There is a long list of accessories for dog owners. Most of these are must-haves, while other accessories may be needed later. The checklist for new pet owners is made up of accessories that should be bought before the arrival of the newest addition to the household. These doggie accessories must already be prepared and placed properly to prepare for the ‘big day’.


Pet owners often try to get the best accessories for their fur babies. If you do not have any idea what you need for your pet, you will be overwhelmed by the choices out there. When choosing accessories, always consider the quality of the product, as well as your pet’s comfort and safety.


What are the best dog accessories?

  • A comfortable bed that is spacious enough to allow your pet to stretch out
  • Food and water bowls -- choose non-slip bowls that are not made of plastic
  • Harness, collars, or any type of anti-pulling aids
  • Leads or leashes
  • Travel accessories -- car harness, crate, or dog guard
  • Clothing -- to keep your pet warm, clean, and dry during outdoor excursions
  • Grooming tools -- rubber-toothed brush, short bristle brush, round-ended scissors, nail clippers, etc.
  • Dental accessories -- pet toothbrush, toothpaste, dental wipes, etc.
  • Identification tags
  • Poo bags
  • Bathing accessories - dog shampoo, soap, etc.
  • Toys


What should you put on your dog's tag?

  • Your pet’s name
  • Your contact details -- phone number, address
  • Medical needs
  • Microchip information
  • A personal note such as “I’m microchipped”, “If I’m alone, please call my mom”, etc.


How do you train a dog not to run away?

There are several ways to train a dog to not run away. Each shares the same principle of positive reinforcement. The methods differ in the environments by which training was done. For example, you can take your dog out to the backyard to play. When he starts to run away from you, call out his name, and give him the ‘come’ command. If he comes, be quick to offer him lots of praise and his favorite treat. Be sure to repeat this process in the middle and before ending your play session. You can also do this during leash walks by backing away from your pet for about 2-3 feet and calling him to you. Each desired behavior should be quickly reinforced to ensure consistency.


What do first-time dog owners need?

A checklist for first-time dog owners should include the following:

  • Doggy bed
  • Food bowl
  • Water bowl
  • Collar with an ID tag
  • Lead or leash at least 4-6 feet in length
  • Harness
  • Dog-safe toys
  • Crate
  • Premium quality pet food (canned or dry)
  • Basic grooming equipment and supplies
  • Absorbent house-training pads
  • Treats

What do dog owners buy most?

Most of a dog owner’s budget goes to buying pet food. Other costs include equipment, supplements, treats, and pet accessories (harness, leash, collars).