Equipment Recommendations

Below are some great products we find ourselves recommending and sending out links for often.  If you have specific questions about any of this gear be sure to check out the info on the sellers website and let us know if there is anything you need help with.

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When looking for a good harness typically you will need something with many adjustment points to allow for the most secure and comfortable fit.  Y-shaped harnesses (look like a Y when looking at your dog's chest) will be the least restrictive.  Many "no-pull" harnesses work by restricting leg movement which can lead to joint problems.  You also will want a reinforced leash attachment in the front and on the back.

Ruffwear Front Range Harness

Padded and designed for everyday use and extended wear.

Ruffwear or Amazon

Ruffwear Flagline Harness

Lightweight and load-dispersing for lifting/assisting.

Ruffwear or Amazon

Blue-9 Balance Harness

6 points of adjustment and chest and neck straps unbuckle.

Blue-9 Site or Amazon

Kurgo Tru-Fit Harness

Light and designed for the car, this harness is crash-test rated.

Kurgo, Amazon, Chewy

Enrichment Toys and Feeders

The best enrichment toys and feeders are the ones that  your pup enjoys safely.  Typically you would want activities that will occupy your dog's time but without ending in frustration.  We typically look for products that are BPA-free, food-grade, dishwasher-safe, made in the USA, and have been safety tested.  It is always best to supervise your pet during any enrichment time.  The following are all products that we use at Happy Dog or with our own pets.

Kong Classic

Great for stuffing wet treats into.  Comes in a variety of sizes.  Can be a little challenging for some dogs that are not used to food puzzles.

Amazon or Chewy

West Paw Toppl

Easier than a Kong with all the mental benefits.  Also comes in two sizes which can be screwed together for a whole new challenge.

Amazon or Chewy

Outward Hound Slo Bowls

Comes in a variety of designs and sizes.  These slow feeder bowls add stimulation to meal time and slow down your pup's eating.  (The orange swirl is easiest to clean without a dishwasher.)

Outward Hound, Amazon, Chewy

Mighty Paw Licki-Mat

Features several licking textures and super strong suction cups.  Made of dishwasher-safe, food-grade silicone so there's no staining or toxins.  There are many other great licki-mat brands.  

Mighty Paw or Amazon

Paw 5 Snuffle Mat

Made in the USA and designed to imitate grass, this snuffle mat is easily machine washable and heavy enough to not drift around the room.


Nina Ottoson Puzzle Feeder

With a variety of puzzles of varying types and difficulty levels these puzzles are a great brain workout!  The one pictured is level 1 and can be made easier by tying strings through the holes on each bone shape to make them easier to remove.  

Outward Hound, Amazon, Chewy

Kong Wobbler

Similar to treat puzzles this toy can be filled with food and adds extra challenge.  Whenever your pup bumps it food will fall out.  Extends meal times or use as a treat dispenser.

Amazon or Chewy

LickiMat Wobble

All the benefits of a traditional lickimat with added challenge.  Also has added capacity to hold your pup's full meal if needed.

Amazon or Chewy

Woof Pupsicle

Customize your own long-lasting licking enrichment for your pup with the pupsicle holder and mold.  Unscrews for easy loading and cleaning.

Amazon or Woof


A leash should always be secure and comfortable.  The following are several leashes we use at Happy Dog or with our personal dogs for various purposes.  

Nimble Waterproof Leash

30-50ft lines are good for proofing recall skills or working training games outdoors.  


PetiFine Leash

Padded handle with easy on attachment that cannot accidentally open.


Max and Neo Triple Handle

6ft leash with 3 intuitively-placed, padded traffic handles for easily reeling in your dog on walks.


Harness Lead

The Harness Lead is an all-in-one slip lead and harness that is completely customizable to your pup's size and secure for pups that know how to slip their collars or harnesses.  Should not be used for correction or as a primary leash.

Harness Lead or Amazon

Mendota Slip Lead

Easy on and off with an extra leather flap to secure it in place if needed. This is intended to be convenient for quick outings or for safety in places where your dog might escape. This isn't intended as a a corrective tool or as a primary-use leash.

Amazon or Chewy


Collars need to be secure and comfortable for your pup.  There are many great collars out there but here are just a few of different types that we and our staff have used for our dogs that offer specific solutions.  We do not typically recommend martingale, chain, prong, or electric collars.  

