Editors’ Choice Winners

Here are our top picks for the best new products of 2014.

By | Posted: November 6, 2014, 11 a.m. PST

Once again, we’ve taken on the difficult task of picking our favorite dog products released during the last year. We received tons of great submissions, and we selected a mix of exciting products, from high-tech to simple-yet-innovative offerings. Check out our picks for the top 12 products from 2014, what we love about them, and why we think you’ll love them, too.

A special thanks to our partners at the Irvine Animal Care Center, who graciously provided adoptable dog models for us to photograph. As always, all the products we receive for review are donated to animal charities. 

Editors with their dogs
Dogs from left to right: Thelma, 6-year-old, female Chihuahua, Poppy, 1-year-old, female terrier mix, Mimi, 2-year-old, female Brussels Griffon mix
Jazz, 5-year-old, female pit bull-type mix



This crash-tested car harness improves on last year’s Utility version — one of our 2013 Editor’s Choice winners — in many respects, and does not require the use of baby seat LATCH anchors to secure a pet dog. The Infinity Loop continuous webbing system allows for the reduced use of steel hardware, and the harness still features a three-point contact design. The setup also serves as a walking harness, and incorporates reflectors to enhance visibility at night. The harness is available in Jet Black, Strawberry Red, and Orange Dream, and a special edition Robin Egg color for a limited time. Three sizes are available. — Ethan Mizer

$64.99 to $79.99, from Sleepypod

clickit sport safetyharness



These adorable hedgehog-themed toys come in multiple design themes, and make an adorable grunting sound that turns heads and gets dogs’ attention. The toys are available in six new motifs: farmer, fisherman, soldier, chef, winter, and super heggie. — E.M.

$9.99, from Petmate

Dog: Chuck, 6-year-old, male Basset Hound mix

Petmate Heggies



By slowing down a dog’s feeding speed, owners can potentially prevent bloat and other health issues and aid their pup’s digestion. This feeding tray spreads out a dog’s meal, forcing him to take up to four times as long to eat his food as he would with a traditional bowl. The tray is made from durable, food-grade material, and features a dishwasher-safe, nonskid design. —E.M.

$15.99 to $21.99, from Petstages Inc.;

Perfect Pace Feeding Tray


This automatic ball launcher provides dogs with endless ball-chasing opportunities. For use indoors or outdoors, the launcher features three launch settings — 10, 20, and 30 feet — and allows dogs to reload the launcher themselves, meaning either owners or pets can set the pace. —E.M.
$115, from iFetch;




This handmade, biodegradable pet urn holds a dog’s remains, along with soil and a seedbed containing a seed of a tree, to commemorate a beloved family member. The urn comes with a marker and features an all-cotton design. — E.M.

$159 to $199, from My Eternal Family Tree;



The innovative new Mobile Pet Carrier makes it easy to take your dog on a trip! The rugged top handles and integrated wheels make transport much easier than using a standard crate. For the car, the carrier attaches to a seatbelt and meets most airline travel requirements. For easy access, the door opens both right and left and can be easily removed, so the carrier can be used as a pet house. It measures 18.3x26.2x20.1 inches and weighs 11.2 pounds. Recommended for pets up to 44 pounds. —Ernie Slone

$140, from Richell USA;

Mobile Pet Carrier



Ideal for high-energy play outdoors, the Chuckit! Max Glow Kick Fetch is kickable like a soccer ball with a glowing, grooved design to allow for easy pickup. The glow-in-the-dark toy charges under a bright light in less than 10 minutes and stays glowing for up to 30 minutes, perfect for early morning or nighttime play. Small and large sizes are available. —E.S.

$29.99 to $34.99, from Petmate;

ChuckIt! Lightplay Max Glos Kick Fetch


Through both a Bluetooth mobile application and access to the Internet, the PetHub Signal is able to alert you immediately if your dog strays. This can prevent theft or help deal with adventurous dogs. Using the free app, you can cause the tag to "chirp” and flash its LED light to help locate your dog. The water-resistant PetHub Signal tag links to a free basic online PetHub.com profile. — E.S.

$69.95, from PetHub Inc.

Pethub Signal


If your dog gulps down his food in record-setting time — upping his risk of a life-threatening condition called bloat — he may benefit from the Green Mini, designed for puppies and small dogs. This interactive feeder with a fun turflike design slows down speed-eaters while turning mealtime into a mentally stimulating game. Just scatter your dog’s wet or dry food across the feeder, and in order to eat, your dog pushes the food out between the blades of grass. — Katie Ingmire

$29.99, from The Company of Animals

Green Mini



Now your dog can sport his own tacky attire during your next ugly sweater party. I got a kick out of the quirky holiday designs on the New York Dog Ugly Sweaters; one shows a dog treating a snowman like a fire hydrant, for example, while another features a reindeer with antlers bedazzled in holiday lights. The sweaters come in five sizes to fit most breeds. —K.I.

$14.99, from Quaker Pet Group;

New York Dog Ugly Sweaters


Whether you’re on vacation, at the office, or just in the next room, the SCOUT66 lets you monitor your dog from anywhere on a smartphone or tablet. The product offers high-definition video streaming, and provides automatic alerts when it detects movement or sound. With fun features such as infrared night vision, room temperature display, and two-way communication, the SCOUT66 is perfect for dog owners who double as tech geeks. —K.I.

$149.99, from Binatone North America;

Motorola Scout66 Wi-Fi Pet Video Camera



When it comes to cleaning up pet fur or pieces of toilet paper your puppy decided to shred, lugging out a full-size vacuum to do the job can be a pain. That’s why I was excited to see the portable, lightweight 20V Max Lithium Flex Vac with Floor Head. This cordless stick and hand vacuum boasts a sleek design and comes with a variety of attachments, including a crevice tool and 2-in-1 nozzle/brush tool. Especially useful to dog owners is the rubberized pet hairbrush. —K.I.

$129.99, from Black+Decker

20V Max Lithium Flex Vac with Floor Head



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