Recommended by Dog Expert Jessica O'Neill

As a Canine Behavior Professional AND a life-long animal owner and lover, below are lists of my personal and professional product and book recommendations.  If the product is listed here below, I have either used it, would use it or know someone who’s used it (essentially first-hand or trusted word of mouth;). Any book you see here is one I own, have read, or want to read. If you see some thing here that you’ve had a bad experience with please let me know. Most of these links are for Amazon with preference given to vendors with prime. I’m a big supporter of local businesses so if you choose not to shop through and know where you can find these products locally please do so.

Any book you see here is one I own, have read, or want to read. If you see some thing here that you’ve had a bad experience with please let me know. Most of these links are for Amazon with preference given to vendors with prime. I’m a big supporter of local businesses so if you choose not to shop through and know where you can find these products locally please do so.

As with any type of recommendation, following is my disclaimer… Please make educated purchasing decisions for you and your dog. If you’re not sure if the recommended product is a good choice, please connect with your coach or another trusted canine professional.

TREATS

Chewmasters Beef Liver Bites

These are the ones I typically have with me on consults and sessions. They are fairly inexpensive comparatively. I usually get mine at Costco, but they sell them on Amazon as well and you can get quick delivery. (single ingredient- beef liver- can be  broken into little pieces are into dust as a food topper)

Salmon Treats

I started alternating between beef liver and Salmon with my client's dogs. They are a HIT! Easy to break and make a great food topper.

100% Sardines Dehydrated Dog Treat

For dog's with allergies, Freezes dried sardines are commonly a safe bet. Not all dog's love them, so start with one bag and try it first.  (single ingredient- 100% sardines- good choice for dogs with allergies) 

Freeze Dried Chicken or Lamb

More expensive than the beef liver, but a nice change from beef if your dog is getting bored or having a reaction to beef. (100% chicken or lamb- single ingredient- easy to break- can be used as a food topper)

OTHER CONSUMABLES

Paw Protection

A must have for crappy, cold winter weather. 

Bulk Poop Bags

You'll just need them bottom line... When you buy in bulk they are about 4 cents each. I use them in my suburban yard to clean up poops too. Keeps the smell down between garbage days. 

CHEWING & FOOD DISPENSING 

Sweet Potato Chews

Great option for a short chew. 100% sweet potato. Wonderful option to keep on hand. Easy on the tummy.

KONG Classic Pack of 2 

Always have one stuffed and ready in the freezer. Kings are a staple in any dog owner toolkit. Checkout Pinterest for cool ideas on what to stuff them with. (food delivery toy- easy way to supplement diet- great distraction- dogs will lick out the ingredients- can be used unsupervised)

Bob-A-Lot Interactive Dog Toy

Comes in two sizes. A great way to give a dog independent enrichment time using their kibble scattered with little bonus treats:)

Faux Antler Made with Real Wood 

Great for a before bed chewing activity or for times when your dog needs a chew release without the complications of a high value food object. (alternative to real bones- lasts a long time- low value chew)

 KONG Wobbler™ Treat Dispensing 

My go-to food dispensing toy. Comes in multiple sizes, make sure to get one that's the correct size for your dog. Just fill with your dog's kibble and a few liver treats for bonus prizes. (interactive, thinking toy- food dispensing- can be used unsupervised- alternative to bowl feeding)

Bully Sticks 

These are SUPER HIGH value chewing objects. They are fairly pricy but are a must-have tool to have indoor toolbox for times when you really need your dog to ignore something difficult and self-sooth. Some are very stinky and are ideally given in a crate on tethered on an old sheet. (have nutritional value-high value to the dog-should be consumed supervised as first)

Yak Cheese Bricks

High value chew article for average chewers. All natural, chemical free, grain free, gluten free and safe for most dogs with lactose intolerance and sensitive stomachs. Average chewer usually take several hours if not days to fully devour it. (has nutritional value- can be completely consumed- high value for dogs)

Benebone Fishbone Chew &

Benebone Dental Durable Dog Chew

 

Excellent non-edible chew article. Durable and inexpensive. Lasts a long time and will give your dog something to do with their mouths. (I provide this one when we are in the car, before bed during the day when I'm working- can be given unsupervised)

Licking Mat

Good option for times of boredom or to be used as an anxiety reduction tool. An easy alternative to puzzle bowls or snuffle mat. (I use this for grooming sessions. Nail clipping for bath time it comes in handy)

ENRICHMENT & ACTIVITIES

Floating Fetch Toy 

Great water toys for chasers and tuggers! (interactive toy- needs you to be involved- great energy draining game)

Chuckit! Ball Medley 

Good ol' Chuckit balls... they are simply the best ones for fetch. Fairly durable and one even glows in the dark. 

