What’s the best no pull dog harness on the market?

Having a dog that is constantly pulling can turn what should be a lovely walk in the park in to a nightmare.  It feels like it should be the simplest of things to correct but often it’s incredibly tricky.  In order to enjoy walks more and to hopefully help your dog to stop pulling an anti pull dog harness might be something to try out.  They work in lots of cases and I’ve definitely seen a change in behaviour when I’ve used them.  I’m going to be looking at the best no pull dog harness and also some tips on how to choose.

How to choose the best no pull dog harness

When searching for a good dog harness you might want to consider the following:

How adjustable is it?  Will it fit your dog?

can the harness be left on while they’re having a run around?

Does the lead attach to the front or the back?

How easy to use and put on is it?  Is there a front clip or does it attach on their tummy?

Is it escape proof?  A harness is useless if your dog can wiggle out of it.

Make sure it’s comfortable and doesn’t choke your dog too.

The most effective no pull dog harness for walking will be one that is comfortable to use and that is easy.  If it’s a pain to get on and off, leading to a grumpy dog (and owner) you’ll be less likely to use it, so ease of use is always at the top of my list.

No pull dog harness reviews

COA Non-pull Harness

Best anti pull dog harness – most popular

This is one of the bestsellers in the UK at the moment.  The Company of Animals harness claims to stop pulling instantly and it certainly does work that well for some dogs.  It has a lot of good reviews from really happy dog owners who have had their walks transformed.

It has padded areas where the harness goes under your dogs legs as this can be an area that gets rubbed which is great and it can be left on while the dog is off for a run and having a play around.  It’s a fairly inexpensive bit of kit so a good budget dog harness, nice and simple to use and comes in three different sizes for different breeds.

Check out this product on Amazon here.

Halti harness

The Halti harness is another of the dog training harnesses by the Company of Animals.  The Halti is a very simple design, being one strap that goes around the dogs ribcage and another that goes round the front of the chest.  You then attach a double ended lead (not included although they do make one that works well with it) which helps to guide and control the dog.

Again there are three different sizes for you to choose from depending on the type of dog that you have.

Check out the Halti on Amazon here.

 

Fit into everyway dog harness

Best rated dog harness

This is a much more substantial harness than the ones previously reviewed.  Available in 3 colours, green, black or orange this is a great harness for keeping your dog seen as well as for helping to train it to heel.  It has reflective piping on the harness so if you do a lot of walking at night then it’s perfect to make sure they are seen.

It can be a front attaching dog harness or you can attach your lead to the back depending on how you want it and there’s even a loop handle that can be used in conjunction with a car seatbelt so that it can double up as a car harness.

I really like this one for being extremely sturdy so if you feel like you want more than just the basic webbing, this might be a good one to try.

For more reviews and latest price check on Amazon here.

 

Sinbury Red Adjustable harness vest

Best harness for large breeds

If you want a nice sturdy harness but one that doesn’t seem too big and obtrusive for your dog this one from Sinbury is a great choice.  It comes in black or red and I really like it because it is simple yet effective.

It’s nicely padded at the front and at the back and with a strap that goes under the dogs belly.  The lead attaches to the back of the harness.

Available in a few different sizes too depending on the breed of your dog – be sure to measure rather than guess!

Check out more reviews and latest price here.

 

Outside dogs? Best dog house reviews

Whether your dog stays outside all the time, just while you’re at work or just likes to be out there any chance he gets, a dog house is a perfect way to protect them from the elements and give them a sleeping or resting space outside.  I’m looking at what’s available and reviewing so you can choose the best dog house for your best friend.

Tips on choosing the best outdoor dog house

When choosing your ideal dog house the first thing you must make a decision on is the material that it’s made from.  The options are generally wood and plastic and both have their plus points.  A plastic dog house will generally be cheaper, lighter, easier to clean and can also be used indoors easily enough should you want to.  A wooden dog house is much more insulated and tends to be more sturdier too, so if you’re looking to get something for winter use that might be a good option.

The next thing to consider is the size.  You want it to be just the right size, too small and they’ll be uncomfortable, too big and they might get cold inside.  Your dog should be able to get in, walk around and stretch out easily.

