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27 items every dog owner should have

It seems a lot of people are getting puppies right now to bring some excitement and new energy into this very odd year! With a lot of people working from home, many of my friends have been getting puppies thanks to the increase in available time to train and dedicate to a new four-legged family member. As a result, I’ve gotten lots of questions around what items are essential for dog owners.

Today, we’re sharing our list of favorite dog supplies that we’ve added to throughout the years and think everyone should consider getting!

Watch our YouTube video for more details on each item!

The majority of these items can be found on my “For The Dog People” Amazon list where I’ve compiled some of my favorite items for ease. Head’s up, this post may contain affiliate links meaning I get a commission if you decide to make a purchase!

1. Crate

We prefer a collapsible, metal crate like this one from Midwest Homes for Pets. Kokoro and Chibi use a 30-inch crate.

2. Dog bed or mat

Here is our favorite one by MiaCara.

3. Bowls

We got our collapsible travel bowl at a local pet store, but here’s one from Amazon that’s very similar.

4. Water fountain

Perfect for having clean, filtered water all day. Our favorite is the 1/2 Gallon Petsafe Drinkwell Fountain.

5. Lint Rollers

Surprisingly, there are some bad quality lint rollers out there. ScotchBrite lint rollers have consistently done the job for us.

6. Exercise Pen

Many dog owners tend to buy metal exercise pens but I like this one by IRIS that is much sturdier. You can buy additional pieces to adjust the size of the pen!

7. Durable Dog Chews

Our favorite chew toys are Benebones. They come in a variety of shapes and flavors and last around a month!

8. Slip collar or leash

We’re currently using these custom made leashes by our friends at Isartau.

9. Pet Wipes

We typically use EarthBath Grooming Wipes and store them in this sturdy wipe dispenser by OXO.

10. Poop Bags + Dispensers

We like Five Star Pet’s Purse Style dispenser for poop bags.

You can also add a poop bag dispenser to your backyard with this adhesive one by MerriView Hill.

11. Treat Pouch

Our favorite is the Wildebeest Alamo Treat Pouch.

12. Pet Corrector

Very handy for emergency situations if you’re approached by an aggressive dog. The Company of Animals makes these!

13. Travel Crate

We use Petnation’s Port-A-Crate in the back of my Audi Q3. Two 24-inch ones fit both of the dogs and fit in the car nicely!

14. Spot Cleaner

The Bissell 3624 SpotClean Portable Carpet Cleaner is what we currently use, but there may be an updated or newer version out there!

15. Stain & Odor Remover

Nature’s Miracle has a variety of great options!

16. Nail Grinder

We like the Dremel 7300-PT Cordless Nail Grinder for pets.

17. Eye Cleaner

Eye Envy makes a really good set of products for managing tear stains.

18. Cone or e-collar

We use an inflatable e-collar by BENCMATE.

19. Dog Bath

One of my favorite items for small dog owners, hands down! Furesh makes a portable dog bath you can use in your bathroom or in your backyard.

20. High Velocity Pet Dryer

We’re currently using an entry-level version by Shelandy.

21. Grooming Table

We’re using a 36-inch Grooming Table by Master Equipment.

22. Cordless Vacuum

We have both a Dyson V8 Absolute Cordless Vacuum and a Roomba 960 robot vacuum to tackle all of the dog hair.

23. Treat-Dispensing Toys

24. Low-calorie treats

Our favorite training treats are from Charlee Bear. We pretty much don’t give any other treats right now and the dogs are obsessed with them!

25. Natural Edible Chews

Read our blog post on our favorite long-lasting chews for more details on what exactly we prefer to give the pups.

26. Toy Bin

We’re using a wire basket that can hold a lot of toys but also still let the pups see and smell what toys might be hidden at the bottom of the stack.

27. Furbo Dog Camera

Can’t say enough great things about the Furbo Dog Camera! It’s a great way to check in on your pups if you’re not at home and interact with them by throwing treats and speaking through a mic.

Hope this list is helpful for anyone who is going to get a dog or just considering adding some new helpful supplies to your list of dog owner essentials!

Emily is a Los Angeles based content creator with a passion for photography, videography, and storytelling. Through @emwng, you'll find photos and videos of people, places, delicious food, and of course, her two fluffy sidekicks Kokoro and Chibi.


  • February 8, 2021

    I’m getting a puppy in a couple of months and this list is a lifesaver! THERE ARE ITEMS I DID NOT THINK TO THINK OF. thank you for this x

  • February 11, 2021
    Pat mart

    Really enjoyed the video

  • March 3, 2021

    enjoyed watching the video just wondering whats the best food to feed your dog.

    • April 13, 2022

      stella and chewys are emily’s choice, for treats emily’s choice is charlee bears!

  • March 6, 2021
    kopi's human

    Thanks for such an informative video and article!! love your apartment aesthetic and your doggos are too cute. getting the inflatable collar and oxo wipe dispenser asap for our pup!

      • April 20, 2021
        kopi's human

        Just wanted to update you and let you know we’ve been loving the oxo wipe dispenser! thanks again for the suggestions. looking forward to more content!

  • April 19, 2021

    Love your list! Thanks! What dog food storage container do you recommend?

  • May 21, 2021
    lina sofia

    Hi Emily, my i ask where did you get the food bowls you showed on your video? I am just looking for somewhere to feed my two dogs and the one you showed looks adorable. Thanks

      • October 14, 2021

        Where did you get Kokoro and chibis collars

  • June 24, 2021
    genevieve Gonzales

    really enjoying this video. I’m so happy cuz i have a month and a half puppy rn!!!

    • April 13, 2022

      Awh congratulations on your puppy!

  • October 11, 2021
    Wilo and Devon

    Hello I was wondering could you please do a house tour please 🙏😊love the dogs soo 😍

  • October 11, 2021

    Where did you get Kokoro and Chibis collars please tell me thank you 😊

    • April 13, 2022

      It might be on mia cara’s dog leashes!

      • April 13, 2022

        it might be on isartau! ON THEIR DOG LEASHES! ( SORRY ABT THE OTHER REPLY. )

  • October 12, 2021

    Where did you get the collars for the dogs

  • October 14, 2021

    Where did you get Kokoro and chibis collars

  • April 13, 2022

    for chibi and kokoro’s dog bowl, how did you add the dots on your bowls?? thank you!

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