25 Life Hacks For Every Dog Owner

by the April Darling

25 Life Hacks For Every Dog Owner

As a company deeply passionate about canine health and happiness, we've spent years researching and observing the best ways to enhance the lives of our furry friends. From nutrition to exercise to mental stimulation, we understand the ins and outs of being a responsible dog owner. That's why we've compiled this list of 25 life hacks that every dog owner should know. So, grab your pup and let's dive in!

1. Puzzle Toys for Mental Stimulation: Keep your dog's mind sharp and engaged with puzzle toys that challenge them to problem-solve for treats or toys.

Pro Tip: Pawsturck Meal Toppers are great for filling puzzles!

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2. Frozen Treats for Hot Days:
Create frozen treats by filling a Kong toy with yogurt or peanut butter and freezing it for a refreshing snack on hot summer days.

3. Use Baby Wipes for Quick Clean-Ups: Keep a pack of baby wipes handy for quick clean-ups of muddy paws or dirty fur between baths.

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4. DIY Doggie First Aid Kit: Put together a first aid kit for your pup with essentials like bandages, antiseptic wipes, and tweezers for removing ticks or splinters.

5. Mealtime Enrichment: Make mealtime more exciting by using food puzzles or scattering your dog's kibble in the yard for them to sniff out.

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6. Invest in a Good Quality Dog Bed:
Provide your furry friend with a comfortable place to rest by investing in a high-quality dog bed that supports their joints and provides ample cushioning.

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7. Frozen Towel for Teething Puppies: Soothe teething puppies by wetting a towel, twisting it into a rope, and freezing it for them to chew on.

8. Keep Your Dog Hydrated: Ensure your dog stays hydrated, especially during hot weather, by adding ice cubes or frozen broth cubes to their water bowl.

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9. Use a Squeegee for Removing Dog Hair: Use a rubber squeegee to remove stubborn dog hair from carpets, upholstery, and clothing.

10. Make Your Own Doggie Toothpaste: Mix baking soda with water to create a DIY doggie toothpaste for freshening breath and promoting dental health.

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11. Schedule Regular Exercise: Keep your dog healthy and happy by scheduling regular exercise sessions, whether it's a walk around the neighborhood or a game of fetch in the backyard.

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12. Freeze Old Toys for a New Experience: Revitalize old toys by freezing them in water or broth for a new and refreshing play experience.

13. Use a T-Shirt as a Thunder Shirt: Comfort anxious dogs during thunderstorms or fireworks by wrapping them in a snug-fitting T-shirt to provide gentle pressure.

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14. Create a Digging Pit: If your dog loves to dig, designate a specific area in your yard where they're allowed to dig to their heart's content.

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15. Teach Your Dog New Tricks: Keep your dog's mind active and engaged by teaching them new tricks or commands, such as "sit pretty" or "roll over."

Pro Tip: Air Dried Food makes a great training treat

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16. Rotate Toys to Prevent Boredom: Rotate your dog's toys regularly to keep them stimulated and prevent boredom.

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17. Use a Muffin Tin for Slow Feeding:
Spread your dog's kibble across a muffin tin to slow down fast eaters and encourage them to eat more slowly.

18. Protect Your Dog's Paws in Winter: Protect your dog's paws from ice and salt by applying a pet-safe paw balm before heading out for walks in the winter.

Pro Tip: Ruff Relief Paw and Nose Balm helps with cracking and dryness all year round

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19. Create a Safe Space for Alone Time: Provide your dog with a designated safe space, such as a crate or bed, where they can retreat when they need some alone time.

20. Establish a Routine: Dogs thrive on routine, so establish a consistent daily schedule for feeding, walks, and playtime.

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21. Use Lavender Oil for Calming:
Diffuse lavender oil in your home or apply a few drops to your dog's bedding to promote relaxation and reduce anxiety.

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22. Freeze Stuffed Kongs for Entertainment: Fill a Kong toy with peanut butter or canned dog food, then freeze it for a long-lasting and entertaining treat.

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23. Train Your Dog to Enjoy Brushing:
Gradually introduce your dog to brushing by starting with short sessions and offering plenty of praise and treats.

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24. Keep Emergency Contacts Handy:
Keep a list of emergency contacts, including your veterinarian's number and the nearest emergency animal hospital, easily accessible in case of emergencies.

25. Show Your Love Every Day: Above all, remember to show your dog love and affection every day. Whether it's a belly rub, a game of tug-of-war, or simply spending quality time together, your bond with your furry friend is what truly matters.

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We hope these life hacks help make life as a dog owner a little easier and a lot more enjoyable. Remember, every dog is unique, so feel free to adapt these tips to suit your pup's individual needs. And of course, if you're ever in need of top-quality dog food and treats, we're here to help. Happy tails to you and your beloved canine companion!

IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog post is only intended to be a reference guide and does not constitute veterinary/medical advice. 

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