There are few greater joys than bringing home a new puppy. Wrapped up in that joy is the realization that you have to meet your puppy's needs, which differ from those of older dogs. It's important to know which products you should buy to help meet your puppy's needs.

As you probably already know, puppies require extensive training in order to grow up and behave accordingly. From crate training, to leash training to potty training, you're going to have your hands full. That's why we've come up with a list of products by Petmate to help make taking care of and training your puppy as easy as possible. Keep reading to find out what you'll need!

1. A Plastic Kennel

One of the most important products you can buy for your puppy is a good, high-quality plastic kennel Some may consider kennels or crates a puppy jail, however they are not. Rather, a kennel is a vital training tool that gives your puppy a secure space of their own where they can go when feeling overwhelmed or are looking for a quite place to sleep. Just be sure that you don't purchase a kennel that's too large, as your puppy should only have enough room to walk in comfortably, turn around, and lay down. If there's a lot more room than that, your puppy may have potty accidents inside of it.

Check out this guide on puppy kennel training tips.

2. A Plush Kennel Mat

Because you want your puppy to form positive associations with the kennel, it's important to make sure he's comfortable while inside of it. Petmate's Plush Kennel Mat offers your puppy a soft, calming place to relax with it's kennel time. The polyester-filled mattresses provides your puppy with total comfort and warmth and makes the kennel feel much more like a home.

3. An Exercise Pen

an image of a puppy sitting in green grass in front of a wired puppy pen


Your puppy will have a lot of energy and will need a lot of exercise, but you won't always be able to drop everything to take him for a walk. When your puppy gets restless, put him or her in a Petmate Single Door Exercise Pen. Puppies have a way of getting into trouble when they're playful or bored. This puppy pen will give your puppy a dedicated play space and keep him from damaging your home. Just add toys, a puppy, pad, and bed for hours of fun, and your puppy will be able to entertain itself without getting into any trouble.

4. Training Collar & Leash

Teaching your puppy to walk on the leash takes time and patience. Fortunately, Petmate offers this Comfort Chain Training Collar. It offers the control of a chain collar, but it's threaded with nylon to maximize comfort for your puppy during training. That way, you puppy won't be annoyed or injured by your corrections. Pair it with the Yellow Chevron Dog Leash to make leash training a positive and stylish affair for both you and your puppy.

5. Stainless Steel Replendish Waterer

Your puppy is a thirsty gal, so you want to make sure you're giving her access to clean water at all times. The Petmate Stainless Steel Replendish Pet Waterer offers a 1-gallon reservoir to help keep your puppy hydrated all day, every day. The replaceabale charcoal filter removes impurites from water as it filters through it leaving behind fresh and clean water. The stainless steel bowl is dishwasher safe and bacteria resistant, making it an ideal watering option for your puppy.

6. Stainless Steel Bowl

a small puppy eating food from a stainless steel bowl


This Stainless Steel Pet Bowl by Petmate is an ideal food receptacle. The bowl is dishwasher safe, stylish, and rust-resistant. Great for wet or dry food, it comes with a wide base that prevents tipping and spilling. Unlike plastic, this stainless steel bowl is nonporous, which will prevent chipping and cracking.

7. Safe Puppy Toys

a small brown puppy chewing on a puppy snail-shaped puppy toy


Last, but certainly not least, you'll need to supply your puppy with a variety of toys to play with and chew on. Just like babies, puppies go through a teething phase and will chew on whatever is in their reach. To help relieve your puppy's teething pain (and save your brushes, shoes, remotes, etc.), look for toys with nubs all over them as they massage your puppy's gums. A perfect option would be the JW Snail Puppy Teether (shown above). Also, look for multi-textured puppy toys to give your puppy multiple chew textures to choose from.

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