10 Essential Products Every Dog Owner Needs

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Every dog parent wants to spoil their beloved pooch, and there are infinite pet products out there designed to help you do so. Here are 10 essentials every dog owner needs, whether you just brought home a new puppy or are just looking to add to your loyal friend’s collection of pet accessories.

1. Nite Ize Nite Dawg Dog Collar

A Golden Retriever wears a light-up collar while walking through a field.

Nite Ize, Amazon

Keep your pooch safe at all hours with a reflective, light-up collar that will make them visible from any angle at distances of up to 1000 feet. The LED lights on the battery-powered Night Ize Night Dawg collar feature flashing and glow modes for maximum visibility. The collar is also water-resistant for rainy days (or pond-loving dogs) and is designed to run for 100 hours before you need to change its batteries. It comes in four different sizes that will fit pups of all shapes, sizes, and breeds.

Buy it on Amazon starting at $15, at Chewy starting at $12, or at the retailers below:

2. Chase ’n Chomp Amazing Squeaker Ball

A Chase 'n Chomp squeaker ball

Chase 'n Chomp, Amazon

We’ve written about the amazing staying power of Chase ’n Chomp’s squeaker ball before, because according to pet owners, it’s virtually indestructible. Amazon reviewers swear their dogs love it: One even says her German Shepherd’s relationship with her squeaker ball is “like Golem with his magic ring—it’s that serious!”—which is about the highest praise we can imagine. The squeaker will outlast even the most intense chewing, and in case your dog is a swimmer, it floats, too.

Buy it on Amazon for $8.

3. Pooch Selfie Camera Attachment

The Pooch Selfie smartphone attachment is the easiest way to make sure the camera loves your pup as much as you do. The mount allows you to affix a tennis ball on top of your phone, giving your dog something enticing to look at so that you can capture the perfect photo of the two of you. It comes with a squeaky ball designed to get your dog’s attention, but any standard tennis ball will work. The clasp will fit on most smartphones and smartphone cases.

Buy it on The Grommet for $10.

4. Pogi’s Eco-Friendly Pee Pads

A package of puppy pee pads

Pogi's Pet Supplies, Amazon

House-training accidents are unavoidable, but you don’t need to worry about your furry friend ruining your floors. Pogi’s absorbent pee pads are made with plant-based, renewable materials so that you don’t have to feel guilty about hurting the environment for the sake of convenience. Better yet, the adhesive backing won’t slide around on hard floors, and the quilted core stops odors and leaks in their tracks. They also contain a dog attractant designed to make sure your pooch goes on the pad, not your floor. And they’re not just for puppies—pee pads are an excellent choice for older dogs or any pup that has trouble holding it in between walks. And if you just can’t convince your dog to stop marking its territory, dog diapers and wraps are a good option. (Mental Floss’s resident office dog, Simba, looks adorable in his.)

Buy them on Amazon for $12.

5. KONG Stuff-a-Ball Dog Toy

A KONG Stuff-a-Ball toy

KONG, Amazon

Unless you want to spend hundreds of dollars on dental cleanings and tooth extractions later in your dog’s life, you probably want to take care of their teeth. That doesn’t necessarily mean getting up in their molars with a toothbrush. There are plenty of dental chews and tooth-friendly toys, including this one from beloved pet toy brand KONG. The puzzle toy one can be stuffed with treats or peanut butter, and as your dog chews at it to extract its contents, the exterior ridges will clean their teeth. It comes in three different sizes and is designed to withstand even the toughest chewers.

Buy it on Amazon for $13 and up or at Chewy for $11 and up.

6. iFetch Automatic Ball Launcher

Your dog’s stamina for playing fetch probably far outweighs your own, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for saying no to those begging puppy-dog eyes. You can now outsource your playtime to a robot. The iFetch automatic ball launcher is made to play with your dog when you cannot. The interactive gadget can be programmed to throw balls 10, 20, or 30 feet, depending on the size of your home and your dog’s stamina, and comes with miniature balls designed for smaller dogs. (The company also makes a version that can launch a standard tennis ball up to 40 feet, called the iFetch Too.)

Buy it on Amazon for $110 or on Chewy for $106.

7. Burt’s Bees for Dogs Oatmeal Shampoo

A bottle of Burt's Bees dog shampoo

Burt's Bees, Amazon

No matter the breed, size, or hair type, your dog is bound to get stinky at some point. And while you’ll want to bathe them, you don’t want to irritate their skin. This colloidal oatmeal shampoo from Burt’s Bees promises to clean, soothe, and soften your dog’s dry skin and fur and reduce itching. It’s pH balanced, tear-free, and perfect for sensitive skin.

