The right tools for each job with expert explanations.
At Snoot we understand that adopting a new dog can be more expensive than you thought. That's why in addition to free video content to quickly solve your most common problems, we've gathered this shopping list of the most effective tools for dog ownership. These tools will help ensure your dog is happy, healthy, and well-behaved, saving you time, money, and frustration.
Health Insurance may seem like an unnecessary cost at this point. Your dog may be healthy, young, and not have any problems, but this is the best time to invest in keeping them that way. The benefits of having insurance help with the health costs for your furry friend are:
Dog foods can be a very tricky topic, but as long as you choose a high-quality brand and the specific line of food for your dog’s age, size, and weight/activity level, you should be fine. Some of our recommended options are:
Puppy foods will sometime be made of smaller kibbles for small mouths, but most importantly should be high protein and low calcium. High protein will help support the fast growth of a young dog, and keeping calcium low while bones are growing will help avoid issues like hip dysplasia. You can keep feeding these foods until well into adulthood to be safe.
Foods designed for large breed dogs tend to contain more calories and supplements for joint support, like chondroitin, glucosamine, and omega-3’s. For adult large breed dogs, these are a must. For large breed puppies (up to 24 months!), you’ll need specific foods with less calcium, as too much can hip issues in developing bones. Make sure to choose appropriately!
Foods designed specifically for small breed dogs (less than 20 pounds) will be made of smaller kibbles and have more calories per cup than other foods, since smaller dogs have faster metabolisms relative to their weight.
Potty training comes down to encouraging your dog to go outside, with treats and praise, and discouraging them from going inside their crate (their own room!) when they’re at risk for pottying. For that you’ll need the following:
The type of crate you’ll want to use will depend on what your dog finds most comfortable. Double-door crates are easier for training, while some dogs prefer a cozier travel-style crate. Many crates have a removable flooring for easier cleaning and are collapsible for easier transport. Choose wisely, and don’t skimp on this dog training necessity!
If your dog already knows how to go potty outside but still goes inside in specific spots, it may be because that spot already smells like a toilet to them. You might not be able to smell it, but they sure can! In these cases, an enzymatic spray can break down the odor and help your dog stop going there.
If you don’t have a yard – you live in an apartment or condo or maybe it’s too cold outside – you may need to find creative ways to help your dog learn where to potty. Grass pieces (sod), fake grass (turf), or wee-wee pads are all good options options to help your dog when you can’t get to walk outside or to a grassy area. But if you can, the best option is always REAL GRASS!
Teaching your dog not to bite on you or the furniture is one thing, but you should also take care of their need to chew and teeth on things. The following options are the best value for the amount of time they take your dog to finish.
These options are smaller and softer versions of the chews for adult dogs. Perfect for puppies with sharp little teeth! Make sure to supervise your puppy the first whenever you give them anything new.
These options are best for the average adult dog. They’re made of harder materials and can take your dog a while to finish them. The best options for dogs to chew are the texture of wood (somewhat hard) and are fully digestible when consumed. Use these as a nice snack or to burn off some extra energy if your dog hasn’t been able to exercise as much.
These options are ideal for very strong dogs with powerful jaws and a lot of energy to let out. These can work for most adult dogs, but may be too difficult for many. Recommended for big and powerful dogs!
When doing basic obedience training, you’re going to want to have treats (appropriate VALUE for the difficulty of the training) somewhere to keep the treats, and a few other appropriate tools like a good mat for “place”.
Loose-leash walking gets its own section because it’s a big problem for so many dogs, and there’s a lot of ways to get it wrong. The tools you need are pretty basic, and there are a lot of options out there that can actually make things worse. So for leash-walking, keep it simple.
Remember that for treats you want to use the appropriate treats for the situation. Low-value if you’re inside the house, and high-value if you’re somewhere very distracting or doing any training related to fears.
When training in your house, it’s a good idea to use your dogs kibbles as treats. Low value treats like the ones below will also be a good option for times when there are not many distractions around. This is important for not spoiling your dog, and for having options left when training something very difficult.
Medium value treats are the typical treats you buys at the pet store. These treats are usually smelly and have some fillers, but are good for normal training if your dog is tired of kibbles. As a general rule, try not to use too much of these treats as they may be too much for your dogs stomach and cause diarrhea!
Here are some examples of treats that most dogs would consider “High Value” treats. These are often made from real meats and are super stinky and tasty. Only use these when you really need to, like when you’re working around a lot of distractions or on overcoming fears.
Every dog needs to relax and have some fun, chew on something, rip apart some toys, or play games with you or treat toys. Here are some fun “enrichment” options for you and your dog.
Some dogs may need to avoid eating too fast as it may make them sick, while some other dogs have long beards or just drink very sloppy. Both issues are very annoying and can be solved pretty easily with the right tools.