Editorial & Disclosure Policy

At Small Dog Owner, our goal is to help readers build the best relationships with their furry friends.

Sometimes this may include us recommending products, books, courses, and more. Below, you can find more information on our editorial process, including how we might choose the things we promote, and how we may be compensated through our content.

Editorial Process

Our main goal as a content-driven platform is to find the best solutions for our readers. That may be through recommending the best dog food, the best research materials to help you with dog training, or it may be recommending some of the best products related to that specific article.

In any case, we’re committed to useful, accurate and practical information above all else. Solving our readers’ problems and challenges is our top priority, and we firmly believe that if we do that the right way, everything else will fall into place. We do our best to keep our stories updated with links to brands, products, courses, and websites that provide additional info.

For product reviews, we tend to base most of this on personal experience, or we try to find writers who have experience with the types of products being reviewed.

We pride ourselves on our research and commitment to putting out the best possible stories for our readers, and welcome suggestions on how to do that better.

Each story we publish has hours of research, writing, fact-checking and editing behind it, and each article is reviewed by several editors.

Affiliate Links & Recommendations

In many of our articles, especially recommendations, we may earn a small commission when readers purchase products through our links.

This doesn’t affect which products are included in the articles, and in most cases our writers are not aware of which brands and products offer us a sales commission. All of the products we highlight are recommended for their quality, performance and overall reputation regardless of any affiliate relationships.

In fact, many of the products we recommend come from small, boutique retailers and shops that make small batches of products and don’t offer any sort of affiliate relationships at all.

We strive to recommend the products that would fit best for most audiences, and usually categorize our top picks as:

  • Editor’s Choice: the best overall pick based on performance and feedback
  • Upgrade pick: where it makes sense to spend a little more
  • Best value: products that offers the most value for money

The commissions we make from these articles allow us to pay our writers the best rates possible, and to allow us to put as much time and energy into the research and vetting side of the review process.

If we receive products to review directly from brands, it’s noted in the review itself, though most of the products we review is purchased. Any brands or products that pay for promotion or advertising on the site is considered “Sponsored.”

Amazon Associates & Other Programs

This site is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. We are compensated for referring traffic and business to Amazon and other companies linked to on this site.

Contests and Giveaways

We occasionally run contests and giveaways on our site for new members to our email list. If you’ve signed up for a contest, you’ll start receiving our newsletter but can unsubscribe at any time. Contests are not affiliated with any social media network, including Instagram and Facebook, and each contest’s rules and guidelines are outlined during entry. Contact us for more information.