Buy it on Amazon or Chewy for $5.

8. Aikiou Interactive Dog Bowl

A dog eats out of a puzzle bowl shaped like an oversized paw.

Aikiou, Chewy

Challenge your dog’s mind while keeping their body trim with an interactive puzzle feeder that forces them to work for their dinner. Aikiou’s interactive bowl provides more of a challenge than most slow-feeding puzzle bowls, forcing your dog to nose through each of the “toe caps” on the paw-shaped bowl to reveal the kibble beneath—similar to the foraging behavior your pup would use in the wild. “In addition to slowing down his food intake to help prevent bloat and maintain a healthy weight, the mental stimulation also reduces boredom and anxiety while increasing physical activity and problem-solving skills,” the company promises.

Buy it on Chewy for $20.

9. Furbo Dog Camera

Furbo’s dog cam allows you to do more than just check in on your dog while you’re at work. You can view your pup on the high-definition, wide-angle livestream 24/7 with night vision capabilities. You can fill the robot with treats and use your phone to direct it to through treats for your pup. And you can calm an anxious dog with the bark-alert feature, which allows the Furbo to detect when your dog is barking so that you can see what’s going on and talk to them through the associated app. It can also detect a flurry of movement, such as if your dog is jumping on the couch, chewing cords, or pacing anxiously. Several users say these alerts have proved key in an emergency, detecting them to house fires, carbon monoxide leaks, and dogs tearing through massive bags of chocolate.

Buy it from Furbo or on Amazon for $199.

10. BarkBox

If you can’t choose what to buy your pup, let BarkBox choose for you. Each monthly subscription box comes with at least two toys, two bags of treats, and a chew around a specific theme, like “Knights of the Hound Table” and “Chewrassic Park.” You can choose to receive small, medium, or large toys; specify if your dog has food allergies; and decide between a one-month, six-month, or 12-month subscription. If your dog is a particularly enthusiastic chewer, the company also offers a Super Chewer box that comes with extra-durable toys.

Buy it on BarkBox starting at $22 a box.

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The Best Deals You Can Still Get for Prime Day (Updated)

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Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Amazon

Shop Amazon's full Prime Day sale here. To see more of our favorite deals, check out our daily deals page.

Each July, Amazon celebrates its founding by throwing a massive sale, slashing prices to levels not seen since Black Friday. This year, Prime Day is actually two days—Monday, July 15 and Tuesday, July 16. The sheer breadth of discounted goods can be overwhelming, so we're rounding up the best ones as we find them. Peruse our favorite sales below, and don't forget to check back in with us throughout Prime Day, because we'll be updating this post with flash deals as they appear.

Up to 35 Percent Off Kindle E-Readers

Kindle e-readers don't go on sale all that often, and Prime Day has some of the best deals we've seen this year. You can get a Kindle Paperwhite—which is waterproof for reading at the pool or in the bath tub—for just $85 (a $45 discount). The most basic Kindle is just $60, while the Oasis is $175 (down from $200 last month). Right now, you can get three free months of Kindle Unlimited and a $5 credit toward an e-book with all three models.

Shop: Amazon Kindle

Big Discounts on Electric Toothbrushes

A Sonicare toothbrush
Philips Sonicare

A number of high-end electric toothbrushes from both Philips Sonicare and Oral-B are on sale today, including some picks recommended by dentists Mental Floss spoke to earlier this year. The Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean, recommended for patients with sensitive teeth, is $35 off, while you can get Sonicare's all-around powerhouse, the DiamondClean, for $84 off. The Sonicare FlexCare Platinum, which features a 3-minute timer for deep cleaning trouble spots, is $67 off. The HealthyWhite+ might represent the best deal, though—at just $49, it's almost 60 percent off list price right now.

Shop: Philips Sonicare, Oral-B

Almost 40 Percent Off Roomba Robot Vacuums

Prime Day is a great time to buy big-ticket gadgets and home appliances, so if you've been on the fence about buying a robot vacuum, go ahead and splurge today. The Roomba 891 vacuum features a 90-minute runtime, app-based controls, and the ability to tackle both hardwood and carpets with ease. Normally $450, it's just $300 today. The newer Roomba 980 is just $550, a $350 discount off list price.

Shop: iRobot

$20 Off Animal-Shaped Pool Toys

A woman lounges in a llama-shaped pool float
Poolcandy

There's plenty of summer left to spend lounging in the pool. Poolcandy's 48-inch, animal-shaped rafts are all on sale for just $20. Get an oversized floating narwhal, llama, giraffe, or unicorn.

