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Top 5 Drinking Options to Keep Your Dog Hydrated

Popware H-Duo 2

Popware H-Duo 2

Summer weather is here and it’s important to keep your pet hydrated with a dog water bottle or traveling water bowl. Cupping your hands to make a water bowl for your dog isn’t easy and you usually end up wasting a lot of water. So we’ve put together a few of our favorite dog water bottles/traveling water bowls for you to check out.

Stainless Steel K9 Water Bottle

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We love the Popware H-DuO with collapsible travel bowl. The bottle has two 12-ounce watertight chambers so you can hold two different drinks simultaneously. Or if you prefer, put water on one side and small doggie treats (or food) on the other. The H-DuO is made of BPA-free material. The 8oz collapsible travel bowl clips onto the bottle, which makes it ideal to travel with your best friend.

Stainless Steel K9 Water Bottle If you’re looking for a dog water bottle which is high tech and modern, check out the H2O4K9 Stainless Steel K9 Water Bottle. It’s designed so that the lid is the bowl. Your dog also gets his own bottle of water if you’re not into sharing your own. H2O4K9 products are designed for rugged use and years of re-use.

Bandana Bowl
The Bandana Bowl by Pawabunda is a scarf (aka bandana) and bowl in one. Your dog can wear this bandana and when it’s time for a drink, take it off and it turns into a bowl. The bowl is water proof! We’ve tested this ourselves and it really doesn’t leak! If you think your dog is really hot, you can also pour water on the bandana & put it back on around his neck to keep your dog cool.

top paw travel water bottleThe Top Paw Travel Water Bottle is part bottle and part bowl. Remove the bottle from the holder and snap it into the upright position. Squeeze the bottle gently to start water flow. Place the bowl on the ground or hold it in your hand and allow your dog to drink. It also has a strap so it’s easy to tether for hanging from bike, wrist, stroller, backpack or just put on your wrist.

water bottleThe Good Life Gear Stainless Steel Pet Water Bottle offers a unique bottle design. The stainless-steel water bottle has two openings: the small one up top has a ball-bearing to control water flow when you hold the bottle upside-down for your dog to drink (think hamster water bottle). The second opening is larger to allow for filling and cleaning. You can also un-screw the whole top of the bottle, flip it over – and it’s a cup. It’s an easy and simple way to keep your dog hydrated while traveling, running or hiking with you.

You can always check out our shop category “Feeding & Watering” for more options and please let us know if you find any other cool dog products we should post about!

Lightweight Dog Bag by Sturdi Products

SturdiBag GreenAs we’re always on the search for great dog bags / carriers, we were thrilled to discover the SturdiBag Flex-Height Carrier! The first thing you notice is how light the bag is. The SturdiBag large only weighs 2.6 pounds, despite that it has been tested to safely carry a pet up to 40 pounds and has the dimentions: 18 L x 12 H x 12 W inches. It’s by far the lightest bag we’ve seen on the market!

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One the key advantages of the SturdiBag is the patented flex-height design with flexible rods that allow the carrier to flex down without collapsing to conform to under seat heights. Then the bag pops back into shape when it is no longer stored under the airline seat. Many dog carriers do not have this extra support and as a result the bag does not hold its shape and the top can collapse down on your dog.

The SturdiBag is made of durable 600 denier polyester with urethane coating, which makes it very durable and water resistant. It comes in a variety of colors and is available in 5 sizes for the standard model (non-divided) and 2 sizes for the divided models. It also has pockets so you can put your dog’s leash or treats in it. There is one back storage pocket on the 5 standard models and deep side pockets on the 2 divided model. The SturdiBag is also easy to clean and completely machine washable.
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The SturdiBag includes:

  • Adjustable 4-point padded shoulder strap & leather hand grip
  • Retractable privacy flaps on all mesh windows
  • Seatbelt safety straps for car travel
  • Interior Comfort Pad secured by Velcro
  • Zipper Security Clips and a tether for safety and security

The SturdiBag Flex-Height Pet Carrier comes with a Comfort Pad which is covered with soft fleece. This light weight Comfort Pad is filled with a cushy, convoluted or “egg-crate” style foam that provides air circulation and superior weight distribution for support, comfort and pressure relief. The Comfort Pad may be beneficial for aging pets and/or pets with arthritic or other orthopedic problems. If your dog really likes the Comfort Pad in the SturdiBag, you can purchase additional ones to use around the house. There are various Comfort Pad cover designs and colors so you can find one that suits your home.

