Top 10 Picks From SuperZoo 2014
Was it ever hot this year at SuperZoo 2014 in Las Vegas – and I’m not just talking about the weather. This pet industry trade show was packed with people, products and ideas that were all about pets. I was there the full three days, and let me tell you, I needed every minute the show was open to check out all of the cool stuff that’s on store shelves or coming soon to a retailer near you. As always, it’s hard to narrow it down, but here are my Top 10 picks from SuperZoo 2014.
West Paw Design’s Toppl Toy: If you want to keep your dog busy when you’re around the house, you’ve got to try Toppl. A durable treat dispensing puzzle toy, you stuff the Toppl full of kibble or treats. Its soft, rounded teeth hold the food in place, so your dog needs to push it around for the treats to come out. When it gets dirty, just throw it in the dishwasher. Toppl comes in a variety of sizes and colors, and you control how challenging it will be for your dog to get the treats. The Toppl will be available for purchase this fall and will range in price from $15 to $20. ( West Paw Design)
Dog Rocks: Are you tired of lawn burn caused by your dog’s bathroom habits? Dog Rocks is an all-natural lawn burn solution that’s easy, chemical-free and safe. Mined for a deep Australian quarry, Dog Rocks are placed in your dog’s water bowl and filter out impurities that cause excess nitrate concentrations. It doesn’t affect the pH balance in your dog’s drinking water or urine and it safe for all of your household pets. Just change the rock in the water bowl every two months to stop those nasty lawn burns. ( Dog Rocks)
Kurgo Step ‘N Strobe Dog Shoes: Talk about a set of flashy shoes! These dog shoes actually light up when your dog puts his foot down –red and green lights light up the night and let you know which way your dog is going. The Step ‘N Strobe Dog Shoes are great for any type of terrain, are made from breathable tight-weave mesh, and feature structured synthetic leather uppers and outsoles. A set of four shoes will set you back $70. ( Kurgo)
Dog Is Good Pet Water Bottle With Roller Ball: When I’m out and about with Oscar, he won’t drink out of a portable water bowl. I don’t know if he’s feeling self-conscious about it, but I’m concerned about heat stroke and dehydration. That’s why I was drawn to the Dog Is Good Pet Water Bottle With Roller Ball. This stainless-steel water bottle has two openings. There’s a small one up top has a ball-bearing to control water flow when you hold the bottle upside-down for your dog to drink (just like a hamster). There’s also larger second opening that lets you fill and clean the bottle. And if your dog likes to drink from a cup, just screw off the top and bam – you’ve got an instant cup! Pick one up for $19.99. ( Dog Is Good)
Buddy Pouch: Now here’s an idea for all you yoga-pants enthusiasts. I wear yoga pants all the time on dog walks. The one thing I hate about it is the fact that I have nowhere to store my keys and cell phone. But Buddy Pouch takes care of all that. This magnetic pouch lets you carry treats, waste bags, and other essentials while out with your dog – it’s a big step up from the fanny pack! Because of its strong magnets, the Buddy Pouch connects to any waistband for a secure hold. The Buddy Pouch retails online for $26.99. ( Buddy Pouch)
Fab Dog Comic and Karma Rollerneck Sweaters: Make a statement this fall with Fab Dog’s line of Comic and Karma Rollerneck Sweaters. The Comic collection features comic book graphics that pack a punch – choose from Snort, Woof, Bark and Growl. The Karma collection brings good luck and inner peace, with your choice of Hasma and Buddha designs. Each sweater retails for $45. ( Fab Dog)
PrideBites: I love these customizable toys from PrideBites. You can send in a picture of yourself or your dog, and the company will make a soft, squeaky toy using that image. They also have specialty toys based on where you live, which can also be customized to your specifications. Each toy is made with two layers of soft durabite fleece that features rip stop technology sewn in between the layers. They float, are machine washable and will make you smile! ( PrideBites)
Voyce: In the way of cool new technology, Voyce is a collar that monitors your dog’s health – it tracks key vital signs and trends that you and your veterinarian need to know about. Durable, waterproof and lightweight, Voyce uses non-invasive, radio frequency based technology to keep constant tabs on your dog’s health. There are no probes, so your dog doesn’t even know he’s getting a checkup. This information is stored online and is accessible to both you and your vet through a computer or mobile devise. Expect to see Voyce this fall. ( Voyce)
Northmate Pulse: Looking to keep your pooch busy while you’re away? From The Company of Animals, Northmate’s Pulse is an interactive hunting game that stimulates your dog’s instincts and develops mental and physical health. It comes with a set of radio-connected units that contain treats or food. Using sound, ultrasound and LED triggers, you or your dog press the button on the top of the first Pulse unit. Place the remaining units around your home. Once your dog gets the treat from the first unit, he has to run to the next unit to get another treat. You’ll have to train your dog to show him how it works, but if he’s food motivated, it won’t take long. You can also set Pulse to dispense food randomly over a set period. ( Northmate)
Modko Shake Dog Potty: No matter where you go, your dog has a stylish place to do his business, thanks to the Modko Shake Dog Potty. Easy to clean and portable, the Shake Dog Potty goes where you go and offers your dog a comfortable, familiar spot for your dog to potty. Thanks to its compact design, you can seal it up for a mess-free cleanup, and it’s so simple to fold, which makes it easy to take with you when you’re on the road. The Modko can support any size of dog, but is perfect for puppies and small to mid-sized dogs up to 40lbs. It retails for $220. ( Modko)
Amy Tokic, Editor of PetGuide.com, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).
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