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When you have a new puppy on your hands, things can get a bit overwhelming. Between the training, keeping them occupied, and of course, keeping them safe; it can be hard to figure out everything they’ll be needing. Puppies are full of energy and are going to require a lot of attention in care in their first few months. With all of the products out there claiming that your new pup “needs” them, it can be hard to figure out what you should actually spend your time on. From chews to treats, and even vitamins, we’re here to help you find the right products for your pup. And of course, our puppy testers are hard at work helping us find the safest, quality products for you and your new dog.  

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training necessities

training pads

You might be surprised by how far technology has gone, even in the realm of puppy pads. You can find pads that are easy to set up, easy to dispose of, and most importantly keep your house not only clean, but smelling great! No need to put your puppy pad in a far corner to completely avoid, we’re here to test out the best puppy pads, so you don’t have to learn firsthand how cheap some of the products out there truly hare. 

We know that puppies can go through a lot of pads, so we have your wallets in mind as well! No matter what your budget, we’ll help you find the best puppy pads for the best price. We want to help you find pads that last awhile, and don’t need to be thrown away after only one use, we’ll test the products, so you don’t have to waste your money on cheap pads. From antibacterial pads, to extra absorbent, to scented pads; we’ll help you find the best product for your house. So check back with us soon to take a look at our top picks, and find out which puppy pads might work best for you and your new puppy!

Top dog deluxe pads

puppy pad

The Top Dog Deluxe Pads are almost 100% leak proof, and absorb more than the typical puppy pad. Naturally, these pads are a bit more expensive; but considering you may be saving your floors from disaster, they’re well worth the price in our opinion. Unlike many fabric pads, the top dog deluxe pads are made with unique carbon technology that works hard to prevent leaks. No more coming home to wet floors, and harsh smelling puppy pads that are hard to dispose of.

features

Carbon puppy pads are 25% thicker and 2x more absorbent than most puppy pads. Just like all great puppy pads, they have 5 layers of protection. The first layer is the unique carbon technology that not only absorbs more liquids, but also eliminates odors. The second layer is an absorbent polymer that will turn liquids into gel. This will keep your dog from tracking liquids all over the house. The third layer is cotton tissue which will help to absorb excess moisture. The forth layer is a tear resistant layer that keeps your dog from ripping the pad while they’re using it. The last layer has the plastic bottom that seals in liquids and keeps your floors clean. 

Wether you’re using the pads for senior dogs or new puppies, they’re great for sealing in leaks and giving our pup an odor-free place to use the bathroom. The carbon pads are unique because of their tear-resistant design, and ability to hold more moisture than most pads. We would highly recommend these pads for any pup parent worried about leaks and odors. These highly absorbent pads are available in two sizes, large and gigantic, to ensure your pup has ample room to go to the bathroom. Fortunately, they also have phermone attraction, which will keep your dog interested in using the pad rather than the floor. 

pet stain & odor remover

Dog Odor

If your pup can’t make it outside, or to their puppy pad, you’ll surely need a stain remover for your carpets and furniture. The Pet Stain & Odor Miracle enzyme spray is one of the best odor removers that you can find. We love this product because it offers a safe and healthy way to remove just about any odor that can linger including urine, drool, vomit, and feces. Any unruly smell your pup brings into your car can be removed with this spray. It’s also safe to use on hardwood, carpet, dog crates, upholstery, and on dog beds. This particular spray is also safe to use around your pets and children. They’re one of the few companies that don’t test their products on animals, and even donates 10% of every sale to animals in need. This is truly a product you can feel good about buying for almost any area affected by your pup.

training bell

training bell

Training bell’s are an easy way to prevent accidents in your house. We’ve found that this is one of the most effective ways to help your pup get outside before it’s too late. So how does it work? The first step is to train your dog to touch the bell with their nose. Tell them to touch the bell with their nose, and every time they do, make sure you reward them with a treat.

The next step is to teach your pup to ring the bell at the door they’ll use to go potty. Hang the bell near a doorway, and tell your dog to touch the bell with their nose. As soon as they touch it, give them a treat. The last step of course is to teach them that the bell will get them outdoors. Every time they touch the bell with their nose, open the door and let them outdoors

The barkOutfitters bell comes with step by step instructions to help you get the training down right for your pooch. We like this bell because it has a nice ring that won’t be irritating to listen to every time Fido has to go outside. We also prefer this type of bell because it won’t leave scratch  marks on your doors. Many bells encourage dogs to push the bell against the door to make a ringing noise, with this bell, your walls and doors are safe. It’s also very easy to install. You’ll receive two screws for installation, allowing you to mount it to to the door or wall. In our opinion this is a great way to train your puppy to get outside when it’s time to go potty.

training treats

wellness training treats

Training treats are a must-have for all dog owners, and these are made just for puppies. Wellness is one of our favorite brands when it comes to dog treats. They use all-natural ingredients that we trust made right here in the USA. Their soft puppy bites don’t contain any meat by-products, corn, wheat, dairy, or any artificial ingredients. They’ll be easy on your puppy’s stomach, and deliciously healthy! 

