Woody and I are big fans of multi purpose dog products. I implement the ‘buy less but better’ philosophy in all aspects of my life. It’s a great way of reducing your impact on the environment, as you’re using fewer resources overall. Since adopting Woody, I’ve been eager to implement these intentional purchasing habits for his belongings too. Today I thought I’d share with you some of our favourite multi purpose dog products, all of which we regularly use!
DOGSCLOSURE: This blogpost contains products that were gifted to us, as well as products I’m paid to photograph for clients.
Before we begin, I think it’s important to note that all of these items suit our lifestyle. Purchasing decisions, whether for a dog or yourself, are very personal and there are plenty of factors that influence our choices. Each of the multi purpose dog products featured in this blogpost help Woody and I live a more active, outdoor life together – something I really value. This is by no means a comprehensive list that’s suitable for everyone, it merely features a few of the products Woody and I find useful.
Ruffwear Palisades Pack
Woody’s backpack was by no means a necessary purchase. I was eager to start hiking and camping with Woody and was intrigued by the idea of him carrying his own belongings. The Palisades Pack was by far the most expensive option at the time (September 2018) but I was attracted to the multi purpose nature of this product. The main pack detaches from the harness, so the two components can be used separately. It also came with two 1 litre collapsible water bladders, which are perfect for our walks in summer.
Woody goes through harnesses like no tomorrow. His habit for running through dense hedgerows and daily swims in saltwater both mean his harnesses quickly get wrecked. Being able to use the harness and pack independently appealed to me. Though the overall pack was quite expensive, it saved me from having to buy an additional harness had I chosen a design where the two components couldn’t be separated. The handle on the modified Web Master Harness is so useful for coast path walks. I’m able to easily lift Woody over any stiles or obstacles we come across when we’re exploring.
3 Peaks Collapsible Bowls
I don’t always feed Woody his meals from a bowl, I like to switch things up every so often. I regularly scatter his food in the garden for him to sniff out, or hide it across the house. I’d stupidly forget to pack one of Woody’s metal bowls in the car for post-walk drinks of water last summer. Cue Woody’s 3 Peaks collapsible bowls!
The bowl fits nicely in the passenger door storage in my car. I leave one collapsible bowl here full time and attach the other to my rucksack when we’re out and about. I occasionally use it in the house too, particularly for foster dogs if they don’t arrive with one of their own. The bowls are handy when travelling too, as they collapse so small. Gone are the days where I carted around heavy food and water bowls on our trips away!
K9 Connectables Toys
DOGSCLOSURE: I am paid to create photography for K9 Connectables’ social media.
I love dog toys that are multi purpose. Particularly ones that take Woody a while to figure out. K9 Connectables create enriching puzzle toys for dogs. The toys interconnect and you can fill them with treats or food, just like a Kong. I started shooting photography for K9 Connectables last year and love how handy these toys are.
Firstly, the medium sized paw print ball components fit into a tennis ball launcher. My parents’ spaniel Millie thoroughly enjoyed playing fetch with them on her most recent stay. Woody also finds the puzzle quite hard to solve, when I connect all the pieces together it takes him ages to get all the treats. I also love the different textures across the toys, they’re great for spreading peanut butter or soft cheese for extra licking!
Aflora Cold Pressed Food – GIFTED
DOGSCLOSURE: We were gifted our first bag of Aflora dog food
When I first adopted Woody, I got swept up in the world of natural treats and chews. I wanted to make sure Woody had the best treats available and plenty of them! It turns out, he’s actually not too bothered by fancy brands or hefty price tags and quite happily snacks on his cold pressed food! He recently tried Aflora’s Gwithian Surf and Turf, a Cornish brand of cold pressed food recently launched by our friends at Natural Cornish Pet. Cold pressed food is typically a little more expensive than kibble but it’s nutritionally dense, so you feed your dog smaller portions.
I now rarely buy treats for Woody, except for bed time biscuits. Woody wouldn’t forgive me if I ever forgot those! I take out a bag of his regular food to give him as treats when we’re out on walks. The pellets are a lot smaller than the treats we used to use and much easier to carry around with me. Woody doesn’t seem to mind the swap, so it’s win win all round!
DOGSCLOSURE: I made and sold Woody’s bandanas last year but closed the online shop in winter last year.
Not only do bandanas make a great fashion accessory for your dog, they’re multi purpose dog products too. We’ve found plenty of uses for Woody’s bandanas over the past few months, both as cooling devices in summer and for flea treatment day. Woody is a very cuddly dog and his spot on flea treatment doesn’t stop him! Putting a bandana on him not only reminds us not to touch his neck (unless you like the smell of flea treatment of course) but it prevents excess medication getting on our furniture.
Of course, the main reason Woody wears his is for fashion. He’s acquired quite the collection of outdoorsy themed prints! I used to sell these bandanas in our online shop and I’m contemplating selling them again. I’m in two minds about it at the moment and would love to hear your thoughts. Should I sell Woody’s bandanas again?
Equafleece Dog Suit
Woody’s Equafleeces are probably our best loved dog purchase. It’s a multi purpose dog product too! I bought his first one (florescent yellow) soon after adopting him and splurged on a second in autumn 2018. Equafleeces can be used in a variety of ways to keep your dog dry and clean. We use ours after walks to dry Woody. I simply pop it on him when we get back to the car, by the time we’re home he’s pretty much dry. You can also use them on walks, to prevent your dog getting wet in the first place!
They’re great for keeping dogs warm too. We don’t get much snow in Cornwall but next time we do I’ll be sure to wrap Woody up in his Equafleece so we can adventure outside for longer!
What are your favourite multi purpose dog products? Let us know in the comments!
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