8 Cleaning and Organization Tips For Pet Parents

8 Cleaning and Organization Tips For Pet Parents

The problem is that shedding, dirty paws, and the occasional accident may have you feeling like you have to choose either your best friend or a clean house.

But you don’t have to choose between loving your pet and keeping your home clean and neat. With the right products and mindset, you can have both.

Here’s how. 

Cover Up His Favorite Lounging Spots

Throw an old blanket or towel over the places where your pet likes to relax. Whenever it gets dirty, all you have to do is throw it in the wash. Of course, it helps if you have some extras on hand to swap out.

Use a Lint Roller

A good lint roller (like these from  Scotch-Brite) is an essential tool for cleaning pet hair and dander from upholstery and clothing. Get a collection of them and hang them from string or ribbon in convenient parts of the house.

Create a Paw Washing Station

Keep a doormat, a few towels, and a spray bottle of water in your entranceway so you can quickly clean your pet’s feet whenever she comes indoors; This is an easy way to reduce the amount of dirt that she tracks into your home.

Clean Stains Right Away

Keep a good stain/odor remover on hand at all times, so you’re not caught by surprise when your pet has an accident (which sometimes happens, even with the most well-trained pet). This specially-formulated cleaner from Skout’s Honor is a great choice.

Choose the Right Materials for Home Decor

If possible, upgrade your furniture to top-grain leather, microfiber, or microsuede, as these are most effective for repelling pet stain and odor. Look for materials that are heavy and tightly woven. For best results, choose colors similar to that of your pet’s fur.

Of course, the best way to keep your sofa clean is by providing your pet his own comfy, relaxing space so that he avoids your furniture completely. A SlumberPod is appealing enough that your dog will happily use it instead of the couch.

Keep Nails Trimmed

Your dog’s sharp nails can scratch up your floors and upholstery. Avoid this damage with regular pedicures. These Zen Nail Clippers can make the task feel less like a chore.

Use a Tray For Your Pet’s Eating Area

One of the messiest areas of your home is likely to be where your pet’s food bowl is. Placing a sturdy tray or even just a laminated placemat under his eating area makes it easy to clean up those small bits of dropped food or slops of water.

Stick to a Grooming Schedule

Keeping your pet clean is the most effective way to keep your house clean, too. The less dirt and dander your pet carries around with her, the less of it ends up on your rugs and upholstery. There’s no need to use pet shampoo every time; just a quick wash in plain water can make all the difference. Ensure you dry your pet thoroughly or confine her to a specified area until she’s dry to reduce post-bath odor around your house.


Keep these tips in mind, and you can enjoy the company of your beloved pet without sacrificing a clean, tidy living space for both of you.


Bringing a new pet home soon? Check out our blog "8 Items You Need for Your New Pet."
March 16, 2021 — Slumber Pod
Your Pet's First Vet Visit: the 4 things You Need to Know

Your Pet's First Vet Visit: the 4 things You Need to Know

Between housetraining, shopping for the right toys and food, and simply getting used to the changes in schedule that this new family member brings, you’ve got a lot on your plate.

But don’t forget to schedule your pet’s first vet visit. This visit is critically important because it allows you to establish a baseline of normal health for your pet if problems should come up later. Also, your vet is a valuable source of information for learning about the proper care of your pet. 

Here are some of the things you can expect on your furry friend’s first checkup.

1. Time to Ask Questions

This is a golden opportunity to ask any questions about caring for your pet. It’s a good idea to prepare a list ahead of time to ensure you do not forget anything.

Here are some questions you might want to include.

  • What health issues should you watch out for based on your pet’s breed/age?
  • What vaccines does your pet need, and what’s the schedule for getting them?
  • When should your pet be spayed or neutered?
  • What’s the best way to prevent parasites like fleas, ticks, and heartworm?
  • What is the proper way to administer dental care for your pet (brushing teeth, etc.)?
  • What kind of food does your vet recommend for your pet?
  • What are some tips for properly grooming your dog or cat?
  • How to ease separation anxiety?
  • When is the best age for obedience training? 

Ask as many questions as you want, and remember, there’s no such thing as a dumb question.

2. Paperwork

When you make your appointment, your vet’s office will ask you to bring any relevant paperwork about your pet. Adoption papers and any prior medical records are essential for your vet to recommend the best care and to keep on file for the future. They also guide your vet office in determining a vaccine schedule. And it’s a good idea to bring along any medications or supplements your pet regularly takes to show to your vet.