These yummy treats are a natural source of DHA which is great for your pup’s brain development. They also contain great foods such as blueberries, flaxseed, and even vegetables. These wholesome ingredients help your dog get all of the nutrients they need.  

We highly recommend these treats for growing pups. They have a ton of wholesome ingredients that are not only delicious, but healthy as well. These puppy bites are available in soft lamb & salmon, biscuit, and crunchy chicken & carrot flavor. 

puppy crate

Midwest iCrate

The MidWest iCrate Folding Dog Crate is a highly popular wire crate. These crates are great because they have a quality design and are durable. No matter what size dog you have, you can find an iCrate to easily accommodate them. The MidWest iCrate is available in 7 sizes, ranging from 18″ to 48″, and are also available with either a single door or double door depending on your preference. It also easily collapses for storage and transportation. We were also happy to discover that this wire crate is lighter and easier to carry than most wire crates.

The iCrate comes with a leak-proof plastic pan that can be used with training which is great for new pups. It can also be easily cleaned, in fact, the entire crate is very easy to clean. The bottom of the crate has rubber soles to keep your floor safe, and the top even has a handle for carrying when you disassemble. You’ll also receive a free divider that can be used as your dog grows into the crate. All in all, we love how easy this crate is to assemble and all of the design aspects included. The only downside we’ve experienced is that the edges of the wires are a bit sharper than most crates. This really only becomes an issue when you’re trying to assemble the crate and have to work with the edges to safely set it up.

grooming

grooming wipes

puppy grooming wipes

Just like babies, puppies have special grooming needs because of their sensitive skin. Grooming wipes are a life savor when you have an active puppy constantly getting into messes. They’re an easy substitute for baths, and keep your dog both smelling and feeling fresh between baths. The EarthBath wipes are a must-have for puppy parents. They easily wipe away dirt and odors and contain all-natural conditioners. 

If your pup need a little help keeping clean between baths, we highly recommend the Earthbath brand. They’re great for cleaning undercoat, dirty paws, and fur. These great wipes are free from animal by-products, alcohol, and won’t remove flea control products. They also contain Aloe Vera, Vitamin E, and other conditioners to keep your dog’s coat shiny and healthy. We highly recommend these wipes to any pup over 6 weeks of age. The formula is hypoallergenic, and even scent free.

puppy brush

puppy brush

Puppy skin and fur tends to be much more sensitive than adult dogs. It’s important that when grooming your pup, you find a brush that’s either designed specifically for puppies, or, at the very least, is gentle. This four paws slicker brush is designed specifically for puppies. It has extra gentle bristles that won’t tear at your puppies fur or cause them discomfort. This puppy brush will reduce shedding and keep your dog’s coat looking shiny an healthy. It gently removes mats, pulls dead hair out, and stimulates the skin to promote healthy circulation. If you have a new pup that needs a gentle, de-shedding brush, this is a great place to start! Their coat will be left shiny, smooth, and healthy. 

puppy shampoo

puppy shampoo

When it’s time for bath time, you should be careful about what shampoo you’re purchasing for your new pup. Puppies tend to splash around a lot, and have sensitive skin; try to look for tearless shampoo that’s designed specifically for sensitive skin. The Hartz Puppy Shampoo is one of our favorites. It’s a shampoo and conditioner, all in one bottle. And because it’s made just for puppies, it’s tear free, and is extra gentle on their fur and skin. We love the scent of this shampoo as well; it has a great jasmine fragrance that’s calming, yet not too strong for your pup. We highly recommend this shampoo as a first bath product!

toys

teething toys

Puppy Starter Kit

The puppy starter kit is one of our favorites. If you have a new pup that’s destroying your house, this may be the solution you’ve been looking for. Each bone has its own unique benefits that not only aid in oral health but defer destructive chewing. The treats are designed in a three step process. Once your pup destroys one bone, they “graduate” to the next one until their teeth are fully developed.

The first bone is a chicken flavored puppy bone (non-edible). It has a soft chewy texture that’s will soothe your pup’s gums and aid in the teething process. It also has a delicious chicken flavor infused into the bone that will keep your pup busy for hours. We love the chicken bone not only for its health benefits but because it allows your dog to learn great chewing habits.

