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Both dogs and owners alike celebrate the coming of spring. After the snow has melted and the grass starts to green, you and your dog finally have the opportunity to get outside and enjoy warmer weather. Just as there are essentials for winter—items that keep your dog warm and safe from the cold—there are also specific dog products perfect for spring. To find the very best spring essentials, we scoured the internet and consulted our product experts in the AKC Shop. Here are our top dog products for spring:
Our Favorite Organic Dog Shampoo and Conditioner
Although spring means warmer weather, it also means rain. For dog owners, that means often having to clean off a muddy dog. The Pura Spring Bundle is the solution to your dog “spring cleaning” problem. This bundle comes with four dog products: an all-natural, organic shampoo, conditioner, flea and tick spray, as well as a nose healing balm (all suitable for dogs over 16 weeks old). The 16 fluid ounce bottles of shampoo and conditioner come in three scents, lavender, tea tree, and hypoallergenic—all great for cleaning off your dog after playing around outside.
The flea and tick spray, which also comes in a 16 fluid ounce bottle, naturally repels fleas, ticks, and mosquitos to keep your dog protected from pests all spring and summer long. The healing balm is also organic and made from all-natural ingredients. This balm will help soothe any residual winter chaffing on your dog’s nose. All four products are made in the USA, are environmentally friendly, and most importantly, safe for your dog. Plus, every bundle includes a free sample of Pura Nose to Tail Wipes, great for cleaning your dog on-the-go.
Verified reviewers of these Pura dog products say the shampoo and conditioner are effective, yet gentle for washing their pups. Many reviewers comment on how great their dogs smell after using these products.
Best Dog Bike Basket with a Washable Cover
Never feel like you have to leave your dog home while you go on a spring bike ride again. This bike basket allows your dog (as long as he’s 15 lbs or under) to ride with you—while also keeping him safe, secure, and comfortable. The basket, which comes in both pink and grey, securely straps to your bicycle, complete with a machine washable quilt and fleece cover. The three-point safety strap, which secures to a harness, keeps your dog inside the basket safely.
Plus, the high-visibility reflective tape allows you both to ride safely at night time. Don’t worry about spring rain, the basket includes a rain cover to keep your dog dry. It also has a mesh water bottle holder and pockets for treats—everything you and your dog need for a bike riding adventure. Users of this basket say their dog loves to ride in it and it’s easy to assemble onto your bike. One reviewer warns that the basket can move around a bit when you get started riding—so you’ll want to take extra care when doing so.
Best Waterproof and Cold-Weather Dog Raincoat
Don’t worry about wind, rain, or mud with this dog raincoat. This raincoat will keep your dog protected in all kinds of elements with warming foil patterning inside and waterproof material outside. The Drizzle coat is designed to fit all different breeds and has numerous adjustment points to not only ensure a good fit but also to make sure that your dog can move around easily.
The coat comes in two colors: raven and current, and 13 sizes: from 8 inches to 36 inches. Additional features include a waterproof rain trap inside the collar and reflectors throughout the coat for visibility at night. Customer reviews say this raincoat fits their dog well and adjusts easily. One reviewer comments the only parts of her dog she has to dry are his feet and chin.
Our Favorite Non-Spray Dog Insect Repellent
We do everything to keep the bugs away when the weather gets warm and unfortunately, this is something we have to consider when it comes to our dogs as well. If you don’t want to use a spray for insect repellant, then the Insect Shield Blanket is for you. This blanket uses Insect Shield’s proprietary technology to keep away all kinds of insects—mosquitoes, ticks, flies, and more.
Not only is it protective, however, but it’s also soft, compact, machine-washable, and unlike many typical insect repellants, odorless. This blanket is veterinarian-approved and approved and registered by the EPA. Your dog can lounge with you in the park or at the beach without having to worry about pests. The Insect Shield blanket comes in two colors: green and orange, as well as two sizes: 56×48 and 74×56.
Many happy customers agree that this blanket is effective for keeping away bugs and perfect for lounging in the backyard. Some customers say, however, to keep in mind that as far as blankets go, this is a very thin one—more like a sheet than a typical blanket.
Best at Home Dog Agility Equipment
Get your dog involved in an activity that will stimulate his body and mind—and is perfect for spring weather. All you need to start training your dog for agility is an essentials set like this one that contains a weave pole set, adjustable bar jump, and adjustable tire jump. All three obstacles are made in the USA of durable PVC pipe to withstand both wear and weather. This set requires owner assembly, but all of the obstacles can easily be adjusted for your dog and moved if need be.
Several reviewers of this agility set agree that it’s easy to set up and use, and the obstacles are great dog products to start agility training. Customers also warn buyers, however, that the set does not hold up as well with bigger dogs as it does with smaller ones.
Our Favorite Apparel Item for Dog Owners: Dog Baseball Cap
Play ball! Head out to the field with your dog and protect your eyes from the sun (and look adorable while doing it) with this breed-specific embroidered baseball cap. This cap is gender neutral, one size( has an adjustable strap with antique brass buckle), and comes in eight colors: Turquoise, light blue, denim, gray, green, orange, red, and yellow.
Made in the USA of 100% cotton twill, this dog baseball cap has a mesh lining to keep you cool while tossing the tennis ball outside with your pup. Even better, you can show off your favorite breed and even match your dog—this cap is available in over 100 different breed embroidery options.
Purchasers of this cap say it fits well, the embroidery is high-quality, and it makes a great father’s day gift. One customer comments the gray is more like khaki, so that’s something to keep in mind if you’re looking at that particular color.
