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Long-Lasting Treats for All Types of Chewers

Long-lasting treats for all types of chewers.

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BIGGER THAN A TRAINING treat and longer lasting than a biscuit, dog chews can be handed over to reduce anxiety during a long night of thunderclaps or offered as a distraction when the grownups are trying to play. Next time you’re stocking up, take a break from stinky farm-to-shelf rawhide and look for a more refined approach to dog chews.

Rawhide Alternative

Many customers have lost their taste for traditional rawhide, turning to rawhide alternatives instead. Get your twisted ligaments and chewable hides from companies that use clean processing and steer clear of preservatives, grain, gluten and hormones — bonus if it’s from free-range animals like water buffalo. Some of these treats can be cut down to size, too, which reduces the choking hazards presented by traditional rawhide.

Tripe Twists
Redbarn Pet Products

KEY FEATURES: A single-ingredient beef tripe chew sourced from free-range cattle.

SALES TIP: Call it a clean-label treat, which means it’s free from artificial preservatives and chemicals.

redbarninc.com, (562) 495-7315

$2.49

TruKnox Lil’ Pete Knots
Innovate Pets

KEY FEATURES: Made with real chicken and natural herbs, these rawhide-free dog treats look and feel like real rawhide.

SALES TIP: Choose this chemical-free alternative to rawhide — dogs won’t know the difference.

innovatepets.com, (865) 408-7455

$9

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Wild Eats Cheek Chews
Hyper Pet

KEY FEATURES: Nutritious, easily digestible and long-lasting chews that break into small, bite-size pieces so dogs don’t have to swallow them whole.

SALES TIP: Chews with a wow factor: Water buffalo cheeks are a unique and chewable protein.

wildeats.org, (800) 456-5778

$6.99

Long-Lasting

All chews are marketed as long-lasting, so differentiate one from another by selling chews with a story. Talk about the traditional and natural methods created by the indigenous people of the Himalayas, or hype chews made by Mongolia’s premier pet food processor. Use human-grade food words, even if it means keeping a straight face when you say, “Your dog is going to love this artisanal lamb trachea.”

Dog Chews from The Himalayas
Platinum Pets

KEY FEATURES: Chews processed with natural yak and cow milk, then dried and smoked for several weeks.

SALES TIP: Talk up the traditional methods that these chews are drawn from.

platinumpetsusa.com, (360) 524-9780

$17.99

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Lamb Trachey Chewz
Clear Conscience Pet

KEY FEATURES: Crafted from artisanal roasted lamb trachea and infused with a dry rub of flax, carrots, tomato and spinach.

SALES TIP: These treats are juiced with omegas and phytonutrients, plus chondroitin, glucosamine and collagen.

clearconsciencepet.com, (239) 984-2705

$12.95

Herders Choice Chews
Ummp (Mongolian Chews)

KEY FEATURES: Made from a rare rawhide process that eliminates chemicals, opting instead for natural lactic acid.

SALES TIP: This special process is based on traditional methods by Mongolian yak herders.

mongolianchews.pet, (307) 655-7400

$3.95

Jerky

A hunk of jerky can keep a dog going for a while. For dog owners who need medium-size distractions or give treats to promote good saliva production, stock up on the jerky side of things. There are treats with a simple dehydration process, some with added probiotics and some that are a collage of foods with fruits and vegetable chunks visible in each jerky strip.

Healthy Balance Natural Dog Chews
Ethical Products

KEY FEATURES: All-natural chews free of gluten and antibiotics, with added probiotics.

SALES TIP: These chews come in three interesting shapes: large strips, meatballs and kettle chips.

ethicalpet.com, (800) 223-7768

$6.99

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Chicken Jerky Strips
Nature Gnaws

KEY FEATURES: Oven baking builds flavor in this all-natural treat, made from free-range chicken breast.

SALES TIP: Select a size: The crispy strips can be doubled up or broken down to suit dogs of all sizes.

naturegnaws.com,(954) 998-2266

$29.99

Wag More Bark Less
Cloud Star

KEY FEATURES: High-protein jerky treats with added antioxidants from fresh apples, cranberries and sweet potato.

SALES TIP: These chews can be as much as 50 percent crude protein per serving.

cloudstar.com, (800) 361-9079

$15.99

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8 Styles in Dogwear — From Buzz Lightyear to a Cozy Sweater

Know what to stock and make them available.

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THE NATIONAL RETAIL Federation confirms the trend: More than 31 million Americans have an itch to dress up their pets for Halloween — and that’s just one day of the year! When you’re stocking dog clothing, look for daily wear and special event clothes, plus lots of sizes so there’s something for everyone.

