Posted by Lora Shaw on May 27, 2015
We all love our furry friends. They bring so much joy to our lives (sometimes headaches), but we would not have it any other way. They are our babies, and we want to make sure they have the best life possible. Here are some clever doggie hacks that you can use around the house for your little pup!
Shedding is one of the things that all pet owners understand. Pets seem to shed non-stop, and pulling out the vacuum cleaner every other day can sometimes be a daunting task. But by using a squeegee and simply dragging it across the carpet, you can decrease the frequent need to vacuum. The rubber actually pulls any loose pet hair right off of the carpet. It is a quick way to clean up excess pet hair in a quick amount of time.
Does your dog scarf down his or her food a little too often? Eating fast is not good for digestion, and eating too quickly could cause all kinds of tummy issues for your pup. The best way to slow down the eating is to put a tennis ball in their food bowl. As silly as it may sound, the tennis ball will force your puppy to move it constantly in order to get to the food; therefore slowing down the process of their eating.
Does your dog sniff out the pills in his or her food, making it difficult to give your pet the proper medication? If so, making your own homemade pill pocket is the perfect way to get your dog to take their medicine. Simply mix 1 tablespoon of milk, 1 tablespoon of crunchy peanut butter and 2 tablespoons of flour together. Form 12 little pill pockets where you can immerse your pet’s pills, and you can even store the remaining pockets in the freezer for future use.
We have already covered pet hair on the carpet, but what about pet hair on the upholstery? To remove pet hair from chairs and couches, simply put a pair of rubber gloves on and dampen them. Rub the gloves back and forth on the upholstery. This will cause the hair to ball up, and then you can remove the hair in one simple clump.
Keeping your pup’s mouth clean is a very significant aspect in ensuring their overall health, but what if your dog does not like having his/her teeth brushed? Simply visit your local pet store for dog toothpaste, and squeeze it onto your pup’s favorite rope or chew toy. This will help to rub the toothpaste on your dog’s teeth and keep his/her mouth clean and healthy without the hassle of having to brush it yourself.
We have all been here with this one! Your dog is using your new iPhone charger cord as a chew toy. This is both dangerous for them and frustrating for us. In order to keep your pup from chewing away on your cords, simply spray a bitter apple spray on a paper towel and rub up and down on the cord. This spray will be available at your local pet store. Dogs will hate the taste of the bitter apples and steer clear of your cords from then on.
Bad dog breath can be very foul, and if they do not like getting their teeth cleaned, you may feel hopeless. However, there is an alternative option. If you have fresh parsley around, adding a few sprigs of the parsley and adding it to their food could make a huge difference in your dog’s breath.
Ice treats can help keep your pup cooler on hot summer days. Carrots, apples, water, and chicken broth frozen into a cake mold could make a healthy and tasty summer treat. Simply mix the veggies with the water/chick broth liquid, and freeze it. When it is hot, set it outside for a cool treat.
The hot and cold temperatures that your puppy experiences in the brutal winters and the scorching summers can really hurt your dog’s paws. Before you head out for your daily walk, rub a little Vaseline on your pup’s paws to protect them from the harsh hot or cold pavement.
If your puppy has an accident on your carpet, which we all know happens from time to time, simply sprinkle baking soda over the spot, let it sit for a little while, and then sweep or vacuum it up.
We know how important it is to give your dog the best life possible, but we also know that caring for them is a full time job. We hope some of these dog care tips will help make things a little easier when it comes to caring for your pup.
About the author
Lora Shaw is currently the Vice President of Operations at Pet Palace.