7 Essential Dog Products

7 Must Have Dog Products

If you’re anything like me, you have about three (large) Rubbermaid containers chock full of dog stuff. And no, that doesn’t include crates, beds, food, etc. I only know this because we just moved to Colorado and had to corral all of the dogs' belongings - it really didn’t seem like we had that much when it was spread throughout the house! However, it has become very apparent that we have too many things and could realistically get away with just a handful of our top used dog accessories and products.

Check out these top seven dog products that we couldn’t live without (besides food and water, of course):

7 Must Have Dog Products1. Leash/Collar/Harness
This is obvious. But they are a necessity. We prefer to use a standard 6 ft. leather leash – they last forever. And our favorite harness? The Freedom Harness by 2Hounds Design. Don’t even get me started on collars; I may have a slight obsession.

2. Classic Kong
This thing is a lifesaver; endless entertainment and one of the only toys that the dogs haven’t destroyed. We’re going on two years with our same two Kong’s!


3. Nail Clippers
We keep it classic; Millers Forge nail clippers all the way. They have stayed sharp, make clean cuts and are simple to use. And since we use them just about every other week, they’ve got plenty of use!

4. Tennis balls (or racquet balls!) 7 Must Have Dog Products
Nothing beats a good ‘ole tennis ball and a dog at the park. Unless of course your name is Lola and you have a racquetball. Oh my, now that’s heaven.

5. Dog Crate
We have crated our dogs since they were puppies; not only did it help with potty training and saving our house during those naughty teenage years, but to this day you’ll find them taking a snooze in their own little private ‘room’.

6. Training Treats
Since training is a constant activity with dogs it’s always nice to have a bag or two (or five) of small, soft training treats. I personally bring treats on walks with me when I want to work on heeling or any type of training.

7 Essential Dog Products7. Poop Bags

Having lived in a townhome, we would always need to stock up on poo bags. But regardless of our living situation, they are handy anytime we go on a walk or hike. In fact, we keep a stash of the Earth Rated bags in the car and front closet at all times.

What are your must-have dog products?


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Positively Expert: Sarah Lukemire

Sarah Lukemire is a pet blogger at LolaThePitty.com, where she is raising positive awareness and fighting the negative stereotypes associated with pit bull type dogs, networking bully breed dogs in need of adoption rescue, as well as sharing recipes and tips for dog owners. Her mission is to change the perception of bully breeds.


7 thoughts on “7 Essential Dog Products

  1. Tie Dye's Momma

    Essential in the Snow Belt: beat up old towel to remove snow/mud/rain, pet safe ice melt for sidewalks and driveways (so none of us slip and bust our tails), accessible snow shovels for finding the deck/porch and clearing a space for potty trips, dog boots for when it's too icy/cold to go barefoot (also protects against the salts used in street cleaning), a close-fitting sweater or t-shirt and a water resistant coat or field blanket.

  2. S.C.

    8) a good "bone" to chew on. I always keep antlers & cattle bones around. 9) a good tug of war rope / toy.

  3. Laura Fine

    One of the most essential things they left off was Flea and Tick prevention such as Front Line, Advantix, and Petarmor. Not only do they save the dog from scratching, and potentially harmful allergies and diseases.. They save us humans from the same fates and a house invested with parasites we can't get rid of!

  4. Laura Fine

    Ohhh, and micro-chips. So many families have lost their dogs and arrived at the shelter too late to claim them. Micro-chipping your dogs for $35-$50 and keeping the info up to date is always essential! If you love your dog.. you'll do it!

  5. Laura Fine

    And while some may not consider this "essential", as a rescuer, I sure do!

    Please spay and neuter your beloved 4 legged family member! In the USA we kill an estimated 3-5 Million *reported* dogs yearly. To help prevent the needless killing of shelter and homeless animals, always spay and neuter your pets! They will live happier and healthier lives if you do!

    (Percentage based on HSUS figures, however no entity is required to
    report to anyone what they euthanize, and only about 1/4 of shelter,
    pounds, vets, or animal control facilities do report to their numbers to
    the HSUS. The numbers are most likely higher).

  6. Janel

    Another mecessity for dog owners is to have a big enough bed to accommodate you and the dog.
    Do you concur that mixing two breeds makes for a smarter healthier dog?

  7. ollivermarttin

    I have a dog and he is like my best friend, he loves to wear Dog Bandanas. And the most Incredible thing about him that he don't even go outside without Bandanas.

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