Dogs have plenty to look forward to in 2019, as another round of design and lifestyle trends take over. From the purely superficial – we’re thinking rattan beds and coral colours – to the more practical side of dog ownership, we’ve tracked down six trends you need to know about for the year ahead.
Pet owners can now pick and choose from a growing range of doggie tech – everything from cameras that throw treats like the Furbo, to activity monitors like PitPat that track how much exercise your pup is getting. You can even download training apps like
Pet owners are a huge market, and designers and developers are well aware of this, which means we can expect lots of new apps and products in 2019 – including from car company Ford, which is working on a noise-cancelling dog kennel designed to soothe pets during fireworks.
At the end of last year, Pantone announced its annual Colour of the Year, this time choosing a vivid coral shade that’s already proving popular. If the thought of daubing your entire living room in vibrant coral is too much to bear, you can always opt for less commitment, and invest in some on-trend accessories for your pooch. We recommend Fetch & Follow’s bright orange winter dog
Rattan is undergoing a revival, and 1970s wicker armchairs are being snapped up across Etsy and eBay. But it’s not just human furniture, there’s also been an influx of cane dog beds that reinterpret the traditional wicker basket. The neutral tones blend with any interior and inject some retro style without the long trawl through the second-hand listings. Our favourites are this Calypso bed from Laboni and Miacara’s Mio dog basket.
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Consumers have never been more aware of where their products come from and who makes them, and it’s fuelling a wave of ethically minded brands. New companies are prepared to be completely transparent about what materials they’re using and how they’re sourced. It’s something that’s helped boost enthusiasm for raw feeding – which often sees owners use meat sourced from local providers – as well as a greater awareness of how sustainable dog toys and accessories really are.
We love the eclectic fabrics used by Hiro + Wolf, many of which are ethically sourced during their adventures in Kenya. All their dog collars and leads are skilfully trimmed with bright neon and luxury vegetable tan leathers, and fitted with hardware by hand in an all female enterprise in Staffordshire.
Dog owners are increasingly taking an all-natural approach, including giving their pets alternative remedies for everything from anxiety to allergies. This means the world of pet supplements is booming, and one ingredient in particular is taking up the limelight – CBD oil. It’s an emerging market, which means doing research on the quality of supplements and how much CBD oil they actually contain is essential, but we can expect to see a lot more of this kind of thing in 2019.