The second bone is a chicken-flavored Dura Chew. This bone is ideal for pups starting to get their adult teeth. It’s soft enough to aid in the teething process, not quite soft enough for baby teeth. This is hard enough to withstand heavier chewing for awhile, establishing good chewing habits and great oral health.

The final bone is a completely edible bacon-flavored bone, part of their Healthy Edibles line. This bone is ideal for puppies over 6 months old; it’s healthy, delicious, and a great treat for your pup when their teeth are ready for it. All three treats are great for new puppies that need a way to develop their teeth.

activity ball

kong puppy ball

Looking for a great interactive toy for your puppy?  The Kong Puppy Activity Ball is your answer!  You can fill the grooves and the inside with treats, food, or snacks for your growing pup.

This toy is made of a high quality, durable rubber material that can withstand your puppy’s aggressive play.  Fortunately, it’s not excessively easy for the treats to be taken out so your pup will stay engaged for a decent amount of time.  This puppy toy comes in a small and medium size and either pink or blue in color. If you’ve got a growing puppy on your hands you could find this to be a perfect fit for them. The activity ball is great for pups who have too much energy and owners looking for a toy to keep their pups occupied.

The dimensions of the ball are 5.5 x 4.5 x 2.5 inches. They’re made for puppies up to 9 months of age as they learn to chew and fetch. If you have a toy breed or smaller dog, they’ll be able to play with the ball even as they become full grown. They’re great for heavy chewers and pups with too much energy.

Fortunately, this is one of the few activity balls on the market that is both quiet and effective.  The treats won’t simply pour out of the ball as it rolls, which will keep your pup occupied as they try to figure it out. It’s rubber material also makes it a great toy for teaching fetch, for both indoor and outdoor play.

Want to find out more? Check out our in depth review here. 

accessories

harness

puppy harness

Harnesses are ideal for puppies (and most dogs). They don’t pull on your dog’s neck, and they’re just about impossible for your dog to slip out of. They’re much safer than traditional collars, and your pup will be comfortable walking around in it. The Voyager harness is one of our favorites. Available in 15 colors and 5 sizes, you can find the perfect fit for your furry friend. It’s made from a breathable mesh fabric that will be comfortable for your pooch, and has a hassle free fit. You’ll also love that it has a strong velcro closure and metal D-ring to give you peace of mind when you’re walking your dog. We highly recommend this harness for dogs of all sizes that need a safe harness to get them through their walks.

Size

XS

S

M

L

XL

Neck

8″

9.5″

11″

13″

15.5″

Chest

12-13″

14-16″

16-18″

18-21″

21-23″

water & food bowl

dog bowls

Of course food and water bowls are a necessity for all new puppies, and the urpower bowls are one of our favorites. Each bowl holds 25 ounces of food and water, perfect for mealtimes. The bowls also come with a non-skid black mat that won’t slide all over the place when your puppy gets excited for food. And of course, this mat will also help to keep your floors clean. The stainless steel design will keep your dog’s water cool, and is rust-resistant to enable it to last a lifetime. 

You’ll be happy to hear that the mat and bowls are dishwasher safe, and sure to last a lifetime. We highly recommend them to families with new puppies that need a clean way to feed their pups. 

puppy bed

puppy bed

A puppy bed will give your new pup a safe place to relax and sleep if the couch is taken. It’s also a great way to give them a cozy spot if you’re worried about them having an accident on your furniture. Additionally, smaller beds can be purchased to fit perfectly in their crates. Our top pick is this MidWest Deluxe bed. It’s made with soft fleece and a comfortable padded polyester cushion. We recommend this bed for puppies especially because it’s machine washable and dryer friendly. No matter how many accidents your pup has you’ll be able to use this bed. 

This ultra cozy bed is available in five comforting colors, and 8 sizes to comfortably fit dogs of all sizes. Check it out for yourself, and get your pup to their coziest state!

toy bin

toy bin

Take it from us, a month after getting your new puppy you’ll soon realize that your entire house is drowning in dog toys, treats, and chews. This can make your house look cluttered, and can easily cause tripping hazards. Investing in a toy bin dedicated just to dog toys can declutter your house, and help you keep track of Fido’s toys. This Bone Dry Storage Bin is available in a variety of sizes and patterns, and is large enough for even the most spoiled pups. It can also be easily cleaned due to it’s durable polyester material. Check out all of the variations on Amazon, and then simply consult your pup on their favorite style!