New Dog Parent Must-Haves To Keep Puppy Messes Under Control

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.


For Baths & Rainy Days

Why we love it:

  • Absorbs up to 7x its weight
  • Made of microfiber chenille
  • Pockets on reverse side for easy grip

BarkShop: Muddy Buddy Dog Mop

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.


For Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

Why we love it:

  • Includes 2 stainless steel bowls
  • Non-slip silicone base
  • Dishwasher-safe

Amazon: Messy Mutts Double Dog Feeder

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.


For Keeping Accidents In One Place

Why we love it:

  • Easy to clean
  • Latches to secure puppy pads in place
  • Raised edges contain messes

Amazon: Dogit Training Pad Holder

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.)


For Easy Potty Training

Why we love it:

  • Plastic border contains liquids
  • 5 layers of absorbent material
  • Built-in attractant

Amazon: Four Paws Wee-Wee Pads

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.


For Puddle-Jumpers

Why we love it:

  • Non-skid backing
  • Extremely absorbent
  • Dries 5x faster than ordinary rugs

Amazon: Dog Gone Smart Dirty Dog Doormat

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.


For In-Between Cleanings

Why we love it:

  • Odor-free & hypoallergenic
  • Environmentally-friendly
  • Contains aloe vera, vitamin E, & Hawaiian Awapuhi

Amazon: Pogi's Hypoallergenic Grooming Wipes

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.


For Powerful Clean-Ups

Why we love it:

  • Enzymes work to completely break down stains & odors
  • Leaves surfaces smelling great
  • Works on carpet, tile, linoleum, and treated hardwoods

Amazon: Nature's Miracle Stain & Odor Remover

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.


For Curious Puppies

Why we love it:

  • Expands from 26″–42″ wide
  • Pressure-mounted, no tools required
  • Small inset door allows cats or other small pets to pass through

Amazon: Carlson Metal Expandable Pet Gate

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.

Meet Sam and Haley

I’m a proud dog parent to a rescue named Haley, who’s been with me through my jobs at a doggie daycare, pet specialty supply store, and now writing about dogs and dog stuff.

I’ve raised and loved 7 pups, and have written posts on the best products for dogs of all ages and humans of all experience levels, awesome dog-friendly locales, and inspirational canine stories that make you proud to be a Crazy Dog Person.


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