Life Hacks to Make a Dog Owner's Life Simpler
Just like a regular fitness account showing off the results, but little of the struggle to get there, most dog-inspired Insta accounts are all about the gooey, cutesy, they-are-so-precious moments every dog owner experiences – every once in a while. No one ever shows the potty training accidents on the pillow or the barfing incident on the laptop.
Most people who have never had a pooch in their life think – I should get a dog, look at them, they are amazing! And they are, rest assured, but they also come with a slew of responsibilities that make the dog parenting role all the more challenging.
Whether you’re a newbie in the pet parenting world, or you’re simply craving for a few clever tips to simplify your already complex existence, read on for a few handy hacks that might just do the trick.
Homemade cleansers in a jiffy
Even the most obedient of breeds such as German Shepherds can make a mess when left alone for the first time, or while they’re still in the home-training stages. However, if it’s Sunday evening, you’ve picked up a stray pupster and you have no clue what to do, there are a few ingredients in your kitchen cabinet that will come in handy throughout your most difficult training period.
Mix equal amounts of water and apple cider vinegar into a spray bottle, and add some baking soda in the mix. You’ll have an incredibly simple cleanser that’s not harmful to your dog or you, and that quickly removes any dirt and odor from your carpets, floors, and furniture.
Pre-cover your furniture
For those who allow their pets on the furniture (hooray for you!), consider getting a few extra sheets, pet-friendly furniture covers, think blankets, and pillow cases to cover the spots your pooch likes to visit. They are easy to wash regularly, durable for those who like to play-bite, and they are skin-friendly even for allergy-prone dogs if you go with cotton or fleece.
Go natural with their food
Kibble is designed to provide your growing pup with all the macro and micronutrients they need, so it’s natural that most dog owners prefer the store-bought to cooked meals. However, choosing quality dog food does matter, since additive-free, all-natural types are far more likely to prevent food allergies and keep your dog’s digestive system happy. It’s a preventative measure that will help your pooch stay a strong little rascal, one that will not get sick easily.
Refresh your rooms
Some puppers smell worse than others, and whether your dog spends plenty of time outside only to stink up your own place or their natural scent bothers other family members, you can make your own doggo-friendly deodorizer. Another great solution for keeping the air in your rooms fresh and odor-free is getting an effective HEPA air purifier that removes pet dander successfully.
Soothe an anxious pooch
While we’re on the subject of essential oils, lavender is a known calming ingredient that you can use to help your pooch cope with anxiety or any kind. Put a few droplets on a bandana, tie it loosely around their neck, and see if it works – some dogs may need extra training and patience, while others will respond exceptionally well to the scent.
Cool treats on summer days
Some dogs are picky eaters, while others will munch on anything they get their paws on – but you can make their summer days easier with frozen treats. For example, most dogs love peanut butter, and even if they don’t, they’ll definitely go for some chicken broth. Just pour some into your ice-cube trays and you’ll have a supply of frozen treats for a few days.
DIY dog bed
This is especially handy for owners who are helping their furry friend get rid of separation anxiety. They will be much more likely to calm down if they have access to something that carries your own scent, such as an old sweatshirt. So, why not make the most of it by turning it into a homemade bed? All you need is a pillow (or a few, for larger breeds), some extra fabric, and a sewing kit. If your dog is indeed a Great Dane, you may need several hoodies instead of a single!
Protect their paws
A little can go a long way when it comes to keeping your dog’s paws safe for those cold winter walks as well as hot summer pavement. Using a dab of Vaseline to massage into your pooch’s paws will help them prevent chafing and irritation, so always keep some in your doggy supply bag.
Keep hydrogen nearby
Another must-have for pet parents is hydrogen peroxide, a solution you can purchase in any pharmacy, which will help you induce vomiting if your dog eats something they were not supposed to – hopefully you will not have to use it, but this is one of the very few ways to prevent poisoning if you catch them in the act right away.
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