Many people don’t realize that bloggers, such as myself, are small businesses. Since I am a part of that world, I do what I can to recommend products from small, sustainable businesses that I believe in and that are doing good work for this world. This is just one reason that I love going down the rabbit hole on Etsy.
There are so many creative Etsy shops for dog accessories made by talented individuals. They’re one of a kind and usually hand made. When the economy is down, it is more important than ever to support small businesses. Below, I include some of my favorite picks for dog accessories and don’t forget to also check out Esty editor picks for more beautiful handcrafted goods.
Jane makes beautiful Pacific Northwest-inspired art for the home, including leash hooks, string art of your favorite state, and jewelry plates. I discovered her work when I won an Instagram contest that included a string art piece (I chose Oregon).
She does a lot of custom work, so be sure to get ideas from her sold page. I had her make a dog leash holder for my friend, Jessica as a housewarming gift and got to pick the colors, style, and even had her include her two Dachshunds in the scene.
Elena Pressprich of @findmeoutside and Ruffwear photographer started Little Pine Tags fairly recently. These hand stamped dog tags come in a variety of outdoor adventure designs and are available in copper, brass, or nickel. She also recently added collar slides to eliminate jingling. Customers can pick from three different fonts.
Elena regularly flies to Mexico to volunteer with Street Dog Hero, so you know your purchase is going toward saving for airfare to help some doggos in need.
Known first as an Instagram account that posted photos only of the stateliest of dogs, the Stately Hound now has an Etsy shop filled with stylish accessories for dogs, including beautiful handmade wool dog beds and blankets, two-tone biothane collars and leashes, and these ceramic dog bowls, with which I am slightly obsessed.
My dog, Sitka would destroy all of his toys if I let him. When I went in search of a really durable tug toy with a longer length, I came upon Atlas Outfitters. They make strong recycled tug toys from old fire hoses that come in lengths ranging from 10” to 14”. You can choose handles from a variety of colors and whether you just want the tug toy. At $17, they’re also quite affordable!
Need a way to entertain your energetic dog? Agility is a great way to keep your dog busy when you’re stuck at home. Zippy Dogs sells DIY agility equipment kits that are easy to assemble at home. Choose from a number of setups, like a training bar jump and ring and turn your backyard into a fun agility course. Bonus? It’s tiring for the human, too!
This Portland, OR-based business makes a variety of high quality handmade accessories for adventure dogs and their humans. The materials wash easily to look new again after a day on the trails. I can’t get enough of this adorable raccoon collar and the customizable fanny pack with a phone pocket separated from the main pocket, which can store treats on training walks.
Megan designs some of my most very favorite art. It’s fun and whimsical, takes place in nature, and there is always a human-animal connection. Pick up a pack of 10 postcards for just $10 to say hello to friends. I could have an entire wall dedicated to her art, but this print is one of my favorites.
I’ll be very honest. I have never tried these and I’m not entirely sure how I would feel about using them, but I do love the planet and dog poop is one area where I can’t seem to avoid using plastic. This brand sells Pooch Paper Dog Waste Sheets, which are a paper alternative to plastic bags and are 100% biodegradable and compostable (depending on your city or garden situation). I’d be willing to give them a try as long as I was close to a trash can!