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!
It is hard to trust the manners of others, and you shouldn’t! In some situations you may want people to know your dog is deaf. There are a variety of products available with “deaf dog” letters, we look for quality buckles (not cheap plastic snaps) and overall heavy duty construction.
Terrie Hayward is not only a wonderful person – but is also a well respected author and authority on dog training. We at Deaf Dogs Rock have long recommended this book as a valuable resource for deaf dog owners, and are happy to share comments from our community members like Lisa V. who writes “I like this book because it is an easy read for people and also gives a good amount of detail into deafness in dogs along with how to train.”
We are strong believers in a “double-fail” system – that is, two things need to go wrong for something bad to happen like a dog getting loose. This leash by Stunt Puppy is excellent in this regard. It fastens around your waist for hands-free when needed, but also has a lower loop handle for control of your pup in closer quarters.
Summer weather means it is time to start thinking about protecting your deaf pup from the sun! As a majority of deaf dogs are low on pigment, this also often makes their skin much more susceptible to burning from the sun. And, they may overheat more quickly.
Sometimes you just want to know! What does the DNA of your dog tell you about their breed? Are there certain medical issues we should watch out for? There are a variety of quality options out there for gaining information about the breed of your pup – these by Wisdom and Embark are two we recommend. Their prices differ, as do the results they offer – so look through the features of each and decide which is best for you.
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!