Welcome to Big Dog Mom’s Resources, a curated list of the tools and websites I strongly recommend for large and giant breed dog owners, or those considering big dog ownership. I have tested or actively use every recommendation on this page.
Before digging into the awesome resources I use and trust, please read this important disclosure:
Some of the links below are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase, I will earn a commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you. Please understand that I have experience with all of these products, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something.
Must-Have Products for Large Breed and Giant Breed Dogs
To claim a product is a “must-have” is a strong statement, but the following products more than live up to that standard! These are all products I currently use and could not live without as the owner of giant breed dogs.
Dremel Rotary ToolThere is no better tool for trimming dog nails than the Dremel. With proper conditioning, a Dremel makes trimming fast and easy! Junior and Sulley LOVE it!! I use a Dremel 4000 with a separate flexible shaft attachment, but I highly recommend the cordless Dremel Micro for newbies.
Diamagroove Boxer Dremel BitInvesting in a Dremel bit seems crazy to some, but I have found the Diamagroove to be worth its hefty price tag. It has withstood almost 3 years of weekly grinding on two giant breed dogs with no signs of wear. For cooler, more efficient nail trims, I highly recommend the Diamagroove!!
Big Barker Dog BedThe Big Barker is a popular bed for big dog owners and we are no exception. Sulley and Junior have two Big Barkers. With 455 lbs of dog laying on these beds every day, all day, I am impressed with how they have held up. They are super easy to clean – just unzip the cover and throw it in the wash.
Large Breed Puppy Survival Kit
Raising a large or giant breed puppy into a bomb-proof big dog is a huge responsibility and not for the casual dog owner. Growing bigger faster, yet maturing slower than other breeds, large and giant breed puppies can be a handful. The following list is must-have items for every large breed puppy owner. For more tips on raising puppies, click here.
Midwest Homes Ginormous Dog CrateCrate training is a necessity for all big dogs and it starts in puppyhood. This crate is the one I use and recommend due to outstanding quality and design. It comes with a divider to use as your puppy grows and has a convenient second door for flexible set up. It is collapsible for travel and is plenty big for all fully mature giant breed dogs.
Digital CameraWhether you have kids or puppies or both, you need to have a good camera to capture their early years. The quality of imagery (photo and video) out of a digital camera is unmatched and worth the investment up front! Click the button below for the best selling mirroless cameras like Lumix I purchased and LOVE!
XXL KongI keep at least one frozen, filled Kong on hand at all times, especially when I have a puppy in the house. A frozon Kong can bring relief to sore teething gums, enjoyment in the mental stimulation, and hours of play for the life of the dog. My recommendation is to buy two of these – keep one in the freezer (filled with peanut butter, or other yummy filling) and leave one out for dry treats.
Dog Treat PouchWhether you are working on potty training, simple obedience, a reliable recall, or reinforcing positive experiences during socialization, a treat pouch with easy access to treats at all times will dramatically improve your success in training your puppy! Use this pouch in training classes or at home giving your puppy the very best start in life as a canine good citizen!
Diet & Nutrition for Big Dogs
I get asked all the time about what supplements I give my dogs in addition to the raw diet they are fed. The following are my top recommended supplements for all dogs, regardless of diet. In addition, I am including a few of my favorite commercial raw diets (or foundations for a raw diet) to assist those who are considering the transition and want an easy way to take the plunge.
Raw Paws Pet FoodWith the highest quality selection of all-natural raw pet food, meaty bones, organs, treats, chews, and supplements, Raw Paws is your one-stop-shop for all things raw. With the convenience of online ordering and superior customer service, check out Raw Paws today! Get 50% off today with this link!
Darwin’s Raw Dog FoodDarwin’s is one of my favorite raw food brands! With fresh meals and complete balanced nutrition from all natural sources, Darwin’s provides quality with convenience! Give them a try today with their 10lbs for $14.95 offer! And check out our full review of Darwin’s for more information.
