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Our Trust and Safety team here at Rover are true dog people in every sense of the phrase. They’re not only dog lovers and advocates, but they’re also dog safety experts with specialized training. We recently talked with them to find out what’s on their list of recommended dog supplies, and we’re excited to share their answers with you.
Sure, some of these things are already in your home, bag, or car. After all, dog people gotta be prepared. But there are some items here we’d never have thought of, so we’re guessing you might not have, either.
Get the lowdown for the keys to a happier, safer, and healthier dog.
1. Baby Gates and Exercise Pens
Baby gates and exercise pens are GOLD. We love them for keeping dogs away from the door, for giving them a safe space to stretch their legs in the backyard, and for helping designate a safe dog zone when they’re home alone.
This kit has plenty of extra room to customize its contents for your pet. Check out our first aid checklist for ideas.
3. Spare Leash
Check out our comprehensive leash guide for more ideas. A spare leash is kind of like a spare jacket for us humans; when you need it, you’re REALLY happy you packed it.
A harness helps provide more security and comfort for many dogs, and it’s especially good for those who tend to pull on leash. For more on the different types available, check out our guide to harnesses and collars.
When there’s not time for a full bath, these babies are amazing. They help remove allergens, dirt, and anything stinky that your dog might have rolled in—dead fish, anyone? Apply them to the paws or spot wipe on the coat.
Enzyme-based cleaners are truly a miracle invention. They help remove stubborn urine smells from just about anywhere, they smell good, they’re natural, and they’re affordable. For reals.
8. Air Horn or Loud Whistle
This might surprise you, but a whistle or air horn can come in handy should you ever need to break up a dog fight. It’s a safe, generally effective way to stop problems in their tracks, especially if you’re in an off-leash situation like a dog park.
This pressure wrap is a surprisingly effective tool for helping calm an anxious dog. Other brands make a similar product, but our team swears by the original. For more, read a personal account of the power of the ThunderShirt to reduce anxiety.
10. Car Thermometer
If your car doesn’t have a thermometer gauge showing you the cabin temperature, a handy little pocket thermometer can help you decide if it’s too hot for your dog.
11. Dog Diapers
Many of our pet sitters keep a pack of these around just in case they work with clients who have incontinence issues. When you need them, they’re a lifesaver. Get the lowdown on dog diapers.
12. Belly Bands
Just like the dog diapers mentioned above—but designed with the male anatomy in mind.
13. Treat Puzzles
The Kong is a classic, but there’s a whole world of puzzle toys and feeders out there for dogs. Check out our favorite puzzle toys for more ideas.
14. Dog Bowls
The right bowl makes a big difference! For one thing, a sturdy base helps reduce mess. Follow the link to learn more about the wide world of dog bowls.
15. Poop Bag Refills
Two words: stock up. We’re fans of the compostable bags; you can get the scoop on our favorite poop bags here.
Even if you’re not crate training, a crate can provide a comfy dogs-only spot in a small living area. Check out all the ways that dog people make crates awesome.
17. Pee Pads
Oh yes. These are so helpful during the puppy days, and sometimes beyond.
There are more dog treats available than stars in the sky (ok, sort of). Our Trust & Safety folks suggest looking for grain-free and responsibly sourced options. You can learn more here about a canine behaviorist’s favorite training treats.
19. Treat Pouch
For training on the go. It’s one of those little things that makes a big difference.