Tactipup Collars

Available with handles and/or personalization in a variety of sizes these collars are heavy duty for extra security.

Find at Tactipup

GoTags Embroidered Collar

No tags to lose, an embroidered collar ensures your pup always carries your contact info.  Plus information is large and easy to read.  A more affordable option.

Amazon or Chewy

Fi Smart Collar

Monthly subscription includes GPS tracking, step counter, and sleep tracking software.  GPS collars are good for any dog without bomb-proof recall so you can always find your dog.


Mighty Paw Padded Collar

Very affordable, this padded collar helps pups with sensitive necks.  Has handy extra clip in just for tags.  Order a size up for maximum velcro contact if your dog's measurements are right on the edge. 

Mighty Paw

Blazin Safety LED Collar

Added safety for night time potty breaks and adventures. USB rechargeable. Visible of up to 350 yards.  Some recommend to purchase red to help owners preserve their own night vision.

Amazon or Chewy

Dog Identification

Your pup's identification should be durable and easy-to-read. These are some great basic options.

Road iD

No-dangle design eliminates noise and reduces choking hazard. Lots of space for address and phone numbers.

Amazon or Chewy

GoTags Dog Tag

Durable, easily readable, and has lots of space for address and/or multiple phone numbers.  The holes can be small if you are putting on a thick ring.


Coastal EZ Change ID Clip

Makes updating tags and switching ID from collar to collar much easier.  Included silencer reduces noise and wear on metal tags.  Very secure.

Amazon or Chewy

Misc. Accessories

Some great protective gear that we sometimes recommend depending on your pup's hobbies.  Gear like this is not meant to be used to ignore any safety concerns but to help you actively manage heat, cold, or other factors that may put your pup more at risk when out and about.

Muttluks Trackers

All-season dog booties that are designed to stay on tight and keep your paws safe from debris or hot pavement.

Amazon or Chewy

Muttluks Winter Boots

Keep your pet's paws safe from cold temperatures.

Amazon or Chewy

SafetyPup High-Vis Vest

Water-resistent and easy to put on this jacket is a great affordable option for safety during after-dark adventures or deer season.

Amazon or Chewy

Ruffwear Sun Showers Coat

Waterproof but light this coat will keep your dog warm out in rainy weather.

Ruffwear or Amazon

Outdoor Toys

All of these are toys you'll find out in our play yards or in pics of the dogs.  They are all easily sanitized, fun, and relatively durable for dogs.  Plus large toys and bright colors = less chance of being mowed under (RIP some pretty great toys).  These toys are all meant to be interactive so be sure to supervise your pup if they are playing with any of these items solo.

Jolly Ball Tug-n-Toss

Soccer-sized ball with carrying handle for pups.  Heavy chewers do tend to like to chew off the handle on this toy.

Amazon or Chewy

JW Pet Holl-ee Roller

Fun for fetch and tug.  Also can be used for enrichment!  Plus it comes in a wide variety of sizes.

Amazon or Chewy

Kong Flyer

Durable and great for dogs that love to fetch and tug.  They are easier on the teeth than ordinary frisbees.

Amazon or Chewy

Kong Twistz Ring

Fun for fetch and tug!

Amazon or Chewy

Kong SafeStix

Fun for fetching!

Amazon or Chewy

JW Pet Invincible Chains

Fun for tugging!

Amazon or Chewy

Chuckit! Ultra Rubber Ball

The Chuckit! Ultra is resilient and features great bounce.   Also easy to clean and floats! The L or XL size is safer for large dogs and much easier to kick too!

Amazon or Chewy

Chuckit! Air Fetch Ball

This ball is a great alternative to the traditional ball which allows for easier breathing during play.  Can also double as a treat dispenser.

Amazon or Chewy

Chuckit! Zipflight Disc

Aerodynamic, highly visible, and floats this toy is a great mouth-friendly frisbee alternative.  

Amazon or Chewy

Chuckit! Air Fetch Stick

The design of the fetch stick dog toy is hollow to facilitate breathing and airflow while your pup carries the toy.  Floats!

Amazon or Chewy

West Paw Skamp

Engaging three-lobe shape provides added bounce.  It is durable for fetch and tug and also floats!

