More often than not, I feel like my life is one big dog product testing marathon. Being the crazy dog lady I now am, and having therefor created a little monster of pickiness, I may as well tell you what I think of the many puppy products I have tried out. So, here we go with the latest and greatest.
Coprophagia. It happens to dogs with even the best owners (read: Alfie was a poop eater). I tried a few remedies for this disgusting problem, but found that it was mostly just a matter of getting him away from his feces quickly, every time, and then hoping it became less appealing once he forgot about the apparent joy he gets from eating his own excrement. He will still, on a very rare occasion, get into it... Training worked better than either of these chews.
That being said, I can't be sure that they did not play any role in the improvements I have seen, so I give them a 'worth a try'.
NaturVet Coprophagia Deterrent Soft Chews - Look like treats and fall apart easily, but the dog seems to like them.
Potty Mouth by Four Paws - These are less like treats and more like pills. On occasion Alfie would eat them, but more often I had to give it like a pill.
I had some trouble with harness choosing. I think this is because being a Dachshund, Alfie has a unique body shape that made it a bit more difficult. After some trial and error, I found these two to be the best!
1. Puppia Authentic RiteFit Harness with Adjustable Neck (pictured above)- I tried a regular Puppia harness first, which was great for when Alfie was smaller, but I found that as he grew, the size that fit his body was too tight on his neck. Luckily, they now have this model with an adjustable neck, which fits much better.
2. YUP! Nylon Non Pulling Dog Harness - This one is VERY adjustable, which I like a lot. The metal clip is quite heavy, which is my only complaint. Other than that, this one is lightweight and seems very comfortable for the pup.
I also tried these options, but they were a miss. While they are both VERY cute, they did not fit well and were uncomfortable for the little guy.
Blueberry Pet Step-in Harness
Puppia Authentic Grand Prix Vest Harness
While I have yet to find a toy that lasts for any length of time worth telling you about, I am still looking! In the meantime, I thought I would tide you over with these uselessly easily ripped apart toys that are incredibly adorable.
Ok, I think I FINALLY found Alfie's adult food. Again, after much trial and error, I have fallen in love with the Merrick brand. Their foods are very high quality, made in the USA, from a family company, and most importantly: Alfie loves them! I do wish there was a medium sized can, as the food in the big cans is too big for Alfie's little mouth, and the small cans (which we now use), are a bit on the pricey side, based on how many he has to eat. But, all in all, I love this brand and will be a long time customer. Alfie loves Grammy's Pot Pie and Turducken Best.
Hope there was some helpful info here! Up next in dog posts: A major treat run down. Get excited!
UPDATE: while I love this food for Alfie, I had to stop buying it due to cost. As mentioned above, the small cans are pretty expensive. Since dry food is a hard sell with the little señorito, the amount of cans I had to feed him per day was just draining the bank account. So, after a lot of research, I have decided to give Dave's Grain Free a try. Stay tuned for the outcome there.
I did find that he loved Wellness Small Breed Grain Free Puppy food, but I have not had the same luck with their adult food.
drew bailey scott
My raison d'etre: Seeking and experiencing that which improves my life in all areas. The purpose of this blog: to share those incredible discoveries with others, hopefully making their lives even better!