10 Basic Pet Accessories Every Dog Owner Must Have!

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Dogs are amazing companions, but they also require a lot of care and attention. One of the most important things you can do for your new dog is to make sure you have all the essential equipment you need to take care of them.

Here is a list of 10 basic pieces of equipment every dog owner should have:

Food and Water Bowls

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This is a no-brainer, but you’ll need two separate bowls for your dog’s food and water. Choose bowls that are made of a durable material, such as stainless steel or ceramic. You may also want to consider getting raised bowls, which can be easier for some dogs to eat and drink from.

Dog Food

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Of course, you’ll also need to provide your dog with high-quality food. Whether you feed your dog kibble or raw food, educate yourself and choose a food that is appropriate for your dog’s age, breed, and activity level. You may want to talk to your veterinarian about the best food for your dog or consider finding a dog nutritionist.

Collar and Leash

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A collar and leash are essential for taking your dog for walks and to the vet. Choose a collar that is the right size for your dog and that has a secure buckle. You may also want to consider getting a harness instead of a collar, as this can be more comfortable for some dogs.

ID tag

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It’s important to make sure your dog has an ID tag in case they get lost. The tag should include your name, address, and phone number. You may also want to include your dog’s name on the tag.


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A microchip is a small electronic device that is implanted under your dog’s skin. If your dog gets lost and is found by a shelter or animal control, they can scan your dog for a microchip and contact you.

Dog Crate

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A crate can be a great tool for training your dog and providing them with a safe and secure place to rest. Choose a crate that is the right size for your dog so that they can stand up, turn around, and lie down comfortably.

Tip: We like to cover the crate with a blanket or towel. This blocks the sun from coming in and provides the dog with a bit more of a protective feeling. Also, leave a couple of their favorite toys in there so they don’t get bored.


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Dogs also need a comfortable place to sleep. Choose a bed that is the right size for your dog and that is made of a durable material. You may also want to consider getting a bed that has a removable cover so that you can wash it easily.

Grooming supplies

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Dogs need to be groomed regularly to keep their coat and skin healthy. You’ll need a brush or comb, shampoo, conditioner, and nail clippers. You may also want to get other grooming supplies, such as ear wipes and dental care products.

Poop bags

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It’s important to be a responsible pet owner and pick up your dog’s poop. Keep a roll of poop bags with you at all times so that you can easily clean up after your dog.

Dog Toys

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Dogs love to play! Provide your dog with a variety of toys to keep them entertained and mentally stimulated. Choose toys that are the right size for your dog and that are made of a durable material.

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These are just a few of the basic pieces of equipment that every dog owner should have. There are many other products and accessories available, but these are the essentials that you’ll need to get started.

Corey Turner
Corey Turner, owner of FurBallFun.com, draws on a lifelong love for dogs and extensive pet ownership to offer a unique perspective in the pet industry. With a successful background in project management, he excels in critical analysis, precise attention to detail, and quality assurance. This expertise allows him to effectively differentiate true value from marketing hype in the pet sector. Corey’s contributions have been featured in various publications including Rockery Press Guide Books and WealthofGeeks.com. During his free time, he enjoys disc golfing, rock climbing, and bonding with his cherished FurBall friend, Harvey.