Amazon or Chewy


Has a wide variety of engaging toys for interactive play.  Longer tug toys are great for fun and engagement—real fur toys are high value for training games.

Tug-e-Nuff or Amazon

Puppy (Teething) Toys

Puppy teething toys are typically designed to be softer than chew toys for adult dogs.  Ideally they will also be in a variety of engaging shapes, textures, and scents to keep your pup engaged to promote safe chewing habits. 

Petstages Dogwood

This chew toy is a great alternative to chewing sticks which many do not recommend.

Amazon or Chewy

Playology Teething Bone

Featuring a fun squeaky sound these toys are designed to be more engaging with Encapsiscent Technology.

Amazon or Chewy

Benebones Puppy Pack

Easy to pick up and chew with an enticing bacon flavor the puppy line is a teeny bit more forgiving for teething pups.

Amazon or Chewy

Nylabone Puppy Pack

Designed for teething puppies the Nylabone Teether helps encourage healthy chewing habits.

Amazon or Chewy

Kong Puppy

Made of a soft rubber specifically for puppies under 9 months old this version of the Kong is ideal for puppy enrichment.

Amazon or Chewy

ZippyPaws Skinny Peltz

Although not actually a teething toy we feel this one deserves an honorable mention.  These toys are engaging, less likely to be destroyed, and easier to clean than regular stuffed toys.

Amazon or Chewy


There are many great supplements to help with a wide variety of issues your pup could be having.  Here are a few that we use with our own dogs to help with problems many dogs may face.

Zesty Paws Salmon Oil

Great for your pup's skin, coat, and brain!

Amazon or Chewy

Zesty Paws Probiotic Chews

Great for gut and immune health!

Amazon or Chewy

NativePet Probiotic Powder

Great for gut and immune health.

Amazon or Chewy

A-OK9 Calm-K9

Targets your dog’s brain and gut health to improve reactivity struggles such as barking, lunging and lack of focus.


A-OK9 Flexi-K9

Supports the natural production of joint lubricant as well as supporting the body’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory processes.



Below are a couple of stick alternatives we find ourselves recommending to those who would like a safer chewing alternative.  We always look for chews that will not splinter, are all natural, and are engaging for pups.  Your pup may find other chews more engaging and please be aware that it is likely no chew will hold up over time against the heaviest chewers.

Olive Stick

Safe for dogs 3 months and older these olive wood sticks are washed, dried and sanded, then infused and sealed with 100% virgin olive oil. It should not chip or splinter.

Amazon or Chewy

Native Pet Yak Chews

Made with 3 ingredients these chews are low odor, long lasting, and tasty!  These treats do contain dairy as they are a "cheese" chew.  


Training Treats

Small, moist treats are a great basic training treat.  Freeze-dried or air-dried treats make a great higher-value option.  There are many, many great treat brands out there at a wide variety of price points.  Look for limited ingredients and made in the USA if possible.  If your dog is on a special diet make sure that your treats don't undermine your food...if you have grain free food, try grain free treats.  If you are using a food that has no corn, wheat or soy - find treats without these ingredients. 

Zuke's Training Treats

Small size is great for heavy treating.  These treats come in a wide variety of flavors and are made in the USA.  They also have a specific puppy line with added DHA, EPA, and vitamins.

Amazon or Chewy

Ziwi Peak Air-Dried Treats

High-value and high-protein these treats are expensive per oz but a great option if you want to splurge on your pup.  You can also buy their air-dried dog food which is very similar to the treats.

Amazon or Chewy

Little Jacs

Small and meaty, chicken liver is the #1 ingredient.  Made in the USA and never contains gluten meals, soy or added rendered fat.

Amazon or Chewy

Bocce's Bakery Bits

These small goodies are oven-baked in the USA with all-natural, locally sourced ingredients and contain just four calories per treat.  They come in a variety of flavors and also come in a larger treat size or crunchy. 

Amazon or Chewy

American Journey Bits

Only 4 calories per treat and made with zero grains, corn, wheat, soy or artificial preservatives, flavors or colors.  Buy in salmon, beef, or chicken flavors.


Tricky Trainers

Low-calorie and high-protein training treats with no corn, wheat, artificial colors, or flavors. You can get them in multiple flavors, soft or crunchy!

