The multiplication of products and brands has made the decision harder than before when it comes to buying the right kennel equipment or dog grooming supplies.
Read our reviews and buying guides on the tools of the trade, from whelping boxes to kennel cleaners, we inform you before you buy.
A dog breeder needs a lot of supplies to care for his dogs; and that’s whether you have one or ten of them. It is hard to list them all here because different breeds require different needs but there are some major and essential items every dog breeder should own.
Boxed Kennels and Kennel Runs
Whether your dogs are kept indoors or outdoors, you do want to arrange an safe and contained space outside for them to exercise and enjoy themselves. Obviously, you won’t require that if you live in an apartment.
As much as you would love them to, it is often unrealistic to keep your dogs running loose in and out of your home. The safest and more adapted solution for dog breeders is to setup boxed kennels offering your dogs enough space to tire themselves with no risk to disappear.
We’ve also reviewed the absolute best kennel covers and crate covers to keep your pets protected from the elements if they are kept outdoors, or just to create a more intimate indoor space.
Puppy and Dog Playpens
Dog and puppy playpens are your most important tool if you can’t afford to supervise your pet all the time, perhaps because you work long hours, even from home. An x-pen is a must-have for everybody even if it will not be used daily. It prevents your dog from gnawing on dangerous outlets, and teaches them to be happy alone with great toys to play with!
If you have large rooms at home, you may prefer a dog gate to separate a nice part of a room from the rest. Make sure that contained part is puppy-proofed and has enough toys to keep your dog(s) busy.
Whelping Box and Whelping Kit
A whelping box, sometimes called nesting box or birthing box, is where your pregnant bitch will feel comfortable enough to safely contain her puppies during their first days and weeks after birth. A top quality whelping box is designed to protect the litter from the cold and the dangers they could face if they were able to roam free. On the bitch’s side, each whelping box usually comes with a lower rail called piggy rail to protect the puppies from being crushed or stifled by the mother.
Additionally, every breeder requires a fully equipped dog whelping kit. It should contain a lot of small items of equipment a breeder may need if the whelping bitch requires some assistance during the delivery of a litter (e.g. round-tipped scissors, plasters, dental floss, surgical gloves…)
Puppy Milk Replacers
If the pregnant or nursing female dog is not able to produce enough milk, or any at all, you must use puppy milk replacers to make sure the puppy or puppies have all their nutritional needs fulfilled. These come in powder or liquid form and can also be given to pregnant and nursing dogs as great health supplementation.
Manufacturers are completely aware of how much proteins, fatty acids and carbohydrates puppies need at that very early stage so these requirements are easily satisfied. However, you’ve got to be careful since young whelps are need plenty of micronutrients which are less likely to be fully listed on each milk replacer.
Goat’s milk is a natural replacement for puppies since it has a somewhat similar composition to the one of a mother dog.
Dog House Heaters and Heating Pads
Dogs heat themselves up quite well but during wintertime, it is not enough. Especially when your dogs are left in outdoor kennels or in a badly insulated house. The weakest dogs are the ones that require warmth throughout the coldest days of winter, especially at night. By weakest dogs I mean older dogs, short-haired dogs and obviously the pregnant bitch and her whelps.
Kennel Cleaner and Disinfectant
Dog breeding means having dogs, having dirt, and having to get rid of it regularly. You need to pick a kennel cleaner that will not harm your dogs and the surfaces you will use it on. Avoid using on grass or dilute it further to avoid turning your beautiful green grass yellow.
Cleaning is also what you must do every single day with your dog’s water and food bowls. These are where so many food poisoning originate from because we keep on leaving it to tomorrow. The good news is you can use you regular liquid dishwashing detergent so you’ve got no excuse not to do it.
Dog Flea Powders
Every few months, it’s important to have a proper deep cleaning of your entire home and yard, including all dog areas, beddings and kennels. This will take you a few hours on one day along with $30 but you will keep everything clean and free of parasites. Using a great dog flea powder is a must-do since ticks, lice and fleas are the most common parasites in home accommodating a pet.
The advantage of using powder is that the application is very quick and efficient while the long-lasting effects will allow the product to kill eggs and larvae for the next days and weeks to come. It’s an ideal cleaning supply for all dog owners, and even more for dogs breeders.
From chemically-formulated powders that are very concentrated for a full-blast effect to the all-natural Diatomaceous Earth, there is a dog flea powder for all use cases. It’s a matter of taking twenty minutes reading our guide carefully and buying the right product (preventive or curative.)
