15 must-have products for new dog owners​

You’re probably going to experience a big jumble of emotions when bringing home your new dog or puppy. On one hand, you’re unbelievably excited for your adorable new pet, but chances are you’ll also be a bit worried about how they’ll fit into your family and whether you’re prepared to take care of them.

15 must-have products for new dog owners

      We rounded up some of our favorite products for dogs, all of which we use with our own pets.

      You’re probably going to experience a big jumble of emotions when bringing home your new dog or puppy. On one hand, you’re unbelievably excited for your adorable new pet, but chances are you’ll also be a bit worried about how they’ll fit into your family and whether you’re prepared to take care of them. I felt all these emotions—and more—when I brought home my dog, Ema!

     With all of the brands available, it can be overwhelming to decide which ones suit your dog best. That’s where Reviewed comes in. We enlisted the help of pet owners to review the best products available today to make sure you’re spending your money wisely.

       I’m willing to bet you’re more prepared than you think (especially if you’re reading this article), but just to assuage your concerns, here’s my list of must-have dog products, based on my own personal experience. With these items on hand, you’ll be fully prepared for anything dog ownership throws at you, so you can relax and enjoy every moment with your new pooch.

Editor’s Note

   Every product is independently selected by (obsessive) editors. Things you buy through our links may earn us a commission.
 

 

Dog Harness Lightweight
No Pull Lightweight Dog Harness: Adjustable Durable Breathable Mesh Pet Vest Harness with Soft and Comfortable Cushion, Easy to Clean, for Small Medium Large Dogs (Medium, Black)
SizeMedium
ColorBlack
PatternDog
BrandWisedog
MaterialMesh

      Comfortable and Cushioned: The harness is made of Special scuba knitting fabric, soft and comfortable to touch, wrinkle free, good elasticity, with strong water and sweat absorption, to give your pet better experience.
      Adjustable Premium Quality Nylon Webbing: You can adjust the length of the webbing around the neck and chest to fit the size of your pet. Also features 3 leash attachment points that allow you to choose any traction method.
Simple to Secure: This pet harness with 2 plastic quick release buckles is easy donning and doffing.

K&H Pet Products Original Bolster Pet Cot Outdoor Elevated Dog Bed with Removable Bolsters – Chocolate/Black Mesh, 
Product dimensions30L X 42 X 7 Inches
Breed RecommendationLarge
PatternDog
BrandK&H PET PRODUCTS
Material600 Denier fabric

      This could just be the most comfortable pet cot outdoor elevated dog bed ever made. The super comfortable bolster envelopes and comforts pets for an incredibly relaxing snooze.      

      Because they are excellent outside solutions for keeping dogs cool while relaxing in the sun, cots frequently have a niche market. Since they don’t require heaving themselves up and down from the floor, they are also well-liked by senior pet owners or owners of dogs with orthopedic problems. The K and H Original Bolster Pet Cot Elevated Dog Bed, on the other hand, broadens its appeal by including a floppy, removable, wrap-around bolster that gives neck and back support for dogs of all breeds and adds major smush appeal for creatures that prefer to burrow and nest.

      While a water-resistant nylon cover hinders passionate chewers and is bacterial, mildew, and mold-resistant, a mesh core aids with air circulation. It is simple to put together and take apart without any tools.

Burrowers and snugglers will love to cuddle up inside the Best Friends Deep Dish Cuddler; be they dogs, cats, or any animal weighing up to 25 pounds
BrandBest Friends by Sheri
Breed RecommendationAll Breed Sizes
MaterialPolyester
Product Dimensions20″L x 20″W x 12″Th
Target SpeciesDog, Cat, Rabbit

      DESIGNED FOR ANIMALS LOVED BY PET PARENTS! Cozy warm and comfortable a pet bed is a must-have for your four-legged friend. While many models promote better sleep they become flat and uncomfortable the more your pet uses them. What s worse they hold odors and are impossible to clean. 

      Show your pet some TLC with an OrthoComfort Deep Dish Cuddler from Best Friends by Sheri! Measuring 20 long 20 wide and high 9 tall it can easily accommodate animals up to 25lbs and provides the sense of security they need in order to sleep deeply. Dogs cats and even rabbits will enjoy the self-warming faux fur mimicking the comfort of a mother s fur while promoting better sleep health and behavior. Our innovative design features a 12 rear bolster offering back support and easing joint tension! Paired with a curved 9 front pets will enjoy additional head and neck support. With its flexible design animals can sleep in any position.

