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Life Hacks for Happy Dogs and Hassle-Free Pet Parenting

dog life hacks

We've all heard the term "life-hack," and when we find a good one we say to ourselves why didn't I think of that?!

Listed below I've compiled some ingenious life hacks for you dog owners out there that will leave you inspired to try!

Frozen Kong Treats: Fill a Kong toy with peanut butter or yogurt, freeze it, and give it to your dog. It provides mental stimulation and a tasty treat.

kong dog toy

Source: Amazon

Use a Squeegee for Pet Hair: A squeegee is great for removing pet hair from carpets, upholstery, and even clothing.

Or another option:

Rubber Glove Magic: Dampen a rubber glove and run your hand over furniture, carpets, and even clothing. The static electricity will attract pet hair like magic, leaving your spaces looking much cleaner.

Muffin Tin Puzzle: Place treats or kibble in the muffin tin and cover each cup with a tennis ball. Your dog will have to figure out how to get the treats out.

dog life hacks, dog tennis ball game, muffin tin for dogs

Sock Puppet Toy: Turn old socks into interactive toys by adding a squeaker or some kibble inside and tying a knot.

Scented Blanket: Leave an old blanket or towel with your scent on it in your dog's crate to help them feel more secure.

Command Hooks for Leashes: Hang your dog's leashes and accessories on command hooks by the door for easy access.

dog cleaning mitt

Emergency Information: Create a card with your dog's medical information and your contact details. Keep it in your wallet or purse in case of emergencies.

Trash Drawer for Food Storage: While the drawer can close seamlessly, it's recommended that the container housing the dog food should come with its own lid. This lid will serve as protection for the dog food, ensuring its freshness and safety.

dog food storage ideas

Source: KitchenSource

Tennis Ball on a Broom Handle: If you have a ball-obsessed dog, attach a tennis ball to a broom handle for an impromptu game of fetch without bending over.

DIY Doggie Cooling Mat: Wet a towel, wring it out, and place it in the freezer. Once it's chilled, lay it down for your dog to lie on.

Use a Shower Caddy for Grooming Supplies: Use a shower caddy to store grooming tools, shampoos, and brushes.

life hacks for dogs, dog grooming supplies

Source: Wix

Teach "Leave It" Early: Teaching the "leave it" command helps prevent your dog from picking up potentially dangerous items on walks.

Lick Mat for Calming: Spread a little peanut butter on a lick mat. It's a great way to keep your dog occupied and calm, especially during stressful times.

Sock Booties: If your dog has injured paws or needs protection from harsh weather, you can use baby socks as temporary booties.

Pet-Friendly Ice Cream: Make a simple and safe ice cream treat for your dog by blending plain yogurt with mashed bananas or peanut butter, then freezing it in ice cube trays.

Homemade Flea Spray: Create a natural flea spray by mixing water with a few drops of essential oils like lavender or citronella. Spray lightly on your dog's coat (avoiding their face) for a fresh scent and potential flea repellant.

flea and tick DIY spray, dog life hacks

Source: Pinterest

Tennis Ball Massage: Use tennis balls to give your dog a gentle massage. Roll the ball along their back for a relaxing experience.

Recycle Old T-Shirts: Turn old t-shirts into DIY dog toys by braiding or knotting strips together.

Silicone Muffin Tray for Portioned Meals: Use a silicone muffin tray to portion out your dog's meals. It can help with portion control and making sure they get the right amount of food.

Calming Music or TV Shows: Leave on calming music or pet-friendly TV shows when you're not home to help soothe your dog's anxiety.

Scent Association with New People: If your dog is nervous around new people, give them a cloth with the scent of the person before they meet, which might help them feel more comfortable.

Homemade Dog Shampoo: Mix baking soda with water for a gentle, DIY dog shampoo that helps with odors and mild dirt.

Baby Gate as a Barrier: Use a baby gate to block off areas of the house that are off-limits to your dog.

Carabiner for Multiple Leashes: If you have more than one dog, use a carabiner to attach their leashes to one handle for easier walks. (I can attest to this - it works!)


Leave a comment and share if you enjoyed these doggie life hacks! Let me know if you have some hacks that you use yourself!

Thank you for reading!

Happy tails,

Heather, Pack Leader


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