Dog Anxiety Vests
Separation anxiety in dogs is a huge problem affecting more dogs than you could even think. Dog owners live their own busy lives at work, after work, and during weekends, resulting in our little dogs spending more time alone than ever. You guessed it, dogs do not like when we’re away. It stresses them out and without proper training, it can lead to destructive behavior and depression.
Dog anxiety vests and wraps work by soothing your dog’s anxiety using a particular compression that offer a sense of reassurance. It’s sort of identical to a mother holding her baby for reassurance. And it may sound fantasist but it most certainly works with 90% of dogs out there.
The most famous anxiety vest is the ThunderShirt, which was originally conceived to calm dogs down during thunder and lightening. It’s still the leading product on the marketplace today!
Dog Food Containers
Dog breeders like to buy their dog food in bulk because it’s cheaper and just more convenient. However, bulk buying means you need to be able to store these humongous heavy kibble bags somewhere. Once opened, kibble can quickly lose its palatability and after few weeks or days, your dog might turn its nose up and stop eating it.
Storing the kibble in a dog food container will help keeping it fresh for longer, ensuring an ideal level of palatability. There are some very cheap storage boxes as well as fancy metallic containers.
Food Bowls and Water Fountains
Food bowls are probably one of the most overrated pet supplies out there. Obviously, you need a few and they must be easy to clean as well as elevated so your pooches can eat comfortably. Besides that, it’s a matter of personal preferences unless you want to invest in a luxury food bowl in which case prices can skyrocket easily.
Running water is naturally more appealing than standing water, therefore dog water fountains are the most effective way to get your dogs to drink more water. This is rooted in every single dog’s instinct as their ancestors favoured running streams of water over standing water which was commonly contaminated and simply not clean enough for consumption. Dog water fountains are definitely more of a priority in comparison to food bowls.
Automatic Dog Feeders
Dog owners and dog breeders alike are living very busy lives; some have additional jobs, a social life, dog events to attend, etc. During these outings, some of their dogs have to remain at home and still be fed the perfect amount at the perfect time. Automatic dog feeders do just that!
There are various models, some can be controlled remotely via smartphone, while other are simply gravity feeders refilling the bowl when it gets emptied. The best compromise is to get the best electronic dog feeder you can afford and schedule the time and the size of each meal.
Once the setup and programming is done, you can let your feeder do its magic. Make sure it designed with an anti-jam system in place to avoid a blockage that would starve your pooches at home for long hours!
As a dog breeder, you must ensure that all your puppies are growing correctly as per your vet-provided chart of normal growth. During the very first weeks, weighing occurs daily therefore requires you to own your dog scale. Depending on the breed, you may get away with a cheap puppy scale or you might want to invest in a long-lasting professional veterinary scale.
Remember, this is not a grooming supply, this is an mandatory breeding supply; so do not think you could get away with it. Weighing your puppies daily can alert you of early signs of a medical issue; so just get one.
Great dog doors allow your dog to enjoy the outside world and come back one when they are done with it. Now, the principle is simple but its implementation can differ. Safety is an important focus for manufacturers of doggy doors. Indeed, you do want to allow your dog to come in but you don’t want random stray dogs or foxes to come over for an evening drink in your home.
Therefore, when picking a dog door the principal feature you will look is whether your want:
- a smart dog door that only allows through the dogs it recognizes the microchip of
- a regular plastic dog door that allows all dogs with some extra features (scheduled timings, one-way restrictions, etc)
Over the last years, buying a smart dog door has become the norm. It’s just much safer and makes more sense.
Dog breeders are often grooming their own dogs. They visit professional pet groomers and salons only when a dog show is approaching. Grooming your dog is extremely easy and straightforward as long as you've got the right tools, as listed below.
The first item in any dog groomer's shopping list is to get the best grooming table he or she can get for their budget. This does not mean the most expensive or fanciest table at all, instead you want a grooming table that is adapted to the kind of works you will use it for. We have a comprehensive buying guide for the best dog grooming tables.
If you are a dog owner or a dog breeder using the table every month for a couple of hours, you may want to go with a small foldable grooming table. However, if you are replacing a table for your grooming salon, you will most definitely prefer a lovely hydraulic grooming tables to help you avoid body fatigue, and restrain the pets for safer sessions.
We also have an article focusing on Flying Pig grooming tables from a great manufacturer who offers products ranging from the $100 foldable table to the $800 electric grooming table.
There is no great groomer without a great leather pouch full of extra sharp dog grooming scissors and thinning shears. Round-tip, thick, heavy, limited edition colors; you name it, a groomer has it. Grooming scissors are ranging from very cheap all the way to very precious and expensive (several hundreds of dollars); it's all about what you want to do with them.
