Favorite Dog Products for Volunteering at the Shelter
Over the years of working with dogs, I have come across some favorite must have products. These products can really make a difference when walking dogs.
Mendota Slip Lead
If I had to pick the most valuable dog product that I have used, it would be this slip lead. There are various types of slip leads in the pet market, but I swear by the Mendota brand. When I first volunteered at the shelter, I was using those super thin, veterinary slip leads. Not only do those hurt your hands, but they are not safe for walking dogs for a long period.
You might be thinking that this slip lead is pricey, but you are in for a surprise. The Mendota slip leads are actually pretty affordable considering the quality and durability. You can find them online via Chewy.com or Amazon.com along with pet stores.
Oddly enough, I did not start using a fanny pack at the shelter until last year. The main reason I got a fanny pack is so that when I go running outdoors, I had a place to put a stun gun, car keys, and my phone. I decided to use the fanny pack for walking dogs too as I can carry dog treats, poop bags, my phone, etc.
If you don’t like the look of the fanny packs or are looking for something a bit different, there are other bags that sit on your hip or mini book bags. I just think the fanny pack is the most functional for the various ways I use it.
I don’t always have dog cleansing wipes on hand at the shelter, but I’m glad when I do when I meet a dog who needs it. There have ben dogs with a really dirty muzzles, ears, eye boogers, paws, or fur. Even though it’s not as good as a bath, it can help get some of that gunk off of them. It’s important shelter dogs look presentable so they have a better chance of finding a forever home. Just be sure you are using wipes that are actually safe to use on dogs and not just regular human wipes which could harm them.
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