Dog house reviews

 

Best plastic dog houses

First up is this plastic kennel from Starplast.  It’s a very basic design and the plastic panels clip together easily making this a really quick job to assemble.

It’s a really sturdy large dog house and is available in 2 colours – the beige and green version above and also a mocha colour.  I’d say it’s suitable for medium to large dogs and the dimensions are approximately 78 x 84.5 x 80.5 cm.

Click here to see more about this dog house on Amazon

 

If the dog house above is too small for your dog then this one from Easipet is another well rated plastic kennel.  It’s suitable for smaller sized dogs and the dimensions are 75cm depth x 59cm width x 66cm high.

It’s a really cute little dog house in white with a blue roof with plenty of ventilation holes so they don’t get too hot and stuffy inside.  It can be used inside or outside and is really good budget option.

To see more, including reviews and the latest price check Amazon here.

 

This Ferplast Dogvilla is available in 3 different sizes so you should be able to find something for your dog unless they are really large (some reviews say the largest size is too small for their dogs).

It has an off centre door which has an aluminium frame within so is chew proof.  What I also like about this product is that there are some extra options that you can buy.  You can get a plastic door to add to it and also further insulation panels.

Sizes are as follows:

70 – 73 x 59 x 53cm

90 – 88 x 72 x 65cm

110 – 100 x 79 x 84 cm

Check out reviews and latest prices here.

 

Best wooden dog houses

This wooden dog house is a lovely traditional design with a slightly off centre door giving a bigger bit of protection at one side.  It’s well made with good quality, but light oiled wood.

It’s available in three different sizes so should be fine no matter what kind of dog you have.  The dimensions are as follows:

small – 77 x 54 x 66.5cm

medium – 88 x 65 x 76cm

large – 95 x 75 x 83cm

I’d say this was a really good option if you’re looking for a budget wooden kennel – check the link below for the latest prices.

You can see more on Amazon here.

 

If you need an extra large dog house then this one from Kennels Imperial comes well rated and is a really good option.  It’s also a good insulated dog house – as well as the wood being a good form of insulation, it also has a layer of styrofoam in-between the outside wood and plywood inside.

The dimensions of this dog house are as follows: external – 116cm (46″) Width x 79cm (31″) (Depth) x 81cm (32″) Height, internal – 103cm (41″) Width x 65cm (26″) Depth x 71cm (28″) Height.

It’s well made and easy to fit together, an excellent large dog kennel for dogs that like to sleep outside.

Check the reviews on Amazon here.

 

If you’re after a nice luxury dog house that has a sweet little porch area for your dog to enjoy the shade then this summerhouse is a lovely bit of kit.    It has the traditional dog sleeping area but also has a veranda out front for lazing on – perfect if you are worried about them getting enough shade on a hot day.

One downside about this item is that it’s a bit trickier to clean than some of the other ones on this page.

Check out this item on Amazon here.

What’s the best dog shampoo?

Ok, I don’t know about you, but my dogs can just get themselves more muddier than I could ever imagine!  I’ve gone through so many different kinds of dog shampoo over the years trying to keep them looking presentable!  Here’s my thoughts on the best dog shampoo around at the moment, there’s a few different types in here so depending on what you’re looking for – sensitive, flea, even dry shampoo – hopefully there will be a good dog shampoo to help you.

A note on choosing the best shampoo for dogs – I always check the reviews on Amazon to see what others have gone for (all my links will take you there) and go for well reputed brands.  It goes without saying though that all dogs are different and have different skin so it might take a while to find something that you get on with.  If they have sensitive skin be extra careful or go for a natural brand.

Best dog shampoo – a good all rounder

Groom Professional Baby Fresh Shampoo

When we was our dogs it’s to get them clean right?  But what we also secretly want is for them to come out smelling wonderful and just like they stepped out of the grooming parlour.  Well if you’re the same, you’re in luck as this is really the best smelling dog shampoo I’ve found – I love it!  It smells just like baby powder and lasts for a good few days after the bath.

It’s actually used by lots of professional groomers and it’s a great all round shampoo that’s suitable from all dogs and for puppies from 8 weeks old.  For the price you’re getting an excellent shampoo and it can last a long time (depending on the size and likelihood of muddiness of your dog!) – the bottle is a little on the small side if I’m honest, but again that might be fine for you if you have a smaller dog and they also do a bulk size bottle too if you like it.

