Posted 3 months ago ago
Written by Rachel Mainwaring
We love our dogs so much we know it’s not a chore to look after them.
But, even us dog owners can be a little short on time, ideas and patience sometimes.
Here are some amazing hacks that will make life just that little bit easier with your fluffy friend.
1. Looking for a simple way to pick up dog hair?
Use tumble dryer sheets. They pick up loose dog hair on fabric like magic. Just rub a dryer sheet over your sofa or wherever else pet hair collects and watch as it clings right to it. And, even better, it will leave a lovely smell on your settee.
2. If your dog wees on the carpet use baking soda
Pour some baking soda over the spot, let it sit for 20 minutes, and then vacuum it. Who says it’s just for cooking! It is also great at getting rid of the smell too.
3. Does your dog like to chase stuff?
Take advantage of that natural instinct and teach your dog to chase bubbles for some easy playtime and exercise.
4. Keep them occupied with a challenge
Stuff a Kong dog toy with some yummy treats to keep your dog occupied, and for a tougher challenge you can freeze them in there. You don’t need fancy dog treats or stuffing either – they will simply love the challenge and the treat that comes at the end.
5. Make them a new tug toy
If your dog loves to play tug and you’ve got some extra t-shirts lying around, try making your own toy by braiding one of your old t-shirts into a tug toy rather than throwing them out. They will love that it smells of you too.
6. Change their toys regularly
Alternate their toys to stop them getting bored. Just like we get bored with the same old, same old, so too do our fluffy friends. Instead of leaving all their toys out for them to play with, try alternating their access to them. Once your dog hasn’t seen their blue ball in a month, they’ll have a new appreciation for it the next time it makes an appearance.
7. Cleaning your dog's teeth
If your dog doesn’t like having his teeth brushed, squeeze some doggy toothpaste onto a rope toy and let them have a good old pull on it. It’s a great way to start getting them used to the taste and smell before you give a toothbrush a go.
8. Does your dog gobble its food?
Put a ball in your dog’s food bowl if he or she eats too fast and it’ll really slow down the process. They’ll be forced to move the ball around the bowl, which prevents them from scoffing it all down in one lick.
9. Clipping nails
If you clip your own dog’s nails, it can be a nightmare to keep them still. Use doggy-friendly peanut butter to distract your dog during nail trimming by slathering it over a family member’s fingers for a lovely distraction treat.
If you want to make teatime fun, try using a muffin tin to spread out your dog’s food. It’s cheaper than one of the maze bowls you can buy in the shops. You could also make it harder by cutting tennis balls in half and covering each cup.
11. Does your pup get some nasty knots in his fur?
If he does and it’s a fortnight until he’s booked into the groomers, grab some baby powder from your bathroom cupboard. Some dog hair is especially difficult to de-tangle, particularly if the coat is coarse, long or curly. Baby powder is one of those useful home products that can help eliminate tangles in a dog's coat, allowing you to gently brush prior to grooming – and your pooch will smell lush.
12. Playing fetch
When playing fetch, throw the ball downhill. Your dog will have to run uphill to return the ball which will tire him faster.
13. Bad breath
If your dog has bad breath sprinkle some fresh parsley in their food. Play it safe, don’t give too much, and only feed your dog the curly kind.
14. Hiding medication
How many times have you hidden medication in your dog’s food bowl only to find it left after everything has been eaten?! Put worming pills or medication inside a slice of sausage. We guarantee your dog won’t notice and will swallow it right up.
15. Bath time
Put a bathing cap on your dog during bath time. Water in your dog’s ears and eyes can cause infections, so this will keep their inner ears dry, and shampoo out of their eyes.