PawNews24’s 2019 Gear of the Year


If there’s one factor that drives us loopy, it’s spending our hard-earned cash on one thing that appears helpful for our canines – however breaks inside just some makes use of, or fails to ship something particular. The objects right here, in distinction, are all examined and true. This is stuff that’s value the time, price, and hassle.

Clawguard Scratch Shield $26

Charlotte, NC

We had been shocked by the simplicity and effectiveness of this product after we first noticed it at a pet merchandise commerce present – a sheet of sturdy plastic that hangs from the doorknob on the inside of your door and covers each your door and the door body, stopping your dog from scratching the door or body. Brilliant! 


Clawguard is supposed to hold on the inside of doorways; this assumes a dog who’s inside the home and scratching to get out. As such, it doesn’t intrude with the opening of a door inward. But in case you had been in search of an answer to guard the exterior of a door that swings inward (as in the case of a dog who was locked exterior and was attempting to get in), you’d need to take the Clawguard off the door earlier than opening it. 

One aspect of the Clawguard sheet is clean and the different has little ridges. Turn it whichever method you favor: When a dog scratches on the aspect with the ridges, his claws make a loud “scritch!” sounds that is sufficient to dissuade many canines from scratching once more. If you’re extra averse to the noise than your dog, simply flip the Clawguard round.

Clawguard is available in two weights (thicknesses): common and heavy obligation. Doors could be well-protected by the common Clawguard from smaller canines and canines who aren’t strongly invested in scratching, however the heavy-duty could be really useful for canines with separation nervousness or who’ve a well-established behavior of door-destruction.  

The firm features a piece of adhesive-backed hook-and-loop fastener that can be utilized to safe the backside of the sheet if wanted; in opinions, we’ve seen some patrons point out that they wanted to purchase extra strips of comparable materials to carry the sheet actually firmly in place – a small value to pay to guard your own home.

Clawguard could be bought instantly from the firm, or for a bit much less from on-line retailers similar to and The firm doesn’t take cellphone orders however is responsive through e mail.

Pooch Paper 50 sheets: $12

Pooch Paper
New York, NY

Reducing plastic consumption is an ongoing purpose for a lot of of us, however relating to poop baggage, it’s the place could house owners draw the line. Biodegradeable baggage improved issues considerably, however nonetheless contained plastic – an imperfect answer. 

Here’s the first product we’ve discovered that works effectively for selecting up and disposing dog poop that accommodates no plastic in anyway. Pooch Paper a big sheet (about 12 x 12 inches) of recycled, non-chlorine-bleached, coated paper – kind of like wax paper. It’s sturdy sufficient to seize even massive or squishy piles of poop with out breaking or leaking by way of, and upon getting it contained, you simply twist up the edges and carry it by the prime of the bundle till you discover an applicable place to dispose it. And it’s actually, really, totally biodegradable and compostable. 

Folks who’re accustomed to selecting up after which carrying dog waste for a ways will undoubtedly miss the handles of their environmentally unpleasant plastic baggage. But if the poop it’s a must to choose up doesn’t need to be carried far, you’ll discover this paper greater than sufficient for maintaining your arms and the earth equally clear.

Pooch Paper is available in a field of 50 folded sheets for $12 for many customers; dog daycare or shelters could be curious about a field of 4,000 flat sheets for $450. Purchase on-line from the producer’s Etsy retailer (

“Raising the worst dog ever” $20

“Raising the Worst Dog Ever”
DDTA Publishing, 2019

Books which can be written to tell do that finest once they have a narrative to inform. Dog coach Dale M. Ward’s new ebook Raising the Worst Dog Ever: A Survival Guide (DDTA Publishing, 2019) exemplifies this notion. This ebook is first an intensive, fascinating, and progressively minded puppy-raising information, written for house owners who want to “do things right” with their new member of the family. Second, it’s a private and touching memoir of Ward’s life with canines generally, and with one dog particularly, her Labrador Retriever, Wylie (aka “The Best/Worst Dog Ever”). 

