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Canine Essentials - Every dog needs this stuff!

Updated on October 18, 2014
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Hope Saidel is co-owner of Golly Gear, a bricks-and-mortar and online shop featuring fun, affordable and practical small dog products

Every dog needs to be safe, well-fed, well-groomed and loved!

The variety in dogs is vast - size, shape, temperament, fuzz factor, barkiness, sociability - all vary widely. There are a few things, though, that all canines have in common. So, here's some stuff every dog needs!

Most of these essentials are not only for appearance, but for health reasons, too. Clean, healthy dogs shouldn't have any "doggy odor" - not from their fur, mouth, or ears! As with people, we're discovering more every day that teeth are a good indicator of health status and the importance of cleaning a dog's teeth. At Golly Gear we have what you need to keep your dog in tip-top shape!

A regular grooming regimen only takes a few minutes a day and should be part of every dog-owner's routine. Your dog (and you!) will love the results!

Seat Belt Loop works with any harness.
Seat Belt Loop works with any harness.

Car Seat Belt Loop

Make any harness your little dog is wearing into a car restraint device with the Car Seat Belt Loop from EzyDog®! (Harnesses with a leash ring on the back, that is.)To the right is the popular Soft Harness with the Car Seat Belt Loop attached. The toggle will attach to the leash ring on the harness. Pass the Car's seat belt through the loop and fasten it. Your little dog will stay put! The toggle is on a swivel for more ease of movement.

Diamante I.D. tag sizes
Diamante I.D. tag sizes

Custom I.D. tags by Red Dingo

An I.D. tag is crucial for getting your dog back safe and sound if the unthinkable happens. With Red Dingo I.D. tags you choose the size, the color, the design and the information. A completely custom tag with a lifetime guarantee of readability!

Pawz Disposable Boots

Pawz is the answer for protecting your little dog's paws against snow melt, lawn chemicals, liquids, soil or sand. Pawz boots are made of natural rubber and are so thin your little dog can feel the ground, providing a sense of security. Pawz boots are waterproof.

Pawz boots are easy to put on your dog's little paws without straps or elastic. Just expand Pawz with your fingers and place on the paw! Pawz boots are reusable and disposable!

Pawz boots come 12 in a package, so when one wears out, just toss it! And Pawz boots are biodegradable.

How to put Pawz boots on your dog

Earth-Rated Poop Bags
Earth-Rated Poop Bags

Clean-up Bags

Have you heard the old joke about the aliens coming to Earth and being convinced that Dogs are in charge? Because we're the ones following them around picking up after them?

Not the best part of owning a dog, but a necessary one, so we may as well do it with some style! These Earth-Rated Poop Bags are about the best we've seen.

Dog Health Record kit
Dog Health Record kit

Health and I.D. Record

Do you know where your little dog's health records are? If you're like 95 percent of the population, little Fifi's records are in 5 places around the house. My Dog's Health and I.D. Records "Health Passport" helps you to consolidate all the important information you need about one of your most precious things in one place. The Pet Care Kit includes one "Health Passport," 3 Key Tags alerting authorities to see your Wallet Card (2 included) with "My Dog is Home Alone" contact information for family or friends to care for your pet, should you become ill or injured. The Kit also includes 2 Window Stickers to place inside your front and back doors to alert authorities to "Please Locate and Rescue My (_) Dog(s)" inside.

Eye Envy Tear Stain Remover

Eye Envy is the ultimate in tear stain removal systems. It's externally applied and is safe, non-irritating and effective at removing unsightly stains and inhibiting future ones. Eye Envy uses a combination of three main ingredients that attack the cause of tear stains. It's not a cover-up or bleach, but a cleanser and astringent, and an antibacterial agent that mimics the properties of a natural antibiotic.

All-natural, made in the USA, Nose Butter
All-natural, made in the USA, Nose Butter

Nose Butter

Does your dog's nose get dry and crusty - especially in cold weather? Just a dab of unscented Nose Butter will help. All-natural, made in the USA, Nose Butter contains only good stuff for your pup: Shea Butter, Castor Oil, Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Avocado Oil, Cocoa Seed Butter, Olive Oil, Almond Oil, a Dash of Essential Oils.

Easy-slide tin requires only one hand, leaving the other free to apply to your dog's nose.

Microfiber Toothbrush for dogs
Microfiber Toothbrush for dogs

Microfiber Toothbrush

We use this Microfiber Toothbrush for all of our dogs - and since we started, none of them has required a professional teeth cleaning, or had to endure the sedation that treatment requires. We know that it's not all because of the toothbrush, a lot depends on the dog's own chemistry and tendencies to build plaque or tartar, but it has made a difference.

The right harness is essential

Aside from being a great couch companion, your dog's second favorite activity is going out with you. For your dog's maximum comfort and to address any health or other concerns you may have, we developed the Do It Yourself Harness Selector questionnaire. Available online anytime, the Selector will ask a series of simple questions and lead you to our best recommendations for a harness for your particular needs. Our shop carries over 30 different styles of harness - one is sure to be right for your small dog.

What's essential in your dog's life (aside from you!)?

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    • HelloKittyCat profile image


      5 years ago

      4,000 cuddles per day are an essential for any pet in our family :-)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Great list of Canine Essentials. Our Bruno has had one bad reaction so we make sure we have some prednisone handy in case of an emergency

    • JimHofman profile image


      6 years ago

      Dog toys and chew treats! Good information and products here. Linked to our pet road trip lens "Dog Car Travel".

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      6 years ago

      Gotta love this lens. I really like small dogs, we have a Jack Russell and she is the cutest ever. I need to get some of those safety harnesses for in the car! Thanks for making this lens, I "liked" it!

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      infiniti99 lm 

      7 years ago

      Great lens thank you for sharing.I'm looking into a restraint for my 152lbs lab he's so big he has to stay in the back seat of my truck or he sits upright in the front seat.Big dogs pose interesting issues when it comes to travel and he loves to go where ever I go.

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      7 years ago

      Nice lens about dog essentials..Useful collections..

      please come and visit my lens -

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      7 years ago

      This is a super list of doggie essentials and your descriptions are so helpful! Thank you!

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      Sharon Berry 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      I'm sending this lens site to my daughter. She has a miniature schnauzer (named Doogie Schnauzer) and he has terrible breath. She took him to the vet to get his teeth cleaned but this is very expensive. I'm hoping the microfiber toothbrush will work well for her. I've never seen them before. Great lens with great tips.

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      7 years ago

      Never seen those microfiber brushes before - neat!

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      7 years ago

      A great list of canine essentials that every dog definitely needs, and now featured on my I Want a Dog lens, thank you!

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      My sister's boxer sure could use one of those Furminators. Would make a good practical Christmas gift.

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      8 years ago

      Nice lens, thanks a lot...





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      8 years ago

      Awesome tips! I love the vest :)

      The right gear, the right pet vitamins and love for our dogs is just what they need.

      Thanks for sharing.

      -Samantha Winters

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      8 years ago

      Good food and grooming products.

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      8 years ago

      Great lense, thank you!

      Visit: Frontline Plus Dogs | Dog Pomeranian

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      9 years ago

      I loved your article it has great information. I think you and your readers might be interested in another article I found, about dogs and dry eyes.

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      9 years ago

      I only use home made food and home made shampoos and treatments when possible, most of ideas came from here

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      9 years ago

      how much is the doggy id thanks and nice stuff every dog does need this stuff thanks for reading this bye holla lol

      by libby herbert email me at or visit my web at

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      10 years ago

      Thank you for top information about pets!

      I picked up  a lot of pet

      grooming tips from this site:

      Pet Grooming

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