You can see the reviews of this product and the latest price on Amazon here.

 

Best dog shampoo for sensitive skin

If you have a dog with itchy skin and who seems to be sensitive to all sorts then a good anti-bacterial shampoo might be worth trying – obviously if you’re worried about it seek out vet advice as well.

Aqueos Anti-bacterial dog shampoo

This dog shampoo by Aqueos is a really good option for soothing skin irritations in dogs and I know how hard it is to see them scratch so much – we just want to find something to stop the annoyance and sooth it.

It’s really gentle yet it kills fungus, bacteria and also viruses.  There’s also a deodorising aspect to it as well so if you have a dog that likes to roll around in really stinky things then it’s great for getting rid of that long lasting smell too.

You can see more reviews on Amazon here.

 

Best dry shampoo for dogs

Pet Head Dry Clean Waterless Spray Shampoo

Oh my, this one was a life changer for me when I discovered it.  You know how it is, you’re off out for a long walk in a new area that you’ve driven to and bam, they find the horse poo!  You’re stuck with that smell all the way home!  Well, not us any more after we started keeping this in the car.

Ok, it doesn’t get rid of big lumps of stuff – maybe keep some dog wipes handy for that – but it’s super simple to use.  You simply spray it on and towel dry it off.  It has a lovely blueberry muffin smell too which makes those journeys home that little bit better than the smell of wet dog!  It’s also a good sized bottle and lasts quite a while.

You can take a look at this item on Amazon here.

 

Best flea shampoo for dogs

Vetzyme JDS Insecticidal Shampoo

If your dog is infested with fleas it’s important to get rid of them as fast as possible, not only for your dog’s well being, but also so that they don’t spread them around.  I definitely recommend having this item in the cupboard even if you don’t use it regularly and just to have if you need it.

Of course it can also be used as a deterrent to getting fleas as well and not just to remove them.  It’s suitable for all dogs and for puppies from 3 months old.  It has a nice natural antiseptic smell and works really well.

You can see more about this shampoo on Amazon here.

 

Best natural dog shampoo

Earthbath Oatmeal and Aloe Itch Relief Pet Shampoo

If you’re looking to reduce the amount of chemicals in your house and what your dog comes in to contact with then this green shampoo from Earthbath is well worth considering (as are the other items in their range).  If you’re finding that your dog reacts to the chemicals in shampoo as well you might find that a much more natural shampoo will work better.

It’s completely natural, ph balanced and soap free and the ingredients are specially formulated to be soothing for dogs skin and to stop them itching.  It’s suitable for puppies from the age of 6 weeks too.

Check this item out on Amazon here.

 

If you’re inspired and want to save more money by also clipping your dog at home, check out some of the best dog clippers.

8 tips for camping with dogs

Camping with dogs can be great, but if you’ve never done it before it can also take a bit of getting used to!  It’s a fab holiday option for those of us who want to include our dogs in everything we do, it’s outside and there’s plenty of space to keep us all happy.  Here’s my dog camping tips for newbies and seasoned campers alike.

 

8 tips for camping with dogs

Here’s my tips for a camping holiday with dogs – many of them are fairly common sense tips, but worth repeating!

  1. Look for dog friendly campsites and go with your own instincts about what kind of place is going to be good for you as a group.  Do you like more quiet sites, adult only sites?  Perhaps you want to be close to a walking area?  Check out these campsites at Cool Camping and be sure to check the reviews.
  2. Always make sure that your dog has a dog tag with your mobile phone number attached.  You’ll be around unfamiliar territory and if they wander off you’ll want to make sure that you’re reachable.  There’s no point if his tag has a home phone number when you’re not there!
  3. Have a steady supply of dog poop bags and be sure to be extra careful and vigilant.  Again, this is so common sense and something that people should be doing anyway, but if you’re on a campsite you need to be extra respectful of the others around and make sure it’s all cleaned up.
  4. Speaking of being respectful, make sure your dog is well behaved and able to handle other people being around.  If you have an aggressive dog or one that barks constantly it will not only be worrying for the other people on the campsite, but you’ll be spending all your time fretting as well.  If you’re not sure how it will go, take them camping somewhere quiet and close by for the first time and see how you all do for a night or two.
  5. Try and have your own territory around your caravan or tent.  If you can also fence it off with some windbreaks then you’ll not be worried about people accidentally getting in your space and freaking your dogs out.
  6. Always be aware of your surroundings and keep your dog on a leash around livestock.  In new areas it’s especially important to be in control of your dog, you don’t want to be the person who causes havoc and turns a dog friendly campsite in to a no dog campsite!
  7. Make sure that your dog’s vaccinations and flea and tick treatments are up to date.  It’s a good idea to pack a first aid kit too and have the number of the local vet to hand in case you need it.
  8. Always make sure that your dog isn’t too hot.  Tents can get sweltering inside so if you can, create some shade with a tarpaulin or a beach shelter and always have plenty of water on hand.