The ebook begins with the creator’s relocation to a distant space in Wisconsin’s Northwoods area together with her new husband. Isolated and infrequently alone in an unfamiliar neighborhood, Ward decides to convey a brand new dog into her life – enter pet Wylie. Ward tells the story of Wylie’s journey interwoven into her personal private story, utilizing a sequence of occasions and adventures that they encounter collectively throughout Wylie’s life. This partaking strategy is riveting and entertaining – and an extremely useful instructing software. Each vignette features a part at the finish that gives pertinent dog-raising recommendation. Ward not solely delivers wonderful dog coaching info (and the science that helps it), but additionally consists of reams of info concerning dog conduct, the significance of day by day routines, canines’ train and enrichment wants, security and accountable dog possession, and well being – all issues that new house owners must know and might profit from. 

While Ward directs her recommendation to new pet house owners, the breadth and depth of dog coaching and conduct info on this ebook can be useful to everybody from seasoned dog house owners to skilled trainers. Ward’s and Wylie’s private tales are poignant and endearing, and the creator’s message is uplifting. I discovered myself falling in love with candy Wylie and revisiting many of my very own cherished canines from years previous. This is a ebook for curling up subsequent to your canines, hugging them shut, and following the journey of Wylie and Dale’s life collectively. 

The additional advantage is that additionally, you will be taught loads about reward-based and dog-centered coaching strategies alongside the method. Ward is the proprietor of Dale’s Dog Training Academy, LLC, situated in northeast North Carolina. Dale is a licensed Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainer (VSPDT), a Fear Free Certified Professional Dog Trainer, and a licensed Family Paws Parent Educator. Readers will profit from Ward’s dog coaching expertise and information – and be entertained and moved by her tales of life with Wylie. – Linda P. Case

 “Canine Enrichment for the Real World” $20

“Canine Enrichment for the Real World”
Dogwise Publishing, 2019

I’m an enormous fan of making canines’ lives as enriched as attainable, full of alternatives for them to have interaction in very doggy actions, train for his or her our bodies and brains, and challenges which can be inside their skills to unravel (however not too simple). But even so, I questioned how somebody may suppose of sufficient enriching actions and toys to fill a small ebook, a lot much less a 230-page ebook! 

Silly me; that’s far from all the ebook discusses; it’s not only a record of video games and meals puzzles that your dog would possibly take pleasure in. The authors clarify that enrichment is not only giving our canines issues to do or creating an atmosphere that appears good to us. Rather, they are saying, “Enrichment is learning what our dogs needs really are and then structuring an environment for them that allows them, as much as feasible, to meet those needs.”

They add: “If we don’t understand who dogs are as a species or what their needs actually are, the enrichment process will not get very far. If we rely on myths, misunderstandings, and romanticized notions abut dogs, we are bound to miss the mark when trying to enrich them. For this reason, this book covers a much broader range of topics than most people might expect from a book about enrichment. This isn’t just about toys and play. It’s about who dogs are, the entire spectrum of their physical, behavioral, and instinctual needs, and how we can meet those needs as a part of our daily routine.”

The authors have utterly and engagingly succeeded in describing what canines want in an effort to be behaviorally, mentally, and emotionally wholesome and the way, in sensible and readily achievable methods, we will present these issues to the companions we love a lot. 

The authors are extremely educated animal conduct consultants (they every have CDBC, CPDT-KA, and SBA certifications) who work with all companion animal species and have intensive dog coaching résumés. They make the behavioral science that underpins their suggestions accessible to even novice house owners and engaging to even very skilled trainers. I’ll be sending copies of this ebook residence with each foster dog or pet I place any further. – Nancy Kerns

BreezeGuards $260 pair

Mutt Managers
Woodinville, WA

Any of you ever convey your dog with you in the automobile? Of course! Don’t all of us? But it’s gotten increasingly more worrisome, particularly if we park the automobile and go away our canines inside for even the quickest errand. When we go away the home windows cracked solely a bit, we run the threat of both our canines being too heat or individuals pondering (erroneously) that our canines are too heat – and if we decrease the home windows an excessive amount of, we run the threat that somebody would possibly attain inside and steal our dog, or that our dog jumps out!

Enter BreezeGuards: custom-made welded metal wire mesh cage panels or “screens” that suit your automobile’s window opening. They are offered in units of two, to make sure a cross-breeze in your automobile, and set up from the inside of the car to permit totally free motion of the window glass, so you’ll be able to go away them in place if you get again in the automobile, activate the air con, and shut the home windows. 

