Who it’s for: Undercover canines
Where to find it: Improvements Catalog
Why they need it: Don’t let April showers keep you from spending some quality time outside with your pup. With this specially designed, easy-to-use raincoat, your pooch will return from rainy walks dry, clean and smelling nice. And don't fret if the sun happens to pop through the clouds during your stroll, as the fashionable coat is designed to fold easily into a pocket on the back.
Doggles Goggles and Fashion Doggles
Who it’s for: Fidos with a flair for fashion
Where to find it: Doctors Foster and Smith
Why they need it: Good luck coming up with a reason why they wouldn’t need this one. Two plush, adjustable head/chin straps? Check. Shatterproof, unfoggable polycarbonate lenses? Check. Racing flames on the frame? Checkmate. We don’t think it gets much more comfortable, functional and stylish than that.
Hydro Saucer Pet Toy
Who it’s for: Hounds with a hankering for some hydration
Where to find it: Bed Bath and Beyond
Why they need it this spring: This unique dog toy is a great way to use the spring rain to your advantage. The Hydro Saucer has a foam sponge core that absorbs water, so when squeezed, your dog will get a refreshing blast of H2O. With its durable rubber design, this saucer is sure to quench your pup’s thirst for both water and play for many springs to come.
Basic Dog Agility Kit
Who it’s for: Competitive canines
Where to find it: Doctors Foster and Smith
Why they need it: For those of us in the colder states, the spring really marks the beginning of quality outdoors time. With winter behind us and summer on the horizon, dogs need to be in tip-top shape to tackle all of the spacious, green fields that lie ahead of them. That’s where the Basic Dog Agility Kit comes in. With an open tunnel, high jump and weave pole course, this fun playset’s manufacturers describe it as “like an amusement park for your dog.”
Outdoor Heated Dog Bed
Who it’s for: Star-gazing growlers
Where to find it: Pet Street Mall
Why they need it: Most dogs typically enjoy spending as much time outside as possible, day or night. And while spring may mark the beginning of warmer weather, cold nights remain the norm this time of year. If your pup has a preference toward sleeping outdoors, check out the Lectro-Soft Outdoor Heated Bed. Its soft, comfortable and waterproof exterior is sure to keep your pooch warm and sleeping soundly under the stars.
Who it’s for: High-strung hounds
Where to find it: Thundershirt
Why they’ll need it: This snug shirt's gentle hugging sensation is designed to assuage the anxieties of jumpy or fearful dogs. The makers claim that over 80 percent of pets that use the Thundershirt show “significant improvement in symptoms,” and pet experts seem to agree. Think about it: Who doesn’t feel better after a hug?
Jakks American Classic Pet Specialty Rabbit S
Who it’s for: Dogs who love rabbits and/or Easter
Where to find it: My Favorite Pet Shop
Why they need it: Easter is just around the corner, so help your dog celebrate the holiday with a little rabbit of his own. He'll appreciate this lifelike, premium-quality Easter rabbit just as much as the real thing.
Samsung Petcam IP Camera
(out in late Spring 2013)
Who it’s for: Worrywarts
Where to find it: Samsung
Why they’ll need it: Ever wonder what your pup is doing while you're out of the house? With the Samsung Petcam, you’ll have an inside look like never before. The camera will let you keep an eye on your dog from your computer or smartphone, anywhere, day or night (because the Petcam is night-vision capable). Additionally, Petcam owners are sure to make good use of the two-way talk feature to keep even more in touch with their pets from afar.
Pavlov Dog Monitor
Who it’s for: Pup owners with iPads
Where to find it: iPad App Store
Why they’ll need it: Interested in receiving Facebook messages from your dog? Yes, it’s possible. Pavlov’s Dog Monitor is a new iPad app that your dog can use to train him or herself while you’re out of the house. Step 1: Record a “Good dog!” video message and a “Bad dog, no barking” video message. Step 2: An audio detector built into the app listens in, prompting either video message depending on your dog’s behavior. Step 2: With a handy remote monitor built into Facebook, message updates on your pup’s performance will start rolling in. For those worried about their pet while they're gone, this app is a less expensive alternative to the Samsung Petcam.
Grass Ball Dog Toy
Who it’s for: Five tool fetchers
Where to find it: KV Supply
Price: $2.99–7.99 (priced by size)
Why they need it: This versatile fetch ball isn't just a fun toy, but also makes for a great teeth cleaner and treat ball. Better yet, its super durable rubber exterior is infused with vanilla extract. Grass ball dog toy, for the win!
Hyper Dog Flying Slingshot Dog Toy
Who it’s for: High-flying Fidos
Where to find it: Pet Supplies
Why they need it: You can send your dog on her own little Easter egg hunt this spring with this thumb-released, duck-shaped slingshot toy. Floatation-friendly and capable of being launched up to 100 feet, this squeaker toy is sure to be a blast for both you and your pooch. Not a fan of ducks? No problem. The toy is also available in pig and fish form. Choose wisely.
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West Paw Design Spring Chicken Dog Toy (set of three)
Who it’s for: Puppies with a spring in their step
Where to find it: West Paw Design
Why they need it: These adorable, furry spring chicken toys are sure to make for a happy dog this Easter. They come in three fun seasonal colors and have long-lasting squeakers built in, so your pup is sure to come back for more long after the holiday. Happy squeaking!