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    29 Products To Make Raising A Puppy A Bit Easier

    Genius things designed to help you deal with separation anxiety, biting, potting training, and more.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A Hear Doggy alligator toy specifically designed with a squeaker only dogs can hear so you won't be annoyed by the constant squeaking noise that now haunts your dreams.

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    Promising review: "When you squeeze this toy, the sound is just a faint air puff. Apparently, it sounds different to a dog. We can squeeze it when our puppy is in another room, and she will come running to inspect. She likes to tug at the felt pieces on the toy and incessantly bite the 'squeaker.' It's so nice to have a toy like this because the noisy ones drive me crazy." —tee

    Get it from Amazon for $12.78.

    2. A Snuggle Puppy, a must-have for any pup dealing with separation anxiety. The stuffed animal comes with a heart that beats and makes it feel like they're not alone in their crate all night long.

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    BuzzFeed Shopping writer Samantha Wieder swears by this. So much so that after reading her review (below), I decided to convince my mom we needed it for our new family puppy. And I have to agree that it really is great. Our pup, Izzy, loves this stuffed animal and sleeps with it every night. But I'll let Sam give you a more detailed review of why the Snuggle Puppy is great.

    She says: "Back in June, my family made the wonderful decision to add a puppy to our family. Bailey was just shy of turning two months when we first brought him home, and we decided to crate train him to help prevent accidents during the day and night until he'd become house-trained. The first night home he slept like a DREAM, and we were certain we had hit the jackpot... until the second night when he cried loudly for six consecutive hours even when we'd come downstairs to try and calm him down. Thanks to advice from the internet and family friends, we quickly purchased the Snuggle Puppy kit, and it immediately helped to calm him down (picture on the left of him sleeping next to it at two months old). To use it, you take this little red heart beat-like ticker, turn it on, and put it inside of the toy, Velcro it shut, and it's meant to make your pup feel as if they're not alone inside the crate. He started sleeping through the night, was more relaxed during the day, and it made everyone in the house feel so much more relieved. It blew our expectations out of the water.

    Bailey is 5 months now and no longer sleeps in his crate because he's house-trained. He also doesn't snuggle up to the puppy for comfort like he did when we first bought it for him, but he LOVES playing with the puppy, as well as the other toys and the blanket that come with the kit. It's basically his new favorite chew/fetch toy (picture on the right of him, at almost four months old, chewing it), which obviously wasn't the intention, but my dog is SO happy when he has his Snuggle Puppy by his side. The price tag for the kit is definitely more than we wanted to spend on something we weren't sure would work, but I can fully attest two months later that it was the absolute best purchase we made for him! If you're considering getting a puppy, or your sanity is running low from a new puppy who suffers from separation anxiety or won't stop crying, I highly recommend getting this!"

    Get it from Amazon: $39.95 (for the Snuggle Puppy; available in five colors), or $69.99 (for the Snuggle Puppy kit, which includes the Snuggle Puppy plus a blanket, three heat packs, a toy, and heart-shaped teething aid; available in three colors).

    3. Or a self-warming bed that'll mimic the feeling of your pup sleeping with their brothers and sisters (like they did before you welcomed them home) and make them feel comfortable and cozy in their new bed.

    Reviewer pic of a puppy snuggling in the fuzzy bed
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    Promising review: "My Chihuahua acts like she has been weaned very recently, which makes for one restless, clingy puppy. She has a fit if you put her down for a second, let alone if you put her down to try and sleep. After doing some research, I learned that a heating pad can help puppies sleep at night as it simulates the feeling of sleeping with their littermates. I was worried a heating pad would hurt her, so I purchased this heating bed. It is amazing. On the first night, my puppy crawled into it unprompted and crashed. She slept for over 12 hours and only woke up to eat or use the bathroom! I keep the bed right next to mine so she can peek up and see me next to her every so often. All in all, if you have a restless puppy, buy this bed for them. You'll be pleasantly surprised." —Jody Williams

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in three styles, five sizes, and two colors).

    4. A bone teething ring here to help relieve teething pain and soreness your puppy is probably experiencing and can only communicate by biting anything and everything around them (including your hands and feet). Plus, it has calcium and omega-3 fatty acids for strong teeth and bones.

    Reviewer's puppy chewing on a bone that is shaped like a circle
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    Promising review: "My pup loves these! She’s been teething really bad lately and has been chewing on everything and everyone! They are bigger than I thought, but I don’t mind because she can entertain herself longer, and I’ve noticed she’s been chewing on my stuff less." —Sydney

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $3.75.