Shop: Poolcandy

$75 Off the Gravity Blanket

Though many people find weighted blankets to be a calming respite for anxiety and sleeplessness, the hefty comforters usually come with a hefty price tag. Amazon doesn't usually have many weighted blankets on sale, which makes today's Gravity Blanket deal particularly exciting. You can get the 15-pound, 20-pound, and 25-pound versions of the Kickstarter favorite for just $175 today—a $75 discount. The upgraded cooling version (in 15-pound20-pound and 25-pound options) is also discounted at $187.

Shop: Gravity Products

$80 Off a Keurig Cappuccino Maker

Keurig K-Cafe coffee maker
Keurig's K-Cafe single-serve K-cup coffee maker

K-cups make more than just regular ol' coffee now. The Keurig K-Cafe allows you to make lattes, cappuccinos, and other frothed milk drinks with any K-cup pod. It brews 6 ounces, 8 ounces, 10 ounces, or 12 ounces of coffee at a time, and its water reservoir holds about six cups' worth of water. The machine alone is currently $100 (44 percent off), or you can get a bundle with the machine and a 24-pack of K-cups for $110.

Shop: Keurig

Up to 67 Percent Off Method Cleaning Products

Stock up on hand soap, dish soap, laundry detergent, and other household products from brands like Method, Mrs. Meyers, Air Wick, and more. The best deal is on Method's laundry detergent packs: You can get a two-pack good for 84 total loads for $13, a 67 percent discount. You can also get a six-pack of 28-ounce Method hand soap for $19, a 60 percent discount, as well as discounts on Hefty freezer bags, Reynolds plastic wrap, Mrs. Meyers candles, and more.

Shop: Household Products on Amazon

35 Percent Off KIND Bars

A KIND chocolate peanut butter snack bar
KIND

You can get 35 percent off boxes of KIND snack bars today. That includes 32-count boxes of KIND's new nut-butter-filled bars—available in almond butter or peanut butter—as well as 12-count boxes of classics like the Dark Chocolate Nuts and Sea Salt bars and Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate bars.

Shop: KIND

Up to 40 Percent Off Outdoor Gear From Marmot and CamelBak

A blue rain jacket
Marmot Magus men's lightweight waterproof rain jacket
Marmot

You can save big on pricey outdoor gear from brands like Marmot right now, provided you're willing to buy cold-weather gear—like a sleeping bag rated for 15°F or down jackets—in the middle of July. There's also plenty of lightweight rain gear to keep you dry this summer, including a women's rain jacket that's discounted almost $70, a men's rain jacket that's 40 percent off, and waterproof pants for $60. Plus, there are several CamelBak water bottles available for cheap.

Shop: Outdoor Essentials on Amazon

30 Percent Off a '90s-Themed BarkBox Package

A collection of BarkBox toys and treats
BarkBox '90s Throwback dog toy bundle
BarkBox

Prime Day isn't just for spoiling yourself. Give your dog a little love with BarkBox's supersized '90s Throwback toy box. The box comes with one bag of treats and four toys: Ko-Gnaw-Mi Code Controllers, a Pawlaroid Camera, a Smell-O-Vision TV, and a Squeaky Wonder Keyboard. It's just $25 off today, an almost $11 discount. Different versions of the bundle are available for both small and large dogs.

Shop: BarkBox

Great Savings on Wireless Headphones and Earbuds

There are a ton of wireless headphones, earbuds, and sound systems on sale during the last hours of Prime Day. Get Bose's true wireless earbuds for just $39 (a 22 percent discount) or get Anker's version for $60 (a 25 percent discount, but this is a Lightning Deal, so it may sell out soon). Beats Solo3 over-ear headphones are a steal at 53 percent off—they're $140 right now, or $160 off—while Bose SoundLink headphones are currently $159, or $70 off retail price. There are also a ton of wireless speaker deals, like 40 percent off these handsome AOMAIS bamboo speakers, now $48.

Shop: Headphones, Earbuds, Speakers

Up to 44 Percent Off Facial Cleansing Brushes

A blue facial cleansing brush
Foreo

If you've ever been tempted to make your face-washing routine more high tech, Prime Day is the day. You can get sonic exfoliating gadgets like the FOREO LUNA for 35 percent off, bringing the total down to a more palatable $90. Clarisonic facial cleansing brushes are available for even bigger discounts of up to 44 percent—the Clarisonic Mia Prima, normally $130, is also just $90.

Shop: Clarisonic and FOREO

20 Percent Off Just the Cheese Snacks

Crunchy cheese? Yes please. Just the Cheese (which makes 100-percent cheese snacks, as the name implies) is knocking 20 percent off the price of its variety packs, which come with 12 packs in four different flavors. Each pack comes with two bars, so technically you get 24 crunchy cheese snacks with each order. For your $22 sale price, you get four packs each of aged cheddar, mild cheddar, grilled cheese, and jalapeño cheese flavors.

