Having 3 dogs with undercoats took us a while to be able to control the fur in our house, and other behaviors that come with these dogs! We didn’t have a good vacuum for a while which was a game changer when we actually found one that worked. They are destructive so we went through many crates, even Kong ones would get destroyed. Not to mention any Kong toy would get chewed up in a day easily! They are all pullers so finding a good harness was a necessity for us. Here are 20 Must Have Dog Parent Products on Amazon that I have used personally.
When I started making this list, I was thinking “oh yeah I could share like the 10 things we use, or have used, with our dogs and it ended up being 20 items and I am sure I could think of more! I am going to start out with vacuums, but I promise that is not all I have to share!
This machine is the game changer that I was talking about! We got this a couple years ago and we have never used anything like it before. We can do one round of it on carpet and it gets almost everything. Past vacuums we have used, we would go over the same carpet several times and it was never really hair-free. This thing is pretty loud and heavy so it would not be very ideal if you have your kids vacuum or something. If you have Huskies, Malamutes, German Shepards or anything with an under coat, this will not disappoint.
We also use this on the “bare floor setting” when we are vacuuming our hard floor and even carpet so it really gets everything up. If you have a fluffier carpet then one notch up would probably be best. The hose is also pretty strong too and I even use that in our car.
This is the handheld version of the above vacuum and it works just as well. We primarily use it on our couch and furniture and it is pretty strong and pulls off all the hair. This is another loud machine so using it while your pets are not around would be best if they are skittish.
I believe that it says it is made to use for the car too, but I have not had a good experience with using it for the car. There could be a certain attachment that we could get to help, but fur on the carpet in cars is so touch to get off, so I tend to use tape and the big guy above.
We finally did it, we got a robot about a year ago! I had been pretty skeptical of these but thought it would be so nice to help keep our floors as clean as they can between sweeps/vacuums. A friend of mine has a husky and a malamute and I saw that they had an iRobot and asked them about it. They said it works great when they set it off once a day while they are gone so I figured I would try it. Having the types of dogs that we do, we had to spend a little more and get the real deal rather than a cheaper version but it really was worth it!. The little parts inside have to be cleaned up somewhat often, but I notice that my hairs will be wrapped around it, so I cannot blame that fully on the dog fur.
This is definitely a good option if you have excessive dog hair in your home, but make sure you get one of the iRobot ones as I have heard the other brands are not as durable. I believe this specific one we got is for pet hair too, but I know they have a couple versions to pick from.
Okay, last vacuum, I swear! We do not use this one anymore but we loved it where we use to live. I had found this on Amazon during their Cyber Monday sale for $30, I believe it is normally $50 or $70. We did not have a good vacuum at the time, though I never used it on carpet and I know you can, I was worried about killing it pretty quick. It is meant for pet hair on hard floors though and it really worked! Our dogs would bring in a lot of dirt and it was really good at picking up all those fine pieces too which was awesome.
Some of the reviews complain that it is loud, which it is, but it has a very strong suction, so I would not expect it to be quiet. Ones we moved and had our big vacuum we decided to get rid of this one because we really didn’t need that many vacuums in our house, but it is really a great item if you have a lot of hard floors.
5 – Furbo Dog Camera
We love having our Furbo. We did not have a crate for our dogs for a couple months so we liked being able to look in on them and make sure they were not eating the couch or something. Now they are crated when we are out of the house, but it is still great to be able to check in on them to see if anything is wrong. We don’t have any security cameras inside our house besides this, so it is nice to have and we can listen in or talk to them.
It is also nice to have a camera, so when we have someone watching our dogs while we are out of town, they know that we can see what is going on. We did have one terrible dog sitter one time, though we don’t look in on them normally, we kept getting barking alerts so we checked in and she was lying about being there and was being mean to our talkative dog, so we were really happy we were able to catch her so we knew not to hire her again!
There is a feature where you can throw a treat to your dog, and that did not last long for us. The first time we used it they decided to knock the whole thing over and eat all the treats, so we don’t fill it anymore!
We LOVE these towels! Whenever our dogs get wet either from a bath or playing in the rain it takes so long for them to dry, and we use a lot of towels. We have 3 of these microfiber ones now, and they are smaller than I thought they would be but they work so well! We never need to use more than one per dog and they really soak up the water from them.
Since they are small it is nice for storing, so the dog towels are not taking up so much room, and when we wash them it is not an entire load of towels. These were definitely a game changer for us too, and I wish we had them when we lived in Florida!
This one may seem silly, but these are awesome. We use them to wrap our dogs up after we use the microfiber towels to help them dry faster and to make sure they don’t get the chills while they are drying. They stay on very well too because it just slips over there head and you can tie them up at the waist, the photo below does not show the tie, but there is one just like a human robe.
None of our dogs seem to really mind when they are on, and they dry pretty fast with them. They are also great so the dogs can lay on stuff while they are drying without getting that wet too. These robes + the towels are all you really need for drying fluffy dogs!
This brush was probably the first thing I got when I got my first dog and we still use it. 2 out of 3 of our dogs would be scared of the blowers that help with the undercoat, though we have never tried it, this brush works very well too. It does take time, and our dogs cannot sit still for long so I will just do a little bit at a time to help with the shedding.
