Let’s face it. It takes a lot to maintain and care for our dogs, while keeping them happy and content at the same time. That’s why The Barking Lot Deerfield put together these nine dog life hacks so you can spend less time on doggy duty and more quality time with your pet.
Bye-Bye Dog Hair
Dogs shed. That’s a fact. Which means a lot of unwanted hair is left clinging to carpets, furniture and clothes. So to help protect your goods from loose pet fur, try throwing an old blanket or slip cover over your bed or sofa. For clothes and other items made of fabric, rub a dryer sheet over the material and instantly remove stubborn pet hair.
Dog Bed Made Easy
Tired of spending inordinate amounts of money on new doggy beds, year after year? Here’s a simple way to create a fun space for your pet to sleep. Take an old pillow and put it in a hamper – short enough for your dog to climb in and out of and large enough for him to fit in – add a blanket and some toys and Voila! A fun, low maintenance pet bed.
Baking Soda for Stains
Many dog owners don’t know it, but baking soda effectively wipes out urine stain on carpets. Just sprinkle some baking soda on the soiled area, let sit for 20 minutes and vacuum. It’s also good for removing pet odors.
Tennis Ball Chew Toy
If you’re like a lot of pet parents, your pooch gets a bit of separation anxiety when you go away. To help keep him preoccupied at home, get an old tennis ball, cut a 1 inch to 1 ½ inch hole in the middle and fill it with your pet’s favorite treats.
Brushing your pet’s teeth can sometimes be a chore. But put a little enzymatic dog paste on his toy rope or bone and you have an instant toothbrush! But way more fun.
Dog Food Dispenser
Sometimes those dog food packages are just awkward to pour from. Try putting the package inside a large plastic cereal container with a resealable lid. This makes aiming for the bowl effortless and keeps your pet’s food fresh at the same time.
Homemade Flea Removal
Help remove fleas and ticks with ease by mixing dish soap, vinegar and water and massaging it into your dog’s fur. Allow it to sit for about 5 minutes then bathe your pet in a water. Once dead, the bugs will float to the surface.
If it takes a lot to tire your dog out, why not play a game of downhill fetch. It’s like regular fetch, only you throw the ball down the hill and your pet runs down and back up to retrieve it.
A lot of dogs are terrified of thunderstorms. A lot of times they may not be having an adverse reaction to the storm itself but actually the static build up in their fur. When this happens, take a dryer sheet and rub it all over your dog’s hair to help eliminate the build up.