Amazon or Chewy

Stewart Freeze-Dried

Single-ingredient freeze dried treats can be given whole, broken into smaller pieces, crumbled over food, or soaked and frozen in enrichment toys. They come in beef liver, chicken breast, chicken liver, and salmon.

Amazon or Chewy

Treat Pouches

Your treat pouch needs to have an attachment point that is convenient for you.  It should also be able to be closed via magnets, hinges, drawstring, zipper, etc. so that over-ambitious pups can't raid your supply.  Easy to clean and availability to hold other items you might need while out and about are other positives.  Here are a few of our favorites. 

Ruffwear Treat Trader

Magnetic closure to keep treat stealers at bay.  Has either a belt clip or belt/shoulder strap.  Extra zip pocket on front.

Ruffwear or Amazon

PetSafe Treat Pouch Sport

Hinges allow it to stay fully open or closed when needed.  Dual inner pocket keep multiple treat types separate.  Belt clip or detachable belt. 

Harness Lead Volunteer Pouch

Wear over the shoulder, around the waist, or use the handy carabiner.   Has extra pockets and a drawstring closure.

Harness Lead

Grooming Tools

These are some great basic grooming products that almost everyone could use in their arsenal.  Be sure any products you use on your pet are not going to damage your pet's coat.  

KONG Zoom Groom

Use wet to help massage shampoo into coat effectively or use dry to help with de-shedding your pup's coat. 

Amazon or Chewy

ZenPet Tick Tornado

Easily and safely lets you remove the whole tick.  Comes in two sizes for small and large ticks.  Has convenient catching area. 

Amazon or Chewy

Oral Health

Look for anything that is VOHC (Veterinary Oral Health Council) approved for dental treats.  Some are designed to work via mechanical action and others are formulated with additional ingredients to help in other ways.  P.S. most vets recommend brushing your pet's teeth at least every other day.  A foul smell from the mouth is NOT normal. 

OraVet Dental Chews

Contains Delmopinol which is proven to help reduce tartar and so helps oral health regardless of chewing time.

Virbac CET Veggiedent Flex

Z-Shape helps remove plaque.  Flex variety also includes joint support and digestive support.

Amazon or Chewy

Whimzees Dental Chews

Fun shapes designed to help remove plaque as your pet chews.  Good option for pets with allergies.

Amazon or Chewy

Arm & Hammer Kit

Includes toothpaste and double-ended toothbrush.  Also comes in chicken flavor.

Amazon or Chewy

H&H Pets Toothbrushes

Dual-headed toothbrushes at a great price.


Virbac CET Toothpaste

Enzymatic and extra gritty, this toothpaste is formulated extra-strength to fight plaque.

Amazon or Chewy

Cleaning Supplies

These are some products we use around the facility that would be great to have in your home!

Nature's Miracle

Enzymatic cleaners like Nature's Miracle remove pheromones and other odors which encourage repeat peeing in spots in your home.  Especially helpful if you are struggling with house-training your pup!


Dirty Dog Shammy

Super absorbent and conveniently designed this shammy will help you keep your pet clean and dry after all their adventures!


Raised Beds

Here are some of the beds we typically recommend.  Each of them are sturdy.  You may want to check each product for it's level of chew-resistence and/or cooling level.  Most of these beds come in a variety of colors so you can find something that matches your home.  Be sure to buy one that is large enough for your pet to be able to lay on comfortably. 


These are the beds we use in our kennels.  They may not be as attractive as some of the others but they are easy-to-clean and chew and dig resistant.  Vinyl can get hot if left out in the sunshine.

Amazon or Kuranda

K9 Ballistics Dog Bed

This bed is advertised as "chew proof" with an aluminum frame and a water-resistant, rip-stop canvas bottom.  


K&H Elevated Dog Bed

This bed is made for indoor/outdoor use. The water-resistant mesh bottom allows cooling air flow and the slip resistant rubber feet provide protection for indoor flooring.

Amazon or Chewy

Misc. Great Products

Just some miscellaneous products we love!

Door Buddy

Let feline friends access litter boxes and safe-zones 24/7 without puppy intrusion or the need for an expensive baby gate.

Amazon or Chewy

Privacy Window Film

Blocks triggering views with an etched glass effect.  Easy to install and completely re-useable.  Comes in a variety of patterns. 

Amazon or Home Depot