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    Updated on Jul 22, 2020. Posted on Jul 13, 2020

    18 Practical Products I've Used Time And Time Again Since Getting A Dog

    These may not be the most exciting purchases, but they might be the most useful.

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    Four years ago, I got a dog — a Cavapoo named Hudson. Ever since, many friends have reached out to me before getting a pet to ask about the products I've found most useful. Here are some of the practical pet products you'll use over and over and over again.

    My dog, Hudson, wearing a red Puppia soft harness posing in Central Park.
    Hannah Loewentheil/BuzzFeed

    1. An airline-approved Sherpa travel bag so you can transport your pet safely whether you're traveling by plane, train, or automobile.

    WJ via Amazon / Via,

    Even we we aren't flying, Hudson loves traveling in his carrier. Even if it's just for a car ride, he feels comfortable and safe inside of it and nuzzles right in.

    Promising review: "Don't hesitate to buy this carrier. It's great quality, provides lots of ventilation for the dog, and it offers two convenient openings on the top and side. I got the size large for my 22-pound dog and it's perfect. It's big enough for him to sit comfortable but small enough to fit under a plane seat. It's sturdy enough to carry him with ease. I've used this carrier for multiple trips between Europe and the US and it still looks like new." —KG5

    Get it from Amazon for $18.09+ (available in sizes S,M, and L in five colors).

    2. A collapsible SLSON portable dog bowl for keeping your pup hydrated or fed on long walks, car rides, or whenever you're away from home.

    A Corgi eating kibble out of an expandable bowl.
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    Promising review: "These are great for keeping your dog hydrated on trips. I love that each pack comes with two because I use one for food and one for water. They're a must have during the summer time!" —Megan

    Get a set of two bowls from Amazon for $6.99.

    3. A soft, adjustable, and comfortable Puppia harness that will keep your pet from pulling while walking.

    Ang via Amazon / Via, Hannah Loewentheil/BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "My dog is very active and can be difficult to walk on a leash. She's only 25 pounds but she's very strong and she pulls the leash like crazy. I tried other harnesses in the past, but they chafed her underarms and didn't help much with the pulling. I got this harness because it's really cute and I've seen it on lots of other dogs. It has done wonders. My dog is so much better at walking with this harness, and I can control her much more easily. Plus she looks adorable." Bethany

    Get it from Amazon for $16.67+ (available in 14 colors and six sizes).

    4. A medicated, odorless Seresto collar to ward off ticks and fleas, keeping your pet healthy and happy.

    A package containing the Seresto tick and flea collar.
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    I live in the northeast where ticks are a huge problem during the summer months. I hear horrible stories about so many dogs getting Lyme disease, so In addition to giving Hudson NexGard chewables for ticks and fleas, I have him wear this Seresto tick collar every summer as a second line of defense. He wears it in addition to his regular collar and it doesn't bother him one bit. The Seresto collar seems pricy, but it works for eight months so I feel that I get my money's worth.

    Get it from Petco for $57.98.

    5. A pack of Greenies natural dog treats that will help eliminate bad breath and keep up your pet's oral hygiene.

    A dog with cute pointy ears sitting and waiting patiently for his Greenie's dental treat.
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    I've tried about five other kinds of dental treats for Hudson, but these toothbrush-shaped Greenies are the only ones he'll actually chew and enjoy.

    Promising review: "We rescued a dog and love everything about her...except her breath. We did not want to discourage her from giving us kisses, but her breath was disgusting. Thankfully, she loved the first Greenie dental treat we gave her, and we noticed an improvement in her breath after just a few days. Now we give her one treat every day at lunchtime and singed up for a subscription." —Duck363

    Get a pack of 20 treats for $14.98.

    6. An Aquapaw treat dispenser pad to keep your dog busy and oblivious while you bathe him, clip his nails, trim his fur, and more.

