Dog Essentials  

Pet accessories are an important part of taking care of your dog. Generally, we use accessories to accentuate the beauty of things. When it comes to pet care accessories are used to protect your pet from harmful elements. You can also gain a lot of satisfaction from buying accessories for your pet. There is a wide variety to choose from and you might wonder where to start, particularly if this is your first pet.  


Here are some tips on what to look for when choosing accessories for your pet:  



Dogs usually fare better if they are consistently given one kind of dog food. In addition to dry, canned, and dog food which requires adding water, there are plenty of different kinds on the market. From all-natural dog food without any artificial ingredients, to dog food with extra vitamins, to dog food specially made for a dog’s age and development, you can feel quite overwhelmed when trying to choose the right one for your new pet. Even if you have owned dogs in the past, it is a good idea to ask your veterinarian to recommend the most appropriate dog food for your new dog.   


Food and water bowls

Food and water dishes are available in three basic styles. These include individual dishes, connected dishes, and dishes which hold and dispense the products. You can decide which style is more convenient for you. 


The most important thing about choosing good bowls is that they are not easily tipped over. You will probably want to check that especially the water bowl is pretty sturdy. It's vital that your dog has free access to water at all times and one of the ways people are doing this is by buying large water systems for their pets. Much like human watering systems these will keep your dog with fresh water for longer.  


Dog Collar

Whether you want a plain or fancy variety - collars are important and will be an item you use daily. This means the comfort and fit are important. Experts recommend a space between the dog’s neck and the collar to be at least 2 fingers wide. A collar should never be too loose or too tight. Make sure you get a good fit and take your dog along when you buying a collar.  


Dog leash

It's not hard to choose a leash - you just want to keep in mind that it needs to be strong enough to hold your dog. Leashes are often sold clearly marked with the breeds the leash is suitable for.  


Grooming accessories

Depending on the kind of breed you have the number of grooming accessories needed will vary.  


If you have a dog that will need relatively little grooming, that is with a short coat, then you will need only a basic toolkit.  


You will need 

- dog shampoo 

- dog clippers 

- styptic powder 

- dog toothbrush 

- dog toothpaste 

- dog brush or comb 


These are the basics. There are many other products you can use to keep your dog clean and fragrant. If you have a higher maintenance dog you will need these plus a wider variety of brushes and combs to care for your pet’s coat and grooming needs.  


Dog houses

If your dog will be sleeping outside then it’s important that they have their own place for shelter. A dog house will keep your dog out of the harsh sunlight or rain or even snow. When choosing a dog house try to choose the right size. The dog should fit snuggly inside with enough space to move around.  


Dog beds

If your dog will be spending time inside it's also a good idea to buy a dog bed. This gives your dog a 'retreat' and they will value having their own comfy space where they can go when cold or sleepy. Again, just try to choose the right size. Many dog beds are designed for specific breeds so you won't have a problem finding a bed for your dog.  


Dog toys and treats

Most dogs love playing, and just like children, love being spoilt. It is especially important if you are away for long periods of time that your dog has something to play with. It's best to give them a variety of toys; this will keep them away from your slippers! 


Again, the most important thing is the size. Treats and toys should be size appropriate. If the toy is too big, they won't be able to play with it and it won't be fun for anyone.  


Avoiding toys made of wood which can splinter, anything that could shatter or break, and avoid toys with small parts or paint, is essential. 


There is a wide variety of toys for you dog to chew, play and bite. Spend some time choosing some fun toys for your dog.  


Dog treats are an excellent addition to your supply list. Whether you plan to train your new dog for a specific purpose, or only want him to have a little something extra, your dog will love his treats. You can find healthy dog treats made with your pet’s size and age in mind.   


Many dog owners find rawhide products useful. One benefit to rawhide is that it is good for your pet’s teeth. Another benefit is rawhide will cater to your dog’s natural tendency to chew, so he will not be using your shoes or other personal items for this purpose. Rawhide products come in many different sizes and styles. Selecting the rawhide products suited to your dog’s size and breed is the best way to ensure that he gets all of the benefits from these chewing products 


These are the most important accessories you will need for your dog. There are many more things you could buy your dog but by catering for the items on this list your dog should have everything he needs to be a healthy, happy dog.