15 Things Your Dog Wishes You’d Buy at Petco
We know what's on your list—dry food and a flea collar—but this is the stuff that really gets your dog's tail wagging.
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"It is hard to beat the KONG Classic," says Angela Hughes, DVM/PhD, veterinarian and genetics expert at Wisdom Health. "They are excellent for dogs that need to chew and can be stuffed with food or treats to occupy your pup's brain as they try to reach the treats." Stuff the KONG with peanut butter and pop it in the freezer for yummy fun for your fur baby. But Hughes says not to use peanut butter that has xylitol or added sugars. In fact, don't feed your dog anything with xylitol, as it can cause life-threatening hypoglycemia. Here are more foods that are toxic to dogs that every pet parent should know about.
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It's not just human kids that love their stuffed animals. "For dogs that keep their toys as a companion, soft plush dragons fit the bill," Hughes says. "The squeakers can keep a dog busy for a while, but note that they're definitely not for aggressive chewers." If you have an aggressive chewer that loves plush toys, make sure that you always supervise your dog when they have the plush toy and be sure to switch over to a different toy if you find them trying to rip it to pieces, she advises. Toys are just one cost to factor in when you have a dog—here's a breakdown of the rest.
Chuckit! Ball Launcher
Balls are a solid favorite with most dogs—especially if you have a retrieving, sporting, or active pup. "The Chuckit Ball Launcher is perfect for long rounds of fetch with your active pup and comes in sizes from small to extra large to accommodate different-sized dogs," says Hughes. Balls come in tennis style or rubber, but the rubber ones will last longer and stay cleaner, Hughes adds. Whatever ball you choose, just make sure you throw it away when it starts to break down to prevent your pup from ingesting any pieces.
KONG Wobbler Dispenser
Dogs love puzzle toys when a yummy treat as their reward. "The KONG Wobbler is great for dogs with active minds that need to have a job," says Hughes. And it's also good for dogs who might spend a little too much time on the sofa because the KONG Wobbler forces them to work for their treats or meal. "They're also a great way to occupy dogs that miss you when you leave. Just save their meal for when you have to walk out the door," adds Hughes. Here are some other smart ways to keep your pup busy when you're not home.
"My dog Maggie loves her iFetch," says Nicole Ellis, pet expert and certified dog trainer with Rover. iFetch is an automatic tennis ball launcher made for small dogs that include three mini tennis balls. "Dogs love the physical and mental stimulation, and it's suited for inside and outdoor use, so you can adjust the launch distance from ten to 30 feet with the touch of a button," says Ellis. Bigger dogs will love iFetch, which uses standard size tennis balls and has a "random" distance setting to keep pups guessing. Fetching balls are a fun way to knock out his exercise for the day. By the way, this is how much time your dog needs to be active every day.
Dogs could only dream of digging in the house until recently, but now dogs can dig to their heart's content and not get their paws dirty with iDig. "The iDig provides hours of positive physical and mental stimulation by encouraging the dog's natural digging behavior through play. Owners just load the flaps of the iDig with their dog's favorite toys or treats and watch them dig away to find the treasure," says Ellis. Here's the reason why dogs love to dig and lots of other odd dog behaviors.
KONG Extreme Ball
Your dog has had more stuffed toys than a kid with a roll of quarters at a school carnival—except your pup's toys are chewed up and destroyed in one sitting. The KONG Extreme is one toy she won't be able to tear apart. This toy is meant for "super chewers," Ellis says. "KONG Extreme is one of the most durable toys on the market. Plus, you can fill them with treats, which keeps dogs occupied and entertained for hours."
Nylabone Puppy Starter Kit
Puppies love to sink their baby teeth into almost anything they can pick up—including your shoes. Nick Hof, a certified professional dog trainer and canine behavior consultant at Paws Look Listen, says chewing is normal, but for some dogs, it becomes a lifelong habit to deal with stress or boredom. "Each one of these offers a unique use to help for a variety of situations. They are a godsend to keep you and your belongings safe," says Hof. Speaking of puppies, here are the training mistakes you should avoid now—and how to correct them before it's too late.
K&H pet cot
Dogs love this alternative to a traditional dog bed because the raised mesh cot keeps pups cool and happy, Hof says. It's durable and easy to clean and can be used outside, under the tree next to your hammock so you can both chill on a lazy summer day. Keeping your dog cool isn't just for comfort—overheating can lead to heatstroke. Find out the warning signs every pet parent should know.
Dogs start drooling (even more than usual) when they hear you open up a package of these meaty flavored dog chews. It hits the mark for their craving of meaty yumminess and hankering to chew stuff. And pet parents love them for a different reason. "Bully Sticks are a great item to use when you have guests over or when you just need a break," Hof says. Just FYI, a puppy will make these last for several sittings, but an adult dog will probably devour them in one.