Being a dog parent is no joke. Yes, you have a furry companion to brighten even your darkest pandemic days, but you also have to take care of this living, breathing divine fur creature. Not only does it require round the clock work (and attention), but it can also be incredibly expensive to buy the proper (and, let’s admit it, cute) supplies. With pandemic puppies on the rise, it’s the perfect time to share the best products three of Refinery29’s new dog moms have put to the test.
From treats to leashes to toys to sweaters to CBD, we will be updating this story throughout the year to tell you the best (and most surprising) essentials for dog mom life.
There are three very good boys we should thank before we start reviewing our must-haves: Freddie, our blue-eyed rescue mutt who loves to destroy soft things; Lucca, our handsome Lagotto Romagnolo who loves salmon and water; and Miso, our blueberry-obsessed pomchi who loves watching reality TV.
Read on for the best of the best.
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“Shaya’s luxe, Italian-made collars and leashes have been spotted on many a celebrity’s pampered pup — and since my beloved pomchi, Miso, has a taste for the finer things, I had to see what the hype was about. He had eyes for the gorgeous royal blue Taylor collar, and the X-Small fits him beautifully.” — Karina Hoshikawa, Beauty & Wellness Writer
Shaya The Taylor Collar – Cobalt Leather, $, available at ShayaFable Active Set
“I felt like I struck doggy gold with this set. My dog Freddie is a strong boy and likes to pull me across the sidewalk. But the magic link leash has become my go to: I can wear it across my body and walk him without pulling or wrapping the leash around my hand. He also loved The Game (yes, it’s called The Game), and I’ve fed him entire meals in it. It’s pretty hilarious to watch a lanky puppy try to figure out how to get the food out of it, so it’s entertaining for both of us, but it’s also a truly great slow feeder. Even Fable’s wipes have become a staple in my house. We live in Brooklyn and walk a ton, so good wipes before he jumps on the furniture are an essential.” —Leora Yashari, Senior News Editor
Fable Fable Active Set, $, available at FableKurgo Quantum 6-in-1 Dog Leash
“I’m in the middle of leash training Lucca which means walks can be very complicated. Sometimes I want him standing close to my right side, and other times he’s free to wander ahead of me. Kurgo’s Quantum leash lets you utilize six different set ups and it even uses a reliable carabiner. Plus, …read more