Getting a new pet is wonderful—and slightly overwhelming! You’re probably asking yourself: what pet supplies should I get? Here is a whole list of dog accessories that I recommend buying first and the ones you will need the most!
Every dog needs the basics – food, bed, collar, and leash, but otherwise, what kind of accessories do dogs need? Take one look into the dog section of your local pet shop and I’m sure you will feel overwhelmed with all the options provided. I certainly did!
But, do you really need all of it?
Probably not. Here are the must-haves for every new pup!
Must-Have Dog Accessories
Beyond the normal collar and dog bowls, it’s fun to spoil your pup, so have fun and get some really cute ones! Let’s look at all of the must-have pet accessories that you’ll want to invest in.
The first thing you need for your dog is a cute and comfy bed. Even if your dog sleeps in bed with you, it’s still a good idea to give them a place of their own they can curl up and lounge on.
I suggest investing in a comfortable and high-quality option such as a memory foam bed. These kinds of beds will last a lot longer and bounce back after your dog curls up in it.
You should go for a bed with raised sides instead of just a flat pillow on the ground. This will give your dog a place to rest their head.
You also want to make sure the bed is large enough for your dog. There are lots of pictures out there of big dogs that take over a smaller dog’s bed. It’s pretty funny! But if you have just one dog, try to give them a bed that fits so they can be comfortable.
My biggest piece of advice when it comes to doggy beds is to make sure the bed you buy is washable. Dogs have accidents or they like to roll in the dirt so you can imagine what that puppy bed looks and smells like.
A machine-washable bed is a must!
This memory foam bed has a washable/removable cover and fits all sizes of dogs.
All dogs need a leash. Even if you have a securely fenced-in yard, you might still want to take your pup for a walk or need to take it to the vet or the groomer.
There are cute leashes out there that are also durable and functional.
The most important functions you need in a leash are:
- Comfortable handle for your hand
- Secure buckle to attach to a dog’s collar
This leash that I found comes in a variety of colors. It has a padded handle so you’ll maintain better control of your dog. Plus, it has reflective threads for nighttime walks!
If you’re going to do the dirty job, you might as well make it as convenient as possible. Find a dog poop bag dispenser that either attaches to your leash or another bag you own (like a backpack).
Buying scented bags helps a ton too! Believe me, it will help cover up that smell.
These dog waste bags are 100% biodegradable and you can carry them on your belt loop. They come in a really cute bone-shaped carrying case and have a pleasant lavender scent.
Unless you have one of those hairless dogs, you will need a brush. Even short-haired dogs like chihuahuas need to be brushed a few times a week.
Depending on the type of fur coat your dog may have, I would recommend finding a good brush that is gentle and yet will do the job you need it to. While some brushes are meant for detangling, others are meant to remove excess fur and dead skin.
Another option is a pair of pet grooming gloves. They are super soft and work great for dogs with all sorts of coats. They effectively remove loose fur and it feels like you are just petting your dog. They will love it!
This one is super important! I recently talked about how you should always use dog shampoo when washing your dog instead of products that are made for humans. This is one of the first things you should look into when gathering items for your dog.
Want some shampoo that keeps your dog smelling amazing between baths? Our 50 Shades of Spay shampoo is pure luxury!
It’s formulated to nourish their skin and created with their exact pH balance in mind. It also combines rose and wild geranium with notes of bergamot and gold amber. It smells fantastic!
All dogs, especially puppies, need a few chew toys as they are naturally mouthy and playful. The type of toys you buy depends on what kind of dog (and patience) you have.
Some dogs have stronger jaws and chew up toys more than others. If your dog is an aggressive chewer, then buy them a toy like this nylon bone. It will last longer than other bones and give your dog a healthy outlet for their chewing tendencies.
If your dog is playful, you can buy them something like a Woodland Friends Burrow toy. You hide the chipmunks in the soft tree trunk and throw it to your dog. They will dig at the trunk until they remove all the squeaky chipmunks. It’s tons of fun!
Sweater for Cold Weather
During the cold winter months, dogs with short hair should have some sort of sweater or jacket. Beyond the necessity of keeping your dogs warm, there are some seriously cute sweaters out there! From preppy little argyle sweaters to adidog hoodies, your dog can reflect your personal style.
Dog Car Accessories
If you plan on traveling or taking your pup places and have them come along for a ride in your car, these dog car accessories are a must! In addition to all the pet accessories listed above, these items will make taking your dog places a lot easier and cleaner.
Having a doggy bed in your car is optional though I will say it is nice for them to sit on instead of your car seats. Some dogs get hyperactive in the car and won’t stay in one place. But, if your dog will use one, this could be a nice little treat.
I highly recommend keeping a cleaning kit in your backseat or trunk. You never know if your dog will get sick or have an accident! For smelly dog messes, I suggest this odor remover. It cleans your car really effectively and the orange scent completely removes the smells.
Finally, you should definitely invest in removable and washable seat covers. Some people just use a fitted sheet when they take their dog places but just using this one cover will save you hours of vacuuming!
Travel Carrier for Small Dogs
Finally, if you ever think you’ll be traveling with your tiny pup, you should get a carrier. There are some really stylish ones that look like a purse or handbag- there’s even a stroller! Not only are these fashionable, but they also keep your dog safe and prevent overstimulation. Plus, when they are in their little carrier, fewer people will try to pet them, which could overwhelm your little dog.
Where To Buy Cute Dog Accessories
There are lots of places to buy beautiful dog accessories but one of the best places is right off Amazon. With free Prime shipping, you seriously can’t beat the price.
But, if you’re one of those people who likes to look and try things out in person, I would recommend checking out some of your local pet shops in the area. Many of the employees there can be very helpful!
Etsy is also an amazing place to look at. It has some handmade accessories that you won’t find anywhere else. There are leashes and really cute dog sweaters! Plus, you can usually get them made custom just for you.
Add Some Of These MuttScrub Products To Your Must-Have List
Dog accessories are just as important as the main pet supplies you need. When you spend a little extra money on your pup, you are investing in taking care of them. Plus, it’s just so fun to spoil them! They are precious and truly deserve every little gift and splurge.
Add our calming MuttScrub products to your dog products list is a must. Our shampoos can help soothe and heal your dog’s skin naturally. There is no diluting or mixing required since we’ve done the hard work to develop the perfect blend of cleansers, moisturizers and essential oils for you!
Treat your dog’s skin only with pure ingredients that support overall well-being and aid the healing process. MuttScrub products are made of all-natural substances, including shea butter, to give your dog instant relief from ailments and anxiety.
All three of our products work best when used together in the Pawsitively Soothing Itch Relief Kit For Dogs. We have several great reviews of the product over on our Facebook page…check them out!
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