Thinking about becoming a dog owner?
That could be one of the best decisions of your life!
A dog can bring so much joy and cheer.
They will become your best friend and most loyal partner.
However, before you actually bring your new friend home, make sure that you have all that you need to care for them properly.
Dogs can typically survive on nothing but food, water, and love, but you’d be surprised by how much some cute & useful dog gear will enhance the experience, both for you and for your dog.
The type of gear you are most familiar with should be a dog’s walking gear.
Having thebest dog collars, leashes, and harnesses is practically a must.
Walking your dog is the perfect way to bond with him, and you’ll get some extra exercise out of it as well.
But there are things other than collars, leashes, and harnesses which every dog owner should have in order to ensure their dog’s physical and mental wellness.
The gear mentioned below is really useful, but at the same time, we are of the firm belief that useful doesn’t always have to mean boring.
That’s why we’ve come up with a list of dog gear that’s not only useful, but also endearing to look at.
Raised Dog Beds
When we think about dog beds, the first thing that comes to mind would usually be a standard pillow on the floor that doesn’t offer much in the way of design or creativity save for slight differences in cushion cover patterns.
What many dog owners don’t know is that the manufacturers have gotten quite creative at designing unique dog beds these days.
The raised dog bed is one of these new varieties.
As the name suggests, raised dog beds have a frame that supports them—raising the actual cushion several inches off of the floor.
They are usually crafted to look like mini human beds.
This is the easiest type of dog bed to keep clean, since it won’t pick up dirt or dust from the floor.
There’s just something so cute about watching our canine companion sniff at the new bed tentatively before slowly climbing on.
It’d be like giving a child the chance to sleep in their own room for the very first time.
But be warned, raised dog beds may not be suitable for older dogs that have developed back problems because the effort of climbing onto the bed might exacerbate them.
Slow Feed Dog Bowls
A healthy dog usually has a big appetite to show for it.
It’s fun to watch dogs dig in cheerfully the moment we set down the food bowl in front of them, but too ferocious of an appetite might actually lead to health issues.
Vomiting, gasses, and indigestion are only the beginning of the list of problems, not to mention the mess you have to clean up if you have multiple dogs that tend to make a food fight out of every mealtime.
Slow feed dog bowls are the perfect solution for this problem.
The inside of this bowl is structured like a maze, with walls and ridges that keep the dry food pellets separate.
Your dogs will have to take their time when eating, moving from section to section.
The design is quite a marvel to look at, and watching your dog slowly work through the labyrinth is really fun!
Interactive Dog Puzzles
If your dog is so smart that common toys bore them faster than you can say “Fetch!” then you need one of these interactive dog puzzles.
These are designed to challenge your dog’s mental and cognitive-thinking capacity. There are many different types, each with their own unique game play to offer.
One thing they all have in common is that they dispense food each time your dog gets it right, so it’s a good way to keep him stimulated.
You can leave your dog to his own devices and take care of your own business while he’s occupied—the puzzle will give him his rewards, so you don’t have to be there—but watch out.
You might end up watching him for hours before you finally snap out of it because there’s something hypnotic about that look of concentration on his little doggy face.
Dog Houses with A Loft Roof
Dog houses have come a long way from the classic pitched-roofed variety.
Today, there is virtually a dog house for every need.
One of the more exclusive creations for the lucky dogs out there would be the dog house with a loft roof.
The makers take into account a dog’s love for soaking up the warm rays of the sun and the owner’s dismay when their dogs get all sorts of fleas and ticks from their close encounter with dirt and grass.
The loft built above this dog house is the perfect location for sunbathing.
When your dog feels like getting a quick tan, all he has to do is climb a short flight of stairs to get to the sun deck and start rolling around.
You won’t have to worry about your dog getting filthy as long as you clean the deck periodically, most importantly after a night of rain.
If he feels like tucking in for the night, he only needs to jump down and enter the dog house. Your dog has everything he needs there.
Now don’t start getting lonely when he won’t come out to look for you for hours on end.
Designer Dog Collars
There are so many cute designer-made dog collars these days that it’s really difficult to resist the temptation to buy them all.
There are those made in the shape of a bowtie, ribbons, and even ones with flower pins.
Designer dog collars usually cost a bit more than normal ones but they are a worthy purchase.
Designer dog collars are made from only the best materials that would not chafe your dog’s hair and skin.
Your dog will be wearing these collars for a long time, so why not go for something that he will not only feel comfortable with, but also one that you can feel proud of?
Purchasing Gear for Your Dog
Your dog will be happy with just about anything you buy for him, but it is your duty as his owner to pick something that you know he’d have a blast with.
The gear mentioned above is specifically designed to appeal to your dog’s playful nature, and most of them come with extra benefits on the side.
The products’ design also appeals to human aesthetic senses.
Watching your dog make good use of such cute gear will be a pleasure in and of itself. It’s worth every penny.
Anna Smith resides in beautiful Santa Monica, CA, where she works as a Pet Nutrition Expert in a leading retail pet store.
She is responsible for nutritional strategies for different breeds and development of new products on the market in compliance with Association of American Feed Control Officials.
Anna’s passions are education about proven methods and best practices in the industry and her dog Max, who is always well-fed.
She also helps curate contents forDogsAholic.com