If you’re a dog owner, you’ve probably seen the helpful list of products that have been compiled by websites and blogs all over the Internet. Whether it’s a list of supplies for new dog owners or one of things we’ve found to be essential for our own dogs, these lists usually include items like food, collars, and toys.
But there are other non-pet related items that might not be as obvious to find in your local pet store but are so important to us and our furry friends that they made the list. That’s why I’m here to present 10 things you’ll want to think about when getting ready for your next trip home with your pup.
1. Extra-large dog bed
This one might sound like an obvious choice, but you’d be surprised at how many people pick a small or medium sized bed for their dogs when they really need an extra large one. Most of the time, we need to share beds with our dogs while we sleep so this item can definitely come in handy if you’re someone who travels a lot with your pup and might have to share a bed with other family members’ pets.
2. Water fountain
This might be a new concept for some people, but water fountains for pets are a great way to make sure you dog has constant access to fresh water. I’ve never seen my dog drink more water than when we transitioned him from his old, heavy bowl to an electric water fountain. It’s definitely worth looking into if your dog has bad teeth or doesn’t like drinking water from his bowl.
A fountain for pets can be very rewarding to your pet and also healthy.
What a lot of people think is that a water fountain is a regular drinking water dispensing unit that usually has the ability to fill a bowl or other receptacle with water. The upper part of the container is mostly opaque and often stands on an articulating jointed base. In this design, the outlet from this common “fountain” type design allows an unlimited amount of liquid, which may be composed of distilled, potable (drinking), or nonpotable (animal or industrial) liquids depending on the intended use and level of automation/fluid delivery capabilities. These types are used in schools, offices buildings, homes etc.
3. Name Tag
This one might seem like a no-brainer, but there are still a lot of people who don’t put their dogs’ names on their tags. Do yourself and your dog a favor and get one ASAP. And if you’re looking for custom engraving for your dog’s tag, check out the options available at Custom Pet Tags.
4. Pet Tracker
If you’ve ever left your dog at home for more than a few hours, you know that you don’t want to risk not knowing where he’s at when he suddenly shows up. What if he freaked out and ran off in the middle of the night like we had seen in a movie? There are so many reasons why it’s important for us as pet owners to have a device like Tile’s Pet Tracker, Apple Tag or GPS that will send us an alert whenever our dog goes outside or wanders off.
I recommend a Tile Tag or an Apple Tag instead of GPS. They are similar in that they both have the same purpose – to send you a notification whenever your dog leaves the limited range of their device, but they offer different features.
Tiles and Apple Tags are waterproof and can be attached to anything, they can be attached to your dog’s collar or harness, so if you need something for going on walks with your dog, get an Apple Tag or Tile.
5. Dog Auto feeder
Many dog owners like to travel with their fur babies and do so by car. Unfortunately, not all dogs are comfortable with riding in the car, especially for long periods of time. That’s why pet auto feeders are a great way to keep your dog from getting car sick during his long trips and let him have access to food (and his own water bowl) while you’re away.
A dog auto feeder is a device that dispenses food and water to your dog. You put food in a container and it will automatically dispense it from the tube on the side of the device.
The best part about these devices are that they can also be used as a control over when your dog gets fed. You can set your pet feeder to release food at certain times throughout the day, so your furry friend has access to food all day long without having to worry about you feeding him on his own.
This product is perfect for busy people who don’t have time or energy for mealtime with their dogs, but still want them to have access to sustenance at all times!
6. Retractable Leash
If you’re a dog owner and you do any form of exercise with your dog, then we highly recommend getting a retractable leash. If you’re running or walking along the beach or at the park, it’s best to keep your pet on a leash that won’t get tangled in everything around you. And if that means using a retractable leash, so be it! They also come in handy if your dog is trying to pull away from you to go sniff around something and doesn’t want to come back on his own.
7. Handsfree Leash
If you’re a runner or like to take your dog for an off-leash walk, a hands free leash might be the perfect fit for you and your furry best friend. They’re great because they allow you to exercise while keeping your pet at the end of the leash should he try and run away.
Besides the fact that they help you keep your dog under control while he’s on-leash, harnesses are also great for dogs who have medical issues such as arthritis or breathing problems. They’re much easier for them to wear than a traditional collar.
9. Grooming kit
This might seem like a no-brainer, but a grooming kit is very important for us as pet owners. A few years ago we bought our pup a pet grooming kit and we’re so happy that we did. Now he doesn’t mind going to the groomers and getting his nails groomed every once in a while (at least that’s what I tell myself).
10. Dog staircase
If your dog is too small or not able to go up a large set of stairs, you should consider getting him a dog staircase. They can also be helpful if you have a large breed and are looking for alternatives to climbing the stairs with him.
What are some other non-pet related things you think we should bring when we travel with our pets? Let us know in the comments below!