    5. A nylon dog leash made to be durable to withstand any chewing, dragging, or all-around abuse it goes through while you take your puppy outside and for walks.

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    Promising review: "This is a nice lightweight leash for a puppy or small dog. I have had it for a month now and my 13-lb golden retriever puppy does chew on it and carry it in his mouth. I bought it to get him used to a leash. For the first few weeks, we let it drag behind him on the ground. I haven't had any issues and, it has held up to quite a bit of abuse with my puppy dragging, chewing, playing, etc. It's worth the price for a lightweight leash. However, once my golden retriever gets bigger and stronger, I will change to a more substantial size leash." —Sgtbotox

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in five sizes and six colors).

    6. A stretch fleece to keep your pup warm and cozy when it's a bit too cold outside for their little bodies that seem to have absolutely no fat on them at all yet.

    Abby Kass / BuzzFeed

    My mom and I decided to buy this fleece for Izzy after we were hanging outside with some family friends in 50-degree weather and realized that she was shivering. We're in Wisconsin, so we knew the cold was only going to get worse for the little pup that's basically skin and bones. The fleece is super easy to get on her because it has a four-way stretch. And it's not her absolute favorite to wear, but after we sewed it a bit (we bought it too big because she's growing), she's learned to tolerate it and wear it on walks. It not only keeps her nice and warm, but it's so adorable on her. Practical + stylish = the perfect combination.

    Get it from Goldpaw for $22+ (available in sizes 2-30 and in 22 colors and patterns).

    7. A Clawguard, aka a scratch shield to protect your walls, doors, and even frames from sharp nails that attack it when your puppy gets too excited or anxious.

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    Plus, it SO easy to install (it says it only takes about two seconds). All you have to do is pop it over your door knob, and your door (and the wall next to it) will be completely protected from any sharp claws.

    Promising review: "We have a puppy who scratches our bedroom door to let us know he needs to go out. Don't get me wrong, it's great he tells us, but he started leaving marks on the door from scratching the same spot. It got to where I would spring out of bed from a dead sleep when I heard the scratching to keep the nail marks from getting worse. After ordering the HD Clawguard and hanging it on the inside of our door, our pup still scratches but now it's only on the Clawguard. The Clawguard stays on the door and seems to be holding up just fine. Instead of jumping out of bed, I can stroll to the door with a smile knowing try door is protected. Absolutely brilliant. We should have ordered one weeks ago. We tried it on the back door, and it hangs without interfering with the deadbolt or coming in and out. We'll be ordering another today." —Brady K

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

    8. A pet hair removal glove that'll essentially trick them into thinking you're giving them some love, when in fact you're removing all the loose hair so it doesn't end up in piles around your house.

    The glove full of hair and a French Bulldog behind it with the words "Excuse me ma'am please continue" on it
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    Plus, it's machine-washable!

    Promising review: "I have a mutt with fine to coarse hair that constantly sheds. I was gifted this brush when she was a puppy, and it always worked well. With quarantine, we’ve moved to my parents' house, and I left the brush at my home... I tried using two other types of brushes that we had around, and they just weren’t working so I caved and ordered a second one for my parents' house. It was a month since she was brushed with this brush but I used two different brushes in between and this was the amount of hair that came off of her. CRAZY. This is a miracle brush." —CTT

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (availble as a 2-in-1 glove, left-hand, or right-hand).

    9. A folding crate with a double door and divider, so you can have the crate grow with your pup, instead of having to get a new one every time you realize just how much they've grown in only a week.

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    Promising review: "I got this kennel for my first puppy because my dad has it for his dog and has been happy with it. My puppy and my dad’s dogs are Goldendoodles. It’s easy to assemble and set up. The puppy divider is included and is great! It adjusts to grow with your puppy. We’ve had our puppy for a few nights and no accidents in the crate. I didn’t purchase a bed — just using a baby blanket and some things that have the scent from her litter. I like the two-door options for as she gets older so we can have two doors depending on where we set it up. The kennel is very strong. The puppy sometimes jumps or bumps it when she first goes in or adjusts her position at night. No problems. We take her collar off in the kennel for safety. I recommend and great price on Amazon!" —E Mom

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99+ (available in two styles and six colors).

    10. A puzzle game (you fill with hidden treats) useful for keeping your pup occupied and giving them the mental stimulation they need as they try to figure out how to get the treats out instead of getting so bored they cause trouble around your home.

