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- Rompin’Houndwear: one of the most reasonable in terms of price, and I love the variety/quality of their winter jackets. http://www.rompinhoundwear.com/index.html
- Dog-e-Designs: also one of the most reasonable in pricing. I love their fleece joggers for the really super cold days. They cover all 4 legs. You can also get a matching patch coat/quilted jacket to layer on top of the jogger. Website: http://www.dogedesigns.com/collars&leashes.htm Contact: Email Joan for orders and custom sizing at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Chilly Dogs: One of the most expensive on the market, but good quality stuff. http://www.chillydogs.ca/
- Voyagers K9 Apparel: I haven’t bought their stuff personally, but I’ve heard good things. https://k9apparel.com/
Paw care in the winter:
For regular use:
- Foot wax product: Musher’s Secret Invisible Dog Boots. Works for Zoe unless it’s below -15C. https://www.amazon.ca/Mushers-Secre…
- Balloon-type boots: Pawz. Works for below -15C or if there’s a tonne of salt on the ground. https://www.amazon.ca/Pawz-PZBLKL-W…
- Pawz Jawz: make it easier to get Pawz bootz on and off (Thanks, Doug Hungate). https://www.amazon.ca/Jawz-Pawz-Dog…
For the really, really cold days:
- For the really bitterly cold days (below ~-25C), there’s likely a need for warmth from doggie boots. We haven’t run into this yet, but several people use:
- K9 Voyager’s greyhound dog booties, which are tall with velcro straps. Be careful of dewclaws being caught uncomfortably in these: https://k9apparel.com/collections/greyhound/products/greyhound-dog-booties?variant=12079916993
- Fleece lined Mutluks, which are also tall with velcro. Be careful of dewclaws being caught uncomfortably in these: https://muttluks.ca/collections/dog-boots/products/original-fleece-lined-muttluks?variant=29464140227
- Dogbooties, which are made to stay on Arctic working dog’s paws. They come in a variety of colours: https://dogbooties.com/shop/330-denier-cordura-booties/
- Rompin’Houndwear: good quality and afforable. I love Zoe’s yellow with polka dots. http://www.rompinhoundwear.com/products.html
- Voyager k9: They’ll put in a custom harness opening in this one, and I like the head shape. Definitely pricier! https://k9apparel.com/collections/greyhound/products/greyhound-dog-rain-coat?variant=11811192833
- Outward Hound: https://www.amazon.com/Outward-Hound-22021-Adjustable-Preserver/dp/B0081XIK4Q?ie=UTF8&keywords=kyjen%20outward%20hound%20life%20jacket&qid=1429046584&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1&tag=petslady-20
- Ruffwear: https://www.amazon.com/Float-Coat-Small-Dandelion-Yellow/dp/B007R2GFGC?ie=UTF8&keywords=Ruffwear%20Dog%20Life%20Jacket&qid=1429057182&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1&tag=petslady-20
Buying a crate new is generally unnecessary. One almost always becomes available every week or so on Kijiji/Craigslist in your area, and it should cost you about $80-100. The size you need has a 48″ or 49″ length.
If you really want a new one, here is a good collapsible one with two doors from Rens Pet.
Crate-Mounted Water Bowls
- A flat-sided stainless steel bowl that’s difficult to tip will be the least likely to cause a mess in the crate while you’re away. A 2 quart size is sufficient for a greyhound
- You’ll need 2-sided snap closures like this one to secure the pail’s handle to the side of the crate. Any hardware store will have them for a couple of dollars.
Mobility Harness (Handle to help steady a dog after sedation/anaesthetic/injury)
- 2Hounds Freedom No-Pull Harness: A super popular harness for greys. http://www.2houndsdesign.com/Freedom-No-Pull-Harness/
- Blue-9 Balance Harness (this is the one we use): no shoulder restriction, three snap-shut buckles so that you don’t have to get your dog to step into it or put anything over their head. https://www.blue-9.com/products/100000000000063-balance-harness-buckle-neck
- Theres a new 2017 list of other good ones: https://www.whole-dog-journal.com/i…
Tag Holder that Fits on a Harness:
If you don’t want your tags to jingle, and you use a walking harness, this is a great option for holding your tags. I found this tag holder that attaches directly to a walking harness.
