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    19 Things To Buy That Are Extremely Practical And Necessary For Life With A Puppy

    Just the basics here, but they are important.

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    Hey, I'm Lauren and I adopted a puppy in August, her name is Harrie. She was three months old at the time and now she's almost ONE WHOLE YEAR!!! Through our time together I have tried every product/toy/thing that exists. Mostly because I didn't know what was actually useful, what would keep my girl occupied, what made sense, and also because I spoiled her rotten.

    BuzzFeed Writer Lauren Yapalater's dog, Harrie
    Me, Harrie

    Now that I've (almost) lived through raising a puppy, I can say that most of the stuff you'll buy will be fun for exactly one minute, like this hat I thought was completely necessary.


    And the dozens of plush toys that were chewed to oblivion.

    a picture of the stuffing of a toy strewn across the floor

    But there are some things that are actually useful and worth spending money. All these products are things that I personally own (and have been tested by me and my dog) that I think are 100% practical and necessary for your new life with a puppy.

    1. A microfiber towel


    Perfect for bathtime, or post rainy day walks. They are soft, lightweight and come in many colors. Having designated dog towels are extremely helpful!!!!! I have this one in two colors, and they are not bulky like regular towels, so it's easy for me to throw 'em in a bag if I'm going anywhere.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.94+ (available in various colors).

    2. A travel water bottle.

    There are many reasons that this is my favorite water bottle. First of all, you can squeeze the water bottle so that the water pools into the bowl, but when you release, anything that hasn't been sipped up goes back into the bottle, so no wasting water. It also has a little locking mechanism so that nothing leaks, and it's all BPA free. People at the dog park are always commenting on the genius of it.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.57 (available in three colors).

    3. A treat holder.


    The amount of pockets that I have with treat crumbs/residue in them should be illegal. It took me wayyy too long to get a treat pouch for walking and training. Now I just clip this onto my pants and it has become 1000000X easier to train during walks with my dog. The pouch has a drawstring at the top so that no treats fall out, but it stays easy to grab them from inside. It keeps my treats in one place and I'm mad at myself for not getting one sooner.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99

    4. Grooming gloves.


    It's like you're petting your dog, but also getting all their extra hair out AND giving them a lovely brush. A TRUE SPA DAY. It's also extremely satisfying to pull all the hair out, I know from experience.

    Get them from Amazon for $13.99 (available in two colors).

    5. Silicone dog bowl holder.

    the black mat
    Amazon / Via

    These mats keep food/water spills contained around the bowls, AND they keep the bowls in place, so that your dog doesn't push them around or flip them over. Plus they clean very easily, which is nice because I'm lazy. I like this one because it's simple and sleek and basic, like me.

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in four colors).

    6. This pet hair collector.

    Roll this thing over your fabric surfaces and then open the compartment and prepare to be amazed. ALL THE HAIR HAS COLLECTED INSIDE. It's amazing. I used to hate cleaning and now I love the satisfaction I get from seeing all the stuff that has gathered, and also how I'm not longer surrounded by hair on my furtniture.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    7. A teething chew toy.,

    Pop this baby in the freezer for a couple hours, then give it to your teething puppy and it's nice and soothing for your lil' baby! All the pups in my family have used it, and for some reason my Harrie was especially obsessed.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    8. A snuffle mat.,

    I'm obsessed with this thing and not just cause it looks like a salad. Sprinkle in kibble for mealtime or treats for fun time and it will occupy your pup for a whileee (and hopefully make them wanna take a nap after alllll that sniffing.) My puppy is extremely energetic and sometimes I need something that will slow her down and give me some time where I'm not worrying about what she's doing, cause she's snufflin'!

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    9. Bully sticks.

    It's true, bully sticks are basically a bull's penis, but... they last a long time and are easily digestible. I would not have survived puppyhood if it weren't for bullysticks. Just try not to focus on the slimy stuff...and see the next product in this list to make sure your bully stick doesn't become a hazard.

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $50.75.

    10. A bully stick holder.


    This is a combo holder + chew toy. There are other versions of these, but no matter what you buy don't forget to use it, that way your dog won't accidentally choke on the end of the bully stick or swallow it whole. ALso it's cute when they hold it with their little paws.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.62+ (available in three sizes).

    11. Paw wipes.


    If you're lazy like me and not up for a whole bathtime routine, these wipes are perfect for a quick clean. Also extremely great for easily wiping off muddy/dirty paws when you come into the house. These come in a lavender scent which I like, honestly not sure how my puppy feels about it.

    Get them from Amazon for $8.99/100 wipes, or $29.99/400 wipes (available in lavender scent or unscented).

    12. Licky mats.


    These little round mats have suction cups on the back so you can stick them anywhere, and then let your dog lick away. I usually spread peanut butter or cottage cheese (or a combo of both) and then let my pup occupy itself for a while. Apparently licking is relaxing for dogs....but who knows if that's actually true.

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $11.99 (available in three colors).

    13. A poop bag holder.


    Don't tell me you're just carrying around poop bags in your pocket? If so, then this poop bag holder is necessary. It attaches to a leash so you just pop in a roll of bags, and never forget one again. Also, in my opinion, the soft fabric is better than those clunky plastic ones.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    14. A big ol' bag of training treats.

    reviewer's dog sitting next to bags of bacon flavor and beef flavor training treats

    I've gone through more training treats than I ever thought humanly possible. 20oz bags are my hero and this brand is great. It's cost effective, and based on how much my dog likes them... very tasty!

    Get them from Amazon for $4.05+ (available in four sizes, and three varieties, and five flavors).

    15. A pet blanket.


    It's way easier to wash a little blanket than all of your furniture. These are perfect for laying over chairs or couches, or just putting inside a crate or on top of the dog bed. I bring a little one with me when we travel so that my pup has a familiar scent with her in new places. They are very soft and honestly, cute enoughto use as a couch blanket too.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in eight colors, and five sizes).

    16. Bitter spray.

    reviewer photo of the bottle of bitter spray next to their dog

    Oh, you're dog is chewing on EVERYTHING? SAMEEEEEE. That's why you get bitter spray to prevent/stop chewing. It's natural and will deter your pup from wanting to chew that area because tastes gross. I've actually accidentally gotten it all over my hands and it left. avery bad taste in my mouth, so I know it works.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in four sizes).

    17. Stackable food containers.


    The bottom part can hold all your kibble and the top can be used for treats or anything else your heart desires. I love it because it keeps me organized and I can pour multiple bags of kibble in to store. I left the wheels off because I keep it in one place and don't need it rolling around, but they are a great feature if you need them.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in three colors).

    18. Odor eliminator spray.

    If your dog has peed in your apartment, you're gonna want this. I think it's pretty self explanatory why it is needed.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95+ (available in two sizes).

    19. And finally, this squeaky pink dinosaur.


    Okay, this is a toy, I KNOW. But it's the one toy I'm putting on here and I have reasons. First of all, the squeak is not too loud or annoying, so I don't mind when it is being used. Second, it's cute. And third, it seems to be failry indestructible. My dog is obsessed with it, and it's the only toy I let her have these days (after chewing up EVERYTHING else).

    Get it from Amazon for $7.78.

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