TRIM YOUR PET’S NAILS SAFELY: It’s easy to make a precise, safe cut with our semi-circular blades. Your pet’s nail rests in the semi-circle – you see precisely where you’re cutting – no guessing.
ColorBlack
BrandEpica
MaterialStainless Steel
Blade MaterialStainless Steel
Item Dimensions LxWxH6 x 3.38 x 3.63 inches
 

     The king of clippers, these simple scissors don’t look much different compared to similar clippers, but this model manages to surpass them across the board. Their main strength is, well, strength. While most of our other contenders easily snipped the 1/8-inch dowel we used for testing, this one sliced through the 1/4-inch with ease. That’s why it’s also long been our personal preferred pick for our own dog, whose long, black nails are practically impenetrable. The semi-circular blades surround the nail, allowing you to see precisely where you’re cutting, and a quick guard prevents you from going too far or deep.

     The rubber coated handles are comfortable to hold and squeeze, an easy to manipulate safety lock keeps them closed when not in use, and the set comes with a lifetime warranty. Not too shabby for a clipper that only costs $10.

WOPET Automatic Feeder with Camera,7L App Control Smart Feeder Cat Dog Food Dispenser,6-Meal Auto Pet Feeder with Timer Programmable,HD Camera for Voice and Video Recording
Target SpeciesCats, Dogs
BrandWOPET
ColorWhite
Capacity7 Liters
Operation ModeAutomatic

      Admittedly, the WOpet automatic feeder is as low-tech as it gets. Yet when it comes to smart models, WOpet’s version ably demonstrates the benefits of having a WiFi-connected machine. Slim, shiny, and attractive, the 17-cup capacity hopper can be fitted with either a small or large food dispenser tray (both of which can be easily removed for refilling or cleaning), so you can accommodate the amount of kibble for any sized pet.

      And the common sense app really sticks to the basics. While other models we tried confused the issue by including social media features unrelated to food, WOpet’s sole focus is scheduling regimented meals for your furry friend. Up to six feedings per day (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks) ranging from 1 to 39 portions can be remotely set or modified, meaning you have control over your pet’s mealtimes from anywhere.

      You can record a message to let them know it’s feeding time, while the app will inform you precisely when and if they’ve been fed. The WOpet also has battery backup, in case you lose power to your home. Perhaps the most beneficial extra feature, though, is a night vision capable HD camera with two-way audio, which allows you to view and record video of your pet, as well as listen to or talk with your pet.

Treat Tossing, Full HD Wifi Pet Camera and 2-Way Audio, Designed for Dogs, Compatible with Alexa (As Seen On Ellen)
BrandFurbo
Model NameFurbo Dog Camera
Connectivity TechnologyWireless
Special FeatureHD Resolution,Night Vision,Barking Detection,2 Way Audio,Motion Sensor

     The Furbo is Amazon’s best selling dedicated pet camera, and after spending some time with it, we agree. It’s the best. It’s reliable and easy to refill, the video quality is great (day and night), it uses colors a dog can see to let Fido know when you check in, and it looks beautiful on the side table thanks to its bamboo cover.

     Going beyond basic motion detection, Furbo uses artificial intelligence to understand exactly what the dog is up to and push a notification to the owner’s phone when the pup is playing or barking, when he stops in front of the Furbo for a “selfie,” or when a human arrives home. These “Smart Dog Alerts” are part of a premium service that, for now at least, is free. This dog camera is also Alexa compatible, so you can ask your Amazon Echo to toss the dog a treat by voice or via the app from wherever you may roam.

     It may not have the bells and whistles of more complex models like the PetChatz HD, but what the Furbo does, it does well. The base and apps are a pleasure to use at every point. The Furbo gets it right 

Waterproof, Odor Proof, Metal Buckle and D Ring, Adjustable for Custom Fit, Cool and Comfortable, for Small, Medium, or Large Dogs, 3/4-Inch, Orange
PatternSolid
ColorOrange
MaterialBiothane
BrandEducator
Item Display Dimensions30 x 0.75 x 0.1 inches

     From tiny puppies to full-grown Great Danes, the Educator Biothane Collar is a true one-size-fits-all collar. That’s because it boasts a whopping 35 holes (more standard collars have five or six), and has a secure and durable metal buckle, which will keep your pup from pulling loose.