    A white Husky dog in the shower looking happily at the Aquapaw dispenser.
    Brittany via Amazon / Via

    Promising review: "Bathing and grooming my 5-month-old Alaskan Malamute/Husky has always been a bit of a struggle. The sight of nail clippers or a grooming brush were enough to send her running. I can honestly say that the this product has been a total game-changer when it comes to bath time and grooming. It’s amazing how I can spread a tablespoon of peanut butter into this gadget and my pup will stay so distracted that I’m able to fully wash, dry, brush, and clip her nails without her even noticing!" —Brittany

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

    7. A Best Friends By Sheri dog bed that basically molds to your pup and keeps him happily off your furniture.

    Becky via Amazon / Via, purple panda via Amazon / Via

    When we first got Hudson I spoiled him with a fancy Casper dog bed...which he refused to sit on. Fast-forward to bringing home this Best Friends by Sheri shag bed and he absolutely adored it. He would melt right into it and not want to move.

    Promising review: "I adopted a 30 pound pit-mix about a month ago — I love her dearly, but she insisted upon sleeping in the middle of my bed. I woke up exhausted every morning. I tried kicking her out, but she'd just pace around the room all night long, getting no sleep whatsoever. After seeing her snuggled up in a comforter on the floor I realized that she just wanted to be snuggled while she slept. Last night, for the first time ever, Molly slept soundly all night long all because of this bed. She treats it like a nest. She buries her chew toys in the sides and sleeps in the middle. My only complaint is that a little bit of the 'fuzz' falls off and sticks to her face." —iLeela Biswas

    Get it from Amazon for $34.95+ (available in three sizes).

    8. A bottle of Rocco & Roxie professional strength, reliable stain and odor remover spray for those inevitable accidents on your new carpet.

    Someone spraying Rocco and Roxie stain and odor eliminator onto a white shaggy carpet.
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    Promising review: "I'm not going to lie, this stuff is significantly more expensive than most other available carpet sprays. You could probably buy four or five bottles of Febreze for the cost of this stuff, but the competition won't work nearly as well as Rocco & Roxie. This stuff is AMAZING." —Brian

    Get a 32-oz spray bottle from Amazon for $19.97.

    9. A Safari de-matting brush that combs out even the most stubborn stubborn spots in between grooming appointments.

    Amazon / Via, Big Dan88 via Amazon / Via

    Hudson doesn't shed, but his coat gets easily matted, especially in the summer months when he's swimming and constantly playing outside. I use this de-matting brush to keep his coat nice and smooth so that he doesn't have to get shaved every time I bring him to the groomer!

    Promising review: "I would give this product 10 stars if it were an option. I have a Newfoundland with massive amounts of hair that require frequent grooming. She get hair mats in areas of friction like under her armpits, behind her ears, and on her chest. This comb glides through those tough areas and works them right out." —Deniece Beekman

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    10. Or a DakPets de-shedding brush – it glides right through your dog or cat's coat, removing excess fur and reducing shedding.

    A golden retriever lying on the floor next to a huge pile of fur that was just brushed off using the de-shedding brush.
    Ashley via Amazon / Via

    Promising review: "This product is amazing! I have a golden retriever and she sheds like crazy. It seems like she has an endless amount of hair. I could have formed an entirely new golden retriever out of the fur I was able to brush off of her with this tool. Best of all, she loves being brushed with it! I highly recommend." —Ashley

    Get it from Amazon for $15.56 (available in three colors).

    11. An affordable IMILLET dog camera with Wi-Fi so you can keep an eye on your furry friend and make sure he's not getting into trouble when you leave the house.

    The IMILLET WiFi dog camera and a cell phone displaying a photo of a large Collie mix.
    Amazon / Via

    I'll admit it: I'm a neurotic dog mom. There are much more expensive dog cameras like the Furbo and Google Nest, but it would be hard to find a better value camera than the IMILLET. It may seem like a very ~extra~ purchase, but I have gotten tons of use out of my dog camera. It gives me a lot of comfort to be able to see when the dog walker actually arrived for Hudson's walks or to check in on him from work on days he wasn't feeling well.

    Promising review: "This is absolutely a great product for the money. We bought it so we can talk to our cat when we aren’t home. The setup process is easy and the video quality is very clear. The camera has a motion-detector feature, an alarm, and records sounds." —Lynn Hutchison

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99.

