About six months ago, I brought home my Chihuahua mix Barney and joined the ranks of the many millennials who became pet owners during the pandemic. He’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me: 10 pounds of happy, hilarious, attention-seeking love, and I can’t remember life before him. Not to mention he gets me outside every day and has done wonders for my anxiety. And although I had the support of great dog-owning friends who shared their tips, I picked up a few things simply through experience, including some items that have made day-to-day dog care much, much easier—and, at times, surprisingly stylish.
Whether you’re a current dog owner, bringing a new pet into your home, or getting a gift for a pup-obsessed friend, keep scrolling for 15 products Barney and I love and use all the time. And don’t worry—there are also a few photos of my sweet boy. What kind of dog mom would I be if I didn’t share photos when no one asked?
Zee.dog Hands Free Leash
Lifekey Fetch Smart Pet Id Tag
Haute Diggety Dog Lick Croix Plush Dog Toy
The first thing I bought Barney was this cute little squeak toy, mostly because it was the cutest of the bunch at my local store. Maybe it’s because it was his first, but it continues to be his favorite—to the point where I’m about to replace it with an identical one.
Kiehl's Cuddly-Coat Cleansing Spritz
L.L. Bean Dog Flotation Device
Ruffwear Singletrak Pack
Wagwear WagWellies Dog Boots
Wild One Poop Bag Carrier
Pride + Groom The Shedder Box Set
I first brought Barney home during a literal blizzard, so I didn't think he was a shedder. Cut to his hot boy summer, and there’s fur all over my apartment. But bathing him in this nontoxic shampoo—which has coconut oil, vitamin E, aloe, and more—has done wonders while the conditioner keeps his coat extra shiny and soft.
Maiting Uproot Lint Cleaner
Slowton Calming Dog Bed
Mr. Peanut's Dog Carrier
Baggu Canvas Crossbody Bag
BB (before Barney), I had downsized to a tiny crossbody bag, and I learned very quickly that I needed something new for walks. I thought about getting a belt bag but instead found this durable and surprisingly spacious crossbody that I throw on as I’m heading out the door.
Waggo Canvas Dog Bag Carrier Tote
Boots & Barkley Collapsible Dog Bowl