     To accommodate differently proportioned necks, the collar comes in 3/4- or one-inch widths, and has a 29 1/2-inch strap (18- to 24-inches is more common). The great thing about the extra length is that it can be simply cut down to the desired length, without compromising the integrity of the collar whatsoever.

     The Educator is crafted from practically impenetrable neoprene, a highly flexible material that won’t crack or fray. It’s also totally waterproof, so can withstand inclement weather and romps in the mud. It’s also easy to clean so it won’t mildew and take on that famous wet dog smell. It’s smooth (unlike nylon), so it also won’t scratch at the neck, comes in seven bright colors and is crafted in the U.S.

Multifunctional and Portable Dog Travel Water Dispenser with Food Container,Detachable Design Combo Cup for Drinking and Eating,Suitable for Cats and Puppy
ColorGrey
MaterialWater
BrandMAOCG
Item Dimensions LxWxH2.6 x 2.6 x 9.8 inches
Capacity200 Milliliters

2 LAYER-WATER&FOOD DESIGN The mutifunctional water bottle for dogs comes with two parts with food container, can hold 8.7oz water and 6.8oz food.Perfect for your pet’s need for water and food with bowl.

LEAK-PROOF The sealed silicone gasket inside the bottle and lock key design helps to ensure that there is no water leakage.No worry to get everywhere wet or waste water any more, no worry about getting your travel pack wet.

PORTABLE Compact design with sling hanging on the bottles for dogs is best for your puppy or cat when walking, hiking, travelling or playing. You can put the bottle into backpack or hang on hand with sling rope.

 
Dogline Unimax Multi-Purpose Vest Harness for Dogs and 2 Removable DIY Customizable BLANK Patches
SizeMedium (22″-30″)
ColorBlue
BrandDogline
MaterialNylon
Closure TypeBuckle

     A streamlined happy medium between an all-enveloping shell and scratchy tangle of straps, the vest-shaped harness is made of breathable, water-resistant neoprene (which scores extra credit for being washing machine safe) and is padded for comfort, with a removable breastplate.

      It’s easy to maneuver on and off with a simple click under each front leg, the Dogline fits snugly without being too tight. A heavy-duty D-ring on the back provides good leverage for either casual walks, giving corrections, or communicating with service dogs.

      Incidentally, since Velcro strips on the side allow for the attachment of signage, ID’s or tags, this harness is especially useful for working/service dogs, dogs in training, or in any instance when you need to transmit info about your dog to the outside world (such as “Do Not Pet,” or “Adopt Me.”)

      A built-in, generously-sized handle allows you to grab the dog if needed, help them up and around obstacles, or provide extra support in the case of injury or impaired mobility. The only downsides are the lack of a front-facing D-ring, and the fact that the thick adjustable straps take some muscle to use.

Mobile pet bed, in-cabin airplaine carrier and car seat, fits pets up to 17-1/2-pound
ColorJet Black
BrandSleepypod
Product Dimensions22.83″L x 11.42″W x 3.94″H
MaterialNylon
Item Weight4.5 Pounds

     While many pet carriers claim to be (mostly) airline compatible, the Sleepypod design specifically addresses all conflicting size and shape restrictions. The Air can compress to fit under a seat during takeoff and landing, but can also expand to allow for extra paw-room during the duration of the flight. If your travels are taking place a little closer to the ground, straps on both sides allow the carrier to be snugly seat-belted into a car… but if you’re worried about car safety, take comfort in the knowledge that Sleepypod regularly crash-tests its carriers.

       The top and sides of the carrier open completely and are made of polyester mesh, allowing for easy entry, excellent air circulation, and clear sightlines for your pup. Ultra-plush interiors make the carrier ultra-comfy and easy to clean—the padding is machine washable and the polyester liner is water-repellent. The Air folds flat for seamless storage but can also transform into a bed with the help of a snap-on mesh panel. If you really want to make your pup happy, you can even buy a warmer pad (sold separately) to tuck into a pocket underneath. As far as style is concerned, your canine will make quite the chic traveling companion, since the sleek carriers come in eye-popping colors like Orange Dream, Glacier Silver, and Robin Egg Blue.