3. Physical Exam

Your pet’s first physical exam is a “head-to-tail” checkup. Your vet will check vitals (including heart rate), temperature, and weight. They will then listen to your pet’s heart and lungs and palpitate his belly and abdomen. The vet will check eyes, nose, ears, tail, skin, and coat will to make sure they are healthy. They will even examine the health of your pet’s teeth. The purpose of this exam is to find any underlying problems, like heart murmurs, worms, or ear infections.

4. Cost

After the exam, office staff will spend time going over the items on your bill with you. There will be costs associated with the exam itself, as well as with any vaccinations or X-rays. These costs may seem daunting, but it’s worth it to keep your furry friend healthy. You may want to consider pet insurance as a way to defray some of these costs.

Establishing a positive relationship with your vet is one of the best things you can do to ensure your newest family member's long-term health and happiness.

 

Bringing home a new pet? Make sure you check out our blog: 8 Items You Need for Your New Pet. 

March 09, 2021 — Slumber Pod
Size Matters: the Differences Between Big and Small Dogs

Size Matters: the Differences Between Big and Small Dogs

One of the many questions that comes up when deciding on a dog to adopt is size. There are a number of stereotypes about the differences between small and large dog breeds. However, there are also some real differences in their needs which are important to think about.

Here’s our breakdown of the pros and cons of large vs. small dogs.

But first, let’s break down some of those stereotypes.

Big vs. Small Dogs Myths

One common stereotype is that small dogs are hyper, anxious, and excitable while big dogs are calm and laid-back. While there may be some truth to this stereotype, not everything is as it seems. Research has shown owners of small dogs tend to be more inconsistent in their training. That may be because certain behaviors which are cute in a small dog (like jumping) can be destructive from a large one. The more consistent training that large dogs receive tends to make them more well-behaved.

It’s also a myth that small dogs need less exercise and activity than large dogs. Though this depends somewhat on the breed, it’s important to remember that small dogs still need plenty of attention and exercise. 

Now that we got the myths out of the way, let’s move on to the real differences.

Health Issues

It’s well-known that large dogs have a longer lifespan than small dogs. Their large size makes them prone to lots of health issues such as hip dysplasia and arthritis. Though small dogs live longer, it’s important to note that they have some health risks too, such as hypoglycemia and dehydration.

Nutritional Needs

Because of their larger body mass, a big dog needs to consume more food on a daily basis than do their smaller counterparts. Of course, this also means spending more money, a small price to pay for the companionship your large dog can give.

Trainability

Smaller dogs can be more difficult to train. They are territorial in their indoor space and seem to have minds of their own. Most large breeds seem to take to training much more easily. Again, this depends on the breed.

Travel

Small dogs travel much better. They can easily accompany you on a train or in a small car. If you’re going on a long trip, just be sure to pack your SlumberPod so your small dog has a familiar place to sleep.

Stamina

If you’re the adventurous type and dream of having a dog to take along on long hiking trips, a large breed is more likely to have the stamina for that. Sometimes, they can even carry their own hiking pack along with them.

 

Whether you opt for a toy poodle or a German shepherd, you can be sure of one thing: your new dog will have lots of love to give.

March 02, 2021 — Slumber Pod
10 Tips to Prevent Your Pet From Chewing

10 Tips to Prevent Your Pet From Chewing

Dogs can be the best companions you’ll ever have.

Unfortunately, even the most lovable dog can sometimes come with destructive behavior that takes you by surprise.

Many a dog owner has thrown up their hands in dismay when they come home from work to find the house is a wreck and that their favorite shoes (or rug, or child’s stuffed toy) has been chewed to pieces!

Here are some simple actions you can take to help stop this troublesome and destructive behavior before it gets too out of control.

Understand Why He’s Chewing

Does your dog suffer from separation anxiety? Is he bored? Or is it simply that he’s just too young to understand that certain items are off-limits? Figuring out what’s motivating the chewing can help you cope with the problem at its source and figure out how to address the need before the chewing starts.

Offer Relief From Teething

Young puppies may chew on furniture or clothing to relieve the pain from their new teeth growing in. You can provide relief by giving your puppy a frozen washcloth or ice cube to chew on instead.

Take Care of Your Belongings

In all likelihood, your dog is still learning what is appropriate to chew on and what isn’t. Keeping valuable items put away in a drawer or a closet, or behind a closed door, protects your dog from temptation while keeping your belongings safe.

