Our favorite pet products we use in our home
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I get a lot of questions on products we use, to make it easier to reply to those I sat down and made a list of our favorite items for our top asked about categories.
I’m very picky on what I give my dogs, after lots of research and discussions with their care team of vets we make sure they eat healthy, have treats they gobble up and love (even picky Maggie), and toys they love and last in our household of guest dogs too.
I’m excited to share with you part of the items that consist in our daily regime:
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WinPro – Mobility
We can never have enough toys in our house. I love to hide some toys and keep rotating them, that keeps them exciting and fun!
Tough chewer? We have a blog post just for you!
|Happy Hands Happy Dogs||We love this tug toys!! Braided fabric toys that float, are machine washable, super strong, freezable and made in the USA. I use these from eating tug, teaching fetch, and just for having fun as well!|
|Hear Doggy||You know that squeaky toy sound that goes on and on, squeak squeak squeak? You know what I’m talking about. With Hear Doggy toys it’s silent, but your dog can hear it due to an ultrasonic squeaker.|
|P.L.A.Y Toys||Get 20% off with code MaggieRossi on petplay.com If you’ve been to our house you’ve probably seen Rossi and his taco obsession. We have the whole food line because of him (Maggie prefers plain squeaky toys) but for an active puppy like Rossi, these are perfect. Many of the PLAY toys rip into pieces he has fries that come out of a holder, a hamburger (and taco) that rip and then reattach again and again. Perfect for those busy body pups!|
|Fluff & Tuff Toys||We love these, honest truth. BUT, my dogs aren’t crazy destroyers of toys, they do destroy some but not many. These look brand new still. If you want a plush cute toy there are some of the most durable (but still cute) dog toys we have found. They are made with a durable mesh liner and then double stitched. Rossi is a little obsessed with the Flamingo and thinks that’s his girlfriend, but that’s another story all together.|
|BarkBox||Use code MaggieRossi for a discount on your Barkbox. The highlight of our pets month is when our BarkBox shows up, I love it MUCH more than I expected to. The entire box is themed from the treats to the toys. With lots of puzzle and interactive games it keeps the dogs busy too. Not gonna lie I look forward to opening it up too .|
Toys for Puppies
Puppies love to chew on things, it’s important we give them toys to help stimulate good behavior on items we want them to chew on, toys instead of our nice couch.
|Kong Puppy Tire||Similar to to puppy kong but great for rolling, chasing, and more! Just like a kong mix with peanut butter for an enriching busy treat.|
|Kong for Puppies||Like our favorite Kong but specialized for sharp tiny puppy teeth. We adore kong, it’s a great way to keep your puppy busy, to reward them (such as in crate training), to make them tired, and of course happy. We love freezing ours with plain yogurt or peanut butter and some treats or kibble. Yum!|
|Petstages Bone||Rossi’s favorite toy as a puppy. We had two of these he loved them so much. It must feel good to teeth on and he loves chewing the fabric pieces too. For puppies it’s great for teething, you can eve throw it in the freezer and the little ties are a lot of fun for them to chew on and drag the bone around by. Once he became a big grown boy he seemed to not have any interest in it anymore. But it brought him lots of joy as a puppy.|
|Snuggle Puppy||Snuggle puppy is a great tool for helping puppies adjust to their new home away from their siblings, with heat and a heartbeat it often helps them feel secure in a crate or bed too.|
Enrichment Puzzles & Games
We have an entire blog on enrichment with videos and more since this is so important! Highly suggest checking it out here.