Dr. Harvey’s Dog FoodDr. Harvey’s is truly quality with convenience. If you are a raw feeder or looking to supplement your dog’s diet, consider Dr. Harvey’s. I use their Raw Vibrance to balance my dog’s raw meals, but there are other food and supplements to choose from as well. Shop the entire line using the link below.
Best Books for Big Dog Owners
The following are a few outstanding books which I believe should be in every dog owner’s library. For a more comprehensive list, click here.
You Can Train Your DogThis is one of my favorite general dog training books. With an empowering message to dog owners, that a little knowledge goes a long way in improving the relationship you have with your dog. Broken into sections with lists and callouts, this book is a comprensive, yet fast, read.
Best Toys for Large and Giant Breed Dogs
Other Products I Use and LOVE
WeatherTech Car LinerFor nearly two years I battled my old cargo liner and hated it. I broke down and replaced it early this year and I am in love with WeatherTech! This liner is perfect! It is perfect for big dogs because it stays in place, is easy to clean, looks fantastic, and is Made in the USA! Click here to see if they make one for your car.
KurgoIf you are in the market for a collar, leash, seatbelt, life vest, harness or any other dog travel accessory, look no further than Kurgo! With premium quality, perfect fit for even the biggest dogs, and made in the USA, I can’t recommmend Kurgo products highly enough. I have several Kurgo products and none of them have let me down!
Pet Insurance I Recommend for Big Dog Owners
Embrace Pet InsuranceEmbrace is one of the only pet insurance companies that cover the cost of gastropexy – a cost that can be a significant burden for big dog owners. Their Wellness and Coverage plans are comprehensive for prevention, accident and illness, allowing you to spend your time enjoying your dog, not worrying about how you will pay for him/her.
Mompreneurs & Other Digital CEO’s
Some of you may be wondering how I operate Big Dog Mom, LLC on the backend. What tools do I use and love that make this blog and brand work? Well, here they are!
ConvertKitI switched to ConvertKit in 2018 and have been so happy! ConvertKit is a powerful and intuitive platform on which to manage your email and newsletter subscribers. With beautiful forms and landing pages and easy integration with other platforms, ConvertKit is is my go-to email management system.
SiteGround HostingIf you are looking for the absolute BEST website host out there, look no further. I switched from Go Daddy to SiteGround in 2018 and haven’t looked back! With faster speed and outstanding support, I can’t recommend SiteGround highly enough! Feel free to contact me with any questions you have.
Great Websites for Big Dog Owners
The worldwide web is a vast universe of good and bad content. For this reason, I am including a few websites I trust for dog-related news and information amongst the mishmash of garbage out there.
NATIONAL BREED CLUBS
Whether you are looking for a breeder for your next purebred puppy, or simply want information about a particular dog breed, here is a list of large and giant breed dogs in the AKC with a link to each of their national parent breed club. Most breed clubs will have information on the breed standard, a code of ethics for member breeders, recommended health testing, and a list of reputable preservation breeders active in the breed.
- ALASKAN MALAMUTE
- ANATOLIAN SHEPHERD DOG
- BERNESE MOUNTAIN DOG
- BLACK RUSSIAN TERRIER
- CANE CORSO
- DOBERMAN PINSCHER
- DOGUE DE BORDEAUX
- GIANT SCHNAUZER
- GREAT DANE
- GREAT PYRENEES
- GREATER SWISS MOUNTAIN DOG
- NEAPOLITAN MASTIFF
- TIBETAN MASTIFF
- ST. BERNARD
- SIBERIAN HUSKY
- CHESAPEAKE BAY RETRIEVER
- CURLY-COATED RETRIEVER
- ENGLISH SETTER
- FLAT-COATED RETRIEVER
- GOLDEN RETRIEVER
- GORDON SETTER
- IRISH SETTER
- LABRADOR RETRIEVER
- SPINONE ITALIANO
- AFGHAN HOUND
- AMERICAN ENGLISH COONHOUND
- AMERICAN FOXHOUND
- IRISH WOLFHOUND
- RHODESIAN RIDGEBACK
- SCOTTISH DEERHOUND