- Dog tag silencer at KimsEmbroideryShop on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/508524154/dog-tag-silencer-for-harness-or-pet?ref=recently_viewed_recommended_carousel-2
- Mammoth Dog Beds Outlet. One of the best options for large dogs. Great quality, lots of fabric/waterproof cover/memory foam options. Canadian (though there’s also a US site), so there’s no extra customs/duty at the border. Lasts 10+ years. Tip from Doug Hungate: Buy them at Pet Expo, where they’re always aboout 50% discounted, and you don’t have to pay shipping.
- Ren’s Pet carries the Bowsers line of donut beds, and a lot of folks like them.
- Drs. Foster and Smith carry a line of Slumber Balls (most get them in an XL size) and Orthopedic Slumber Balls (the ortho version stays fluffier longer).
- No handle, unscented:
- Amazon Basics Poop Bags, 6oo bags for $13.99 https://www.amazon.ca/AmazonBasics-…
- There’s so much that’s wonderful about the Canine Equipment Trainer Treat Bag. It’s big, has a snap closure, has multiple pouches, and is EASILY ADJUSTABLE. Adjustable is important since it’s super easy to adjust over various jackets/sweaters, etc.: https://wooftown.ca/collections/apparel/products/rc-pets-canine-equipment-trainer-treat-bag
- Sleepypod Clickit Sport: http://sleepypod.com/clickit-sport
- Edit: the Sleepypod Terrain is also certified now: http://sleepypod.com/terrain1
Note: to check out the Centre for Pet Safety’s ratings, click here.
Miller’s Forge Nail Clippers. Hands down the most durable and sharp clippers you’ll ever find.
- The *best* place we found for nail care advice.: https://www.facebook.com/groups/nai…
- Awesome video on how to cut nails (even though the title says it’s a video about the importance of cutting nails) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MM4…
- I don’t know that there’s a *best* option out there… I use the Furminator DeShedding Ultra Premium Shampoo: https://www.amazon.ca/FURminator-285307-DeShedding-Premium-16-Ounce/dp/B00I2Y1CNU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1518905475&sr=8-1&keywords=FURminator%C2%AE%2BdeShedding%2BUltra%2BPremium%2BDog%2BShampoo&th=1
- And the Furminator DeShedding Ultra Premium Conditioner: https://www.amazon.ca/FURminator-285308-DeShedding-Conditioner-16-Ounce/dp/B00I2Y1CJY/ref=pd_sim_199_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=GJ4A2RN1YCS3878SS8H6
Grooming rubber brush for short hair dogs
Dog Hair Management (Vacuum Cleaners/Rollers):
- Panasonic MCCL935 Bagless JetForce Canister Vacuum Cleaner. Was highly rated on ConsumerReports when we bought it, and it is super effective at getting rid of pet hair. Affordable price, too! http://www.canadacomputers.com/prod…
- ChomChom Roller. Often out of stock, but they’re responsive on their Facebook page if you ask them when it will be back in stock. It works *as advertized*. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B…
- Toronto: Caryn Liles at The Toronto Centre for Canine Education. https://www.thetcce.com/
- Ottawa/Kanata: Heather Laundry at Carolark: The Canine Learning Centre. http://www.carolark.com/** There are several more force free, science-based, and positive reinforcement based trainers in Ontario. If you get in touch with the above two schools, they will be able to provide resources in your area.
- Camp Greyhound, run by Karen Ward: Karen is knowledgeable and safe, and her property is fabulous. It’s a comfortable home setting, she has a fenced yard for turnouts and a large pasture for runs (muzzled outdoors, of course!). Karen is the only person we have ever trusted to board Zoe, and Zoe absolutely loves it at Camp Greyhound. http://www.campgreyhound.ca/ or https://www.facebook.com/campgreyhound/