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The Busy Owner’s Guide to Dog Supplies and Caring for Your Pooch

Few things are better than an afternoon spent relaxing with your pup—but a lot of work goes into caring for a dog, too. From feeding to cleaning to grooming, the tasks can really add up. Fortunately for the dog lover who's got a lot on their plate, there’s a host of products that can make day-to-day care quicker and simpler. Here are a few dog supplies that will help make life easier—allowing you to find some quality bonding time with your pooch.

If you want to make sure your dog’s getting the nutrition they need on a schedule that works for them, consider an automatic feeder or waterer. Once you load up your feeder, you can simply program it to dispense the amount of food you want on the schedule you set. Meanwhile, a waterer can keep your dog hydrated throughout the day and filter the water so that it’s clean and fresh-tasting.

If your dog’s been shedding lately, cleaning up after them doesn’t have to be an all-day affair. A pet vacuum is designed specifically with these situations in mind. These vacuums can suck up hairs on a variety of surfaces, from hardwood floors to upholstered furniture. The nozzle is designed especially for attracting those pesky pet hairs, and the small, compact size of the vacuum means you can get into the difficult-to-reach nooks and crannies where your pup likes to lounge.

If your dog’s itching with fleas and ticks, it can feel overwhelming. Luckily, there are a range of options for treatment, from topical spot-on treatments and combs to more hands-off powders and sprays. If you’re feeling stressed about the time it takes to remove fleas and ticks, consider a special flea and tick collar. These collars contain chemicals that, while safe for your dog, provide long-term protection against fleas and ticks.

With these time-savers, you and your dog will have plenty of time to bond. There's a wide selection of toys for those times when you just want to play with your pup. Every dog loves having something good to chew on, so have at least a couple of chew toys around. These come in many varieties—from plush toys to rubber to rope. If you like to get out and move with your dog, you’re guaranteed to have some fun with a flying disc, ball, or toss toy. Dogs who like a brain challenge will love interactive toys, too.