You have probably been caught in two minds while trying to get the best accessories for your little one. Caring for your furry baby isn't only about resources and time, it's also about investing in things that truly add value to your dog's life.
With the clutter of ads, numerous different recommendations for the same item from friends and family, and fellow pet parents, it's up to you who can determine the right fit for your pet. From ensuring their safety while out on walks to providing them with comfortable supplies to help them rest, having the right accessories can make all the difference.
In this blog post, we’ll be taking a look at 11 essential dog accessories that every dog owner should have. From leashes to toys and grooming tools, here’s a list of the most important items to have on hand for your furry best friend.
1. A Leash
This one seems like the most logical choice, doesn't it? But to keep your pup safe and secure while out on walks or in parks, it's imperative to ensure you have a sturdy yet comfortable leash that’s no longer than 6 feet in length.
Hands-free leashes that fasten around your waist or in a crossbody style over your shoulder are also highly coveted by many dog owners as it helps them be hands-free. Bungee leashes are another popular style that offers flexibility and shock absorption for both the pet and owner. In addition, you have the handheld leash as well as the double handle that gives you the ability to grab your pup using a handle close to their collar for more control or in the case of a double leash that helps to clip in both the front and back of your dog's collar.
A natural progression as a fitting accessory post the leash is a collar that is essential for any pup. The ones with an ID tag that includes the dog owner's contact information in case (knock on wood) your pup ever gets lost. If your furry baby is more on the active side and is ever ready to run marathons, you might want to invest in a typical flat collar.
Another popular item for dog lovers that is worth every penny is most definitely the harness. It's well-supported, helps reduce the pull effect, increases your control over your pup, and decreases stress on the pet's neck and joints. Harnesses come in handy especially with large breeds, as they can help provide additional support and make it easier for your pup to stay safely by your side on walks.
From chew toys to fetch toys, having a variety of engaging and durable toys can help keep your pup entertained and mentally stimulated. Squeaky, rope, whistle, and interactive toys encourage non-destructive behavior and help build an adorable bond between you and your amazing pet.
5. Grooming Tools
Invest in a good quality brush, slicker brush, and nail clippers to help keep your puppy's fur and nails looking their best. Dog grooming helps to maintain a healthy, happy, and clean pet, surroundings and helps to improve your bond with your dog.
6. Dog Bed
A comfortable dog bed is essential for giving your pup a cozy place to rest and relax. Dog beds help your dog to sleep comfortably, and keep the joints and elbows safe, giving them their own space. There are a ton of options to choose from including round, plush, orthopedic, elevated, and mattress beds.
7. Food and Water Bowls
Make sure to have a pair of separate bowls dedicated to meal time and water time. Stainless steel bowls are on the top list when it comes to maintaining hygiene. Stainless steel is non-porous, which means it won’t hold onto bad bacteria, plus it is super easy to clean which keeps it sanitary for your dog.
8. Poop Bags
A stash of poop bags is a must in every household with a dog member, it comes in especially handy when out for a walk. Compostable dog poop bags are always a great choice.
9. First Aid Kit
You never know when an injury or other medical emergency may occur, so make sure to have a pet first aid kit on hand. Important items to keep at hands are as follows: Hydrogen peroxide, antibiotic ointment, gauze, scissors, tape & rubber gloves.
A good quality brush can help keep your puppy's coat looking its best and help keep shedding under control. The double-sided brush could be the best option for dog grooming. It is useful for all types of cars. One side is a pin brush, which removes tangles and mats in fur. The other side is a bristle brush, which is best for finishing up as it smooths and shines the coat.
11. Waste Scooper Device
A good dog care item to have is a waste scooper comprising a hand grip on one end of a shaft with a scoop that has an openable door and a removable bag at the opposite end. Cleaning up after your pup can be a hassle, so make sure to have a good-quality waste scooper to make the job easier.
These are just some of the essential accessories that every dog owner should have on hand. With the right supplies, you can ensure that your pup is safe and comfortable. Do you have any other favorite items that you think every dog owner should have?
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