10 Essential Items For The Dog Person Who’s Prepared For Anything

When it comes to being a dog parent, it pays to be prepared. Don’t be caught on a walk with one poop bag when your dog decides to poop twice, if you know what I mean. Check out these products every dog person should own!


Why we love it:

  • Fits most cars, trucks, & SUVs
  • Converts from bench to hammock-style
  • Quilted, waterproof material for easy cleanup

Amazon: BarksBar Luxury Car Seat Cover

Toting a dirty dog home from the park doesn’t have to be a nightmare—the waterproof fabric on this car seat cover means that wiping away drool, mud, and perhaps a little puddle-jumping water, takes only seconds. I’m a huge fan of the hammock style that creates a barrier between the back and front seats, but even more so because it prevents dogs from tumbling to the floor with short stops or sharp turns.


Why we love it:

  • Includes: tote bag, 6 rolls of poop bags & holder, 4 balls & ball pouch
  • Nylon-lined treat pocket & ballistic nylon base
  • $71 value

BarkShop: Dog Park Trio Bundle

Stow all your dog park accessories (A.K.A. treats, towels, extra toys) in this roomy tote, and never have to touch a slobbery tennis ball again! The drawstring ball pouch turns inside-out to grab and store drooly balls, and the included poop bag dispenser (with a total of 90 bags!) means you’ll never be caught un-poo-pared again.


Why we love it:

  • 50-piece kit
  • Durable fabric shell with 3 inner mesh pockets
  • Folds up for easy storage anywhere you go

BarkShop: Doggie Travel First Aid Kit

The dog lovers at Kurgo are ready for anything, especially when it comes to our best friends’ health and safety. This 50-piece kit contains anything you might need within 3 roomy mesh pockets and sturdy fabric housing. It even includes a Pet First Aid Guide for quick and accessible instructions. Don’t be caught without the things you’ll miss most when you need them!


Why we love it:

  • Bacon-flavored nylon chew
  • Available in small & large
  • Keeps dogs busy for ages

BarkShop: Benebone Bark Pretzel

Benebones are a must-have chew for dogs who need to stay occupied for more than a few minutes. These pretzel-shaped goodies are made only of nylon & bacon so they stick around for a lot longer than your average snack, and you’ll be grateful to have something guaranteed to keep your pup busy.


Why we love it:

  • Side flap folds down for easy toy access
  • Looks great with any home decor
  • Helps keep toys organized (for a little bit, at least)

BarkShop: Felt Toy Bin

We LOVE surprising our dogs with new toys, but that ever-growing pile has to go somewhere or else it’s… well, everywhere. This simple felt bin has a foldable flap to prevent the whole thing from tipping over when your dog’s favorite toy happens to be at the bottom, and it fits seamlessly into any home.


Why we love it:

  • Gentle pressure helps relieve anxiety and calm energetic pups
  • Super comfortable stretchy t-shirt material
  • Machine-washable

Amazon: ThunderShirt Anxiety Jacket

Separation anxiety, stress related to storms or travel, and general hyper-ness are all things the Thundershirt has been proven to remedy. With velcro patches that secure under your dog’s belly and around his chest, it provides gentle pressure to help him stay calm and comfortable.


Why we love it:

  • Absorbs up to 7x its weight
  • Perfect for travel
  • Pockets on reverse side for easy grip

BarkShop: Dog Mop

Rainy day potty breaks got you down? Problem solved! Just give your dog a good rub-down with this microfiber chenille towel and try to hide your shock at its ability to absorb up to 7x its own weight in water. Keep it in your car or at home (or get one for each!) and never be caught unawares by a dripping pup.


Why we love it:

  • Sturdy canvas with waterproof lining
  • Holds up to 15 cups of food
  • Lightweight, grease-resistant fabric

Amazon: Foldable Travel Food Storage & Bowls

Instead of lugging around a Ziploc full of dog food and bulky bowls, keep everything compact and travel-friendly when it matters most. The heavy duty canvas food storage bag rolls shut and buckles closed, with a waterproof bowl duo perfect for feeding and watering wherever your adventures take you.


Why we love it:

  • Made of natural rubber
  • Disposable & 100% biodegradable
  • Includes 12 boots in each package

Amazon: Pawz Waterproof Dog Boots

Pawz Boots are a staple for rain, snow, mud, or any other outside conditions you don’t want tracked back into your house. Be sure to follow the sizing instructions on Amazon to ensure your dog’s paws fit properly, and revel in the fact that you no longer have to deal with wet feet!


Why we love it:

  • Completely natural, biodegradable, & cruelty-free
  • Hypoallergenic & fragrance-free
  • Freshens up your pup in-between baths

Amazon: Earthbath Grooming Wipes

Dogs will always find the quickest way to get dirty again after a bath. Unfortunately, we don’t always have the time (or the desire) to repeat the process. Grooming wipes are a foolproof way to keep the grime at bay in between, and these wipes from Earthbath are hypoallergenic and fragrance-free to suit all dogs.

Meet Christina and Stella

Stella is a high-energy escape artist – as a puppy there was nothing I could do to tire her out and we tried every harness that exists in pursuit of one she couldn’t wiggle her way out of or chew through in a second (don’t worry, we found it)! As a master of destruction and squeaker seeker she tore up all of the toys and we found the ideal tough stuff to keep her busy. Together we’ve become experts at hiking and traveling together big dog style and running a multi-dog house with a rotating cast of fosters (mostly puppies).


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