They are additionally sturdy sufficient to include even a big dog who’s motivated to flee your automobile. If you’ve gotten considerations about this, watch the set up instruction video on the producer’s web site; you’ll see how these usually are not simply mounted by the strain of the window, like the low-cost plastic screens offered elsewhere. BreezeGuards are custom-made in your precise car mannequin (in order that they match the window opening totally and exactly) and have anchors that slide down into the door, between the window glass and the door body. You can go away them in place and drive with the window open or closed, and open and shut the automobile door usually. 

BreezeGuards are made in Washington state and can arrive about three weeks after ordering. Everyone we all know who already has them says they’ll by no means have one other automobile with out them. 

Ventlock $20 – $36

Want to extend the airflow in your parked automobile much more – once more, with out permitting somebody to achieve in and steal your safely crated dog or different belongings? Then you could be on this ingenious little product, which lets you prop open your automobile’s tailgate, rear hatch, or perhaps a aspect door, whereas concurrently stopping the locked door from being opened sufficient for anybody to achieve inside and take issues. 

The Ventlock is a metal rod that connects to each ends of the locking mechanisms that latch and lock your automobile hatch or door. It is available in lengths starting from 4 inches (to be used with uncrated canines in cooler climate) to 24 inches (for canines in massive crates solely, as a result of in any other case they may escape, and small crates could possibly be stolen).

Clean Run
South Hadley, MA

There are photographs on the Clean Run web site that present the Ventlock being utilized in many alternative methods, with many differing types of vehicles and vans. Watch the demonstration video, too, so you’ll be able to see how the software is used, and the way simple it’s to placed on and take off (so long as you’ve gotten the keys to the automobile!). 

If you used an appropriately sized Ventlock on a automobile’s rear hatch together with BreezeGuards, you’d have as a lot air coming by way of the automobile as attainable, with as a lot safety in your dog as attainable. Sounds like a terrific tactic for anybody who travels loads with a dog.

PetAmI waterproof dog blanket $21

When you’ve gotten canines, having just a few waterproof blankets round is useful, particularly in the winter. Waterproof blankets can maintain your automobile seats dry and clear, even when your dog decides to put down in that vast puddle proper earlier than leaving the dog park. They will help your dog get heat and dry after coming again inside from going potty – with out making your couch scent like damp dog. And if in case you have an older dog with occasional urinary incontinence or one who leaks urine whereas sleeping, waterproof blankets are a godsend, stopping the must launder cumbersome dog beds or your individual mattress comforter – simply pop the blanket in the washer. 

But when a good friend really useful this blanket to us as a possible Gear of the Year entry, we had been frankly doubtful. One aspect of the blanket is fleecy; the different is clean. It simply doesn’t seem like the kind of blanket that might be waterproof. Most of the waterproof mattress covers and blankets we’ve seen weren’t very inviting materials; they largely appeared kind of canvas-like. This blanket appears fluffy and tender!

PetAmi Waterproof Dog Blanket

We expressed our skepticism – to which our good friend responded with a video she made, the place she poured a glass of water over the blanket so we may see the water pool on the prime, after which run proper off when she held the blanket upright. Well, all proper!

Our good friend has a 70-pound dog who generally experiences urinary incontinence whereas asleep, and this blanket, our good friend says, has contained the complete, um, problem on a couple of event. In the 9 months our good friend has owned it, she has washed the blanket a quantity of occasions and says it’s nonetheless repelling the occasional accident – and demonstration!

Available in a minimum of a dozen colours and patterns. Our solely bone to choose: The PetAmi Waterproof blanket is barely 30 by 40 inches. 

Zee.Bed $90 – $120

Have you ever purchased one of these space-age mattresses that comes tightly wrapped – a heavy, dense roll of compressed foam that expands to a number of occasions its dimension when reduce free of the wrapping? If so, and in case you love sleeping in that mattress – effectively, you simply would possibly love this comparable mattress in your dog, too. 

The core of the Zee.Bed is a “viscoelastic foam” – a kind of reminiscence foam that breathes and molds itself to your dog, regardless of his resting posture. It’s molded in a rectangle, with a raised edge that serves as a pillow for canines with a sprawled sleeping model or gently accommodates canines who sleep curled in a ball. The mattress’s base options anti-slip rubber nubs that maintain the mattress in place, and its cowl has an all-the-way-round zipper that permits for ridiculously simple elimination and alternative after washing. The Zee Bed is available in two sizes: the Small is 22 x 25 inches; the Large is 28 x 32.

