August may be National Dog Month, but if you’re like us, you’re shamelessly looking for ways to spoil your dog all year round.
Really, doesn’t your furry friend deserve a special treat every now and then…and then and then and then?
Our dogs do so much for us, after all. For the price of a few meals a day, plus time spent walking and playing with them (which probably does more good for us than it does for them) they give us unconditional love, 24/7.
They also ceaselessly amuse us. How often to you catch yourself just staring at your dog and smiling? They seem to come with their own brand of doggy bliss, and it’s contagious!
The very least we can do for them is to give them some new treats, accessories and toys every now and then, right? In honor of National Dog Month, we’ve found 5 ways to spoil your dog that you may not be aware of. All are Labradoodle Frankie Feldman and his BFF, Golden Doodle Max, approved, as you’re about to find out.
5 Ways to Spoil Your Dog
La Barkeria Dog Treats
These are Frankie Feldman’s new favorites, and he enjoys the cachet of being able share exotic ingredients like Green Lipped Muscles, Brisket, Elk and Dehydrated Chicken Feet with his friends in the park. La Barkeria keeps it simple, with all treats hand crafted in small batches with limited ingredients, with the vast majority of those ingredients grown organically and sourced locally in Fort Worth, TX. Whether they’re soft treats or crunchy biscuits, they’re quite reasonably priced, and even more reasonable with a subscription. Plus, shipping is free on orders over $50.
Starting at $6.00 at LaBarkeria.com
Sassy Woof Accessories
Tired of your dog pulling all the time, or just want to make them the best dressed dogs in the park? Sassy Woof, an Asian American female owned company based out of Washington, D.C. has just the thing: Comfortable, classy harnesses, leashes, collars, bandanas, ties, etc., in adorable mix or match prints. Frankie Feldman loves his Woof Scout Bundle, which includes a harness, collar, leash and poop bag holder, all for $69.99. Incidentally, they also have people products, like cute T-shirts, candles and tote bags, available on the site.
Prices start around $11.99. Available online, at PetSmart and in boutiques nationwide
PoolCandy Inflatable Pet Float
Some dogs, like like Max, jump right in the water and will stay there all day if you let them. Other dogs (and we’re not naming names) hate getting their hair wet, and prefer to float around on top of the water, just like their humans. That’s where the PoolCandy Inflatable Pet Float comes in. Made of heavy-duty, puncture-resistant PVC, they’re designed to keep your pet cool and calm during the hot months, so they don’t run around the pool and bark at you when you’re in and they’re out…are you listening, FF?
$27.98 on Amazon
Shark Dog Life Jacket
Make Shark Week last all year long! Even if your pups are great swimmers like Max, you’ll want to keep them safe in the water with a dog life jacket, especially if you’re boating, rafting or kayaking. Why not be safe and stylish at the same time with this adorable shark dog life jacket made of high grade polyester, nylon and mesh that is ripstop and allows for quick drying and drainage. It comes with an adjustable belt and quick-release buckles so it’s easy to put on and take off. The strong, convenient top grab handle makes for easy rescues if your dog is in danger. And hey, it can double as a Halloween costume!
From $16.99 to $29.99, depending on size, on Amazon
Outward Hound Squeaky Gator
There are dog toys, and then there are dog toys. This plush “Squeaker Matz Gator” is the cutest one we’ve seen in ages! And get this: the 2XL size has an impressive 32 squeakers across its 52″ long, floppy body to keep the pups enthralled for hours. There are smaller sizes available too, BTW. It’s filled with minimal stuffing and soft fabric that’s easy on teeth and gums, and is perfect for tugging.
From $6.99 for the little guys to $16.34 for the biggie on Amazon
You don’t have to wait until National Dog month to find 5 ways to spoil your dog — but we’ve taken advantage of the occasion to show you some fun goodies.