The Best Gear for Your Pandemic Pup

Woman sitting with dog on jetty, rear view

Your dog will thank you

Calling all dog lovers! If you’re one of the many people who finally caved and welcomed a new furry friend into their family, then you’re in luck. We’ve rounded up a list of treats, toys, leashes and more to keep your dog happy and healthy. The “pandemic puppy” has been trending since many families have been adopting pups to keep them company at home. The demand for dog adoptions is so high at some shelters that they have run out. Thinking of adopting your own furry friend? Here’s what to expect. 

#1 L.L. Bean Premium Dog Couch

Dog bed

If you want to treat your pup to a bed you wish was yours, try L.L. Bean’s denim-covered “couch.” The removable cover comes in a range of colors and is machine-washable to make cleaning up easy, whether it’s muddy paw prints or…something else. The bed has sturdy sides that dogs can prop their chins on for maximum comfort (and adorable photo ops).

Buy Here: from $139

#2 Wild One’s Collar Walk Kit

Collar, leash, bag holder

This stylish walk kit comes with a matching collar, leash and attachable doggy bag holder that makes sure you won’t forget your cleanup kit when you walk out the door. The odor-resistant collar and leash have an easy-clean coating that’s durable yet flexible, and the leash is adjustable in length to accommodate walks on crowded sidewalks and in more relaxed settings. 


#3 Outward Hound Puzzle Dishes

Dog bowl

These puzzle bowls are perfect for dogs that tend to eat their food too quickly. The bowls have a non-slip rubber base that keep them in place and they come in sizes that will work for any dog. If they look difficult to clean, never fear — these bowls are dishwasher safe.

Buy Here: $10.76

#4 BarkBox

Dog toys and treats

We’re all looking for ways to make our lives easier. Meet BarkBox, a subscription service for the dog lover. Each box comes packed with new treats and toys picked specifically for your pup and there are even monthly themes. BarkBox’s site allows you to purchase one-time boxes or monthly subscriptions of up to one year. You can order a box yourself or send one as a gift for the dog lover in your life.

buy here: from $23

#5 Furbo Dog Camera

Remote treat dispenser

This WiFi-enabled treat dispenser and monitor is perfect for those days when you’re forced to leave your new best friend at home. Once you download the free Furbo app, you can check in on your pup and send them treats remotely. The system features two-way audio that alerts you when your dog is barking and allows you to talk to them.

buy here: $169.99

#6 Chuckit! Junior Launcher with Ultra Ball

Chuckit fetch toy

The Chuckit! is a must-have for high-energy dogs (and their slightly less high energy humans). The handy toy allows you to throw balls much farther and more accurately than your normal range without killing your shoulder. This one comes with a tough, high-bounce rubber ball that your dog will love to chase down.

buy here: $11.99

#7 Frisco Textured Plush Toy

Plush dog toy

While we can’t guarantee that your dog won’t destroy this adorable fox, we promise you’ll love seeing it around the house. The textured cover is perfect for cuddling and the squeaker brings the excitement for your dog. In the wide range of plush toys out there, this ranks among the more durable.

buy here: $7.98

#8 Zuke’s Mini Naturals Training Treats

Dog training treats

One of the most important parts of training is having the right treats, and these will certainly do the trick. Zuke’s makes a variety of flavors you can test out to find the one that will prompt the perfect “sit,” “down,” or “shake.” It’s not bribery — just a little extra motivation. As an added bonus, they’re perfect for your new Furbo.

buy here: $12.24

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