Life’s good for American pets. Just step into any local pet products retailer and have a look around. With aisle after aisle of toys, treats and pup-centric doodads, what’s a pet person’s best pick? Have no fear, the Woof Reporters are here. We’ve got the pup problem solving products that rise to the top of the pack. Check them out.
Reduce, Reuse, Refill.
These stainless steel water bottles are the way to go. Not only are they BPA-free, but they spare our landfills too. Best of all, the bottle features a wide mouth “roller ball” top to release just the right amount of water with your dog’s every lick. So there’s no need to pack a bowl. Tote this 24 oz. stainless steel bottle right on your belt or backpack; the carabiner’s included. Choose from two pup patterns or a stainless steel finish, $19.95.
Turn Up the Tunes, Tune Out Stress.
To help dogs unwind, and address behavior problems associated with canine stress, the psychoacoustic expert Joshua Leeds teamed up with veterinary neurologist Dr. Susan Wagner and concert pianist Lisa Spector to create the first musical series clinically demonstrated to calm canine listeners. Studies show that these solo piano classical arrangements reduced anxiety behavior and induced calmness in 85% of dogs in homes. For the ultimate doggie music experience, tune in to Music to Calm Your Canine Companion, Vol. 1 or 2, and read the booklet included with each CD for insight about using sound to improve your dog’s health and behavior, $14.98.
Adore Your Doors.
Apparently your dog doesn’t share your appreciation for the fine craftsmanship of your home’s doorways. If he did, he wouldn’t dream of marring the wood finish with muddy paws and nail scratches day after day. Thanks to the brilliant minds behind the Door Shield, your doors and your dog can live in harmony. This virtually invisible, crystal-clear plastic door shield protects your doors from you know who and you’ll hardly know it’s there. Best of all, it attaches in minutes without tools (just double stick tape that’s included) and at 35″ x 33,” it works for large doors and is easy to trim down to size as needed, $19.99.
Ring Once for Service.
When nature calls, your dog lets you know. His incessant whining and pawing at the door manages to get your attention, but there’s a better way. Introducing the Tell Bell. This handy dog-training device sits away from the doorway where your dog can learn to ring it when he needs to step outside. No scratching or whining, just a polite ring of the bell for service. Take one along when you travel or visit friends and family too. Two Tell Bells, a training DVD and a step-by-step instruction manual, $24.97. More info at tellbell.com.
Easy Does It, Doggie.
Dogs aren’t known for slowly savoring each bite. This is one of the reasons many suffer from the life-threatening gastric condition known as bloat. To help your doggie resist the urge to gulp down his dinner, drop the Portion Pacer ball into his bowl so he needs to eat around it. This cool stainless steel product is designed to slow down your dog’s dining speed and prevent gulping, choking, vomiting, and bloat. It works in any size bowl and available in two sizes, $11.99 and $14.99.