Keep Them Busy With Toys

Choose a fun puzzle toy to keep your dog busy so that he’s less likely to chew. A toy that you can fill with peanut butter or treats is another good option! A nylon bone gives your dog something safe to vent her chewing urges on, so she’ll be less likely to destroy shoes or furniture.

Spray Items With Chewing Deterrents

There are some scents that are unpleasant to dogs. Products like Grannick’s Bitter Apple Spray or Rocco & Roxie No Chew Extreme Bitter Spray might be worth a try if these other strategies don’t help to solve the problem.

Supervise Round the Clock

When it comes to chewing, there’s no better training tool than vigilance. Monitor your dog 24/7 (or as close to it as you can) or make sure your dog is in a chew-safe space, like a crate or carrier, during times you can’t supervise. If you see him start chewing shoes or furniture, interrupt him by saying, “Uh-oh” and replace the item with an appropriate item, like a toy or a treat.

Keep Your Dog Stimulated

Dogs need exercise every day to keep them from getting bored and to provide an outlet for their energy. Regular exercise and stimulation protects your dog from the harmful effects of excess energy and boredom (and this, in turn, can protect your home)!

Use a Crate

It would be great if you could spend every minute of the day and night with your dog, but sometimes you have to sleep or go to work! During these times, a crate gives your dog a comfortable spot to relax and stay out of trouble. SlumberPod Pet also helps to provide this a cozy space for your pup even when you’re on the go.

Don’t Give Your Dog Inappropriate Items

Your pup doesn’t understand the difference between the old sneaker you gave her and the brand-new expensive running shoes you left in the entryway. To her, these are all the same. So don’t give her shoes, socks, or other items that she could easily confuse with belongings that are off-limits.

Don’t Overreact

It’s tough to keep your cool when you come home from work to find some of your favorite possessions shredded. But unfortunately, your dog won’t learn anything from a scolding except to not trust you. He does not make the connection between his destructive behavior from ten minutes ago and your angry reaction right now. As much as you’re able, take a deep breath and try to let it go.

We know that chewing can be distressing for new pet owners. But with time, effort, and lots of love, you can help your dog learn better ways to handle her emotions and energy (and spare your valuables in the process).

February 23, 2021 — Slumber Pod
14 Tips for House Training a New Pet

14 Tips for House Training a New Pet

If you’ve just brought home a new puppy or kitten, you can prepare yourself for many hours of joy ... as well as some stress upfront.

It’s rare that a new pet will come to you already knowing to use a litter box or alerting you of when they need to do their business outside!

They will likely need you to train them, and this process requires plenty of time and patience. Here are 14 tips to make the training process a bit easier!

Tips for House Training a Dog

Use a crate. In general, dogs do not like to soil their living area. That’s why a crate, coupled with SlumberPod Pet, can be an important part of keeping your home clean. A crate, carrier or dog bed plus SlumberPod Pet gives your pup a safe place to relax when you’re too busy to supervise.

Try paper training if necessary. While it’s best to train your dog to go outside frequently, training your pup to use a puppy pad or some newspaper can be an early solution if you work long hours or if it’s too cold to go outside.

Take your dog outside frequently. Your puppy will need to eliminate first thing in the morning, before bed at night, and after eating or drinking. In general, you should plan to take her outside every two hours at first until she gets the hang of waiting until she’s outside to go.

Keep to a schedule. Feeding your dog and taking him out at the same times every day helps to get him onto a regular potty schedule.

Reward and praise your pup. Whenever your puppy eliminates outdoors, be extravagant with praise and treats. Make sure that the praise is immediate so your pup makes the positive association!

Clean up messes. After your dog has an accident, it’s important to clean it thoroughly so she won’t continue to use it as a potty spot. Do not get angry or punish your dog when you find the mess; your dog won’t understand your behavior and may find it erratic and scary. 

Consider hiring a dog walker. If you work long hours, you may need to hire a dog walker to come to your house and take your puppy out several times a day in your absence. Puppies are not physically able to hold their bladders for many hours when you’re at work.

Interrupt him when he’s in the act. If you do find your dog starting to eliminate indoors, loudly interrupt and take him outside to do his business. If he does complete the deed outdoors, be sure to reward her. Don’t yell at or punish her for going in the house.