It even works well on our shorter haired Shepard/Pit. He has an under coat even though his hair is shorter and he LOVES being brushed. He will sit there all day being brushed if he could. Though, he does not need it nearly as much as our huskies!
9 – Car Seat Cover
This seat over is great and can fit in any car. We used it for the first time when we moved from Florida to New Mexico with our dogs in our 4runner and it fit so well. I think if you have a sedan there would be a lot of extra material, but I think it is better to be too big than too small! It worked really well as a barrier between then and the front seats too, so even though they were buckled it, it stopped them from wanting to come up front.
10 – Dog Seat Belt
Seat belts are a must when you travel with your dogs, for safety in case a collision happens, and it helps keep then from jumping into the drivers seat. The ones that we have had a disclaimer not to use them in a Volvo, not sure why but I know ours are not the only ones that say that. The best way to use them is with a harness not a collar because if an accident did happen they are not being pulled by their neck.
We used a leash and wrapped it around the seat for one of our dogs when we moved because we only had 2 seat belts at the time, which served the same purpose.
11 – No-Slip Collar
When I had my first dog she just had a normal collar and learned quickly how to back out of it when she was a puppy. When I rescued dog #2, the rescue had us buy either a no-slip collar or a harness when we met up with them. We have this collar for all of our dogs which is great, though we use harnesses when we walk them. If they were ever to escape though it is nice to know they have a collar that they will not be able to slip out of if their harness is not on.
12 – Front Hook Harness
Harnesses with a hook on the front are amazing for walking strong pullers. It helps to make them slow down because it turns them around if they pull too much. Even ones with just a back hook give you a lot more control over your dog vs walking them with their collar. Our dogs get pretty excited when we leash them, so with the harness they are not pulling us and they are not choking themselves.
13 – Bungee Leash
This bungee leash is really good for pullers too and has a couple features that we love. There are 2 places to hold onto, one is at the end like any leash, but it also has a loop closer to where your dog is to grab for more security when another dog or person is walking by. The bungee in the middle helps absorb the shock when your dog decided to pull which is easier on them and you. There is also a seat belt to use in the car and a hook in the middle to hook them closer to the seat in the car. I also use the middle hook to hold a water bottle when we walk.
Having one of these doggy water bottles is great for long walks, hikes, or even normal walks when it is hot outside. There are a few different styles for these water bottles but I really like the ones with the bowl at the top because they are a little less messy than the ones where you flip the bowl in and out when you give them water.
15 – Slow Feeder Dog Bowl
These bowls are great for dogs who eat a little to fast, we have one of those dogs! They make it harder for them to just swallow their meal whole which can be dangerous for dogs to do as they can choke. Our Shepard who has one of these is not the biggest fan of it, and he still will eat fast, but not as fast as he use to. He eats more than our huskies, but he would finish eating is half the time it took his sisters and he would cough during eating, so we had to get him one of these for safety!
We use to have wood floors where we lived and our dogs make a mess when they drink so we had to keep the water outside. We got one of these bowls that you hook up to a hose so it is always full for them and loved it. We used one of the drinkable hoses that are for RVs so they weren’t drinking from a regular hose. These bowls need to be cleaned more often than a water bowl indoors but it is a great solution to not having to fill up a big water jug and lug it outside.
17 – Pressure Gates
These gates do not require any drilling or anything so they can be removed and put anywhere with no damage to walls or door frames. This specific one is extra tall which is helpful for dogs who jump, though or Shepard still will jump over this one. We use the gates to block off rooms that we don’t want them in such as the room where we have the cat food.
Kong is known to be super durable, but as I said previously, my dogs can rip through a new toy within a day! The only ones they have trouble with chewing up that quickly are the “Extrerme” toys which are any of the black ones Kong makes rather than the red. We get those for them when we do buy something like that and they last much longer! Kong does have a 30 day warranty so if the toy gets chewed up within 30 days they will send you a new one once, not unlimited amounts.
19 – Large Dog Ropes
These ropes are one of the few toys that last us forever. The dogs love to play tug of war with them and they do not chew on them much. They don’t last forever but they are very durable. We have found that ones that come with a rubber ball that the rope goes through makes the dogs chew that kind more. So the super thick ropes with thick knots are what we go for.
This ball is one our dogs favorite things in the entire world, it is about the size of a basketball with a handle. She loves swinging it around at the handle, and will play by herself with it. She also will come up to us with it so we can kick it for her which it is still in her mouth, no idea why but she loves that! None of our other dogs care for the thing but she LOVES it so I had to ass it on here.
We cut a slit in it because it only had one hole on the bottom to let air in and out, which I have seen horror stories of dogs playing with those types of toys and getting their tongue suctioned to it. I don’t think a dog could do that with a ball this size, but we wanted to be safe.
That is it, 20 Dog Parent Products that we absolutely love is our home! As I said, I am sure I could add more but some of these items were ones we never knew about for years of having dogs, and just could not live without them anymore. I hope this helps those of you with extra fluffy pups or even extra destructive ones! Let me know what your favorite dog items are that I missed!
See my crazy pups who inspired this list below! (Koba, Calypso, and Dexter below!)
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