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EzyDog – Award Winning Active Dog Products

EzyDog Cujo

The Cujo Leash

We fell in love with EzyDog when we saw their leashes. From just looking at their products, you can see that they build their dog products based on sports technology!

We also love that they incorporated zero shock technology into their leashes as we’ve all experienced that horrible jerk at the spotting of a squirrel. EzyDog also has come up with some other great leash variations from the coupler (2 dogs on one leash) to the multi-function vario.
We got the opportunity to interview EzyDog to get more of an inside look of their company and inspirations:

Tell us about EzyDog and how the company got started.

Brothers, Phil and Luke Hatcher, from Australia originally started out in the water sports industry. At the same time, John Hatcher (not related) was working for a major water-ski manufacturer in the USA. Sharing the same last name in the same small industry eventually got them introduced. Phil, Luke and John’s experience in this industry and love of dogs sparked the idea to combine the best of both worlds, which inspired the original shock absorbing leash – the Cujo.

EzyDog Neo Collar

EzyDog Neo Collar

They saw that materials from the water sports world work well for the dog market. For instance, neoprene is a very durable material that does not absorb oils so it does not get stinky like a typical nylon collar. The Cujo leash was the first product to be introduced to the pet industry and started what would eventually become EzyDog.

EzyDog officially began about 10 years ago and has developed into a highly technical, full line of dog products that focus on function, durability and unique designs. The focus has been to enhance the outdoor experience with our dogs.

EzyDog Convert Harness

Convert Harness

Tell us more about the materials used to make EzyDog products?

We make our own webbing, which allows us to more closely monitor the consistency and quality. We end up with a webbing that is super soft and extremely strong and durable. We use materials such as Neoprene for padded comfort, easy to clean and absorbs less stink than traditional materials. We also use EVA to form to the dog’s body for truly a custom fit. These “outside the box materials” make a superior product.

Summit Backpack

Summit Backpack

What are your most popular products?

Our Chest Plate and Quick Fit Harnesses along with our shock absorbing leashes are really popular. The combination of these with your pup can truly transform your walking/running experience. Our DFD (Doggy Floatation Device) and Summit Backpack continue to be popular as well. We attribute these items popularity with the ease of use and the problem solving features these items provide.

Road Runner Leash

Road Runner Leash

Tell us about the Road Runner leash.

The Road Runner Leash is out and we’re are very excited about this leash. It incorporates our Zero Shock Technology, reflective trim for night-time safety and the hands-free adjustments make it perfect for running with you dog. Our proprietary webbing ensures a super soft leash that is just plain comfortable.

Zero Shock Leash

Zero Shock Leash

Some people might assume your products are only for large &/or tough dogs ?

While our active look may appear to cater to the medium and larger breeds, we actually make products for all shapes and sizes of dogs. The Sparky, as well as, our Lite range of leashes, use clips and webbing widths more appropriate for the smaller dogs.

EzyDog Vario Leash

EzyDog Vario Leash

This is also true of our collars and harnesses. We even have a Micro line of Life Vests. The Sparky weighs 3.9 oz while the Cujo (40 inch) weighs 6.0 oz. We do offer our Soft Trainer Leash, Vario 4 and Vario 6 leashes, as well as, couplers available in the Lite versions. Sometimes the little guys are the hardest to control and they need our products most!

A Frisbee Your Dog Will Love!

Soft bite floppy disc dog frisbee

Soft bite floppy disc dog frisbee in action!

The Soft Bite Floppy Disc dog frisbee is by far one of the most fun toys we got for our dog. It comes in different sizes so you can get the right size for your dog. Here’s why we love it:

  • It’s light, flexible and perfect for traveling.
  • It’s durable and ideal for playing fetch.
  • It floats! Yep – perfect for the pool. Dries out quickly.
  • We’ve used it as a quick water bowl. If you’re on a walk outside and need to give your dog a quick drink of water it comes in handy.
  • Our dog loves it!
dog frisbee

Lucky loves her frisbee!

Last summer, our dogsized fan, Lucky, was looking for some tough dog toys and we recommended the Soft Bite Floppy. It ended up being her favorite toy of the bunch! She’s tough on dog toys and the Soft Bite Floppy passed the test. Here’s an updated photo of Lucky with her favorite new toy, the Soft Bite Floppy dog frisbee!