Jolly Ball

Excellent toy for dogs who love to tug and chase. Durable material, this thing lasts forever! Can use used outside year round. I have one of these that has been kicking around for 20 years! Every now and then my dogs get into it again. (great for multi-dog games- can be enjoyed independently- very durable)

Spiky Squeaky Balls

Don't ask me why, but dogs just love these things. They don't last long with chewers or dissectors but they are fun while they last. They squeak and they bounce! 

Durable Frisbee 

I have honestly tried a hundred different frisbees and this one is the best! It's super tough, it flys well and it glows in the dark! If you have a frisbee dog, this is what you need. 

Flirt Pole 

 

This is an activity that can be a massive amount of fun for the right type of dog. You need a large yard or open area to play this game. NOT A MULTI-DOG activity. This activity can really excite your dog and should be played in a controlled way, away from other dogs and people. (great energy drainer- super fun collaborative activity- for dogs who love to chase)

Large Puzzel Bowls 

Small Puzzel Bowls

Never feed from a boring bowl again. I recommend feeding your dog through games and training, but if you need to feed from a bowl, make it a puzzle bowl (excellent passive mental game- can be used independently without supervision)

Heavy Duty Snuffle Mat (bite and tear resistant)

A friend of mine in rescue who works with very large and sometimes intense dogs purchased this and I thought it was awesome. 

Snuffle Mats

A great way to keep your dog occupied using their nose! Not an option for destructive dogs.  (gets your dog using their nose- should be supervised- great option for feeding meals)

DURABLE TOYS 

Tuffy Polly Pig

Good old polly pig has been kicking around for years even survived my most destructive dissectors. Polly is a little less 'full' but still kicking it! 

Fire Hose Dog Toy

Squeaky Ball

Stuff-less Toy For Water bottles

Use your recycling to keep this toy alive over and over again! Depending on how intense your dog is with the sleeve, you may need to replace this often. 

SAFETY & CONFINEMENT

Car Seat Cover (Half Bench)

Confinement in the car is a great idea for safety. Protecting you car from dog grossness is also a great idea. I love the half seat idea, especially if you only have one dog and you need the other seats open for human passengers. 

Non-Hammock Seat Cover

People ask me all the time where I got my backseat cover, so here it is! I love it. I moved away from the hammock style only because I needed the foot space for passengers and got frustrated having to remove the cover constantly. I love how easy it is to keep clean.

Hammock Style Backseat Cover

Same as the one above that I use but in hammock style.

Car Door Covers

These are not the identical ones I have, but same idea. This has removed the dog's ability to not only scratch my door but also keeps them from touching the door lock and window mechanics. 

Super Wide Gate and Exercise Pen

Folding Metal Dog Crate

Plastic Travel Crate

 

Soft Cone for After Surgery

I ordered this for my little guy 'Basil' after his neuter. Love it! I hate the plastic cones. Highly recommend inventing in this one.

 
HANDLING GEAR & APPAREL 

Basket Muzzle

Muzzles are an incredible tool under the right circumstances. Here is an excellent link to muzzling resources: https://muzzleupproject.com

Winter Jacket

All the best features of a dog coat at a great price!! Comes in three colours and is reversible. CAUTION—Fit’s SUPER small. Order at least two sizes larger than you think and check the measurements. My 30lb dog took a large. Always wear your JWalker Harness over top of your dog's jacket. 