SturdiBag

SturdiBags come in a variety of colors, designs and sizes

The company Sturdi Products really stands behind their products. All SturdiBag pet carriers and other products are warranted against manufacturer defect for the life of the product.

They will also replace parts as needed or handle special requests such as installing customized/heavy mesh. Sturdi Products has been catering to the needs of professional dog handlers and groomers since 1993. So they really have a “high touch” when it comes to customer service.

Sturdi Bag for 2

Divided SturdiBag has 2 Pet Compartments!

Sturdi Products was founded on the principle of decreasing the stress of both pets and people by designing better products for use when traveling with pets. Sturdi now offers over 40 professional quality & innovative products.

SturdiBox

SturdiBox

They also make the SturdiBox which is great for both on the road and at home. Built out of high-quality, durable materials, the SturdiBox waterproof and built to last. Folds flat and snaps closed for packing! You can see in the photo here are two smalls (holds 1/2 gallon and 8″L x 5″W x 4″D inches), one in purple filled with water and the other folded in black.

Dog Sitting Networks – When You Need Some Help

Rover_Travel_Stats_InfographicGoing away on vacation and can’t find a friend or family member to dog sit? Well worry no more.

Like Airbnb and Uber, there are a number of peer-to-peer platforms for dog sitting services that have popped up.

A while back, we featured DogVacay. There are two others we recently came across and wanted to highlight for you: Rover and DogBnB. Like DogVacay, they also offer a nationwide network of dog lovers that will take care of your dog from boarding to walking.

 

Rover

roverRover has both a web portal and app which allows you to easily find a sitter near you, book services and receive photo updates from your sitter. In addition to connecting pet parents with sitters, the Rover platform offers complimentary premium insurance for all services booked through Rover, 24/7 customer support, vet consultation and sitter background checks.

To use the service, dog owners browse the “search” section of the site or app for potential pet sitters, which can be organized by zip code and available dates. Sitter’s overnight rates are displayed in search results and prominently on the sitter’s profile page. In-depth profiles of pet sitters are provided, complete with multiple reviews, availability, specific services and rates. Currently, Rover has over 25,000 approved sitters in more than 5,000 U.S. cities. Rover states that 95% of reviewed stays have received a perfect five-star rating.

After selecting a sitter that fitrover searchs your criteria, just direct message a pet sitter on their profile to schedule a meet and greet, confirm services and payment. Rover calculates the stay price based on a nightly rate, like a hotel, but if you’re picking up your dog late, your sitter might want to charge a day care fee.

Rover pet sitters are encouraged to send text and picture updates throughout the day, and if there’s a medical emergency, the site guarantees 24/7 access to a vet. Don’t worry about a sitter canceling — you’re guaranteed a replacement if someone falls through.

Rover offers a large variety of services, but the four main types of services are:
• Overnight care at the sitter’s home
• Overnight care at your home
• Dog walking. Although walks are usually included in the nightly rate, you can often book dog walking as a separate service.

Rover also has “badges” which might better help you to select a sitter. We think the most important badges are the Background Check, Training and Rover Pack badges.

The Background Check badge shows that the sitter has completed a voluntary background check. Rover offers them as a way to assure you of the sitter’s credibility and reliability.

The Training badge means that the sitter has taken and passed the Rover Sitter Success Training quiz—and has demonstrated the skills and knowledge it takes to give your dog the excellent care you expect and deserve.

Rover Pack badge is a mark of the sitter’s expertise, experience, and attention to customer service. This badge ensures the sitter:
• Has completed at least 10 stays.
• Maintains an average rating (by pet owners) of at least 4.5 stars.
• Keeps their availability calendar up to date.
• Responds to at least 90% of requests within 24 hours.

Doggybnb

DoggyBnBDoggybnb works differently than Rover and Dogvacay. Instead of searching a database of various potential sitters, Doggybnb requires you to invite people from your social network that might be potential sitters. They call this your “Woof Pack”. In fact, they’ve created their own terminology to describe their services, so if you don’t remember the difference between a “Fetch” or a “Woof” they’ve put together a glossary.

