Love dogs? Welcome to doggie heaven

Meet Dr Tony Knight (above), one of the world’s best known dog trainers, and the man behind the mike at the Melbourne Dog Lovers’ Show.

Five of the Best asked Tony for his favourite doggie gadgets and services from the huge range of new canine ideas on show at the Royal Exhibition Buildings from May 1-3. These are his top five.

1. Barx Active

Barx ActiveBarx Active provides fitness fun for you and your pooch. Barxercise sessions are circuit style classes and your dog is given challenges to complete as well. Barx Active also runs Barx Hikes and Barx Personal Training sessions too, so both you and your canine companion can get out and about for some quality time and get those endorphins flowing.

2. BorrowMyPooch

BorrowMyPooch matches local dog owners with local dog lovers for dog walking, pooch play dates, dog sitting, holiday care, shared doggy day care or weekend sleepovers. It saves money on expensive, impersonal alternatives and ensures our favourite friends are being looked after by dog lovers we know we can trust.

3. FIERCE

FIERCE is a new concept in pet accessories – high quality, fashion forward and fabulous. Created by jewellery designer Liz Kuehne, the collection features a range of jewels and leather collars that can be mixed and matched to suit your pet’s personality. Why should humans have all the fun?

4. Rufus & Coco

Rufus & CocoRufus & Coco have just launched their stylish Designer Pet Pod, suitable for small dogs all year round. The Pet Pod’s contemporary and sleek design is the perfect sanctuary for your small friend that also compliments the living space of the home.

5. Barklife

Barklife is a start-up business founded in Melbourne. It is an iPhone app with the largest database of Australian parks and beaches (almost 20,000 in total), including the council restrictions that apply to dogs. Using map integration, you can see when there are dogs at any park or beach, and even get notifications when your dog’s friends (their Barkbuds) are arriving at the park. Barklife allows dog owners to connect without giving away all of their private details.

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Love dogs? Welcome to doggie heaven