JWalker Dog Harness 

The only no-pull walking device I recommend. Patented, side-attachment to redirect movement when the dog pulls! Psst... I invented it;) (must have urban or sub-urban walking harness)

JWalker Utility Belt

In most cases I recommend clients get a hands-free waist leash called a utility belt. JWalker's belt has multiple features. It is adjustable in leash length, can be used as a regular leash, has a safety unclip feature and can be used as a longline. (learn to lead your dog using your body- should not be used with back attachment harness)

Adventuring Harness (back attachment, not for structured walks)

When you and your dog are on the go hanging with friends, exploring the outdoors and adventuring, I recommend a comfortable, structured, back attachment harness. This is the one I have on my dogs for adventure times.  (not for training or proper walks- great adventuring gear-comfortable for your dog to move in)

12' Long Line for Training & Adventuring

A must have items. Provides you a length you can control with really soft easy to handle webbing. (This is the product I use regularly for training)

32' Waterproof Long-Line

A great option for recall training, drag line in off-leash areas or a temporary tie-out. 

35' Rope Long-Line/ Tie-Out 

Good value for money, but not a great choice for super strong dogs. I keep this guy in the back of my car at all times. Nice big, comfy handle and it floats! Comes with a cute little whistle for prating recall. Great option for adventure walks in open spaces.  

Dog Treat Pouch Bag with Magnetic Closure 

You NEED a treat pouch! This one has been a fav pick of my clients as it has two pockets, one for high value and one for low value treats. You can attach it to your JWalker Utility Belt or wear it like a bag.  (zip pockets for your stuff- holds poop bags- waterproof- two areas for kibbles and treats)

 Dog Treat Pouch with Magnetic Closure & Mesh Pockets 

You NEED a treat pouch! This one I found on amazon and decided to order stand give it a try. It also has two pockets, one for high value and one for low value treats and mesh pockets in front. You can attach it to your JWalker Utility Belt or wear it like a bag.  (zip pockets for your stuff- holds poop bags- waterproof- two areas for kibbles and treats)

MAKE YOUR OWN VEST:

Reactive Dog Indicator Vest & Give Me Space Patch 

Some clients have a difficult time working with their dog in public because people just don't seem to get it or are not keeping a respectful distance. I have made these vests for my clients to burrow while they work through training issues in public. You just need to use a waterproof fabric glue to attach the patch to the vest. 

Dog In-Training Padded Vest

Simple uniform for a dog in-training or service dog. NEVER walk your dog attached to the ring on this vest, this should only be used to attach ID. The JWalker Harness fits very nicely under this vest. 

Dog In-Training Light Vest 

 

Whether you are training your dog for Service Dog Work, Emotional Support or just to be a good doggie citizen, you may want to try using this lightweight vest overtop of your JWalker Harness to encourage people to be helpful in your attempts to work with your dog in public spaces where dogs are permitted. *Please note it is not appropriate or legal to misrepresent your dog as a service dog if this is not the case. 

Service Dog Patches 

Pet Intel.'s Unofficial Patch 

Although we do not manufacture this patch, we feel that this patch closely resembles our logo and certainly represents are attitude towards the human-animal connection. We encourage our Pet Intel. clients to adhere this patch to their working dog's vest or in-training dog's vest. You can use a waterproof fabric glue to attach the patch to the vest. 

Service Dog & In-Training Patches 

There are tons of options available, however I have used these ones and find them to be the most legible and visible. In comes in a few different varieties. You can use a waterproof fabric glue to attach the patch to the vest. 

Here's my Service Dog Basil in his gear:

Household

Dirty Dog Mats

I can't say enough about these mats.... they will just save you so many headaches. They seem to just suck the dirty in and keeps it from ending up all over the house. I have them everywhere. 

BOOKS

Reference Books (pick it up if you need to know something specific)

Brain Games for Your Dog

This is a great little book written by a local to Ottawa Trainer, Kyla Denault. Within the book are QR code links to videos showing how to play each game. It's fantastic!

Doggie Language: A Dog Lover's Guide to Understanding Your Best Friend 

Canine Body Language - A Photographic Guide

Reading Books (for those of you who want to learn more about dogs and get deep into it)

Canine Communication: The Language of a Species 

Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know 

Dog Language - An Encyclopedia of Canine Behavior 

On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals

The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs

Don't Shoot the Dog

Culture Clash: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding the Relationship Between Humans and Domestic Dogs

Not Specifically About Dogs (there's lots you can learn that can relate in some way to your understanding of dogs)

The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook -- What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us About Loss, Love, and Healing

 

Despite it's title, this book is not about dogs. It is a fantastic read about child psychology and trauma and there are many parallels to the dog world.