The Best Dog Gear of 2019
Accessories for good boys and girls
WilderDog PawJam Balm ($18)
Hot pavement is no friend to unassuming paws and can lead to raw, cracked pads. Protect them with WilderDog’s balm, a soothing blend of beeswax, mango butter, and aloe vera. It’s nontoxic, so dogs can lick all they want.
Chaco Leash ($20)
This six-foot leash buckles around your waist for hands-free outings. Testers appreciated the quick-grab handle, which is located near the collar and allows you to pull your pup closer in tight quarters or when someone shouts, “On your left!”
Filson Dog Bowls with Stand ($195)
Plastic doesn’t quite mesh with your kitchen feng shui? Upgrade to these steel receptacles, which rest in a handsome pine stand made from reclaimed floor and ceiling joists.
Buff Dog Insect Shield Neckwear ($15)
Bloodsuckers don’t discriminate. On days when you need bug protection, put this neck gaiter on your pup. It’s infused with Insect Shield repellent to stave off all kinds of nibbling nasties, including mosquitos, ticks, flies, and fleas.
Portland Pet Food Company Bacon Brew Biscuits ($10)
These tasty treats are baked with spent grains from Portland, Oregon, breweries. Because simple is usually better, they contain just five ingredients: barley, bacon, peanut butter, organic eggs, and rye flour (also from the breweries). Sensitive noses, rejoice—the smell isn’t as overpowering as a lot of dog treats.
Wild One Tennis Balls ($10)
The fuzzy felt on most tennis balls acts like sandpaper against your dog’s teeth. These are covered with a soft, nonabrasive material and have a solid-rubber core for extra bounce.
Ruffwear Rest-Cycle Dog Bed ($100)
The baffled construction of this bed is graded (higher on the edges, lower in the center) to encourage dogs to curl up. Plus, it’s stuffed with repurposed closed-cell foam, and the removable cover sheds hair and stains with a quick spin in the washing machine.
Orvis Field Collection Dog Jacket ($59)
We can’t get enough of dogs in jackets, and we like the Field Collection because it combines high performance with good looks. The cotton-canvas exterior resists light rain, and the velvet lining adds warmth when temperatures drop in the evening.