A while back I did a post about Genius Products I’ve found for cats. Well, my conscience has been bothering me a bit since I also am a dog lover, and there are tons of great products out there for dogs as well. So, when Nina from Dogs by Nina asked me if she could guest post for me, I knew there was only one possible topic – you guessed it. Genius Products for Dogs!
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Guest Poster – Nina from Dogs by Nina:
Dogs are important members of the family, and if you have a dog, then you already know that. When I got my first dog, all you needed was a food bowl, a water bowl, and a leash.
Nowadays, you can get almost anything for your dog – jackets, costumes, clothes, and a Go Pro HD camera!
Let’s look at some of the coolest and new products out there for dogs right now. (Disclaimer: If you are a cat person – that’s great too! Most of the items have a similar option for felines. Here are 3 genius ideas for cats from Adrian.)
This is a huge breakthrough for busy people – Automatic Feeders. It reminds me of the elaborate system that Doc Brown created in the Back to the Future movie to feed his dog, Einstein. That system didn’t work so well if you recall the movie, but it looks like technology has caught up.
The models that are out now work flawlessly and normally can feed up to 5 or 6 meals. They are sturdy and tough so your dog won’t be able to get to the food reservoir.
One word of caution – an automatic feeder doesn’t mean that you can leave your dog alone for days! That would be mean, and your dog would miss you very much. Dogs need attention and plenty of walks of course.
You can use the feeder to feed your dog throughout the day to prevent overeating and aid in weight control. Having an overweight dog can lead to a shorter lifespan.
PetSafe Eatwell 5-Meal Automatic Pet Feeder
Automatic feeders keep a dogs weight down & are handy if you are away Click To Tweet
My dog is a tidy drinker and doesn’t splash around the water bowl like some dogs. I am thankful for that. However, he drinks a lot, so I tried to get a larger water bowl, but the water would get funky. Bacteria and algae would take hold, especially in the summer when the temperatures were warm.
After investigating, I found that the water needed to be aerated to keep it clean. That’s when I found the Drinkwell Fountain. The reservoir holds over a gallon so it lasts a few days and it stays clean. The water is constantly moving, so it stays aerated and oxygenated, and that keeps it clean. The system also has a filtering system, like a Britta filter for your dog.
Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain 168oz
Drinkwell Fountain is like a Britta filter for your dog Click To Tweet
House Training Dog Doorbells
House training can be challenging as all dog owners know. What’s better than a newly house trained dog? A dog that doesn’t bark or scratch the door to go out! These little bells are a great way for your dog to communicate without barking.
The bells are on a strap and provide a gentle jingle when jostled. The strap hangs on the doorknob so the dog can go to the door and jingle the bell when they need to go outside to potty.
The bells are loud enough to be heard in a normal, average sized household. You can even hear them upstairs. Imagine the “jingle bells” that you might hear around Christmas time – That’s about how loud these bells are.
Housetraining Dog Doorbells
What a genius idea - doggy rings a bell to get a potty break Click To Tweet
Flea and Tick Preventative
Nearly all parts of the country have active populations of fleas and ticks – and they are carriers of parasites and disease. We use a preventative year round and used to apply the topical ointments and gels, like Frontline. Frontline and similar products last about 30 days and they are waterproof. Lately, we have been using Nexgard and are very happy with the results.
Frontline Flea and Tick Control
Doggy Boredom Buster
I think this is the coolest item for dogs. The iFetch is the ultimate in dog entertainment – the dog drops in the tennis ball and the device throws it for them – again and again. Depending on the size of your pooch, you can get the small one that throws mini-tennis balls or the large one that throws regular tennis balls.
The iFetch is the BOMB for the bored pooch. Click To Tweet
As you can see, there are a lot of cool, genius products for dogs out there.