If you’ve any tips to share I’d love to hear them, have I missed anything?  And if you need some advice on the best dog camping gear then check out my post here.

The best dog camping gear – what you need and what you don’t!

Camping is such a great holiday idea when you have dogs.  You’ll no doubt find out very quickly that you’re very limited in holiday options once you have your furry friend.  It’s tempting to go out and buy a lot of specialist stuff for your trip, so I wanted to do a guide to the best dog camping gear around and what you definitely need.

If you’re looking for tips on camping with dogs so that you and your furry friends have the best time possible then check out my post here.

The best dog camping gear you can’t do without

Tie out cable

Having a way to allow your dog to have a bit of freedom without you always needing to be holding on to them is essential for a stress free camping holiday with your dog.  This tie out cable from Rosewood is 30ft long so provides ample room for your dog to wander and not feel like he’s being watch all the time, while still being contained.

You could attach it to something heavy like your chair if you’re sitting on it, but a better option is to have a ground stake (see below).

Check out the latest price on Amazon here.

 

Ground stake

A ground stake is another essential bit of gear for camping with your dog.  It’s a corkscrew metal stake which securely goes in to the ground and can have a leash attached to it.  You could use a normal leash, but you might find it a bit restrictive for your dog – a better bet is something like the one above that has a metal core and can’t be chewed through.

It’s small and takes up hardly any space which when you’re camping is so handy!  I couldn’t live without this when we go away.

Check out this item on Amazon here.

 

Towels – lots of them!

If you happen to have muddy and wet weather, and let’s face it with our UK summers it’s kinda likely, then you’ll want a steady supply of towels on hand for wet dogs.

I recommend an old towel to have by the door of your tent or caravan that is solely for muddy feet – both yours and the dogs! and also a couple of other towels to dry off wet fur.  Microfibre towels like this one are great because they really get the water out of your dog’s coat easily and can dry off quickly too – just hang them up in the breeze.  They take up less space than regular towels too which is always a plus.

You can check this product out on Amazon here.

 

A dog first aid kit

If you haven’t already got one set up then a first aid kit for your dog is a good addition to your camping gear – you’ll likely be taking your own human version, so either add to it with enough dog friendly things or get a dedicated one like this one.

It has some bandages, dressings, antiseptic wipes, scissors and a foil blanket amongst some other items.  One thing I’d add to it is some tick removal tools as I’m a bit squeamish about getting those out without them!

You can see more about this first aid kit, plus reviews, here on Amazon.

 

Windbreaks

When you’re camping having your own space is quite a nice idea and it’s essential if your dog might not cope with too many people walking past.  I highly encourage you to have some sort of windbreaks available so that you can in effect make your own territory if you need to.  General beach windbreaks can work well although they can struggle in some ground.  Specific camping windbreaks like this one have mixed reviews because they can be a bit fiddly to work well.  They are much more lightweight than the traditional version so if you’re struggling for space then they are definitely a good idea.

You can see more about this product on Amazon here.

 

What you don’t need to camping with your dog (but are nice to have)

These are good buys if you have the room and don’t want to take your items from home.  Maybe you have a caravan and like to have some dedicated dog items stored there so that you always have them with you.

As always, your mileage may vary!  If you want to have these then go for it, but don’t feel like you need them for that first camping trip with your furry friend.

Dog camping bed

Some kind of space for your dog to know is his is a good idea when camping.  Of course you can just take their bed from home, but if you want something different then a fabric crate like this one is a good idea.  It has the added advantage of being a safe and small space that your dog can go in should they need some quiet time.

