The way to use this forum is to post the product or item in the subject heading. For example:
Dyson Animal vacuum
Dried tripe chews
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels by Caroline Coile
Puppia mesh harness
James Wellbeloved lamb and rice kibble
Then write your starter review. If someone else wants to add a review, they can add their further comments to the thread for that item. Please keep comments related to a review rather than starting a casual discussion on the product -- I think the section will be most valuable if the threads are really all directly related to the product.
Posts do not need to be really long or formal, especially additional posts in the thread, which might either add some information or an experience with the product, point out problems, suggest an alternative or additional similar product (for example, if your dog likes dried tripe chews, try pizzle sticks! etc). But they should go into more depth than just saying you also like the item or don't like the item. Have a look at Amazon reviews if you want an example of what I'm thinking about (examples below).
The idea for this forum is to give a place where people can do a more detailed evaluation of something if they'd like. Shopaholics is a good forum for casual recommendations, fun items, referrals, new finds, pointing people towards something you found and/or like, and general conversations. Reviews are where anyone who would like, can go into more detail about the item after using it for a while. We have some book reviews for example elsewhere in the site that I will move here.
If we get enough reviews, eventually I will put in some categories to make it easier to find things. I also might put together a list of board favourites as things progress. This would make a fun recommended shopping list.
Here are some sample reviews on Amazon -- scroll down and you can read how people do their reviews for different dog products:
Dog bed: http://www.amazon.com/PetMate-Burrow...1188884&sr=1-6
Poo bags: http://www.amazon.com/Bags-Board-Ref...1189077&sr=1-2
Sporn coupler: http://www.amazon.com/Sporn-Double-C...189077&sr=1-16