What’s your dogs favorite toy? Let us know!

Dog Anxiety from Thunder or Fireworks?

thunderWith July 4th right around the corner, you might be worried about how your best friend will do with all the firework sounds.

Hurricane season has also started and we’ve already experienced some lightning and thunder which can be scary for your dog too!

Dog anxiety is always worrisome for a pet parent. Clearly you want to appease your dog, but often they will just hide and shake. Many dogs flee, which is why July 4th is the #1 day in which pets get lost and end up in shelters.
Dog anxiety

What can you do to help out your dog during July 4th and Hurricane Season?

1. Keep your dog inside during fireworks or thunderstorms, preferably with human companionship.
2. Provide a safe place inside for your dog to retreat. When scared of sounds, dogs often prefer small enclosed areas. We highly recommend using a crate (see our article on the Dog Crate) and perhaps putting a blanket over the crate.
3. Ensure your dog gets plenty of exercise earlier in the day – a tired dog is a happy dog.
4. Keep the windows and curtains closed.
5. Make sure your dog is wearing ID tags with a properly fitting collar. They should also be micro-chipped just in case they are lost and brought to a shelter.
6. Distract your dog by giving him a bully stick to chew on or an interactive food toy (see our article on Treat Dispenser Toys).

Thundershirt camo

Thundershirt in Camo

Try Out the ThunderShirt – a medicine free solution!

If you haven’t tried one before, we recommend trying a ThunderShirt to help your dog with anxiety.

How does ThunderShirt work? Pet experts believe that pressure has a calming effect on the nervous system, possibly by releasing a calming hormone like endorphins. The ThunderShirt’s gentle, constant pressure relaxes most dogs if they are anxious, fearful or overexcited. Just to be clear, this does not mean you can hug your dog and get the same results – a hug from a shirt/wrap is different from a hug from a person.

ThunderShirt has conducted surveys on over 2,000 customers and over 80% of dogs showed significant improvement in symptoms when using a ThunderShirt.

ThunderShirt comes in a variety of colors, so even if your dog is anxious, he can now be extra stylish in a ThunderShirt. We love the new camo / orange color for our male dog!

Top 5 Dog Life Jackets for Safety on the Water

If you’re taking your best friend out on the high seas or local lake, you’ll want to make sure you’ve outfitted him in the safest gear possible. Perfect for boating and sailing. As you put on your life jacket, don’t forget about your dog’s life jacket – you want to keep him safe too!

Here are some great dog life jacket options:

All linked for easy shopping

ruffwear dog life jacket Ruffwear K9 Dog Life Jacket
This dog life jacket from canine outdoor adventure gear company, Ruffwear, scores top reviews. Perfect for dogs that love to join their humans rafting, kayaking, boating, surfing and paddle boarding, this life jacket is designed for dogs of all shapes and sizes. This premium, fully-featured dog life jacket has a strong handle, optimally positioned to lift dogs out of the water.
Outward Hound Dog Life Jacket
Dogs’ swimming abilities can vary dramatically depending on age and breed. Even “water” dogs can be susceptible to panic in strong currents. The Outward Hound award winning life jacket sports high visibility colors, multiple reflective strips, easy-grab handles, and outstanding floatation. It’s an ideal life jacket for dogs.
ezydog life jacket EzyDog Doggy Floatation Vest
The EzyDog life jacket combines top performing flotation with the comfort of life vest versatility. It also keeps your dog stylish with plenty of color options for your next trip out on the water. The grab handle makes it easy to take your dog out of the water. Adjustable neoprene straps form an ergonomic and secure fit.
Hurtta Dog Life Jacket Hurtta Life Jacket
The Hurtta Life Jacket is designed for use in swimming, water rescue, rehabilitation and boating. An adjustable belt and front allow the life jacket to fit most breeds of dog. The back of the jacket is fitted with sturdy handle so your dog can be easily lifted out of the water. A protective underbelly section distributes the dog’s weight over a larger area and keeps the jacket firmly in place.
1# Rated Dog Life Jacket in Europe!
WOpet Dog Life Jacket
Who says you can’t have a little fun with your dog safety! This comes in the shark (shown here) or fish tail versions. It has velcro and buckles around the waist and neck which are adjustable so you can tighten or loosen as much as you need. Will definitely be a crowd-pleaser at your next pool or boat party!