Wonderful Coat

Parisian Pet

KEY FEATURES: The modern design features a faux-fur trim on bright red and light gray tones — a striking contrast to make the coat truly stand out.

SALES TIP: Pretty and practical, this coat is both a fashion statement and cozy.

parisianpet.com, (305) 463-7151

$29.99

Fashion Pet Plaid Reversible Coat

Ethical Products

KEY FEATURES: This machine-washable coat features imitation tortoise shell toggle buttons and a hook-and-loop fastener belly band.

SALES TIP: It’s a BOGO — this navy plaid fleece reverses to an all-black version.

ethicalpet.com, (800) 223-7768

$39.59

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Long Sleeve Tees

Paco & Lucia

KEY FEATURES: Peruvian pima cotton T-shirts made of expensive fabric and thoughtful details like contrast stitching.

SALES TIP: Crossover artists: These precious pieces are made by seamstresses experienced in making luxury baby clothes.

pacoandlucia.com, (917) 447-4313

$39

Cookie Monster Costume

Pet Krewe

KEY FEATURES: A plush, bright blue costume of Sesame Street’s foremost food reviewer. It’s easy to get on and off, and good for pets who don’t really like dressing up.

SALES TIP: An Instagram-able “walking costume” where the dog looks like he’s carrying cookies.

petkrewe.com, (504) 458-8911

$24.99

Buzz Lightyear

Rubie’s Costume Company

KEY FEATURES: This officially licensed Buzz Lightyear costume shines with light-up wings, an easy to adjust chest piece and a flexible doggie helmet.

SALES TIP: Stock up for June 21, when the highly anticipated TOY STORY 4 hits big screens.

rubies.com, (516) 326-1500

$24.99

The Bood & The Snood

Ruffina NYC

KEY FEATURES: The Bood is a pullover coat for the body, cut in different styles for male and female dogs, and the Snood is a button-on scarf to keep everybody’s neck warm.

SALES TIP: A two-piece for pets — sell them as a set or mix and match complementary color combinations.

ruuffina.nyc, (917) 499-7888

bood-$40; Snood-$25

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Stumptown Jacket

Ruffwear

KEY FEATURES: A fashionable quilted coat with side-release buckles, reflective trim and a leash portal so it can be worn over a harness.

SALES TIP: An insulated jacket that provides cozy warmth for pups who like cold-weather adventures.

ruffwear.com, (888) 783-3932

$64.95

Jackson Elk Sweater

PetRageous

KEY FEATURES: A light gray sweater accented with a darker gray collar and trim, and set off by the main feature, an elk head silhouette.

SALES TIP: This woodsy design looks high-end but it’s made of wash-and-go material.

petrageousdesigns.com, (800) 893-9893

$17.99

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Fix Up Your Reptile’s Digs with These 8 Products

Set the right scene — and provide comfortable digs — for your reptile friends.

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IN REPTILE HABITATS, pet owners get to use their imaginations. Building micro-studies of rainforests and river bottoms lets people design imaginary ecosystems and innovative environments. Stock up on reptile habitats and accessories designed to keep the dream alive. If you’re building a fantasy rainforest, why spoil it with a metal bowl?

Rainforest Terrarium

Exo Terra / Hagen

KEY FEATURES: An extra-tall glass terrarium with secure, swinging front doors and a fully ventilated top.

SALES TIP: Ideal for tree-dwellers — think boas, tree frogs and leaf-tailed geckos.

exo-terra.com, (800) 724-2436

$159.99

Flexible Climbing Vine

Penn-Plax

KEY FEATURES: A 5-foot stretch of flexible, bendable climbing vine can be used to fill in the gaps between plants and substrate.

SALES TIP: Keep things interesting — this natural-looking climber vine can be bent to create hiding spots and climbing areas.

penn-plax.com, (866) 625-2385

$6

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Bamboo Hide

Galapagos

KEY FEATURES: This 18-inch habitat hideaway is made of real, natural bamboo. When it’s filled with moist moss, the water is slowly released to boost humidity levels in a terrarium.

SALES TIP: Doubles as a tool for egg incubation, tarantula hide and even growing live plants.

galapagosreptilegear.com, (805) 450-6115

$19.99

ReptoHeat

Tetrafauna

KEY FEATURES: A dual temperature basking heater is designed with a microcomputer inside to control basking temperature with accuracy.

SALES TIP: Power up and save, as it’s the most efficient source of basking heat on the market.

tetra-fish.com, (800) 526-0650

$98.99

Naturalistic Terrarium Tropical Kit

ZooMed

KEY FEATURES: An all-in-one terrarium that’s good for beginners and takes up just a little space at 12 by 12 by 18 inches.