Tips for Litter Box-Training a Cat

Use the right kind of litter. Your cat will be more likely to use the litter box if you use a kind of litter she likes. Experiment with different kinds until you find what she prefers.

Choose the right litter box. The litter box should be one and a half times the length of your cat. It’s also important to make sure the sides are low enough that your kitten can get into it easily!

Take her to the litter box frequently. Cats generally need to use their litter box after every meal and whenever they wake up from a nap. Take your cat to the litter box at these times to get her used to the routine.

Give her privacy. Like people, cats are private. They don’t want an audience when they’re doing their business. Ensure that the litter box is placed in a quiet area.

Clean the litter box regularly. Cats don’t like to eliminate in a soiled area so be diligent about cleaning the litter box or use a self-cleaning model. Clean out soiled litter and feces immediately, and make a weekly practice of changing the litter out entirely.

Keep your cool. Don’t react angrily when your cat has an accident. This will make your cat less likely to trust you during the house-training process.

Remember ...

House training a pet can take months of care, patience, and love. But by following these simple tips, you can lay the foundation of a long, happy relationship with your pet.

February 16, 2021 — Slumber Pod
Adding More Love to Your Home with a New Pet

Adding More Love to Your Home with a New Pet

How to add a new furry friend to your family successfully!
February 09, 2021 — Slumber Pod
8 Items You Need for Your New Pet

8 Items You Need for Your New Pet

Congratulations, you’re about to bring home a new puppy or kitten! It’s an exciting time as you prepare to welcome this new family member into your home.
February 02, 2021 — Melinda Boling
What to Consider When Choosing a New Pet

What to Consider When Choosing a New Pet

With so many of us spending more time at home these days, you might be wondering if this is a good time to get a pet.

A dog, cat, bird, or horse can be a wonderful companion who may become your best friend.

But the decision to bring a pet into your home is not one to be taken lightly. Here are all the factors to consider when choosing a new pet. 

Finances

Whether it’s the cost of boarding a horse or the fees for an exotic vet for your iguana, any animal you adopt requires a significant financial commitment. Everyday items like food, toys, training, and regular veterinary check-ups can really add up over time. You also have to be prepared for major veterinary expenses like surgery or a hospital stay if there is an emergency.

Time

How much time do you have to spend with a pet? Some dog breeds need many hours of exercise and attention every day. A new puppy needs almost constant care. Other kinds of pets may not need quite that much. But any pet you choose will require some one-on-one time with you every day.

Travel

What arrangements can you make if you plan on going away? Will you need to board your pet somewhere, or would it be OK if you just pay someone to come in to feed and walk him once a day? If you want to take your pet with you on long trips, considering investing in a SlumberPod. This allows your pet to feel at home even in unfamiliar houses or hotel rooms.

Living Situation

If you rent an apartment in the city, it might not be practical to adopt a pet who needs to spend lots of time outdoors. Besides that, your rental lease or city ordinances may ban certain kinds of pets. Check into what your pet will need and ensure you can provide it in your current living space.

Long-Term Commitment

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Dogs can live for over 10 years. Cats typically live for more than 15. Can you commit to providing a home for your pet for the rest of her lifespan? Shelters are full of animals that were abandoned because owners could not honor the commitment made when adopting them.

Other Family Members

Think about the people (and animals) that you live with. Do you have young children? Do you have other pets already? How will they react to the new addition? Some animals are better with children than others. It’s important to research any animal you adopt to make sure he’ll be compatible with those already living in your home.

Activity Level

Will your pet need many hours of outdoor exercise? Or is he OK with a more sedentary lifestyle? Be honest about the level of activity you can sustain on a daily basis. Most dog breeds require a lot of outdoor activity to be happy and healthy, while cats tend to be lazier. Choose a pet that matches your own activity level.

With these guidelines in mind, plus lots of love in your heart to give, you are ready to go find your new best friend.

January 25, 2021 — Slumber Pod
The 10 Coolest Pet Inventions from 2020

The 10 Coolest Pet Inventions from 2020

One thing all pet lovers can agree on? We adore spoiling our pets!

That’s why we’re always on the lookout for new, fun products and innovations. And with emerging technology, every year brings opportunities for new ways to feed, play with, comfort, and travel with our best furry friends.

Here are our picks for the best inventions in the pet space in 2020.

