I love sharing useful and quality products that make life as a dog parent easier. But, when it comes to my day-to-day puppy parenting, there are a few things that I truly couldn’t (or at least wouldn’t want to) live without! Here’s a quick list of things that I personally adore and use every day.
One of the first things I do every morning is prepare my dogs a plate of something yummy and drizzle a dose of CBD Hemp Oil on top. I started giving it to my little Chihuahua, Diego, back in November, after he started showing signs of arthritis. After just two weeks of daily use, I started noticing a huge difference in the way he walked and carried himself. And a full four weeks in, he was like a whole new dog!
While I was extremely hesitant to jump on the CBD/Hemp bandwagon, now my only regret is that I didn’t start sooner!
I personally use the iHeartDogs’ Cannanine™, which is an organic hemp oil with CBD. It’s manufactured in the USA from organically grown Colorado hemp. It’s a non-GMO, full spectrum oil that’s been tested and found to be free of bacteria, yeast, mold, heavy metals, and other toxins. Plus, since the product is high quality, Cannanine™ freely shares its Certificate of Analysis right on their website.
If you’re a regular reader here then you know I advocate taking care of your dog’s teeth. That’s because poor dental health can impact your dog’s heart, liver, and kidneys (read more about doggy dental health here)! So, to help keep my dog’s teeth pearly white and tarter-free, I brush their teeth every night before bed. I even keep their little toothbrushes in a holder right on my bathroom countertop … so, when I brush my teeth before bed, I’m reminded to do theirs too!
If you have little dogs, like me, then picking out a good toothbrush can seem like a daunting task. Most of them are too big and bulky for little mouths. Great news: I recently discovered the PERFECT toothbrush for my little guys on Chewy.com.
I don’t know what I would do without my robot vacuum. She cleans the floors throughout my entire house every day and makes my life so much easier!
Every morning after I feed my dogs, I press her little “Clean” button and she begins cleaning the entire first floor of my house. She’s great on the hardwood and my area rugs. Then, when she’s done, she self-docks and recharges. Once she has enough juice, I bring her upstairs to vacuum my entire second story (which is all carpet).
I know every day may seem a little excessive, but she actually collects an entire tray of dog hair, dander, and dust every time she runs.
Honestly, I cannot say enough great things about the Shark Ion Robot!
While we’re on the topic of cleaning, let’s chat about the black light. While this isn’t something that I necessarily use every day, I do use it once a week and strongly feel like it deserves a spot on this list!
Every Sunday night, I walk through my entire house with this UV flashlight black light to check for hidden doggy pee accidents. If it spots an accident, the area will light up and you can attack it with odor-eating cleaning spray.
Now, I feel the need to say: My dogs are fully potty trained and accidents are very, very rare. However, I have seen a few small spots light up that were likely caused by guest dogs and my dogs excited peeing. If I didn’t have the black light, I would have never known those spots existed. And, if urine spots are left to sit, dogs will smell the area and may get the urge to mark.
Personally, I would rather have the light, check my floors weekly, and find nothing than live with unknown pee spots!
Do your dogs love to hang out on your furniture? Mine certainly do! And while I want them to be comfortable, I always want to keep my new light grey couches clean. For years, I just decorated my couches in blankets. But, if I’m being honest, they always looked horrible! I remember scrambling before guests arrived because I didn’t want them to see the couch rags. Last year, I started using the PACK&DEN luxury throws. I personally keep their MED/LRG Ivory Faux Llama throw on my sofa and absolutely love the way it looks! The Faux Llama fibers are extremely strong — I’ve never experienced any shedding.
The PACK&DEN line also comes in:
- Tan Faux Llama
- Ivory Faux Llama
- Grey Faux Wolf
- Tawny Faux Fox
All of the PACK&DEN throws come with odor trapper and calming accessories. You’ll get an odor trapper bag that’s filled with activated coconut charcoal (helping to eliminate any doggy smell). Also, it comes with an aromatherapy felt heart insert — you just need to add a dab of calming essential oils!
Whether it’s in my backyard or on a hike, I’m always armed with poop bags. Over the years, I’ve tried many different brands and one thing is clear: always opt for functionality over appearance. There’s nothing worse than reaching down to pick up a hot-off-the-press doggy present and then the cheap bag breaks! My absolute favorite brand is Frisco (sold at Chewy.com), and I get the Refill Dog Poop Bags + 2 Dispensers, 900-count. Yup, 900! In my house, I have one entire bin dedicated to poop bags and it will be a long time before I need to restock.
As long as it’s not freezing or raining, I like to take my dogs for daily walks around my community. When we’re out, they’re always on a leash. Since leashes are fun accessories, I’ve been picking up new ones with varying patterns/colors/materials and forming a mini collection. While that’s totally unnecessary, if you have a dog then you definitely need at least one trusty leash. Here is the most recent addition to my collection — I picked this Bond & Co leash up at Petco, but it’s also sold on Amazon:
I can’t say enough good things about the ex-pen. I personally never used it to let my dogs play in, although that would be more what it was intended for. Rather, for me, it was an “outhouse.” I would open the door and pop Diego into the ex-pen and bingo…in a matter of a minute, he would do his business. Cleanup only takes seconds. Then I’d pick him up and march right back into the house.
Although I do have a fenced yard now, I still keep my ex-pen up. When I entertain little furry guest visitors whose moms don’t want them running free in the yard, they always have a safe place to potty.
FYI: An ex-pen is also a great training aid when housebreaking a new puppy. It offers you a restricted and clean area to take your puppy so he/she learns where to relieve themselves. This is especially helpful since it takes a few months before your pooch is fully vaccinated. Safety first! You’ll be surprised how quickly they catch on.
9. Interactive Dog Toys
Every day I host, what I like to call, the puppy Olympics. Basically, I set up a bunch of interactive toys on the floor and my dogs move from one to the next until they solve each one and finish all of the treats inside. If you haven’t seen it yet, I created a YouTube video on my three favorite interactive toys and how they work. Watch below and then check out links to a bunch of other great toys to add to your collection.
Yes, I actually refer to my own cookbook on almost a daily basis. I have a lot of recipes and can’t remember them by heart. So, I often whip out my Proud Dog Chef: Tail-Wagging Good Treat Recipes when I’m cooking for my pups. The book is packed with 60 gluten-free and grain-free treat recipes that dance from crunchy biscuits to soft pupcakes (and everything in-between). Take a peek inside:
What dog-related products do you use every day? Share in the comment section below!