15 things every dog owner needs from Chewy
Must-haves for all-star dog parents
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For over a decade, my life (and bank account) have been controlled by one lady—a lab terrier named Denny. In this day and age, I’d almost always rather order products online, and Chewy is one of my favorite places to get dog supplies like treats, bones and toys.
With prices below big-box retailers, free shipping on larger orders, and a wide selection of goods, it’s a convenient one-stop shop for puppy products. There are always deals and savings available, and Chewy’s next-level customer service will make you a loyal shopper.
The next time you want to re-up on dog food, meds, or other supplies, Chewy’s got you covered. These are some of my favorite products I’ve gotten Denny from Chewy, and a few things I’m ready to add to my shopping cart to try out today.
1. Classic KONG toys
If your dog is anything like mine, they are on a mission to destroy toys ASAP. That’s why dog owners love KONG’s lineup of toys made from extra-durable rubber that can withstand chomping day after day.
But what makes this KONG so extreme? It’s super bouncy, so your pets can show off their athletic abilities. And if you need to keep your dog occupied and entertained, you can fill the KONG ball with peanut butter.
2. Pee pads perfect for pups (and elders)
If your dog has frequent accidents indoors, you’ve probably mastered the pee-and-poop cleanup process. I know I have in the past 13 years of dog ownership. Now that my girl is almost 14, she’s starting to lose bladder control.
I was sleeping on this product when I house trained her back in the day, but these pee pads definitely provide peace of mind when I leave the old lady home now. Even though the pads don’t always absorb all the liquid and often leak a bit, they certainly make it easier and faster to clean the floor after an accident.
3. A comfy crate they can make their own
Whether you’re training a new puppy or just want to provide a comfy space for your dog to sleep, you’ll find a sturdy crate is helpful in every stage of dog ownership. I used it as a training tool when my dog was young and wiley, but since then, I’ve always kept one in my room as her cozy little clubhouse for snoozing. I like that this crate is easy to set up and deconstruct, which makes it perfect for traveling.
4. This set of stairs to keep them mobile
Let’s face it; we’re all getting older. As your pup ages, they might not be able to reach one of the best napping spots: your bed. Or maybe your dog loves watching TV on the couch (same) and they can’t make the leap anymore.
These nifty stairs help dogs (and cats) live their best and comfiest lives without putting strain on their bodies. These stairs are easy to pick up and transport, so you can move them around the house or travel with them.
5. Food containers to keep dry food protected
This airtight storage container prevents your dogs from secret food binges, protects their kibble from bugs, and keeps it fresh longer. Double-stacked containers (including a small one that’s perfect for treats or cat food), snap-lock latches, and a matching scoop make feeding time more convenient all around. Plus, you can easily roll the container around instead of dragging or lifting heavy food bags.
6. A dog bed perfect for all breeds
It’s time to elevate your dog’s nap game. I recently upgraded my dog to a bed with bolster sides, and she absolutely loves it. She likes to use the raised sides as pillows, and it’s super cute when her ears hang over the edges, so it’s great for everyone.
It’s also the first bed she’s ever immediately liked; it usually takes her weeks to even try them out. This soft, fluffy bed is completely machine washable, too!
7. Ear cleaner to keep their floppers happy
When your dog keeps shaking their head and you know it’s caused by pesky recurring irritation, this non-prescription ear solution is the way to go. It includes 1.0% hydrocortisone, which helps relieve the inflammation that’s making your dog so uncomfortable.
I recently purchased this when I ran out of prescription cleaner and I’ve found it works even better than the more expensive product I was using from the vet. I also discovered just how much gunk can fit in my dog’s ears.
8. Delicious treats that will have your dog drooling
Your dog deserves the finer things in life. Milk-Bone has created beef and filet mignon chews that will make your pup feel like a true VIP. Much softer than the classic Milk-Bone treats, these are good for dogs with sensitive teeth. You can use them to disguise pills, lure your dog or just reward that pup for being the goodest girl/boy with a tasty, beefy snack.
9. A dog harness to help you spot your pooch
Whether your dog is enjoying a walk around the neighborhood or a trip to the dog park, they’ll literally radiate style with this reflective harness. In my years as a dog walker and dog owner, I’ve found harnesses to be much more effective for controlling leashed dogs than collars, especially because they take some strain off the dog’s neck if they tug on the leash.
The bright colors and 3M reflective material on this harness make it easy to spot your dog in a crowded park and when it’s dark outside.
10. Pill pockets that make medicine fun for dogs
Raise your hand if your dog hates swallowing medicine. Greenies Pill Pockets kind of changed my life after my dog got too smart for me, started finding her pills in her food and casting them aside. She has no idea she’s taking her medicine when I conceal it in one of these treats, so giving her pills is much less of a hassle for both of us. They’re quite pliable, so you can mold them around large capsules and even multiple pills if necessary.
11. Food that may help bellyaches
Watching your pup deal with digestive problems can be heartbreaking. This canned food from Royal Canin is easy for dogs to digest, making it a good choice for when they’re vomiting, have diarrhea, or don’t have an appetite.
It claims to soothe the GI tract with omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA, and its blend of antioxidants helps promote overall immune system health. Even though I’ve traditionally only fed my dog dry food, I’ve started keeping a few cans of this stuff on hand for the next time a bellyache comes around.
12. Allergy pills for seasonal woes
From paw chomping to ear scratching, allergy symptoms will drive both you and your dog crazy if unaddressed. There are tons of ways to tackle allergy treatment, but these Apoquel tablets are affordable, simple to buy online, and effective for many of the most common dog allergy symptoms.
They’re easy to give your pup because they’re very small. After a few days of sneaking Apoquel into their food, you’ll both finally get a break. Note: Always check with your vet before putting your pet on a new medication!
13. A toy that doubles as a mind game
SQUIRREL! Give your dog a versatile toy that will keep them engaged for hours. You can stuff the squeaky squirrels in the tree trunk for your dog to sniff out or use them for a never-ending game of fetch.
Hide-and-seek games are a great way to mentally stimulate your pup and ensure they’re entertained. Some customers report rips and tears after a few months of use, but I’ve yet to find a cloth dog toy that doesn’t rip eventually if my dog really loves it.
14. A playpen to keep your pup in place
Keep your dog safe and secure during playtime with an exercise pen. You can fold this pen to create all sorts of shapes, and it’s easy to pack in the car or bring outside for fresh air. It has two side-bold latches and an extra safety clip to ensure your furry friend doesn’t make a great escape.
Want to create an even bigger play area? You can connect multiple Frisco exercise pens to make space for plenty of puppy pals.
15. Dental chew sticks for their bad breath
Tired of stinky dog breath, but also over trying to wrangle your pup for a tooth-brushing session? Enter these all-natural dental chews. The chicken-flavored sticks remove tartar and plaque build up while your dog chews away thanks to their unique shape that makes sure even the farthest teeth get some attention.
With no artificial colors, preservatives or flavors, the dental chews are easy for dogs to digest and healthier than other treats that are packed with added sugar.
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