If you have read my 25 Signs You're a Crazy Dog Parent post, you know I AM a crazy dog mom. I was reading an article recently that said more people than ever have dogs, and I couldn't agree more. Being a dog mom is probably one of my favorite things about life. Coming home to someone who is always happy to see you, and really can't get enough of you, is the best feeling, ever.
As a doggy parent, I am always on the lookout for the next thing I can buy Sophie... Treats, toys, you name it, I've bought it. I've rounded up some of the best things most dog owners didn't even know they needed- AKA the dog stuff your dog will seriously love you for!Brain Stimulating Toys
Crazy girl says what? You like being mentally challenged right? Well so does your dog! Whether you're using a meal time puzzle for your dog or puzzles for treats, anything is better than nothing! You'll realize just how bored your dog is when you begin implementing these brain stimulating dog toys in to your daily routine. The puzzle pictured is Sophie's favorite. It's fairly simple and Sophie loves it. Shoutout to Thomas' mom for finding this one & recommending it to us!
It's no secret, dog food, toys, treats and everything else is expensive. You know what is more expensive than treats? Vet bills for when your dog gets sick from cheap treats. Obviously, if your dog has a sensitive tummy, there are more restrictions, but I really like any of these Blue Buffalo brand treats, or these homemade doggy ones too!
There may or may not be eight or nine lint rollers hanging around my house on any given day. If you have a seriously shedding dog (ME!) or a pooch that doesn't shed too much, you know, wearing your dog hair around with you is never in style!
Non-Plastic Dog Bowls
I'm a firm believer in all glass everything. There are so many chemicals in plastic, I try to use it as little as possible. You definitely don't want your doggies ingesting anymore gross chemicals than they have to. These are the bowls we use for Sophie, they keep her water cool and are microwave safe- SCORE!
Treat Dispensing Toy
This one really goes hand in hand with the brain stimulating dog toys I mentioned above. Sophie has had a Kong like this one since she was a puppy, I love that brand and that they have different sizes and treats to go along with it. Any of these treat dispensing dog toys are great, and are sure to keep your puppy busy all day long. The number one thing you have to watch out for is toys that are just too hard for your dog to figure out. You have to remember there always has to be some form of reward for the dog or they will get bored with the toy and ignore it.
A Place That's All Theirs
Crates, beds, cozy corners. Whether you have 5 sq. feet or 500 for your pooch, they need a spot that is all theirs. You love your bed right? It only makes sense that they love theirs too. Create an area that is only theirs, with something that makes it cozy, and stuff that makes it their go to area. Grab some blankets, some toys, and anything else you think your dog would love and give it a go!
Disclaimer- I am not a vet or a medial professional and these opinions are that of my own based on experiences with my own dogs.