Our favorite pet products for fun, snacking, comfort and staying clean that we use on our four-legged friends (and a 3-legged one too.)
Best Dog Products
This is for you true Earth lovers out there who actually make it a high priority to spend your time in the great outdoors. Taking your pet along with you? Don’t forget that they’ll need a comfortable place to spend the night.
Pick up this lightweight, durable and eco-friendly dog bed from the good folks and pet lovers over at Ruffwear designed specifically for backcountry adventures with your pup. It stuffs into a small sack and is made with recycled synthetic insulation for protection from the ground. Plus it keeps your dog off your sleeping bag 😉 [Purchase: $59.99]
Since 1997 Planet Dog has been creating non-toxic recyclable products for pets and their lovers along with promoting a message of educating consumers about canine-related issues. This is a company that truly puts their dogs first. How many companies have mug shots up of dogs instead of their staff? Well, this one does, and as mentioned earlier these are dog people, focused on making products in the Northeast that are sustainable, ethical and environmentally conscious.
Another similar option is the KONG Extreme Dog Toy
We have been testing the brands popular Orbee ball, which is extremely durable with a strong chew rating of 5 out of 5, is non-toxic and fully recyclable. There are many different shapes and sizes of the ball available, we settled on the Coal version “For the dog who promises to be better next year!” I couldn’t resist. Add in some of Planet Dog Eats or any filler your dog enjoys and you can sit back and relax for the next hour or so as your dog sitter has just arrived. [Purchase $10.99]
The makers of these biodegradable bags have been making poop scooping eco-friendly since 2003. Designed with an easy-to-use roll and a leash attachment dispenser, PoopBags won the Pet Business Industry Recognition Award for 2014 (for the second year in a row). Made from corn, vegetables, and starches in the USA. [Purchase: $13.95]
Not all vacuums are created equal, in the case of the Metropolitan 500 Watt Hi Performance Stainless Hand Vac which is advertised as the most powerful hand vac on the planet we can honestly say that you might be grossed out by just how much dirt, hair and gunk this powerful little vacuum will pick up.
Upon first glance, you can tell that the Metrovac vacuum means business. With a 5 year warranty on the motor and a price tag of under $100 you really can’t go wrong with this vacuum, especially considering it’s a fraction of what some of the other high-performance vacuums cost. The Metropolitan Stainless Hand Vac was designed to be used to clean your automobile as its lightweight and easy to move around into tight spaces. I find myself vacuuming frequently these days as it’s almost a game to see just how much I can clean up. [Purchase: $122.00]
Say you’re out in the backcountry, skiing along the trail and your dog decides to drop a load on the skin track. You have a couple options, first one would be to make a new skin track and toss some fresh snow over the poop, this, however, will surely lead to bad karma down the line.
The second option that seems a little better is to pick up your dog’s poop and leave it sitting in a bag on the side of the trail for when you “hopefully” return via the same route.
The third option that’s just right is to pick up your dog’s poop, throw it in a bag and then toss it into the Nite Ize Pack-a-Poo Storage bag, seal the top and then put the sh*t in your backpack. I know this may sound awful to some, however, there really is no smell or mess and best of all no bags littered along the side of the trail. [Purchase: $10.02]
When you take your little buddy out on the trail, give them the protein-boost they need, without anything they don’t. Cycle Dog Trail Buddy Dog Treats are made with 100% meat sourced in the USA. Use them on long trails for a snack, or to reinforce good behavior at home. Every travel packet of treats is made from only 100% lamb, beef or chicken. The treats contain NO filler grains and NO additives – Ever. [Purchase: $8.00]
Do you pay attention to what you feed your dog? Or better yet what ingredients are in your dog’s snacks? With TurboPUP you can rest assured that your dog will be dining on delicious 100% natural ingredients that are packed into a thick meal bar. Typically I only feed my dog half a bar as they weight 2.2 ounces and very thick, that being said with TurboPUP you know your dog’s needs are being taken care of. I doubt there is a single dog in the world that wouldn’t be interested in the flavor options that TurboPUP offers, bacon or peanut butter anyone. [Purchase: $14.95]
Introducing the first 100% non-GMO, USDA certified organic pet shampoo on the market! Get your lather going… this organic pet wash not only delivers non-toxic suds for your pets, but Vermont Soap Organics Pet Shampoo also won’t harm your skin if Fido hops into bed with you. And it won’t hurt the groundwater supply as runoff.
Ingredients are gentle enough for human use (as our editor can attest to) and include coconut oil, jojoba oil, and olive oil for healthy skin & a soft coat, essential oils of rosemary and lemongrass to keep the bugs away PLUS aloe to soothe any irritations. [Purchase: $17.97]