Dog Products Of The Year Award Winners Announced By

Fennville, MI (PRWEB) January 16, 2007

Winners of the 4th Annual Dog Products of the Year Awards were officially announced today. Many new and outstanding products made the list along with several repeat performances from past winners. Each year, honors the best dog products on the market. The 2006 Dog Products of the Year Awards serve as a buying guide for dog parents looking for the highest quality goods for their pets.

For the third year in a row,, a leading online retailer of intelligent dog supplies, selected its 2006 Dog Products of the Year winners based on a number of factors including overall product design, product testing, customer feedback and overall sales. President Eric Houtkooper, said, “We are extremely selective about the products we carry. We rigorously test all of our products, gather customer feedback and gauge sales throughout the year. Only then do we choose the best in each category for our list of Dog Products of the Year.” The 3rd Annual Dog Products of the Year categories include Dog Toys, Dog Treats, Dog Food, Dog Training Aid, Dog Carriers, Dog Safety, Dog Health & First Aid, Dog Books & DVDs, and (new for 2006) Best Gift Idea and Best Overall Dog Product of the Year. honored The Honest Kitchen as Best Dog Food for the second year in a row. A leader in the raw food revolution, The Honest Kitchen is one of the fastest growing dog food brands in the country. Offering consumers four unique dehydrated raw diet formulas, The Honest Kitchen continues to blaze a trail in the industry with superior ingredients and high quality production. Lucy Postins, Co-Founder of The Honest Kitchen, was honored by the repeat win saying, “It’s fabulous to be given this recognition for the products we’re creating, and it makes it even more important knowing that the award comes from, an organization that’s an expert at identifying intelligent dog products.”

Simon & Huey took top honors for their doggoned tasty dog treats. “Our customers love the freshness of Simon & Huey treats,” said CEO, Leslie Hayes-Houtkooper. “They smell terrific and dogs go crazy for them. With ingredients like oat flour, peanut butter, ginger and molasses, you know your giving your pup a healthy, wholesome treat.” Jessamy Whitsitt from Simon & Huey was pleased at being selected commenting, “We are nothing less than ecstatic to be selected’s dog treat of the year. We strive very hard to be the best and it is wonderful to get recognized.”

In the category of Dog Health & Safety, chose Spot Organics Gentle Ear Cleansing Cloths. A great choice for dogs prone to ear infections, Spot Organics Gentle Ear Cleansing Cloths are free from harsh chemicals so they can be used daily.

The award for Best Dog Collars, Leashes or Harnesses went to Lupine Pet Products. “We can’t say enough good things about Lupine products,” remarked Leslie Hayes-Houtkooper. “They continue to create adorable new patterns and offer the best guarantee in the industry. Lupine products are guaranteed for life – even if chewed.”

Tazlab Safe-T-Stretch Dog Collars took top honors in the Dog Safety category. Tazlab collars stretch when not clipped to a leash allowing your dog to slip free in potentially life-threatening situations. Tazlab’s Director of Sales and Marketing, Noelle Fredland, remarked, “It is an honor to be recognized as Dog Safety Product of the Year. Tazlab’s goal of making innovative and safer dog products only comes to fruition through extraordinary distributors. leads the pack and should be commended for their dedication to dog safety and owner education.”

Pet Flys scooped up Best Dog Carriers of the Year with their airline approved carriers. This 2004 winner makes a repeat performance this year with their quality construction and funky designs. Leslie Hayes-Houtkooper said, “Pet Flys continues to come up with fun and fabulous designs. Our customers love them, and they are airline approved.” Monkey Boy, Pet Flys Chief Canine Executive Officer and chihuaha extraordinaire, accepted the award on the company’s behalf saying, “Receiving this award from one of the pioneers of online pet retailers has all of us at Pet Flys yapping with glee! Although we are by no means the biggest company, we feel we have the most heart. We are very proud of our unique styling and the distinctive look for which Pet Flys has become known.” The spokesdog added, “Do I get some sort of statue for this?”

Winner of the Dog Training Aid award went to the Sounds of Baby CD. This unique CD is an audio desensitization recording designed to help four-legged family members prepare for a baby by gradually presenting sounds that will accompany your precious new arrival. A “must-have” for all expectant parents.

The Best Dog Book or DVD of the Year was the remarkable, “Small Dogs, Big Hearts”. Small dogs are more popular than ever and this book was a huge hit with customers in 2006. Darlene Arden, the book’s author said, “I’m honored that ‘Small Dogs, Big Hearts’ has been chosen as’s 2006 Dog Book of the Year. Little dogs view the world from a very different vantage point and my goal is to try to make life better for them by helping owners understand how to raise and train a normal, well-adjusted small dog who is a special companion for life.”

Best Dog Gift Idea was a new category for 2006 and the award went to’s breed specific Dog Leash Hooks. Available in over 70 different breeds, these dog leash hooks feature a classic design every dog owner will love.

Dog Toy of the Year went to the Leo by Canine Genius. The Leo (and Mini Leo) are interactive treat toys that keep your pooch engaged for hours. Leos can be connected to one another to create unique puzzles that challenge dogs’ problem solving skills and keep them stimulated and active.

Winning the award for Best Overall Dog Product of the Year, a new category, was the Mini-Leo by Canine Genius. A customer favorite, the Mini-Leo is the perfect treat toy for pint-sized pooches and puppies. Alise Shatoff and Birte Haakansson from Canine Genius were proud of the double win remarking, “We are thrilled that the Leo and Mini Leo toys have been selected as the “Best Dog Toy” and “Best Overall Dog Product” for 2006. We put our heart and soul into designing unique toys that dogs and their humans will love. Our goal is to make dogs happy and keep them busy!”

A list of the winners along with pictures and descriptions can be found online at All winning products are available for purchase at For more information, contact Leslie Hayes-Houtkooper at 269-561-2570 or visit


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