The 7 Best Dog Accessories to Buy in 2018

Go the extra mile with these to keep your pet happy

Metal Buckle LED Dog Collar
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Once you have the bare necessities down, it’s officially time to spoil your dog with accessories. We know your dog is part of the family, so you want to give him the best little extras to keep him happy, safe and comfortable. While a few of our choices for best dog accessories are simply for style, most of them are essential for keeping a pup comfortable in the elements. Whether your dog could use some help keeping cool or you want to make him comfortable on long walks in the snow, we have the best accessories for every dog.

Our roundup features stuff on a budget, so you don’t have to go broke to style your furry friend — just don’t blame us if he starts to dress better than you.


  • 01 of 07

    Best Overall: Whistle 3 GPS Pet Tracker & Activity Monitor

    The Whistle 3 GPS Pet Tracker is a must-have for dogs that like to wiggle out of collars or pet owners that just want some piece of mind. It’s our best overall pick because you can never have enough protection when it comes to your dog, and the Whistle 3 can easily become a lifesaver. The tracker is less than two inches wide, weighs under an ounce and is attached to a pet collar without causing irritation. The device can be tracked all around the world, though you do have to purchase a monthly service plan.

    Owners say the device is incredibly accurate, stating that it’s helped reunite many runaway pups with their owners. If your dog is an escape artist in your backyard, or you’re worried he’ll run away from the dog sitter, the Whistle GPS tracker is worth the peace of mind. 

  • 02 of 07

    Best for Baths: The Snuggly Dog Easy Wear Microfiber Dog Towel

    It’s a fact of life that no matter where you bathe your dog, he somehow always runs to the couch while he’s still soaking wet. The Snuggly Dog Towel is for all those times your dog has flooded your house while running away from you after a dreaded bath. It’s made from microfiber and is similar to a robe, attaching at the dog’s chest so it can stay on while he dries. It’s great for at-home baths, soggy walks or driving home after a lake swim to keep your car dry. The Snuggly towel comes in blue and red, and ranges from small to extra-large (the largest size is 32 inches long), so it’s guaranteed to fit a variety of dogs.

    Reviewers say the towel stays in place even during motion, and state that it’s saved many couches and rugs from getting drenched. The towel is a little pricy, but it comes with a money-back guarantee – so if it doesn’t make your life easier, the company will refund what you’ve paid. After your first mess-free dog bath, you’ll wish you always had this towel.

  • 03 of 07

    Best for Cold Weather: Kuoser Cozy Vest

    The dog coat is an essential accessory for any stylish pup, but it’s not just attractive – for many dogs, it’s key to keeping them warm during cold months. Our pick for best cold weather accessory is the Kuoser Cozy Vest. This vest is both useful and chic. It’s reversible: One side is a beautiful plaid while the other is a black puffer style, and it comes in XS – 3XL for any size dog. The vest attaches under the dog’s belly and owners say as long as you measure your dog for fit, it doesn’t cause any rubbing or irritation.

    Owners say the fleece material doesn’t feel cheap, and keeps their dogs sufficiently warm. While most reviewers have smaller dogs that need a little more help staying toasty during the cold months, large dog owners also rave about the product. There’s no harm in wanting to keep your pup warm and trendy, and the Kuoser Cozy Vest does both for a great price.

  • 04 of 07

    Best for Winter: My Busy Dog Water Resistant Dog Shoes

    If you live in a city with a lot of cement or you want to keep your rugs from getting little paw stains after a storm, a good solid pair of dog shoes is an essential accessory. Though they may take some getting used to for your dog (search YouTube for dogs wearing shoes for a good chuckle), these My Busy Dog shoes will quickly become indispensable during periods of rain or snow. Salted sidewalks or freezing ice can be harmful to soft dog paw pads, but a durable shoe can keep him walking all year long. These shoes come in eight sizes, are made from durable rubber with gripping traction on the bottom and Velcro at the ankle for a perfect fit. If you have a larger senior dog, they can also give him traction on slippery tile or hardwood floors inside.

    Reviewers say they help protect sensitive dog paws and skin all year long, from uncomfortably hot pavement to icy, salty streets. Though many say their dogs took a few tries to get used to the feel, after a few walks they became second nature. While this is our top pick for a winter dog accessory, we love them because they work in all seasons.

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  • 05 of 07

    Best for Nighttime: Metal Buckle LED Dog Collar

    A long walk before bed is ideal for a good night’s sleep (for you and for your dog), but if you’re worried about dark streets and your dog’s safety, the Metal Buckle LED dog collar is a great solution. This USB-charged collar comes in seven colors, will stay lit for over a week of one-hour walks with a single charge and has three light settings for different flashes. It comes in sizes XS to L, ranging from 10 inches to 23.4 inches.

    Owners especially love how brightly the light shines, stating that it’s easy to spot no matter how dark. It’s a great choice for night walks in areas with no streetlights, allowing passing drivers to spot the dog. While we wouldn’t recommend this as your dog’s primary collar, it’s a must-have for keeping your dog safe when sun goes down.

  • 06 of 07

    Best for Hot Weather: Ruffwear Cooling Vest for Dogs

    Overheating can be incredibly dangerous for your pet. And for dog owners who live in hot climates or those who spend long days in the summer sun, keeping man’s best friend cool is a necessity. The Ruffwear cooling vest is an amazing invention, designed to keep your dog cool during even the hottest of days. To use the Ruffwear, all you do is soak it in cold water before you take your dog out — and as the water evaporates, the vest lowers the dog’s temperature. The vest comes in six sizes, and attaches at the belly and chest for a snug fit. It also has a reflective piece on top so that it can be used all hours of the day, and can even support an attached flashlight for an extra level of safety.

    Owners say it’s a must-have for hot climates and heat-sensitive dogs. Some reviewers say finding a perfect fit can be difficult, but if you measure before you purchase the options are true to size.

  • 07 of 07

    Best for Dressing Up: FUNPET 4 Pcs Dog Bandana

    Not all dog accessories have to be useful, and no dog is fully dressed without a bandana. The Funpet bandana set comes with four different styles, each one reversible, so that there are eight options in all. The bandanas are 23" x 16" x 16", which is a standard size, but may be too large for smaller dogs. They tie like a standard bandana, so there’s no Velcro for pet fur to get caught in.

    Reviewers rave about the reversible sides, and you can dress your dog in a different style every day of the week.