Shop: Just the Cheese

50 Percent Off One Item From Amazing Baby

If you're in the market for a swaddle, plush toys, or other baby product, Amazing Baby is offering first-time customers half off any one item with the promo code 50Welcome. If you're buying for someone else, go with the three-piece gift set.

Shop: Amazing Baby

Competing Deals From Other Retailers

Amazon's competitors are determined to get in on the Prime Day shopping madness, so you can get big discounts at other retailers right now, too.

At Macy's, you'll want to use the code SHOPIT to get 25 percent off Black Friday in July deals. You'll also want to check in on Target's daily deals for July 15 and 16, because they're even more dramatic than usual right now—especially on Target-exclusive brands and products.

If you're heading to the great outdoors this summer, pop into Igloo's cooler sale: You can get 50 percent off the brand's Sportsman waterproof coolers (they come in bag or backpack form) with the code SPORT50.

And if you're in the market for a new mattress, Allswell's wildly popular mattress options are 15 percent off through Wednesday with the code JULY15. For bedding, check out Brooklinen's sitewide 20 percent off sale—no offer code required.

To see all of Amazon's current deals, head to the site's Prime Day landing page.

Expired: 20 Percent Off Neato Botvac Robot Vacuums


A Neato robot vacuum next to a smartphone open to the Neato app
Neato

In one of Monday's Lightning Deals, the Neato D7 robot vacuum is on sale for 20 percent off from 1:15 p.m. Eastern Time/10:15 a.m. Pacific to 7:15 p.m. Eastern/4:15 p.m. Pacific on Monday, July 15. It's now just $530, or $300 off the retail price. Note: This deal has now expired.

Update: Now, the Neato D4 is on sale as well: For Monday night, it's 20 percent off from 6:35 p.m. Eastern/3:35 p.m. Pacific to 12:35 a.m Eastern/9:35 p.m. Pacific. It's $320, compared to a retail price of $530.

Shop: Neato

Expired: Up to 38 Percent Off SodaStream Bundles

An SodaStream Fizzi with two extra bottles, two carbon dioxide cylinders, and two flavor bottles.
SodaStream

SodaStream is offering discounts on several of its models for Prime Day. You can get the most basic SodaStream, the Jet, for $50, or upgrade to a bundle with three carbonating bottles, two carbon dioxide cannisters, and two Fruit Drops flavor bottles for $80. You can get SodaStream Fizzi electric sparkling water maker with three carbonating bottles, two carbon dioxide cannisters, and two Fruit Drops flavors for $120. Meanwhile, outside of the Amazon ecosystem, Target is offering its own limited-time SodaStream deal: You can get a Fizzi with one carbonating bottle and one carbon dioxide cannister for $90, a discount of 25 percent. (Note: The Mental Floss office in New York City has its own Fizzi, and it's well worth the upgrade for the one-touch electric carbonation.)

Shop: SodaStream

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Keep Your Kitchen Clean With This Spoon Rest That Clips Straight Onto Your Pot

Amazon
Amazon

No matter how clean you keep things between meals, your organized, tidy kitchen can easily turn to chaos when it's time to start cooking. You can take steps to mitigate this, like setting up a mise en place and cleaning as you go, but some messy kitchen habits are hard to avoid. One of them is resting a dirty spoon on the counter while making stews, sauces, or anything else that requires lots of tasting and stirring as it cooks on the stove. If wiping off your spoon after each dip is an unrealistic goal, there's another way to stay neat.

The Trudeau flex pot clip, currently available on Amazon, is a spoon rest that keeps utensils raised off clean surfaces. It's made from tough stainless steel and silicone that stays cool to the touch even when attached to a pot of boiling water. The opening is big enough to hold bulky cooking tools like wooden spoons, tongs, and pasta forks. There's also a small divot for securing smaller items, like regular silverware.

Spoon in a spoon rest attached to pot.
Amazon

Strong enough to withstand temperatures of up to 482°F, the pot clip is a great tool for stovetop cooking. But even if you're not cooking with fire, the accessory can help you maintain a clean kitchen. Clip it to the side of your bowl before mixing cookie dough, or use it as a spot to hold the ladle for your punch bowl. And when you're no longer using it, you can toss it in the dishwasher for easy clean-up.

You can purchase a Trudeau flex pot clip for $8 on Amazon. If you're looking for more tools to round out your kitchen inventory, here are some affordable basics to consider.

Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers and may receive a small percentage of any sale. But we choose all products independently and only get commission on items you buy and don't return, so we're only happy if you're happy. Thanks for helping us pay the bills!

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