SlumberPod Pet

Long trips and adventures are just not the same without our pets. But staying with them in strange hotel rooms or other people’s homes can be a challenge. SlumberPod Pet gives your pup a safe, convenient place to sleep, reducing anxiety by providing a cozy home-away-from-home. And best of all? It’s light and portable! This collapsible privacy pod easily fits into a carry-on suitcase.

GoPro Fetch

Ever wanted to see the world from your dog’s point-of-view? This unique harness comes with two mounting locations for a GoPro camera so that you can record all of your pet’s amazing adventures! Simply place your GoPro on either your pup’s chest or back and then get ready for some serious bonding and entertainment. YouTube pet videos will never be the same.

PetCube 

Pet cameras that allow you to watch your pet while at work have become old-school. The new PetCube offers a different solution! This interactive device includes a camera that connects to your WiFi and also has a laser feature that you can control by your phone to play while you’re away! The PetCube app also features a “chat with a vet” option and your first consult is included in the price of the Cube. 

iFetch

Who doesn’t love a good game of fetch? Your dog never seems to get tired of it, but you might! This automatic ball launcher continues the game with your dog even when you can’t (or if your arm needs a rest; we won’t judge). Because it connects to WiFi and a dedicated app, iFetch allows your pet to play even when you’re not there.

Smart Cat Feeder

Imagine if you could feed your cat just by pressing a button on your phone. Well, with this technology...you can! Set up your cat’s feeding schedule ahead of time for maximum convenience. Smart Cat Feeder is a “set it-and-forget it” solution for busy cat owners.

Furbo Pet Camera

Another solid entry in the pet camera category, the Furbo lets you talk to your pet right from your phone and even give her treats. It also alerts you to emergencies like excessive barking or intruders. These real-time alerts show up on your phone, giving you peace-of-mind that your pet is safe, when when you’re at work or running errands.

HandsOn Pet Grooming Gloves

If you and your pet both dread grooming time, this product may be your saving grace. The rubber nodules on these gloves make your pet feel like he is getting a luxurious massage whenever you touch him. Another bonus: it captures twice as much hair as a traditional grooming brush! Any product that reduces the amount of pet hair on the furniture is a win-win.

Whistle Go Explore GPS Tracker

This new gadget works like a traditional tracking system for your pet with the functionality of a FitBit; It monitors your pet’s location and her level of activity. A great option for pets that need to lose weight or maintain an active lifestyle, this device is also waterproof and gives you real-time alerts of your pet’s location.

Tractive GPS Dog Tracker

Another innovative dog tracker, this one updates your pet’s location every 2-3 seconds! It is completely waterproof and the batteries last for up to five days. With unlimited range, it can track your dog’s location anywhere in the world. 

Litter Robot

“I love cleaning the litter box,”...said no one ever. This handy gadget eliminates the most loathed task of cat owners everywhere. Litter Robot automatically separates your cat’s waste from the litter when he exits, placing it in a waste drawer where you can dispose of it easily. This waste drawer-design also helps to eliminate cat wast odor! Little Robot also syncs to a dedicated app where you can track your kitten’s bathroom habits and be alerted when the waste drawer is full.

If you’re hoping for an easier 2021, these products can make life with your furry friend even sweeter! Happy shopping!

January 11, 2021 — Slumber Pod
8 Tips for Flying With Your Pup!

8 Tips for Flying With Your Pup!

There’s nothing quite as exciting as exploring a new place with your trusty, furry friend!

Even so, getting there can be the opposite of fun-- car travel might take too long while flying can be tough on your pet.

No worries! It’s possible for you and your dog to enjoy a stress-free flight.  Here are 9 tips to help make flying easier.

Book Early

Most airlines have a limit for the number of dogs allowed on each flight. Make sure to book a place for your pet several months in advance. This also gives you time to prepare your pet for any requirements that the airline might have.

Take Your Pet for a Checkup

Make sure that your pooch is up-to-date with all vaccinations and that she is in good physical shape to fly.

You may also need to get a health certification from your veterinarian within ten days of your departure so make sure to schedule that appointment and pencil it into your calendar!

Acclimate Your Pet to The Carrier Ahead of Time

Purchase a kennel or carrier well before the trip so that your dog can get used to it.

You want your dog to think of the carrier as a safe place to rest or just hang out-- not as a punishment.

Give your pet as many positive associations as possible with the carrier by feeding him in it and leaving his favorite toys in it with him while you’re at home.

Choose the Right Pet Carrier

No matter the size of your dog, there is a perfect pet carrier out there just for her.