    Reviewer pic of their puppy playing with the game
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    Promising review: "We have an Aussie pup who needs as much mental stimulation as he can get. Out of all of the enrichment toys I've purchased, this is hands down the best one. It keeps him busy for about 20 minutes at a time and tires him out in a vastly different way than his outdoor time. This makes it fantastic for pups recovering from injuries as well as those needing mental stimulation and busy time! I've been upping the difficulty by adding more challenging items to consume such as apple sauce, cream cheese, and frozen bone broth. It keeps him occupied for even longer! It's very easy to clean. appears to be made well enough to withstand the rigors of a mouthy, chew-focused puppy, and is heavy enough that it doesn't seem like he'll try and carry off to another location. (Note: This is for supervised playtime only as it has removable parts.) Overall, this was a much more versatile investment than I expected." —~Laura A.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in seven styles).

    11. An expandable gate with a pet door so you can section off any part of your home that's not quite puppy-proofed yet.

    The gate in white preventing a dog from getting into the kitchen
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    It expands from 22 to 38 inches wide.

    Promising review: "This is BY FAR the best puppy gate I have ever purchased, in fact I just bought another. They are low to the ground, so I don't particularly recommend it for larger dogs, but this makes it so much easier to step over if you leave it up for long periods of time. There is also a small door that you can open to allow small pets through when you want to (although my 45lb mutt has managed to squeeze herself through a couple of times without problem). The bars are close enough together that I don't have to worry about my 3lb puppy getting his head stuck and hurting himself. It's great quality material, and I love that it is adjustable to the point that it will basically fit in any reasonably sized door space. In the future, I will likely buy more of these gates, though not due to product failure because I have had my first one for almost five years, and it still looks brand-new." —Marisa Steighner

    Get it from Amazon for $22.48.

    12. Or an exercise playpen if you don't have a specific area of the house to keep them in but still want to be able to control where they are while you do other things like, you know, try and make dinner.

    A dog in the playpen
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    Promising review: "This playpen is perfect! It’s nice to be able to keep my new puppy safe while I am gardening, making dinner, etc. It was easy to put together and seems durable. My puppy is safe, contained, and, at only 4 lbs the playpen, has plenty of room. Still, it does not take up too much space in my home. Two thumbs-up!" —Jacqueleena

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99+ (available in two colors and three sizes).

    13. A urine stain remover made with an enzyme-activated formula that goes deep to remove stains *and* orders from any accidents that your puppy has during your adventure in potty training.

    Hand spraying a white bottle of the stain and order eliminator
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    Promising review: "My little bundle of joy (I say that with extreme sarcasm), decided to use my sofa as her personal pee pad twice last week. I tried and tried to get the odor of urine out to no avail. But then I read the review of this spray and decided to give it a try. I followed the directionsm and it worked. It actually works. The smell and the stain are gone! Now, I can keep my sofa (and my dog too I guess😊). —AJ

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97+ (available in two sizes).

    14. A water-resistant dog bed with a cover you can easily remove and wash if your pup has an accident without worrying about it sinking into the pad and ruining the whole thing.

    The writer's dog on the dog bed in white with black line pattern to it
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    And I can confirm that this is true because that's my family's pup on it above. She's newly three months old and *mostly* potty trained. Emphasis on mostly. My mom bought this bed for her recently, and she loves lying and sleeping on it. The other day she was playing on it though and had an accident. My mom quickly scooped it up, unzipped the cover, and put it in the wash. It didn't sink through to the cushion and was completely clean after coming out of the wash. It's pretty cheap, looks great in the house, and Izzy-approved for comfiness. All around a great purchase.

    Get it from Ikea for $12.99.

    15. Some natural textured wipes you can use to wipe dirty paws from being outside in the rain. Plus, it can also be used to wipe your puppy's whole body, which is great if they're not allowed to take a bath after their spay or neuter surgery.

    A puppy next to a pack of wipes
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    The wipes are pH-balanced, fragrance-free, and natural. They also have vitamins B3, E, and aloe in them to nourish and protect your pup's coat.

    Promising review: "I love the size of these wipes. I have only used them twice so far, and they seem to do a great job cleaning my dog. It's good to know that they are completely natural and fragrance-free. I don't get why not all dog wipes are this large. This size makes it so much easier to handle the job." —wendy levitt

    Get a pack of 20 from Amazon for $5.95 (also available in a 25-pack).

    16. A training pouch to hold treats, poop bags, a clicker, and even your phone and keys so you're prepared every time you take your dog outside, for a walk, or for a training session.