|GameChanger||How to keep my pets busy for hours? Throw a few treats in here, they paw, dig, bark, throw it, roll on it and everything possible to get the treats out. Pro tip, make sure the treats are small enough to fit through the hole, otherwise you may get a very frustrated dog. Ziwi and Zukes treats fit great! You can use it with your kibble as well if it fits.|
|Nina Ottosson Puzzle Game||I love the puzzle games by Nina Ottosson, don’t waste your money on level one (I promise), Level 2 and 3 are perfect!! Both Rossi and Maggie love these games, they both have different methods of playing, just like us.|
|Snuffle Mat||I’ve used snuffle mats with all my clients and with Rossi. You can easily make one, for me this was easier. It’s machine washable too! I often put their dog food in the mat and the dogs have to work to find their food with their noses, this not only helps tire them out, use their minds, but helps dogs eat slowly to prevent bloat. Not to mention they love it.|
|Kong||We probably have 8 Kongs in our home. You can never have enough. It keeps our dogs busy, keeps them engaged, and tires them out. Also they love it so I love giving it to them. Sneak some peanut butter, cheese, or plain yogurt inside and mix it up with kibble or treats and your pups will be so happy! To make it last longer throw it in the freezer for a few hours.|
|Wobble Ball by PetP.L.A.Y||Use code MaggieRossi for 20% off. We love enriching toys like this, pop in a few treats or even part other dinner and watch your pet work their mind and body getting the treats out (and have fun doing it!)|
|Stuff-a-ball by Kong||Stuff with your pets favorite treats, a great way to keep them occupied and busy!|
|iDig by ifetch||Rossi’s favorite toy! Hide some treats OR toys and let your pet dig away. This is the first and only digging toy for dogs, instead of reprimanding them for an innate desire let them dig (in an appropriate place).|
|Bionic Stuffer||Some dogs need something a bit more durable, that’s where the Bionic line comes in.I love their items and this one be one stuffed with treats, keeping your pup busy too!|
|Zogoflez by WestPaw||Super durable and great for all ages. I love that you can put yourbully stick in it to slow down eating as well as treats!|
|Balance Harness from Blue-9 Pet Products||The Balance harness is our go to for many reasons. Most importantly it does not restrict shoulder movement or abduction which can lead to many health and join issues down the line. Every strap is adjustable which means no rubbing but also that it can fit every dog! It’s easy to put on and has a back and front D-Ring. The front D-Ring can be used to minimize pulling which is a super helpful aid|
|Ruff Wear Front Range Harness||We love to hike in our family, if you’ve ever seen photos of us on hiking adventures you’ve seen my kids wearing these Ruff Wear harnesses. They are padded and super comfy for the pups. They don’t rub, are easy to put on, and super cute too! And for those bit tougher hiking situations it gives me a little extra hold on my pups.|
|SleepyPod Click It Sport||Car safety is super important to us, read about why here. Make sure your pet is riding in a Center for Pet Safety tested and approved harness or carrier. SleepyPod is our favorite, rated 5 stars by the Center for Pet Safety. It’s the only harness I would trust to keep my kids safe in the car (for dogs 18lbs and over).|
|SleepyPod Pod||While it’s not a harness, it’s the safest mode of transportation for dogs under 18lbs. We love our SleepyPods!|
|Ziwi Treats||Our #1 go to for training. With no added sugar, no grains, and additives it’s perfect for training. I don’t worry about giving them unhealthy items and they are working for meat/food which is fuel and helps them throughout the day. Not to mention even my pickiest dog clients (& Maggie) LOVE Ziwi.|
|Real Dog Box||Real dog box is something I highly recommend. A small company using only high end meats – meaning good quality anon recalls for our dogs. It is subscription but you can literally do only one box if you want and cancel (you won’t want to thought). Warning it can be a little weird for us – ie, a real rabbit ear. But my dogs love it, the treats are easy enough to break for training, the bones and chews clean their teeth which has made a massive improvement in my dogs health. I highly recommend this! |
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|Dehydrated Jerky Dog Treats (Chicken & Beef)||We give this two paws up! Always a hit in our house, you can rip it up into any size pieces to fit any size pup. It’s all natural, made in San Diego, CA. No additives here. PS – It’s Human grade, so you can share if you want to.|
Probiotics + Oil’s
Both dogs are on probiotics. Puppies should be on them daily in my opinion as they love to put dirty things in their mouths and we need to keep them healthy. Probiotics have a ton of health effects for dogs. just like they do for us. Maggie is on them 3-5x a week to keep her gut healthy and stool formed. If either dog has an upset tummy I give double the dose that day and the following day. Here’s our favorites:
|Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Oil||Omega-3 oil we give the dogs to help with allergies, dry skin, join health, heart and brain health, and eye development, and keep their coat nice and healthy! This is our favorite company and the only one we give.|
|NutriGest RX||A pill capsule that I pour the powder on over Rossi’s food, he gobbles it up. Since Maggie does too I’m guessing it has no taste or doesn’t taste poorly.|
|ProBloom by Honest Kitchen||Highly digestible dehydrated goat’s milk with 5 billion active probiotics and digestive enzymes, just add water. Helps aid digestion, immune system support, and over all well being and health. While Maggie will drink/eat both of these Probiotics she honestly LOVES this one – I catch her licking the bowl even after it’s empty daily, and I haven’t had a client that hasn’t.|
|HempMyPet – CBD Oil||Use coupon code Maggierossi for a 10% discount. I tried a LOT of CBD products but hardly saw any difference. The difference I saw with HempMyPet was beyond all the others. A CO company that grows they own hemp (never outsourced). The ingredients and the farm itself are organic. And it’s full spectrum product.|
Grooming, Cleaning & DNA / Health tests
Having poodle mixes I get a lot of questions on how my dogs smell nice and don’t have knots, here are our top products we use to them them tangle free, keeping their smiles bright, and their paws clean.