This elevated pet feeding bowl measures 8 inches long, 8 inches wide, and is 1.25 inches deep
MaterialPlastic
Target SpeciesCat, Dog
BrandDexas
ColorGray/Blue
Capacity12 Ounces

     We’re all accustomed to giving up some creature comforts when we travel. But being able to drink at a non-hunched over position is critical for the well-being of many dogs, especially when they’re potentially dehydrated and actively exercising on mountains and trails. 

      That’s why we flipped over the clever design of the Dexas, which features not just a collapsible bowl, but extendable legs. When tucked away, the super light unit takes up just 1.5 inches of space. Fully expanded, it boasts a 12-ounce capacity bowl and a set of sturdy legs that allow it to stand about 5 inches off the ground. Not only do the legs keep the bowl from slipping and sloshing, while preventing detritus from gathering in the food or water, they let your pup sip without crouching, which helps prevent neck and back stress, and—perhaps most crucially—bloat. Did we mention the silicone materials are easy to hand wash and are dishwasher safe? Which is to say, there are plenty of benefits to this reasonably priced bowl.

Say goodbye to the traditional jail-like dog cage! At KindTail, we merge functionality and innovation. Our collapsible pet crate is designed to blend well with any space in your home.
ColorGrey
BrandKindTail
Product Dimensions21″L x 15.75″W x 16″H
MaterialFur
Special FeaturePortable, Spacious, Lightweight, Easy To Clean, Secure, Collapsible, Comfortable

      LIGHTWEIGHT AND COLLAPSIBLE- Our pet kennel makes traveling with your fur babies a breeze. Our KindTail portable dog crate is also cat friendly. It transforms into a flat, portable unit with a built-in handle when collapsed, and that you can easily bring wherever you go.

     SAFE AND COMFY- We created this cat or dog crate with you and your pet’s convenience in mind. It doesn’t have any sharp edges or corners. So, your pet dog or cat can rest and play in this portable dog kennel with ease.

     FITS YOUR SMALL PETS PERFECTLY- Our cat or dog kennel is available in a small size. This makes them ideal dog crates for small dogs/cats.(?) The doors are also designed to stay open, so they can freely go in and out anytime.

This ball toy for dogs entices play with high impact bouncing! Play fetch at the lake or pool thanks to the lightweight, buoyant design. Compatible with Chuckit! ball launcher
Pet toy typeFetch Toy
Target SpeciesDog
ThemeAnimals
Breed RecommendationMedium
BrandChuckit!

     TOUGH & DURABLE: Rubber ball for dogs has a textured surface & a thick rubber core for aggressive chewers yet is soft on dog’s mouths

     Ema has destroyed every tennis ball she’s ever gotten her paws on, according to Greenwald, but these rubber balls from Chuckit! have withstood hours of throwing and chewing. They’re designed for outdoor use and can float (in case your dog likes to fetch in water), the brand says. Greenwald also uses the Chuckit! Launcher to throw the balls at the park — you can use the launcher to grab the ball and carry it around, too, which means you won’t have to get your hands dirty with slobber and dirt, she said.

 

Interactive Feed Game for Boredom, Encourages Natural Foraging Skills for Cats Dogs Bowl Travel Use, Dog Treat Dispenser Indoor Outdoor Stress Relief
Material Cloth
Color Brown/Green
Brand AWOOF
Care Instructions Hand Wash Only
Target Species Dog

    Dog Training Toys: It is a unique dog training mat that allows your dog to find snacks or small toys hidden in the mat. It helps to train your dog’s smell, consume your dog’s energy and lose weight. Keep your dog occupied and avoid your dog being bored and engaged in destructive behavior.

     Non-slip & Large & Portable: The bottom is a non-slip cloth that effectively holds the mat and prevents the dog from moving the mat. The design is small and can be shrunk into a small storage bag. It can also be hung or set aside when not in use. Suitable for traveling.

     Dual-use Design: The feeding mat can be folded into a bowl. Stick to the good habits of your dog or use it as an olfactory pad.

 

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