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    Promising review: "I have had this for about three weeks, and it is the most stylish and functional dog treat holder I have ever used! It truly does carry everything you need so that you don’t have to walk around with a bunch of stuff in your pockets! I wear the strap around my waist; it is soft and very easy to adjust. My dogs listen so much better knowing that they will possibly get a treat if they come when called. It really helps me train my pups. I really hope this holds up for a long time; if it doesn't, I will certainly buy another!" —Jamesnjeans

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95.

    17. A toy kit made out of natural rubber and cotton *and* a reinforced core for added strength your puppy will love to play with and chew on without destroying.

    Wild One, Abby Kass / BuzzFeed

    These are three of my dog's favorite toys currently. The minute we opened up the box, she was enamored. She was 9 weeks old when we got the toys and biting a lot. In the first couple of days, she would seriously have all three toys around her and none of the other perfectly good toys we got her. These toys are perfect for her to both play with and chew on. She's had them for almost a month now, and they haven't come apart at all. And she plays with them a lot every single day. I like that they don't look like traditional dog toys, and they're better than most of the toys you find at the pet store. Yes, they are a bit pricier than most, but the quality is worth it for the price.

    Get it from Wild One for $58 (originally $64; available in four colors).

    18. A mesh Puppia Soft Harness, which will let you walk your pup without having to yank on their collar and hurt their neck.

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    BuzzFeed editor Hannah Loewentheil says: "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."

    Get it from Amazon for $15.26 (available in six sizes and 14 colors).

    Read more about the Puppia Soft Harness and the other 11 things that made getting a dog so much easier for Hannah here.

    19. And a special pupper seat belt that hooks to their harness and buckles them into the car so they stay in one place while you're driving.

    Reviewer pic of their puppy in the backseat of the car with the puppy seat bleted into the car
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    Promising review: "I can take my puppy to puppy class and not worry about my large puppy wanting to get in my lap during our 20-minute drive. I hook it to her harness, and she stays on her covered seat, and we do really well while driving! It’s sturdy and fits perfectly in the seat belt connection. There is a way to adjust as well." —J. E. Thoma

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in five colors).

    20. A slow feeder dog bowl here to prevent your dog from scarfing down their food even faster than you thought was possible. The bowl has raised parts to separate the food and make it so your pup takes more time to chow down.

    Reviewer pic of their puppy eating their food out of the blue bowl
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    Promising review: "My puppy was eating his food too fast and throwing it back up, so we thought we'd give this a try. It's been about a week, and he hasn't gotten sick from eating too fast since switching to this bowl. The bowl itself feels very durable to handle when my pup gets ruff, so it's going to last! I'm very happy with my purchase." —Possum

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99 (available in blue, green, and pink).

    21. A training set of bells to hang from a doorknob so you can train your dog to let you know when they have to go outside, instead of just trying to telepathically communicate with you or, you know, having an accident in the house.

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    Promising review: "I use these to train my dogs to let me know when they need to go out. It's pretty simple to teach them. The bells jingle when you open the door so they begin to recognize the sound. To secure the idea, I jingle them when saying 'potty' so they associate that. All in all, these bells work great." —Nell

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in four colors).

    22. Or an actual doggie doorbell if bells just aren't your thing. Plus, this one has a built-in treat holder to reward your door when they successfully use it.

    A dog putting their nose up to the circular yellow doorbell
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    Promising review: "Our 5-month-old pug knows he's not supposed to do his business inside the house. However, we've had a hard time getting him to communicate to us that he needs to go outside to do his business. With this little doorbell at nose level for him, he picked it up within a day and hasn't had an accident inside the house since. After we installed it, which was easy in itself, we leashed him up, drew his attention to the button, pressed it, and took him out. Only took maybe two times before he started running over to the doorbell to hit it himself and then look at us, expectantly. The nice thing about this is that the button isn't very fun to play with by itself, so you don't get any false positives. He's learned that, if he hits that button, he needs to do something before he can come back inside. That has cut down on his abuse of the button, exponentially." —Jason L. Pyrz

    Get it from Amazon for $30.

    23. A Furbo dog camera to help ease anxiety (both your dog's and yours) when you leave them home alone. With livestream video, two-way audio, *and* treat-dispensing, you can make sure your pup is behaving while you're away, or just reward them for being oh-so-cute.

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    Promising review: "I was always concerned about leaving my puppy home alone because he will cry a lot. When I got Furbo, things got much better! Furbo sent me notifications to my phone when he was crying, so I would log on and talk to him right away. This changed everything!! My puppy knows I'm always there, so his separation anxiety is getting better. He cries less, and I feel much more relieved." —Susan

    Get it from Amazon for $199.

