Dog Products That Rock
Since our founding in 2010 we have worked with literally thousands of deaf dog owners and advocates. This has allowed us to learn directly which products work well and are of high quality.
Below you’ll find our recommendations for Dog Products That Rock! Many do include affiliate links – revenue from this allows our staff to keep working daily to make this site great!
Community recommendations are incredibly helpful – please leave reviews on products you have used, and most definitely suggest products that may be of interest to other dog families!
Whether it is everyday use or a substantial hike – this combination harness / backpack will fit your needs. One of our first rules for having a dog out and about is to not rely on just a collar, make sure to stay with quality harnesses like these by Kurgo or others we recommend by Ruffwear.
From DDR Community Member Linda Marx: “.. a treat dispensing toy that Jaden loves. You can see him learning how to open the drawer in this video”.
Thank you Linda for sharing this product. As you’ll see in the links below Trixie Pet Products makes a wide variety of challenging and stimulating toys for your dog. They are graded by difficulty so you can ease your dog in to puzzle solving for treats, but all promise hours of attention from your pup. Enjoy!
A quality harness is a must when you’re out and about with your pup. We’ve tried many and have found that you simply cannot beat the quality, durability, and comfort of harnesses made by Ruffwear.
We have Front Range harnesses for all four of our deafies, they love them!
You want a dog bed to be comfortable and durable – but sometimes you may need to step that up a notch. If your dog, like our boy Bud, has any type of separation anxiety then you may find they will shred anything you leave in their crates. Kuranda to the rescue! And, be sure to see our post Top Tips for Overcoming Separation Anxiety.
As many of you know, our pup Nitro suffered paralysis from a deer tick bite in 2014. While he has made a 80% recovery, he still has hind-end mobility issues (these are helped by acupuncture and laser treatments). This incident greatly increased our awareness of the dangers of tick-borne illness, and started our vigilance in protecting against future problems.
Sharing Life With A Deaf Dog Is Not Only Possible But Rewarding! For more than 20 years Living with a Deaf Dog has helped tens of thousands of owners all over the world communicate with and train their deaf dogs. This book has been an integral part of the world wide movement to increase awareness, understanding and acceptance of deaf dogs which has resulted in increased adoptions, decreased euthanasia rates, and even acceptance into dog sports and competitions.
Whether it be to keep dogs out of a certain area, separate dogs, or to use time-out training, there are a lot of reasons you may want to put up gates in your home.
Gates must be a combination of strength and ease-of-use or you’re just not going to be happy with them. In our house we have gates in three different locations, and the style we have come to prefer are these extra-tall steel walk thru gates.
A trash can? YES, we are recommending a specific trashcan! Dogs love to get in to the trash, that is a universal truth. For our home (and pack of boxers) we searched and searched and finally came across this great rectangular kitchen trashcan made by Simplehuman.
Crate training is incredibly important for the long term happiness of your deaf pup. A big part of this has to do with where your dog is going to sleep at night. For deaf dogs especially, having the crate in your bedroom greatly reduces the chances of them developing separation anxiety.
There are two problems we encounter when out in public with our pups: Many places can get crowded, and if your dog is leashed on the ground you can have a tough time keeping a safe space around them. We always worry about little kids and other dogs running up (without asking) to our deaf dogs in public. While Bowie can be carried at 18lbs, he does get to feeling heavy pretty quickly!