When getting involved with dog grooming you need to know what types of dogs you will look after so you can fill your grooming pouch with the right equipment. Some dogs require particular types of scissors while other require more of a finition job with smaller scissors.
We've created a buying guide for grooming scissors, as well as reviewed the World's best Kenchii grooming shears. Make sure you invest the right tools in terms of how functional they are but also in terms of ergonomic design to reduce wrist fatigue during long trimming sessions.
Grooming scissors are declining because dog clippers exists; and they are becoming very, very good. The best dog clippers are manufactured by the same brands equipping your favorite beauty salons and hairdressers: Andis, Wahl, Oster, etc. They don't just sell regular clippers repackaged and rebranded for dog use! They are actually built to trim dogs the perfect way without any nuisance (heat, vibrations, noise…)
Dogs have a sensitive skin so pet clippers remain cooler even after extended periods of time, the clipper blades are very sharp in order for you to trim and go through the coarsest coats. Dogs can also get a little anxious so quietness is a key element in dog clippers while power must be delivered to cut through difficult coats. The Andis Super AGR+ Cordless Clippers are pretty amazing at that!
Because dogs are so different between themselves, pet clippers cater to different use cases; it's not rare to see a professional groomer with several different clippers for different types of works. Two brands are leading the marketplace and we've also written a face-to-face review comparing Andis vs Wahl dog clippers.
Some dogs get very anxious when electric trimmers approach them, usually due to the noise and vibration, so we also reviewed the best silent dog clippers. If it's your first time clipping your dog, check out those tips.
Grooming always starts with a good wash and rinse; only then the drying process starts. The skin of a dog will get burnt if you use a regular handheld hair dryer so you must invest in the best dog dryer possible. There are three types of dog dryers and we list them below in order of recommendation:
- Forced-Air Dog Dryers — cold air blasted at high velocity to blow water off a dog's coat
- Low Pressure Dog Dryers — heated air blown at a low speed, also called a cage dryer
- Handheld Dog Dryers — quieter and weaker version of a human hairdryer
Because heat is such a problem and has already led to the death of dogs in some cases, the first category is the one you should look into as a reflex. Forced-air dog dryers are not just the safest dog dryers out there, they are also the most efficient at drying any type of coat. Thanks to their high pressure and incredible velocity, they will dry the worst double-coated dogs within minutes.
Low-pressure dryers are the second best option: they slowly diffuse heated air and dry the dog through this ambient hot air. You have probably seen these in some grooming salons where they are attached to cages. The only issue is that the groomer has to control the temperature at regular interval to make sure the dog isn't slowly burning.
Handheld dog dryers should only be purchased and used by the dog owners with extremely limited budget since they aren't efficient yet very dangerous. We do not recommend these at all and would even prefer a dry towel as an alternative.
Dog Nail Clippers
Honestly, I've never bumped into somebody who enjoyed cutting his dog's nails. We all usually await that dreaded ‘tok tok tok' nail-tapping noise on the floor to get it done. Many dog owners visit their groomer or vet just to trim the nails, while others have decided that it wasn't worth the visit so when it could be done at home using good dog nail clippers — for free!
Now, doing it yourself is a little scary at first. We want to clip the dog's nails without cutting the quick. But hey, even if you do, it's not that painful and it won't bleed liters and liters, plus there are plenty of styptic powder to help with the mini wound.
If you aren't comfortable with the cutting action of nail clippers, you can buy dog nail grinders. These are a little pricier (generally around the $30 mark) but there is no cutting involved. You just grind the excess nail away. It takes a few minutes and it gives a super slick result. Dogs don't mind it either!
Dog Ear Cleaners
One of the most common conditions veterinarians see daily in dogs they oscult is an ear infection caused by ear mites, yeast, bacteria or fungus. We've written a short and comprehensive guide to the best dog ear cleaners along with its dog ear cleaning guide.
The shape of a dog ear is not straight like ours therefore using cotton buds would be useless because it cannot reach the end of the dog's L-shaped ear canal. Most dog owners ignore the hygiene of their dog's ears and start reacting when it is too late.
When done regularly, ear cleaning is extremely easy and takes a minute or two maximum. For the dog, this is totally pain-free even if it's not necessarily a pleasant moment. But it is required if you want to avoid ear infections caused by ear mites, bacteria and fungi.
Besides a few exceptions, dog ear cleaners are liquid drops to pour in your dog's ears, to then massage in a circular motion and let be. It's quick to do and can save you heavy vet bills.
Dental problems and gum diseases are at the very top of the conditions vets see daily; and here again, it is because dog owners and dog breeders simply cannot be bothered to spend a couple of minutes every day or two to brush their dog's teeth. The best dog toothpaste will cost you less than $10 and it will last you for weeks.
