Dogs come in many different sizes, breeds, shapes and colors, but no matter the type of dog, pet owners are faced with some unique challenges. According to the 2009/2010 American Pet Products Association National Pet Owners Survey, dog owners reported sadness when they die as the main drawback for owning a dog. While some aspects of dog ownership can be unpleasant, pet product manufacturers have come up with compromises for living harmoniously, and 95% of dog owners report companionship, love, company and affection as the leading benefit of owning a dog.
Here are some popular dog products produced by APPA members to help owners overcome some of the minor drawbacks to owning dogs as reported in the 2009/2010 Survey:
Dog Problem: finding care for a dog when owners are away from home is an issue for thirty-two percent (32%) of dog owners.
Solution: Talk To Me Rubber Treatball
The Talk To Me Rubber Treatball is a great toy for dogs that suffer from separation anxiety. Owners can record and re-record a voice message for their dog while they are away from home. The Treatball is motion activated and replays the message to the dog as it dispenses treats. www.talktomepets.com
Dog Problem: damage to furniture, carpet and floors was reported as a drawback to owning a dog for twenty percent (20%) of respondents.
Cardinal Gates VersaGate
Keep the dog out of the dining room and off of the couch with a pet gate. The versatile gate comes with two extensions and features a 40-inch door section for easy access between rooms.
Solution: Bamboo Mud Magnet Paw Cleaner
When dogs come indoors, they bring water, dirt and grime with them. With Bamboo Mud Magnet Paw Cleaner, pet owners can quickly clean off dog’s paws before they enter the house or car.
Solution: Neater Pet Brands Neater Feeder
A sloppy dog can make quite a mess of the floors and walls with their food and water. The Neater Feeder is the ultimate feeding system for dogs because it contains food and water spills in separate reservoirs. The Neater Feeder is kick-proof and deters pests from getting the dog’s food or water. www.neaterfeeder.com
Dog Problem: dog owners mentioned shedding as drawbacks to living with a dog friend.
FURminator deShedding Tool
The FURminator deShedding tool quickly and easily removes the loose, dead undercoat hair that is the underlying source of shedding. The tool has a stainless steel edge that grabs loose undercoate hair without damaging the topcoat.
Solution: Bissel Pet Hair Vacuum
Banish dog hair, dust and dander from the furniture and floor with the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Vacuum. The vacuum uses MultiCyclonic separation for superior suction and the Pet Hair Lifter and rotating brush to remove dirt and pet hair