When Cooper became part of my family, I probably spent way more money than I needed to trying to determine his likes/dislikes, what was needed to take care of him, and how to keep the fur kids happy in our home. Once we became acclimated to the new family dynamic, I determined these are the 10 pet supplies that make life easier. They are items you can find at various stores, but I am an Amazon Prime gal and have found most of their prices to be less expensive than a chain pet store.
Training Pads [easyazon_link identifier=”B00EI673B6″ locale=”US” tag=”fur0a1-20 “]All-Absorb Training Pads 100-count, 22-inch By 23-inch.[/easyazon_link]
Cooper is a condo dog so he uses a potty area outside that I set up for him. These pads make managing and cleaning his corner so easy. I tried the potty grass and found simple training pads to be the best solution.
Waste bags [easyazon_link identifier=”B00LWFFA4S” locale=”US” tag=”fur0a1-20 “]Earth Rated 120-Count Unscented Easy-tie Handle Dog Waste Bags (not on rolls)[/easyazon_link]
For a while, I kept the plastic grocery bags to take with me on Cooper’s walks but would run out and very soon I’ll be in an area where they will be discontinued. I decided to buy a box of these waste bags and I can’t believe how helpful they are. I keep them in a drawer by the door, grab one to stash in my pocket and then Cooper and I are off on our walk. They are inexpensive and come scented and unscented.
Pet Blanket [easyazon_link identifier=”B009WVQHQ4″ locale=”US” tag=”fur0a1-20 “]Animal Planet Sherpa Pet Blanket, Pewter[/easyazon_link]
This one is for Cooper and I. Soon after I adopted him, PetSmart was having a sale on a similar blanket and I thought it would be nice to have a blanket on the couch for him. Soon enough we started cuddling under the blanket together. I ended up buying several more as gifts and they were met with rave reviews. It is soft, warm and can be thrown in the washer and dryer when the time comes.
Kong Classic Dog Toy [easyazon_link identifier=”B0002AR15U” locale=”US” tag=”fur0a1-20 “]KONG Classic KONG Dog Toy, Small, Red[/easyazon_link]
I’m always concerned that Cooper gets bored while I’m gone but the classic Kong toy helps ease my mind. Filling it with a combination of dog food, peanut butter and then freezing it overnight keeps him occupied for a bit while I’m at work.
Dog Water Bottle [easyazon_link identifier=”B0002DKBDG” locale=”US” tag=”fur0a1-20 “]Ethical Pet Handi-Drink 17-Ounce Regular Pet Waterer[/easyazon_link]
This is a recent find I think is brilliant. I used to bring a dog bowl for Cooper whenever I took him on a walk outside of our neighborhood, then I came across the Pet Handi-Drink. It is so easy to fill the water bottle and then open the container for him to drink when he’s thirsty. There is even a clip to attach to your belt loop or bag so you can concentrate on walking your dog instead of carrying a bunch of supplies.
Lids N Lashes [easyazon_link identifier=”B009NQYFAS” locale=”US” tag=”fur0a1-20 “]I-Lid ‘n Lash Hygiene Vet Pump[/easyazon_link]
Cooper has issues with tear staining and without Lids N Lashes he would have a build up of residue around his eyes. This is applied daily and is gentle with no harsh chemicals. He doesn’t like the application of it, but I manage to hold him long enough wipe around his eyes.
White Vinegar [easyazon_link identifier=”B00CJ8I01W” locale=”US” tag=”fur0a1-20 “]Heinz White Vinegar, Plastic, 64 oz[/easyazon_link]
We’ve all walked into the house where you can smell animals without even seeing them. I love Cooper and Niblet but they should be introduced by me not their odor. While trying to house train Cooper he had accidents and every once in a while still does. I tried Nature’s Miracle but found the intense smell overwhelming and it took several days to dissipate. I couldn’t decipher what I was smelling. White vinegar is a great cleaning agent while also leaving the house smelling fresh. It does take a day for the smell to go away, but I prefer that timeline to Nature’s Miracle.
Doggie Door [easyazon_link identifier=”B0017JTV8A” locale=”US” tag=”fur0a1-20 “]Ideal Pet Products – Extra-Large 10.5-by-15-Inch Flap Size Original Pet Door with Telescoping Frame[/easyazon_link]
This one is very selfish! I love having a doggie door for Cooper because it gives him the freedom to go outside at 3am to use the bathroom without waking me up. I’m aware when he jumps off the bed and can hear him go outside and come back in. It was a great solution after letting him out in the middle of the night while half asleep countless nights.
Dog Treats [easyazon_link identifier=”B004W8KL2I” locale=”US” tag=”fur0a1-20 “]Blue Buffalo Chicken Bites Dog Treats, 6-Ounce[/easyazon_link]
These are one of Cooper’s favorite treats. They are small, soft and get his attention. They were very helpful during training sessions and continue to be a good reward for him.
Dog Brush [easyazon_link identifier=”B000O39TE6″ locale=”US” tag=”fur0a1-20 “]Li’l Pals® Slicker Brush[/easyazon_link]
A must have for any poodle FurMom. It’s always a good idea to speak to a groomer or pet store employee for advice on finding the right brush for your breed of dog. Coop always looks adorable and fluffy after a good brushing.