Toothpaste for dogs comes in various styles: enzymatic, all-natural, spray, gum sensitive, etc. For the most excitable or anxious dogs out there, there even are brushless dog toothpaste. Brushing the outer side of your dog's teeth is usually enough since your dog's tongue will handle the inner side. That will fight bad bacteria accumulation, plaque buildup and tartar control.
The bottom line is that you better start brushing your dog's teeth from today onwards if you want to avoid periodontal issues appearing in a few years' time. Bad breath, swollen gums, discolored and crooked teeth can all be avoided if you adopt the right routine from puppyhood!
That beautiful scent you can smell on your dog when he or she leaves the groomer, you know? It's like magic! Dog colognes and deodorants are widely used by groomers but we also recommend you to have a spray at home to use every few days.
There are two types of colognes for dogs:
- Cleaning Colognes — actively fight bad bacterias and germs to leave a fresh skin and coat behind
- Masking Deodorants — simply masks bad odors by the use of a stronger and nicer scent
Obviously, you should always focus on using an actively cleaning dog cologne or deodorant because it is overall much healthier than simply masking the dog's bad smell. As per usual precautions, start by using the cologne on a small patch of your dog's body just to make sure he or she reacts well.
Prices are usually low and remain under or around $10 for a bottle that will last you weeks, if not months.
So easy to use and time-saving in a dog breeder's daily routine, the best dog wipes you can buy will help you clean your dog's skin, coat, teeth, ears, eyes, paws, and pretty much anything else. There is a type of dog wipes for most body parts and they do work. After all, a wipe is just a piece of cloth soaked in a solution that is formulated to perform a particular task (remove bad odors, break bacteria down, control tartar buildup, etc.)
Obviously, dog owners must remain careful when choosing and using wipes since some of them may be harsher than others. Indeed, some wipes are more of a daily product while others tend to be recommended curatively since their active compounds are much stronger.
Antibacterial dog wipes for dogs are so convenient and cost-effective that it would be crazy not to have a pouch at home. Most products available today are resealable and can be kept safely for months.
Well, this is a big category and we’ve published several in-depth buying guides because different dogs definitely require different beds. Some need orthopaedic beds, others require chewproof beds, while some just need dog pillows to be comfy and lounge around. Then, some owners need a bed that looks good in the living room, or one that is low, or high, or just different.
Once you have that dog bed, what do you add in it — some padding, a blanket, some pillows?
One thing dog owners know, regardless whether you own a pitbull or a chihuahua, our lovely dogs chew, scratch, dig and destroy pretty much anything they want. Having bought so many dog beds to all my dogs, and seeing my friends doing the same, it was about time I wrote a review of the best indestructible dog beds.
It is virtually impossible for a dog bed to be completely indestructible since such a material would cost way too much for most of us! However, plenty K9 manufacturers have put a lot of effort into producing a high quality of chewproof, waterproof and scratch-resistant dog beds, able to last years even with the most intense dogs out there.
Whenever a product promises to be long lasting and resistant to so many different potential attacks, you can of course expect the odd reviewer narrating how his or her dog managed to ruin such dog bed in one hour. But besides these unusual people, our review is full of high quality beds (except one that we single out!)
Large dogs, and even more so when they get senior, have a heavier body that drains and weakens their joints, muscles and overall bone structure. Such dogs tend to become very at risk with arthritis and hip dysplasia for example; and this is because of the fragility of their frame.
Provide large and giant dogs with a high quality XXL dog bed is key to soothing any pain they may have, but to also reduce the pressure put on their joints. Most of dog beds for giant breeds have specific orthopaedic features that will truly make a difference in how your pet will sleep.
We can all sleep on hard concrete and feel okay the next day, but what matters with sleep is to have consecutive resting nights for years in order to reap the benefits. If you have an active or large dog, make sure to invest in a memory foam bedding design for dogs especially. Your pooch will thank you later!
Sofa beds for dogs are hybrids between loungers and fancy dog beds; they are mainly design-focused but if you are willing to spend enough money, they also get practical and comfortable. One of the best dog couches could easily be a great replacement for a damaged dog bed.
Dog sofa beds are usually plush and offer a lot of padding, making it a favorite place to lounge in for all dogs. If you own a large breed or giant dog, you may want to make sure you are getting the right product for your pooch — a dog couch still has to provide great support for your dog’s body.
Pillows and cushions for dogs exist for two simple reasons: provide our pets with added comfort and also because, let’s be truthful, it also looks quite cool and refined (as long as it is not covered in dog hair)! Using dog pillows in a crate is also a way of making your dog feel more at home in it.