    12. A Well & Good dental health kit that contains chicken-flavored toothpaste and two toothbrushes to keep your dog's teeth plaque-free and breath smelling fresh.

    A dental health kit with chicken flavored toothpaste, a long angled toothbrush, and a finger brush.
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    Promising review: "Brushing your dog’s teeth isn’t always a walk in the [dog] park, but my pup loves the flavor of this toothpaste and the two different brushes makes it easy for me to keep his teeth clean between cleanings." —Gusismydog

    Get it from Petco for $9.74.

    13. Musher's protective wax to not only heal cracked and dry paws but also shields them from hot pavement, freezing snow, and other allergy-causing elements.

    A sleepy dog lying next to a tub of Musher's wax.
    Samantha W via Amazon / Via

    Promising review: "Musher's Secret was a game-changer come winter for me and my cavalier pup. My dog was able to go for walks around the without discomfort. Before I found this product, my dog would stop walking a few blocks from home, hopping from one foot to the next from the cold, and I would need to carry him home. Once this product arrived, his paws stopped cracking from the cold and he walks comfortably. I can apply it easily and he doesn't seem to mind it. He hasn't shown interest in licking it off either. Great product!" —Anony-mouse

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    14. A durable and safe metal dog crate that folds up so you can easily carry it with you when you travel.

    A Golden Retriever dog standing up in the metal dog crate.
    Chewy / Via

    Promising review: "This dog crate is wonderful! The design is great, it's very spacious for my growing pup, and it even comes with a divider for smaller puppies. I love the double doors too! Highly recommend!" —Ck75

    Get it from Chewy for $18.99+ (available in six sizes).

    15. Greenies peanut butter flavored pill pockets to make it easy and struggle-free to get your pet to take their medicine.

    The bag of pill pockets
    Chewy / Via

    Promising review: "Pill time was always stressful for me. I tried sneaking my dog's pills in cheese and hot dogs, which worked sometimes but not always. I resisted buying pill pockets because I felt they were unnecessary, but finally I tried them and voilà: they worked like a charm. My dogs will eat anything I put in the peanut butter- or chicken-flavored pockets and they've made my life so much less stressful." —toby&lucky

    Get a pack of 60 pill pockets from Chewy for $14.44.

    16. A pack of Nature's Miracle deodorizing bath wipes that safely and quickly remove dirt, grime, and odor from your dog's paws and fur when you don't have time to give him a bath.

    A pack of deodorizing bath wipes.
    Amazon / Via

    Promising review: "I use these every day to wipe my dog's face and paws after his walks. If he isn't quite dirty enough to warrant a bath after a trip to the dog park, I use about three of these to clean him and he'll be good as new, smelling fresh! Both scents are nice." —Mro

    Get a pack of 100 wipes from Amazon for $7.27+ (available in two fragrances).

    17. A package of True Chews jerky treats made from 100% chicken and zero mystery ingredients that you can use to reward your pet and keep them full between meals.

    A bag of chicken jerky treats, with packaging that declares they contain 100% chicken and no antibiotics.
    Chewy / Via

    Promising review: "My two fur babies love these! They appear to be and smell extremely fresh. They’re not as hard as other jerky treats that I’ve purchased, which I like. I can easily rip them in half if I want to give my dog only a portion of the treat. They are a bit on the pricier side, but they’re very worth it" —Jianna

    Get it from Chewy for $14.89.

    18. A refillable Wild One poop bag carrier that fastens to your dog's leash so you'll never forget a bag when you set out for a walk.

    A peach-colored dog poop bag carrier connected to a leash.
    Wild One / Via

    There's nothing worse than finding yourself in the situation when your dog has to go to the bathroom and you don't have a poop bag on hand. Thanks to this stylish poop bag carrier, that never happens to me anymore. I leave it fastened onto Hudson's leash so I'm never without it.

    Promising review: "I love this poop bag carrier because it conveniently attaches to a leash pocketbook, or belt." —Cheryl M.

    Get it from Wild One for $12 (available in seven colors).

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