Bringing a puppy home is as exciting as it is daunting, especially for new dog parents experiencing puppyhood (and puppy messes) for the first time. Have no fear! You’ll soon be immune to poop and accidentally soaking your socks in pee puddles—it’s all worth it, anyway. Make the early days a whole lot easier on everyone by preparing with some of the most ingenious mess-minimizing products.
We all have a dedicated stack of “dog towels,” i.e., the ones that are frayed, worn, or no longer match the paint in the bathroom. Well, toss ’em out. This super-powered “mop” sucks up 7x its own weight and is a fraction of the size of any towel. It’s also so soft and cozy, I strongly believe my dog tolerates the rain just to get dried off.
While puppies hone their mealtime manners, this easy-to-clean silicone feeder will keep splashes and lost kibble in one place. The pair of stainless steel bowls resists bacterial growth, and the whole
kitten canine caboodle can go right in the dishwasher.
Puppy pads are household essentials during potty training, but they sometimes have a hard time staying still. This durable holder latches potty pads in place and is super easy to wipe clean. When messes happen, just unlatch, toss, and replace! (Find the potty pads themselves below.)
Puppy potty training is a right of passage for any first-time dog parent, but it doesn’t need to be a nightmare. Puppy pads like these come with an infused “attractant” that draws puppies to them, and several absorbent layers with a leak-proof backing and rim keep everything on the pad and off your floors.
Potty breaks are an inevitability, even when the weather tries to keep everyone inside. When your puppy comes back in with little wet feet, just stepping onto this mat will help absorb the bulk of the water. They’re available in several colors and sizes, and won’t bunch up or slide around on floors.
At some point during puppy parenthood, you’re going to have to have to do some gross things. Cleaning waxy ears, picking stray poop out of your dog’s hair, and wiping away eye gunk, for instance. For these circumstances and in-between baths, hypoallergenic grooming wipes get the job done with no harsh chemicals or fragrances. Plus, these break down easily as a kindness to the environment.
The magical liquid inside this bottle is truly miraculous, and I can say from experience that it smells amazing. Its enzymatic formula actually breaks down urine, feces, vomit, and any other puppy messes at a microscopic level to make stains and odors disappear. Your pup (and you) will never be able to find the spot again.
Blocking off-limits areas or stairways is an easy way to contain puppies and their messes to certain parts of your home. There are no tools needed to install this gate, and rubber bumpers on either side protect your walls from damage. Do you have small, potty-trained pets? They can still have free reign of the house through the built-in door if needed.