If you’re planning to bring the dog along with you under the seat, a soft-sided carrier is best.

To ride in the cargo hold, your dog will need a hard-sided carrier.

Be sure to carefully check the airline’s regulations about carriers ahead of time.

Go for a Long Walk Before Leaving Home

Your dog will be more comfortable during the flight if he’s able to do his necessary business beforehand

That means feeding him about four hours before the flight, and then taking him for a good long walk so he can relieve himself before you’re trapped in the air.

Use Pet Relief Stations When You Can

Many airports now offer pet relief stations. Before you leave, find these on a map so you can take full advantage of them before the flight and during layovers.

Get to The Airport Early

This gives you and your pet time to safely and comfortably navigate the airport. If available, take advantage of early boarding with your pet. This way you will have plenty of time to make sure your dog is going to be comfortable and will help avoid throngs of people waiting to board that can make some dogs a bit anxious.

Have Fun Exploring Your Destination

As soon as you arrive, take your dog for a long walk in your destination city. This allows your pet to relax and begin getting used to the place that’s going to be his home for the next few days. Another way to get your pet acclimated? Bring along your SlumberPod Pet! This will allow you to recreate a safe, dark, and comfortable sleeping space for your pup no matter what your accommodations may look like. 

Traveling with a dog can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Follow these tips and get ready for you and your pet to have the adventure of a lifetime.

December 29, 2020 — Slumber Pod
Ten Dog-Friendly Cities to Visit

Ten Dog-Friendly Cities to Visit

When your dog is your best friend, you may share everything with him-- food, fun, and even a comfy spot on your couch.

So what could be more natural than sharing your vacation?

Whether your plans include hitting the hiking trail, the beach, or an artsy lunch spot, bringing your dog along is a great way to make memories.

Keep in mind, however, that some destination are more welcoming to pets than others.

Here are our picks for ten dog-friendly cities to visit.

San Diego, California

This popular tourist spot is renowned for its beautiful beaches and parks.

And thanks to several off-leash Dog Beaches and dog-friendly parks, your pet can enjoy these right along with you!

It also boasts more than 530 dog-friendly restaurants in addition to many breweries that allow dogs.

Austin, Texas

This city has a ton of fun activities for pets, including Red Bud Isle Park, an entire island dedicated to off-leash dogs.

If you want to get some shopping in, check out The Domain, a mall that allows dogs in its stores.

Bar Harbor, Maine

The famous Acadia National Park is known as one of the dog-friendliest national parks in the country.

It has a total of 120 miles of dog-friendly hiking trails that allow both you and your pooch to experience the breathtaking scenery of this incredible area.

Albuquerque, New Mexico

This is a city that truly loves dogs-- something you’ll notice just by looking around!

Residents and visitors to this city are encouraged to bring their dogs everywhere, even when heading out to the pub for a drink.

You can also take your dog on the trolley to explore all that the city has to offer!

Lake Placid, New York

This serene and relaxing lake destination will be a treat for you as well as your pooch.

Enjoy the dog-friendly beach, as well as a hike up nearby Mount Jo.

For meals, take advantage of the many dog-friendly restaurants in the area.

Sanibel Island, Florida

This is the perfect destination to enjoy the sand and sun, with a climate that’s delightfully milk and is sunny year-round.

Nearly every beach here is pet-friendly, which means you can enjoy almost any beach activity in the company of your pet. You’re sure to have fun whether jogging, swimming or sipping on a beverage while watching the sunset-- make sure to bring a dog bowl!

Block Island, Rhode Island

Here you and your pet can enjoy gorgeous seaside scenery, including picturesque cliffs and windmills.

Take a walk or bike ride around Mohegan Bluffs, or relax at one of the many dog-friendly beaches.

Nantucket, Massachusetts

This gorgeous island can be visited in comfort with your pooch.

You can even rent a special Burley Trailer so that your dog can ride along with you as you bike around.

You can also find dog-friendly breweries and hiking trails to explore.

Key West, Florida

At Key West Dog Beach, you and your pooch can both indulge your love of sunny beaches-- these are leash-free.

You can even bring your dog along to the aquarium or to the Island Dogs Bar to enjoy some live music.

Carmel, California

With no leash laws in the entire city, there’s no limit to the fun you can have with your dog here!

Just make sure you do some preliminary training to ensure that your dog is ready for so much freedom.

Check out all the dog-friendly beaches along Seventeen Mile Drive and check out all there is to see.