If you’re going on a long journey you could also use this to keep your dog from moving around too much in the car.

This one is available in Medium, Large and Extra Large sizes – probably not brilliant for the bigger dog breeds but if you have a small breed then it could be a very good buy.

Check out the reviews on Amazon here.

 

Collapsible dog bowls

Again these are nice to have when camping due to the fact that they fold down and take up much less room than normal bowls.  I really like this set from Mudder as they come with carabiner clips so that you can attach them to a bag if you’re out for a walk.

They’re small in size so might not be good for larger dogs or if you have a few.

Check the latest price on Amazon here.

 

Dog rain coat

Finally we have a dog rain coat.  Now I love the rain coat we have for our dog and I’ll tell you why – on those days when it’s really bucketing it down we can go for a nice walk and I know that yes he’ll be wet, but he’ll not be absolutely sopping wet.  It means that we’re not completely relying on our towels to get him dry as he’s been protected slightly.

Now if you have a dog that hates the rain (ha! I know they exist!) or a really short haired dog then a rain coat probably won’t be worth the extra space.  But if you are worried about rainy days or have dogs that get cold easily in the rain or just have extra long coats they are a life saver!

This rain coat is a really good one from Muddy Paws – it’s simple, fits over the head and attaches under the dogs tummy.  It’s available in lots of sizes too so check out the sizing chart for information on which size to go for.

You can see more about this dog coat here.

 

Enjoy your camping trips with your dog and if you have any tips to share please leave them in the comments section!

Best dog frisbee for outdoor fun

If you have a dog like mine then you’re likely on the look our for a toy that will wear then out when you’re on a trip to the park.  Frisbees are one of many dog toys I have in my arsenal and I’ve been on the lookout for the best dog frisbee around.  Here are some of the better ones I’ve found.

 

Best dog frisbees available online

Kong Flyer Dog Toy

Kong make some excellent dog toys and you’ve probably seen the rubber toys that you can place food inside.  This is the flying disc toy that they have made for dogs and it’s a really good product I’ve found.

It comes in two sizes – Small and Large and is made of rubber so it’s gentle on your dog’s teeth.

Probably one to keep away from water though as there are mixed reports about it’s ability to float!

This frisbee can be seen online at Amazon here.

 

Tkc Aerobie Dogobie Disc

Aerobie make really good frisbees for people and this is their dog version!  It’s make of a soft light material which makes it easy to squish up and fit in your pocket.  Perfect for if you need both hands available to walk your dog (or dogs!)

The frisbee is 8 inches in diameter and can float on water so hopefully no losing it in a lake!

You can see this dog frisbee on Amazon here.

 

Petstages Orka Flyer

Another rubber frisbee for dogs, this one is really tough and can survive many dogs who just love to chew up their flying discs.  If you have a chewer then this one might be worth trying.

It can be a little heavy so might be good for bigger dogs and like the Kong it doesn’t float so keep away from large bodies of water.

You can see more about this frisbee here.

 

Trixie Dog Activity Disc

If you’re looking for a plastic frisbee then this one is a goodie.  It claims to be bite proof so again if you have a dog that just likes to chew all of their frisbees then it might be worth a go with something like this.

It’s not super expensive either so if you’re tired of paying out lots for dog toys, it’s not too much money.

You can see this dog frisbee here.

 

Does your dog like playing with a frisbee?  Maybe you’ll have a future dog frisbee champion on your hands!!!

If you’ve tried out lots of frisbees for dogs and have a favourite do let me know in the comments and I’ll add them in!

Welcome to Outdoor Mutt

I don’t know about you, but I really love getting outside lots and of course my dog loves to come out with me too.

I’ve been a little bit frustrated recently as I’ve been buying lots of items online for my little guy and I found hardly any sites that could provide good, honest information about the best gear for dogs. I thought it would be helpful if I could create a corner of the internet where I can cut through the rubbish and give honest advice about what to buy and what not to buy.

I’m known as Muttley round these parts and I can’t wait to get stuck in and get to know all my fellow dog walkers!

Until then though, I have some eyes looking at me and waiting for another ‘walkies’!!