    Read our full review of the Furbo Dog Camera here.

    24. Potty training pads for when your pup just can't make it outside in time. It's okay. They will learn eventually, and until then, these pads absorb up to 2 cups of liquid, are leakproof, and have odor control.

    A puppy sitting on the square-shaped white pad with blue border with two stacks behind them
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    Promising review: "I don’t usually write reviews but I had to with this product! I had to puppy pad train my dog and she would use the other pads once and wouldn’t want to use them again, I guess because they were wet on her paws, but with these they dry very quickly and get rid of the odor as well! These puppy pads do what they advertise and these are the ones that I’ll be buying from now on." —Malissa S.

    Get a pack of 100 from Amazon for $23.65.

    25. Or a Fresh Patch, a disposable potty made with real grass — so you can train your dog to go to the bathroom outside without *actually* having to take them outside every time they have to pee. (Which I've learned can be every five minutes when they're really little!!)

    Amazon, Hannah Loewentheil / BuzzFeed

    These especially great if you live in an apartment building or any place where you can easily get to grass fast. The patch soaks up liquids and odors and lasts for a month.

    BuzzFeed editor Hannah Loewentheil says: "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+ (avaialble in three sizes).

    26. An anxiety jacket, which applies constant, gentle pressure to help calm your dog down and prevent any anxiety and fear they might be feeling. It's basically a weighted blanket your pup can wear!

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    Plus, this is great for any dog that gets scared during fireworks, thunder, vet visits, or just general separation.

    Promising review: "She went from terrorizing the Christmas tree to calm within minutes of putting it on. Our German shorthaired pointer is a very active puppy who suffers from separation anxiety. The Thundershirt has helped with her anxiety and calms her down when she's hyper. We highly recommend this product." —Mcpamswan

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in seven sizes).

    27. A clicker so you can give your dog positive reinforcement easily without having to give them a treat every time they do something good. You just have to teach them to associate the click with getting a treat so they'll see the click as an acknowledgment of good behavior.

    A reviewer holding the purple clicker with their dog lying behind it
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    Promising review: "My 9-week-old goldendoodle puppy now knows how to sit, shake, lay down, and play dead! This cheap clicker will save you so much money. Don't waste your time on dog trainers... With this clicker and a bit of your time, your little puppy will know basic commands. I press the clicker and give her a Cheerio every time she masters a new command. Before we had it, she would get distracted and confused about why she was receiving a treat. Within 15-20 minutes of using this tool, my puppy can do all of the commands. It is really fun to teach her new commands because she catches on so quickly with the clicker." —Gina Solomon

    Get it from Amazon for $3.99.

    28. A microfiber towel to make drying off your dog a ~breeze~ after a bath, or even after they come inside all wet from rolling around in the grass.

    A dog wrapped in a grey towel and sitting on three towels of different colors
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    Promising review: "We keep this towel by the front door so we can dry our pup when she comes in after her 'morning business meeting' and is wet from the watered grass. After we dry her legs and belly, she loves to grab the towel and play with it for a few minutes. She loves it. Also, the neutral color and cute paw print make it fine to leave out by the front door rather than some old ratty bath towel of ours. If you have a puppy, you may want to remove the sewn-on tags so the pup doesn't chew and eat them, but with a young pup that is true of any product you buy. Great product." —Stardust

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in 12 colors).

    29. And a subscription to Bark Box so you furry friend gets a surprise in the mail every month of toys and treat that will delight them (and keep them occupied for a little bit).

    Abby Kass / BuzzFeed

    My mom signed Izzy up for Bark Box the day we brought her home, and we're obsessed. Each month you get a themed box filled with toys, treats, and a chew. Everything is SO adorable. We've gotten two boxes so far, and I've been so impressed. The first box was fall themed and had the super cute "Puppy Spiced Latte" you can see Izzy chewing on above, plus another toy, two bags of treats, and a chew. The second box was Halloween-themed and just as adorable. Not only is everything inside appealing for humans, but Izzy loves it too. She plays with the toys she got all the time. She even had fun putting her noise in the box to "discover" what toys she go this month. My mom selected the regular Bark Box, but there's also a Super Chewer option if your dog is a little rougher on their toys. Overall, it's a small treat that's a lot of fun and something to look forward to every month.

    Get a subscription from Bark Box for $35/month (or less if you sign up for 6 or 12 months at once).

    No matter how many problems they have or cause, there's really nothing better than a puppy's love.

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