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    13 Things From Amazon That Made Getting A Dog So Much Easier For Me

    I tried pretty much everything, and these were my absolute favorites.

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    Hey! I'm Hannah, this is my dog, Hudson. He's a Cavapoo, and he's almost 4 years old, but I can't really remember what life was like without him.

    Getting a dog is a big commitment, and it takes a good amount of preparation. When my husband and I were preparing for Hudson's arrival, we spent hours sifting through hundreds of puppy products online wondering what we should buy.

    A screenshot of my computer screen looking at all different kinds of pet products.
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    It was no easy task trying to figure out what we needed and which products were our best options. We were...very overwhelmed. So we tried out a lot of different things.

    I've been a dog mother for a while now, so I wanted to share with you some of the best dog products that made raising a puppy easier.

    Hannah Loewentheil / BuzzFeed, @hudson_the_cavapoo / Instagram / Via Instagram: @hudson_the_cavapoo

    First, a quick disclaimer: All dogs have different preferences, but here are some of the things that were most useful for me and my dog, personally. Hopefully you and your pup will love them too!

    1. A mesh Puppia Soft Harness that is flexible, comfortable, and allows me to walk Hudson without yanking on his collar.

    Puppia / Amazon / Via, Hannah Loewentheil / BuzzFeed

    If there's been a single most important purchase I've made since getting a puppy, it's probably this harness. When we first got Hudson he was so tiny and a very stubborn walker, so I was always afraid of pulling on his collar too hard. At my vet's recommendation, I bought a soft harness, and it made all the difference. The Puppia Soft Harness is easy to get on and off, and the mesh material makes it super comfortable. It's also expandable, so a single harness should fit your puppy as he grows into his full size.

    Hudson at two years old wearing a camo-colored Puppia mesh harness.
    @hudson_the_cavapoo / Instagram / Via Instagram: @hudson_the_cavapoo

    When Hudson finally grew out of his first harness after about nine months, I loved the Puppia product so much I had to buy him another in a bigger size.

    Get it from Amazon for $16.29+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 14 colors).

    2. This plush Smart Pet Love Snuggle Puppy Toy that makes soothing sounds — and that, a year later, Hudson still sleeps next to every night.

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    Before we got Hudson, someone recommended this funny-looking stuffed animal. It's super soft, and it comes with a battery-powered "beating heart" insert. Hudson was immediately obsessed with the Snuggle Puppy. He slept with it by his side every night, and I think the sound of the beating heart made him feel comforted when we had to leave him home alone. It's still his absolute favorite toy.

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    Recently a friend (and fellow new puppy mom) texted me asking for suggestions: Her 3-month-old puppy would not stop howling when she would leave the apartment. I recommended the Snuggle Puppy. A few days later, she texted me to say the crying had stopped. Coincidence or not, this thing seems to be magic.

    Today, Hudson would rather swing his Snuggle Puppy from his mouth and wrestle with him than snuggle, but he still loves the stuffed animal all the same.

    Get it from Amazon for $39.95 (available in five colors).

    3. A Kong Classic Dog Toy, so I have something to fill with treats that'll keep Hudson entertained for hours.

    Kong / Amazon / Via, Hannah Loewentheil / BuzzFeed

    When Hudson was a puppy, he had the attention span of about three seconds. Actually...he kind of still does. He constantly wants to play, and he goes through five toys per minute. The Kong is one of my go-to gadgets for keeping him entertained. You can fill the Kong toy with peanut butter or with treats, and the quest to wrestle the treats out from the Kong's opening keeps Hudson happy and occupied.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in sizes M-XXL).

    4. Nature's Miracle Stain & Odor Remover, which I relied on to keep my carpet looking brand-new during Hudson's housebreaking days.

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    During a puppy's first year, accidents happen...a lot. But who can't forgive that cute little face? This stuff was more valuable than gold in my apartment for the first three or so months of Hudson's puppyhood. You just wipe up the mess, spray the Nature's Miracle on top of the stain, let it sit for a few minutes, and then pat it dry. Every time I used it, my carpet would look good as new.

    Get a 32 oz. bottle from Amazon for $9.39.

    5. These Bocce's Bakery Dog Treats that are made from wholesome ingredients and come in dozens of flavors even picky eaters will love.

    A shelf containing all different kinds of Bocce's Bakery dog treats.
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    Buying treats for Hudson is a lot like playing Russian roulette. It's a complete gamble. Sometimes he'll love the treats I've chosen. Other times he'll sniff them and spit them out like a diva. Then, we discovered Bocce's Bakery, and something clicked (you can tell by the look of longing in his eyes as he waits for a Bocce's cookie). These treats have no artificial ingredients, no chemicals, and no fillers, just actual human-grade ingredients, so I feel good about feeding them to him. And they come in all different flavors, including some #fancy ones like peanut butter and bacon, truffle mac and cheese, and beef Bourguignon.