SALES TIP: A starter pack to add a little bit of the jungle to your life: day and nighttime lamps, substrates, moss, plants and a how-to guide.

zoomed.com, (888) 496-6633

$109.99

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Wetlands Bowl

T-Rex

KEY FEATURES: A water bowl that’s truly natural — it’s made from half a coconut. Good for non-sterile environments, and particularly good for dart frog setups.

SALES TIP: A multipurpose accessory, you can recommend it as a water dish or seed it to grow moss and plants.

reptilesupplyco.com, (800) 750-9065

$4.49

Bow Front-Opening Terrarium

Zilla

KEY FEATURES: Bowed front doors give extra dimension to this terrarium, which includes a realistic tree background, removable doors and inserts to maintain humidity.

SALES TIP: The bowed glass lends a new depth to this style of reptile keeping.

zillarules.com, (888) 255-4527

$149.99

Black Terrarium Sand

Reptile Sciences

KEY FEATURES: A rich, 100 percent digestible calcium carbonate that also neutralizes odor.

SALES TIP: Reptile patterns pop on this inky background, and it’s versatile — works for snakes, reptiles, turtles and dragons.

reptilesciences.com, (954) 492-8196

$14.99

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8 Habitats and Accessories for Small Animals

Exciting homes for the little furballs.

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SMALL ANIMAL OWNERS want some excitement in the aisle, so give them style options to browse. Stock high-end cages that blend into the home décor, plus cages that play with colorful designs, design-forward architecture and lighting effects. Set up a display model and fill it with related accessories like colorful habitat fillers and hides within the larger space, and point out hidden surprises like extra deep debris trays.

Care Fresh Small Pet Bedding
Healthy Pet

KEY FEATURES: Made from scratch, this ultra-absorbent fluff provides the softest, driest, most comfortable home for small pets.

SALES TIP: Add a cheerful pop of color to any small pet’s home with Tutti Frutti or Blue Paradise options.

healthy-pet.com, (800) 242-2287

$16.99

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Guinea Habitat Plus
MidWest Homes for Pets

KEY FEATURES: In just 15 pounds, this guinea pig cage offers 8 square feet of play space, plus more than a foot of ceiling space.

SALES TIP: Using special lock-in-place ramps, doors and divider panels, customers can customize the space for their pets’ needs.

midwesthomes4pets.com, (800) 428-8560

$61.99

3-Level Hamster Cage
Iris USA

KEY FEATURES: Hamsters get three levels of space in this compact housing unit that features a see-through front and wire sides to keep air flowing.

SALES TIP: ¡Claro! Pet parents will appreciate transparency of this colorful habitat.

irisusainc.com, (800) 320-4747

$54.99

Park Ave Indoor Hutch for Rabbit and Small Animals
New Age Pet

KEY FEATURES: Made with an eco-friendly and durable composite material, this habitat is nontoxic, nonabsorbent and easy to clean.

SALES TIP: A chic look in a snap — this requires no maintenance and can be assembled in minutes.

newagepet.com, (510) 887-5976

$299.99

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Grass Feeder Hut
Prevue Pet Products

KEY FEATURES: A grass and treat holder with ventilated slots and a wide corner entry opening that accommodates most small animals, from rabbits to rats.

SALES TIP: The unvarnished look gives a shabby chic look to this furniture that encourages playing, hiding, snoozing and nibbling.

prevuepet.com, (312) 243-3624

$29.99

CritterTrail LED Color Changing Habitat
Kaytee

KEY FEATURES: The eye-popping habitat includes a color-changing LED and five color settings: nocturnal red, pink, green, purple and yellow.

SALES TIP: Super fun and super safe, this cage features narrow wire spacing and side lock latches, with secure openings on top and in the front.

kaytee.com, (800) 529-8331

$59.95

Tabby Cat Hamster Hideout
Ware Pet Products

KEY FEATURES: The Tabby Cat Hamster Hideout from is a little nook of a getaway for small animals, easy to wipe down and keep clean.

SALES TIP: A versatile piece, you can keep it inside a cage as a play place, or use it for outside the cage activities.

warepet.com, (602) 257-8803

$8.99

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Living World Deluxe Habitat
Hagen

KEY FEATURES: Elegantly styled with an arcing red wire top, this hybrid cage has an upper wire frame and a plastic bottom base, with interior hiding spots for rabbits, guinea pigs and chinchillas.

SALES TIP: Get that quality time in: This habitat features a balcony where pets and people can play around.

hagen.com, (800) 554-2436

$99.99

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