Best Car Protector: Dog Backseat Hammock
If there’s one thing that’s worse than dealing with a muddy, dirty dog, it’s having that same dog in the backseat of your freshly cleaned car. We love bringing our dogs along in the car, but any owner will admit it’s hard to clean out your car after those trips. Luckily, this Active Pets backseat hammock was designed to protect your backseat, no matter what kind of car you have.
This cover has four different waterproof layers that both protect your seats and are comfortable for your dog. Additionally, the cover is easy to clean; you can machine-wash it or just wipe it down. The Active Pets backseat dog cover is simple to install and can convert from a hammock to regular seat coverage. It comes in black or black and orange and is equipped with both headrest and seat anchors to keep the cover in place (and your dog safe, of course).
Happy reviewers of this product confirm that it’s easy to install, durable, and doesn’t slip. Most importantly, users say it does, in fact, protect their back seats. Some reviewers feel that the cover doesn’t hold up for bigger dogs and doesn’t truly fit in larger cars. Also, several reviews claim that the clips are not very durable and break easily.
Best Dog Sign to Put in Your Yard
Welcome guests to your home with this breed-specific sign. Made in the USA, this oak sign is hand-painted and available in 50 different designs. Show off your love for your breed and plant this sign in your front yard.
Best Rainy Day Solution for Owners: Dog Umbrella
Keep your pup and yourself dry through the spring rain with this umbrella. Choose from over 20 breeds and several different color combinations. The walking stick style and large canopy of this umbrella, plus sturdy fiberglass ribs will make sure you stay dry on the rainiest of days. Verified customer reviews say this umbrella is strong and durable but also lightweight. Some reviewers, however, warn that the colors in the pictures may not reflect well of the color of the actual umbrella.
Price: $29.95 and up
Best On-the-Go Dog Water Bottle
Don’t worry about your dog being thirsty on spring adventures when you have this portable water bottle. The PETKIT dog water bottle comes in four colors: pink, green, blue, and grey. It can be carried conveniently with one hand. No bowl is required for this portable water bottle—the four-ounce bottle dispenses water directly into the arc trough, designed specifically for dog drinking habits. The core of the bottle contains a water filter that removes impurities and reduces chlorine. You only have to change this filter every two to six months.
The PETKIT portable water bottle is made of antibacterial material, is FDA approved, lead-free, and BPA-safe. Not only will you be able to quickly and easily hydrate your dog while out and about, but you’ll also make sure he’s getting clean water from a save dispenser. Plus, the bottle is leakproof with a sealed ring, so you don’t have to worry about it spilling in your bag or car.
Verified reviewers love this water bottle, saying it’s perfect for all kinds of travel and trips with your dog. Users confirm that it doesn’t spill and is very easy for dogs to use. One customer even said her picky dog who didn’t like other water bottles liked using this one from PETKIT. It’s worth noting, however, that some users feel this bottle is on the smaller side and doesn’t carry as much water as they would like—making it not as helpful for big drinkers.
Most Festive Spring Floral Dog Collar
Let your dog celebrate the spring season with the special Spring Scent Floral collection collars from Blueberry Pet. These collars come in nine fun and festive spring patterns, from Rose baby pink to pastel blue. Made of high-density polyester, the collars are soft, yet durable. The buckles consist of eco-friendly plastic and the collar hook ring has nickel-free coated material to add durability. The Blueberry Spring Floral collars come in sizes extra-small through large.
If you want to upgrade your dog’s whole look this season, you can also purchase additional dog products from Blueberry: a matching leash, harness, as well as pack of seatbelts! Customers of these collars cannot say enough about “how cute” they are, how great the quality is, and how they’re perfect for everyday use. Many reviewers have trouble determining the right size for their pup, so you’ll want to pay extra attention to the sizing chart when you’re ordering.
Most Stylish and Comfortable Dog Bandanas
Upgrade your dog’s style with a bandana from Bark. Bark. Goose. In seven patterns like Americana plaid and dark pink plaid and sizes small through extra-large, your dog has many options to choose from to suit his personality. These dog bandanas are made of soft flannel and drape easily around your dog’s neck. They also come pre-washed, so you don’t have to worry about it shrinking.
Speaking of the wash, these bandanas, handmade in Brooklyn, New York, are machine washable and dryable (on warm). If your dog gets his bandana dirty after playing outside this spring, you’ll have no problem throwing it in the wash, drying it, and putting it right back on. Reviewers rave about these bandanas. They love the colors, soft fabric, and quality of the material. Dog owners say they get many compliments on the bandanas and their dogs have a great time wearing them.
Our Favorite Fashionable Dog Raincoat
You may be caught in the spring rain, but don’t let your dog get caught out of style. These rain ponchos are made for the fashion-forward dog and owner, with 17 fun patterns and colors like pitter patter pink and sweet sorbet. But these coats aren’t just about style, they’re also lightweight and water resistant with a hood sewn in for extra coverage. The poncho has an adjustable velcro waistband, easy snap front, and hole for leash access and comes in a compact pouch that can attach to a leash. If your dog doesn’t need additional warmth, this lightweight shell is perfect for him.
This rain poncho is great for small and large dogs alike, available in 10 sizes from extra-extra-small to extra-extra large. Protect your dog from wind and rain, and keep active this spring—regardless of the weather. Customer reviewers say this raincoat is lightweight and great for all kinds of dogs, big and small. Reviewers comment that the leash openings is particularly useful and the adjustable fit doesn’t interfere with dogs using the bathroom. Many reviewers also remind buyers that this is a very lightweight raincoat. If you’re looking for something more heavy-duty, this is probably not the right raincoat for you.