20 Clever Hacks Every Dog Owner Should Know
Owning a dog is awesome, they provide so much joy and really are our best friends. It can be time consuming and testing though, as a little helping hand here are 20 clever hacks that every dog owner should know.
1. Instead of keeping your dog food in the bag, transfer it to containers. That way it’s easier to arrange, you save space and it stays fresh longer
2. Some dogs get sick because they eat far too quickly and vomit. To stop this, put a ball in their food dish along with the food. They’ll have to keep working around the toy, meaning that they eat more slowly.
3. Instead of spending a small fortune on a dog bed, just take an old sweatshirt, put a pillow inside, then sew the openings shut. That way he has something to sleep on that also has your familiar smell on it.
4. If your dog has an upset stomach, add a small amount of chicken broth to his water. Just like humans, it’ll help settle his stomach. Make sure it’s low-sodium broth.
5. If you work from home and your dog doesn’t understand why you can’t play with him just put one end of a rope toy around your foot and dangle it in front of you. That way you can still keep working and entertain your dog at the same time.
6. Instead of trying to hoover up dog hair (that can ruin your vacuum and still not collect it all), try running a squeegee over your carpet. It’ should collect all the loose hair.
7. During hot days, freeze chicken broth or treats and then let him work his way through it. It’ll keep them cool and also entertained.
8. If your dog is stung by a bee, just scrape away the sting with a credit card and put a combination of water and baking soda over the area to keep it clean and prevent infection.
9. If your dog is constipated feed him some canned pumpkin and it’ll help get his system back in order.
10. If your dog doesn’t like having his teeth brushed, take a little toothpaste and put it on a chew toy. That way he’ll clean his teeth on his own without you struggling to brush those back teeth.
11. Apply Vaseline to your dogs paws before any lengthy walks in the winter to stop them from getting dry and cracked. Wipe or rinse them off after so he doesn’t track it through your house.
12. Don’t spend big money on stain removers for accidents on the carpet, just cover the stained area in baking soda, let it sit for a few hours, then vacuum up the residue. It’ll eliminate the stain as well as the odor.
13. Pet dander and loose hair are always difficult to get off your dog. Between brushings you can use a natural dryer sheet on his body to keep him clean. Plus, it’s much cheaper.
14. Another great use for dryer sheets is to get rid of static electricity from his coat. This is especially helpful if your dog gets anxious during thunderstorms or bad weather.
15. Avoid chocolate, onions, avocado, grapes, peaches and plums. Each one can make your dog sick and can even be toxic for them.
16. Chewing on cords can be expensive and dangerous. Apply a bitter apple spray onto a towel and rub it all over the cord so he won’t be tempted to put it in his mouth.
17. Hairs on the couch are a nightmare to remove. Try dampening a rubber glove and running your hand over the upholstery. The hair will stick to the glove for an easy and natural cleanup.
18. To keep your dog’s breath fresh in between brushings, mix in a few pieces of parsley with his food. He’ll keep his mouth clean every time he eats.
19. If he still seems to have bad breath, put some doggy toothpaste on a lint brush and let him lick it clean. You can then disinfect the brush and use it again and again.
20.If your dog makes bath-time difficult then try using a teapot to make rinsing easier as well as keeping soapy water out of his eyes.