No Matter Where You Go, Bring A Piece of Home With You!

Fortunately, all the cities on this list feature plenty of pet-friendly accommodations! But you can make things even easier for your dog by bringing along a familiar sleeping space to set up in the hotel. SlumberPod Pet is a perfect solution, providing your dog a secure, comfortable place to sleep no matter where your travels take you.

December 24, 2020 — Slumber Pod
SlumberPod Pet's Top Gift Picks!

SlumberPod Pet's Top Gift Picks!

This year has been wild, and for some us, our pup was our only safe companion for months!

In an otherwise dark year, the love of a pet has mattered more than ever.

If you're looking for something to spoil your dog (or surprise a favorite pet owner), look no further! We have all of our favorite products linked below for easy and stress-free shopping by category:

Sleep

If the pup doesn't sleep, nobody sleeps! Give the gift of silent nights with these products that will help everybody relax when it comes to bedtime.

Thundershirt - If you have an anxious pup, Thundershirt is a must-have! This ingenious design provides gentle pressure to help your dog relax and feel secure, even if New Year's Eve fireworks are booming outside!

PupProtector waterproof throw blanket - This blanket is stylish, waterproof AND machine washable to create a cozy spot for Fido without sacrificing your furniture or aesthetic. 

The Comfort+ anti-anxiety dog bed - The best bet for a skittish pup is a comforting place to lay their head. This extra plush dog bed made with minky material allows dogs of all sizes to relax.

Honest Paws Calm treats - Sometimes your pup may need an extra nudge to soothe him to sleep. These organic and non-GMO treats provide full-spectrum hemp to help your pet chill. 

PupPillow memory foam pillow - Many dogs suffer from joint problems, especially as they age. This memory foam pillow is a pressure-relieving solution for aching joints.

SlumberPod Pet - Does your pup need darkness to sleep, or simply prefer their own comforting space to retreat when overwhelmed? You need SlumberPod Pet! This portable, lightweight canopy fits over small- to medium-size crates and dog beds up to 35” long and 26” wide.

Play

Allowing your pet to get all their energy out during the day is a sure-fire way to get better sleep at night! Try one of these great gifts to elevate your playtime in 2021.

Chuckit! fetch game - Give your arm a break! This ball launcher allows you to play fetch with your pump without burning out your biceps.

Bark Box - A customizable, curated box of toys and other goodies that will delight your dog and you alike.

Kong - This dog toy is a classic for a reason! Simply fill the durable silicone core with peanut butter and your dog will be busy for hours.

Haute Diggity Dog plush squeaker - Who says dog toys can't be fun for humans too? This collection of beverage-inspired squeakers is too cute to miss.

Tuffy dog toys - If you're tired of replacing toys that get torn up, add a Tuffy toy to your list. Your wallet will thank you for purchasing one of these nearly-indestructible toys.

Outward Hound Hide-a-Squirrel toy - This game is perfect if you've ever wanted to play hide-and-seek with you pup! Playtime has never been more interactive.

Love

We can't forget our pet owners! They also deserve some pampering after taking such good care of their 4-legged friends all year. We recommend the following for the pet-lovers in your life (and if that's you, all the better)!

Furbo - Does your pup have separation anxiety? This treat-dispensing system makes leaving home easier! This device allows you to talk to you pet, view them on camera and issue a treat for good-boy behavior.

Friendship Collar - Let everyone know your dog has your heart with a matching collar and bracelet set that will set you both up in style!

Buddy Bandana - Not a bracelet person? Try a bandana! These matching bandana sets provide a cute accessory for your dog and one for you, with options for scrunchies, masks, and more!

The Foggy Dog luxury leashes - Say goodbye to a sad and worn dog leash with this great gift! Handcrafted in the U.S. with luxe brass hardware, these leashes and corresponding accessories are made with recycled materials.

The Farmer's Dog Subscription - Give the gift of health with a customizable, real and fresh dog food subscription for any pet that's kibble-averse.

Donate to ASPCA - The best gift is one that gives back. Consider making a donation to your pet lover's local chapter of ASPCA to support their work for rescues and more.

We're thankful for you!

As we enter this holiday season, we're thankful for our families, our affiliates and our fans who have made SlumberPod Pet a must-have item for pet parents across the globe! We wish you a fantastic time spent with family (even if just with your trusted four-legged-friend). Happy shopping!

December 08, 2020 — Slumber Pod