.

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    Caroline
    14 Sep 2018
    8:51am

    Love these picks!
    And yes to the nature’s miracle!
    I’ve been a huge fan ever since I had a sinister cat who lived a very, very long time.
    Also if your dog gets skunked it can get pretty rough. I know this from personal experience..
    And this stuff really helped!
    A bath in tomato juice is not a perfect solution..
    Natures miracle is aces!

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    Em
    14 Sep 2018
    10:26am

    I think bully sticks are actually penises, not testicles. I find that they kind of stink so I don’t have them in my house. (Plus, with a husband and two male dogs, there’re already enough dicks in my house. :))

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    Kat
    14 Sep 2018
    10:29am

    Lands End has a great selection of dog coats too – from brisk weather to fleece with faux fur collars for our chilly Chicago winters. And you can monogram your pup’s name on them. Look out for pretty regular sales – I usually order a couple when they are offering 40-50% off.

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    Mae
    14 Sep 2018
    10:51am

    Regarding dogs getting rambunctious: I have a little handwritten sign inside the door off the back porch that says, “A Tired Dog Is A Good Dog” to remind me to step outside and play Frisbee with my two German Shepherds so they (and I) won’t get so crazy.

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    Susanna
    14 Sep 2018
    10:55am

    Thank you, Kim! I love all of these, especially the great color combos on the Wagwear leashes and collars, and their carrier totes. And I have been looking everywhere for a good doggie placemat. I’ve used the Burt’s Bees grooming wipes but will now try their shampoo too!

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    Mouse
    14 Sep 2018
    7:10am

    Nature’s Miracle is indispensable for cats too!

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    Amy in StL
    14 Sep 2018
    2:07pm

    Consider getting a harness rather than a collar to walk your dog. It doesn’t put pressure on the throat which can cause issues; including nerve problems in their front legs. I like the Hurtta ones because they slip over the head. When i have a foster dog I don’t have to teach them to step into a harness; plus they come off quickly

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    Viajera
    14 Sep 2018
    3:06pm

    I have my doubts about Barbour coats on people – but somehow on a dog, it would be adorable. Hmm. I know a cute little dog. Holidays are coming. (Actually they are here now too – Happy New Year, people!)

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    Tara
    14 Sep 2018
    3:36pm

    For hot days and longer walks, we got two sizes of these water bottles–they flip down and create a drinking “trough” of sorts:https://www.amazon.com/Gulpy-Water-Dispenser-20-oz/dp/B004GFN3K4/

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    MsMaryMary
    14 Sep 2018
    7:06pm

    Puzzle toys! My little guy won’t play fetch and gets bored after he’s “killed” his soft toys (shook them and chewed their face). The Kong is classic. Put peanut butter or coconut oil inside (assuming it’s cool enough that the coconut oil won’t melt immediately). You could also hide treats inside. We also have a hollow rubber ball and a soft rubber cylinder he is busily chewing and shaking right now. I find soft treats work better than hard ones. He’s figured out he can just drop the toy repeatedly and break the hard treats.

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      MsMaryMary
      14 Sep 2018
      7:10pm

      Oh, and a doggie seatbelt for the car. Not only does it keep the dog from crawling around, opening windows and kicking the car into neutral (not that my dog has ever done that), but it can be lifesaving https://www.cleveland.com/insideout/index.ssf/2016/10/restraining_your_pet_in_a_moving_vehicle_helps_keep_everyone_safe_experts_say_photos.html

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        HickfromStyx
        15 Sep 2018
        2:31pm

        I use a dog harness that a seatbelt can fit through for travel in a vehicle. Harnesses are important for walking small dogs, due to the risk of their tracheas collapsing, but big dogs need a harness for travel, too. We still need a collar for our pet, for her dog license. The collar comes off once she’s in the house, which is why we prefer this kind of clip collar. It’s reflective, too.

        https://www.amazon.ca/gp/aw/d/B00C9YLEQ4/ref=ox_sc_act_image_1_1_1?smid=A3DWYIK6Y9EEQB&psc=1

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    Grace
    15 Sep 2018
    10:40am

    Thank you for the Barbour coat suggestion! I also suggest the Orvis car seat cover if your companion often travels with you. Very well made and easy to clean.

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    Viajera
    15 Sep 2018
    6:43pm

    So, dog lovers – I have a friend with a small dog who likes to have her attention all the time. Would it be a good idea or a bad idea to get her a dog bag that is like those slings that people sometimes carry small babies in? I like those because they are hands-free. The dog is estimated to weight about 15 pounds. Is that too much?

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    Mary
    15 Sep 2018
    8:33pm

    I adore my dog, a springer spaniel. I’m considering getting her a dog bed so thank you for this!

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