Zee.Dog says it takes about three hours for the mattress’s foam, maximally compressed for transport, to puff as much as its final, cushiony thickness. Less than an hour into the growth course of, our check dog checked out the mattress. After just a few exploratory sniffs and circles, he deemed it higher than all the different beds scattered round our workplace, and wouldn’t get off till dinnertime. 

Raleigh, NC

Zee.Dog provides a $40 to $60 “Watershield” mattress cowl as an adjunct. It’s a skinny artificial ripstop material that’s meant for use to cowl the foam core of the mattress, underneath the Zee.Bed’s microfiber cowl, stopping any liquid from reaching the foam (the reminiscence foam, like your individual reminiscence foam mattress, is just not meant to be washed). 

The firm doesn’t take cellphone orders however is responsive through e mail.

Lakse Kronch Pocket trainers $6

Look, we all know that treats that consist solely of recent roasted meat or aromatic cheese are what dog trainers imply once they counsel utilizing high-value treats. But generally, you want a deal with that’s smells tremendous fascinating to your dog however that you would be able to carry in the pocket of your denims or skirt – a dry deal with that’s nonetheless of sufficiently high-value for coaching in even a really distracting atmosphere. That’s the place Lakse Kronch Pocket Trainers excel!

Kronch USA
Sanford, NC

These treats are made with salmon (76%) and potato meal (24%) – that’s all. The maker calls them “pocket treats” as a result of many dog house owners take pleasure in placing the dried treats of their pockets for dog walks with out having to fret about the scent of salmon being left on their clothes. But imagine us: Dogs can scent the deliciousness. 

Kronch USA says the salmon in the treats is recent, by no means frozen, Norwegian salmon that’s processed inside 24 hours of being caught. The treats include no ethoxyquin or different preservatives and are made in Denmark. They make terrific, behavior-building treats or very wholesome dietary supplements in your dog.

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Lotus Ball $12 

Treat Hugger $9

The Lotus Ball is just not actually a ball – it’s so lightweight that you would be able to’t throw it very far; it’s extra of a treat-dispensing toy.

But it’s not the kind of food-puzzle that you just give to your dog to occupy his time when you are engaged in one thing else. 

The Lotus Ball (and the Treat Hugger) belong to a class of their very own: toys that maintain meals however are used for coaching lures and/or rewards. The toy side is most reinforcing to some canines – and once they uncover that there are scrumptious treats inside, it makes the toy much more rewarding. Food-motivated canines can be drawn to the aroma of the treats you stash inside, however must work for a second to get at the treats – and most conduct consultants agree that the anticipation of the deal with is sort of extra reinforcing than the deal with itself!

An added bonus is that you would be able to throw these treat-laden toys, serving to to ship a reward to your dog at a distance from your self – very helpful for sports activities coaching!

The Lotus Ball is designed a bit like a flower, with three stuffed mesh “petals” that join alongside their edges with a hook-and-loop (Velcro-like) fastener. The mesh makes the aroma of the treats inside very accessible, tantalizing your dog and motivating him to make use of his paws and mouth to open the toy to achieve them. 

The Lotus Ball is offered in three sizes: Mini, Small, and Medium. Clean Run additionally sells a Lotus Ball Braided Fleece Tug ($15) – a fleece Lotus Ball with an 18-inch fleece-braided “tail.” 

Clean Run
South Hadley, MA
(800) 311-6503

The Treat Hugger operates in the similar method, however has no hook-and-loop fastener to decelerate the dog who has earned the deal with. Instead the deal with is held in a crevice in the heart of the toy; it’s a lot simpler to get it out, making this toy extra applicable for puppies or canines who don’t have sturdy foraging expertise. Also, some canines are averse to the “ripping” sound that hook-and-loop fasteners make when torn aside; the Treat Hugger has no Velcro-like fasteners, making it extra very best for these sound-sensitive canines. It additionally accommodates extra stuffing than the Lotus Ball and so appeals extra to canines who particularly like stuffed toys. 

If your dog will get rapidly bored of the standard treats or toys, or will get distracted simply, these toys could be simply the ticket. They are nice instruments for serving to you retain your dog eager and centered – eyes on the prize(s)! 

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