Once you skip the how the dog pillow looks part, you are left with the essence: a great dog pillow is a functional dog pillow especially because dogs don’t have that judgement on looks. Dogs prefer an ugly pillow that is super comfy over a super cute cushion that does not feel right.
Obviously, if you have puppies at home you do want to focus on having a waterproof cushion, or at the very least a cushion that is machine-washable.
Dog sleepings bags are a thing, yep! Whether you go for a single overnight escapade or are more of an adventurer with regular camping trips, having a sturdy long-lasting sleeping bag for you and your dog is a must. There is very little choice on the market and they are definitely not the cheapest out there — around $100 for the top pick, the Ruffwear sleeping bag.
Several aspects count when deciding on which dog sleeping bag is more suited for your dog. Generally, it’s all about warmth retention, bottom lining for both comfortable padding and waterproofing, quality of materials for a long-lasting life, ease to unpack and store, and obviously you want something that is easy to clean.
Unlike sleeping bags for people, dogs aren’t yet submerged by too many options right now.
Dog blankets are a mystery because they exist but they don’t seem to have any particular purpose. Sure, they keep our dogs warm but they are also loved by our pooch to the point where they keep dragging their favorite blanket all over the house, mopping your floor on the way.
Blankets for dogs are somewhat of a hybrid of an actual bedding supply and a lovely dog toy.
This is why any dog owner and dog breeder reading this should, as soon as possible, invest in a dog blanket. They are extremely cheap, you can even buy 3 of a different style each, and see which one your dog prefers. Remember, dogs can also have tendencies to play tug-o-war with rags and blankets so be sure to not overspend in that department!
A healthy dog has the right balance between clean diet and varied activities. Of course, dogs do love fetching their tennis balls or discs, but you must also stimulate the brain in order to tire your pet. Physical exercising can be done using a dog ball launcher while mental stimulation can be achieve through training or dog puzzle toys.
If you have a strong chewer or just a very big dog, most chew toys just don’t last. We’ve all been through these “indestructible dog toys” that just get destructed within days, if not hours. GoughNuts toys are actually engineered to resist the strongest jaws of all dogs and if your pet can chew through the toy to expose the Red, GoughNuts will replace your toy.
What About Chew Toys?
As we all know, dogs chew a lot and on pretty much anything that is available to them. Furniture, shoes, sofa, our hands, etc. So we train them to chew toys and then we keep on buying these chew toys as soon as they are destroyed.
However, what you don’t think about is that that while destroying chew toys, our very own dogs swallow bits of these. Most of them are made of rawhide (leather) so you would think it’s ok for them to swallow what is cow skin? Nope, most rawhide is cleaned using chemicals that you would not even touch yourself.
If you can afford it, go for healthier and more natural alternatives. They last much longer so the purchasing price is somewhat ending up costing you less with a long-term vision. The most natural and best dog chew toys are:
“We are what we eat.”
Everybody knows that saying and it is also true for our pets. While a dog’s diet is often thought to be what’s given for their meals, we forget that all the treats we hand them over are actual food. Because we give dogs so many treats, we tend to just buy big pouches that are cost-effective. But what about the ingredients? Well, most of the time they are made up of carbs and mean by-products. So it’s ok for a few days and weeks, but given continuously over several months means you are exposing your dogs to some health issues.
Whether it is for Christmas or for all year-round, dog treats have to provide as much quality proteins as possible while keeping the calorie-count as low as possible. Unless your dog is a big-time trekker, you don’t want him to eat loads of low-quality carbs and fats.
A great option we recommend is giving freeze-dried beef liver treats. Raw dried liver is loaded with Vitamin A to aid digestion and B vitamins to help with fatigue, mental ability and nerve health. Plus, you can make them at home yourself for a very low price!
As a leading dog breeding blog, Breeding Business receives a lot of requests to reviews, promote and showcase various products. On average, nine times out of ten we don’t go ahead but we sometimes receive interesting products. At other times, our visitors request some comprehensive buying guides for some particular items.
So here are some great reviews and guides of dog supplies:
- Dog Sunscreen — our companions require sun protection, too
- Dog Stairs or Dog Ramps — senior and large dogs often need some help
- Dog Fans — dogs don’t sweat, they need external help to cool down
- Dog Pools — a lot of fun guaranteed (as long as you pick the right pool)
- Dog Raincoats — for all these disgsuting rainy days
- Dog Backpacks — for our hikers, campers and adventure-loving dogs
- Dog Sleeping Bags — comfortable, insulated and easy-to-clean