|Skout’s Honor||Use code ELLIS15 for a discount on their site. We love their products! From toy cleaners to urine destroyers, it’s why our house never smells of dogs, ever, and our toys are squeaky clean years later.|
|Andi’s Steel Pet Grooming Comb||The trick to keep our pets tangle free, comb then brush…. every day. It will not only be faster int he long run but will feel good to your pet too.|
|Tuffer than Tangles Professional Slicker Brush||My groomer said a nice brush makes grooming so much easier and recommended this one. We haven’t used anything else since.|
|Skout’s Honor detangler||Skout’s Honor Detangle is pretty magical. Makes grooming my two a whole lot easier!|
|The Stuff||The Stuff is another great detangler that helps repeal urine and get out those pesky tangles.|
|Pet Insurance – Figo||Pet insurance it something to really read about and consider, the sooner the better. I wrote up some notes that you can read here. I’m with Figo, use our link for a discount, or feel free to shop around.|
|Pet Wellness Analysis||Use code Maggie for $20 off Petmedella.com. It’s hard to put into works what I learned on this test, I took a chance on it and was so blown away I ordered for myself and not long later it solved ALL of Rossi’s skin issues (that no one could answer). Maggie has some weird tummy issues that no one has been able to figure out. We did it! This taught us what’s going on, what isn’t performing properly in her body and what items she is sensitive to (from food to plastic). We are now on the road to get her gut working at 100% and that is AMAZING.|
|Embark – Dog DNA Test (& Genetic Testing)||Get $20 off using our link|
It’s more than finding out your dog’s breed, by knowing that you can prepare and prevent common healthy conditions for those breeds. The component of genetic testing to know what health issues your pet is at risk for was the big one for me. See our results and what we learned from doing it here.
|MalAcetic Wet Wipes||From dirty paws, irritated skin areas, a sneaky bug bite, a muzzle full of tasty treats and dirt from the park. We use these wipes for everything. They were recommended to us by our veterinarian Dr. Patrick Mahaney and ever since we bring them to set, on road trips, and of course are at home to help clean up some messy fur or skin safely and effectively.|
|True Blue Dental Wipes||We LOVE these wipes. Dental health is extremely important, whether your dog is 9 weeks old or 9 years old it’s something you should take seriously. While brushing can be a nuisance at times this are quick and easy, a quick wipe before bed can make a big difference.|
|Clez-a-dent oral rinse||Orla gel, once you get your aim down it’s super simple and quick. Squirt it along your pets upper gum lines after meals to prevent gum disease and the oral issues.|
|Chase n’ Chomp Sticky bone||This bone suctions down to various surfaces from walls to floors to counter tops. I smudge some peanut butter on it and Rossi is distracted and reinforced while I do his nails, trim his fur, and even give him shots. Highly recommend!|
For the Home
|Clean Bowls by Kinn, inc.||Did you know that dishwashers don’t get hot enough to kill all the germs in your dogs bowl (and dogs can smell those germs) those germs lead to dental and other health issues. By using sugar fiber bowls I can throw them out and have negative impact on the environment. Klean bowls say pets will drink more and eat more and always choose this bowl over theirs filled with germs, I did the test and never went back. It’s also super easy to travel with as I throw them away. And, don’t worry the replacement bowls are cheap!! (you don’t have to use the metal cover, it keeps it from sliding around, I put the bowls in our regular standing bowl holder too)|
|Ruggable||Ruggable Rugs – Use code FunRossi15 for 15% off on Ruggable.com. These rugs are machine washable, non toxic, spill and stains resistant… with dogs in the house need I say more? We have 3…. and I’m looking at a 4th!|
For the Human (and gifts for pet lovers)
|Away Luggage||Save $20 with our discount link We travel a lot and this is the suitcase that comes with us on on all our adventures keeping our belongings safe. Not only do we love how easily it rolls but it also has a lifetime warrantee) and phone charger too!|
|K9 Sport Sack||A dog backpack made for dogs, with arm holes, air ventilation and padding. It’s how we bring the dogs on so many activities from motorcycle rides to hikes where they may need a break.|
|Ripley & Rue||Our favorite bandanas for the pups (and matching cute gear for the humans too). Use code MaggieRossi10 for 10% off your order.|
|Rescue Strong||Use code Maggie for a discount Our favorite human clothing (Dog themed of course). I own everything from blankets to sweatpants, everything is amazing quality, unique, and a portion of proceeds are donated to help pets in need. Be warned, you’ll want something from here.|
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