    Get them from Amazon for $8.97+ (available in seven flavors).

    6. And Trader Joe's smoked chicken tenders dog treats, which are made with one single ingredient: chicken, so I feel good about giving them to Hudson, and he certainly enjoys devouring them.

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    Hudson is a picky eater, but he has literally never turned down one of these smoked chicken jerky treats. They are made with only chicken breast — no fillers or additives or anything yucky — so I feel great feed him these often. When he was a puppy, I used them to reinforce good behavior, and they were a huge asset during the training process.

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $11.96.

    7. A bottle of all-natural puppy shampoo made with essential oils, which makes Hudson's coat smell clean and fresh like lavender and feel silky smooth.

    Hannah Loewentheil/BuzzFeed / Via, @hudson_the_cavapoo / Instagram / Via Instagram: @hudson_the_cavapoo

    One of Hudson's greatest hobbies is getting dirty, and whether he's rolling in sand, mud, or even poop, he does it well. As a result, I'm constantly throwing him into the shower after his outdoor adventures. This Pet Pleasant shampoo is specifically for puppies, it's made with essential oils, and it smells amazing. It leaves Hudson's coat so soft and shiny, and I think he enjoys the smell too, because he never minds being lathered up in this stuff.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    8. A Fresh Patch training pad, which is essentially a piece of turf that gets delivered to your door each month, and it helped us keep our sanity while housebreaking Hudson.

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    I live in Manhattan in a fourth-floor walk-up apartment, so you can imagine that taking the dog out to pee at midnight is no fun. So when my boyfriend saw this product on Shark Tank, he ordered it immediately. Fresh Patch sends you a real-grass training pad every month, for inside your home, on a rooftop, or on a patio. It was our saving grace when we were house-training Hudson and he had to go to the bathroom every 30 minutes. It also taught him to go on the grass instead of our carpet (major win). Fresh Patch is a great idea for people who work long hours, don't have a backyard, or are just looking for a great way to housebreak their dog.

    Get it from Amazon for $24+ (available in three sizes).

    9. Cute and disposable Pawz Water-Proof Dog Boots that Hudson wears when he romps around in the snow.

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    OK, before you judge me, know that I too once scoffed at the idea of putting my dog in booties. But then winter hit New York City, and I realized it was inevitable. Hudson LOVES the snow, but within a few minutes of playing outside he starts hopping on three paws trying to avoid contact with the frozen ground. The road salt all over the city streets also hurt his little paws. These disposable booties are easy to put on, but more importantly, they stay on. I love the fact that they're disposable and I don't have to worry about cleaning them. A pair stays intact for about four uses, and then you just toss them.

    Get them from Amazon for $13.50.

    10. These rawhide-free mini peanut butter SmartBones dog chews that Hudson begs for constantly.

    Amazon / Via, Hannah Loewentheil / BuzzFeed

    Hudson goes CRAZY for these dog chews, which are an alternative to rawhide bones. He loves the peanut butter bones, but they also come in chicken or sweet potato flavor. He'll sit and chew one of these babies for an hour, which gives me the perfect (and rare) opportunity for me-time.

    Get a pack of 16 bones from Amazon for $8.49.

    11. This Snoozer Cozy Cave pet bed, which quickly became Hudson's favorite napping place in my apartment.

    Amazon / Via, Hannah Loewentheil / BuzzFeed

    It didn't take long for Hudson to discover that he (like many dogs) loves small, cozy, dark spaces. In fact, his favorite spot in my apartment is under my bed. So when I came home one day with the cozy cave pet bed, he pretty much went apeshit. Hudson has tried out a lot of beds (including my human bed), but the cozy cave is officially his favorite napping spot. He nuzzles up in the Sherpa-lined bed and pokes his little head out. I'm honestly a little bit jealous of this comfortable nook and wish one existed for humans.

    Get it from Amazon for $69.95+ (available in sizes S, L, and X and in five colors).

    12. A sturdy yet comfortable airline-approved pet travel bag that I use whenever I'm traveling with Hudson, whether it's by plane, train, or car.

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    Hudson has gotten so comfortable in this pet carrier that sometimes he chooses to sit in it when we're not even traveling. It's airline-approved, so I feel comfortable flying with Hudson and knowing we won't have any problem at the airport. It also makes me happy to know that he feels safe and content rather than cooped up and nervous in his carrier.

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99+ (available in sizes S-L and in three colors).

    13. A shark life vest for dogs that makes me feel more comfortable during the summertime when I take Hudson swimming (and come on, it's just straight-up adorable).

    Hudson swimming in a bay with his blue shark life vest on.
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    Hudson loves swimming when it's hot out, but whenever we're by the ocean or somewhere other than a pool where the water can be choppy, I feel way more comfortable letting him go into the water in his life vest. As an added bonus, he certainly doesn't seem to mind wearing it.

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes XS, S, M, and XL).

    What products did you find most useful during your first year of puppyhood? Let me know in the comments!

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