DoggyBnB offers a range of services including Feed, Walk, Watch, Board, and House Sit. Rather than searching for a sitter when you need one, instead you’ll send out a request to your social network that you’re looking for a sitter, including the date, time and how much you’re offering to pay for the service. They call this request “posting a Woof”. The request gets pushed out to your friends in the social network, including friends of friends.

DoggyBnB 1Interested sitters respond (i.e. “Fetch”) your request (i.e. “Woof”). Anyone that responds is either a friend or people you are socially connected to (i.e. friends of friends). You can review profiles, how you are connected and ratings to help you choose a trustworthy sitter.

Once the care is completed, the app will conveniently send the sitter payment.

We like the idea that you’re using a network of friends and saving time by not having to individually contact people (i.e. just request once and it goes out to the “Woof Pack”). On the flipside, if no one responds to your request (i.e. maybe you don’t have a very large “Woof Pack”) you’ll still need to go out and search for a sitter.

DoggyBnB also has another feature to set up doggy playdates. “Sniffer” is a feature that allows dog parents to see an owner/dog pair in their proximity to set up playdates, make new friends and/or even find someone you might like (similar to Tinder). You can filter based on gender, age, doggy weight range and location. You can swipe right if you are interested in meeting the owner/dog pair, or left if you are not. If you both approve each other, you’ll get a notification that a match has been made.

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For full disclosure, we haven’t used Rover or Doggybnb ourselves, but they look like great service options. Have you used Dogvacay, Rover or Doggybnb? Let us know! We’d love to get your feedback!

The Torus Dog Water Bowl – Innovative Drinking Solution

Bailey testing the Torus

Bailey testing the Torus

The Torus Dog Water Bowl has a few new innovations over your standard water bowl.  The Torus (Latin for ‘hollow circular ring’) stores water inside the walls of the water bowl and holds up to 2 liters of water. We had Bailey, the boxer, from our Dogsized Product Tester Team, try out the Torus.

The bowl has knob which lifts off so you can insert the water filter before you add water. Water stored inside the walls ensures an ample supply of water, protected from dust and contaminants. The low profile also means no spills.

torus dog water bowlThe knob can be set to 3 positions:

Tap: First insert the water filter. Then you can use tap water to fill up the Torus with water (note water will not flow into the drinking well during filling).

Lock: The Torus bowl is in the locked no-spill setting and can be carried to your dog’s usual drink station at home or be loaded into your car for traveling without spillage.

Drinking: To release water for drinking align the cap arrow with the dog symbol. Water will flow into the drinking well until the water outlet slot closes. As your dog drinks, water in the drinking well will be automatically replenished.

Torus Water Dog Bowl review from Bailey the Boxer and her parents:

TorusWe think the Torus water dish has a creative design to allow your dog to have fresh and filtered water, both at home and on the go. The design allows you to store your pups water within the walls of the water dish, and release it into the bowl when ready. This is quite convenient for traveling and monitoring your dogs water intake.

For a NYC dog, some of the downsides are that the Torus is large, bulky and quite heavy when filled. While traveling, it’s certainly a nice feature to be able to store the water in the bowl, but we’re not sure the convenience replaces the ease and versatility that a collapsible rubber bowl and bottle of water provide when traveling. If you live in the burbs and have a large car, this might be less of an issue.

Torus water dog bowlAt home, the Torus is convenient and its bulk is less of an issue. We used the bowl to regulate the water intake of out 4yr old Boxer, who drinks any amount of water in the bowl, no matter now much or little.

A turn of the knob allows you to refresh your pet’s water supply, while keeping track of total water consumed through the day, or you can leave it open so fresh water continues to enter the drinking area when the water level drops. If you need to monitor or limit your dogs water intake, you can turn the knob to lock the automatic refill. Also remember that once water goes from the storage area to the drinking area, you cannot automatically put it back into the storage area.

It’s definitely a creative solution for the dog owner that monitors their dog’s water intake.

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2 sizes torusThe Torus comes in a 1 and 2 liter size (note 1 liter not yet available in U.S. – coming soon),
as well as, a variety of colors.

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