Having dogs can be one of the greatest joys in life, and most dog owners or ‘parents’ would agree that their pup is worth every mishap that they deal with to have them in their lives. But who wouldn’t like having smoother interactions with your furry friend?
Besides enrolling your dog in private dog training in any city to make things easier for the both of you, here are some nifty life hacks that every dog owner should know—making owning a dog even more awesome.
Make Tick Removers that Work
Although there are premade tick powders or shampoos, the best way to get rid of them is by dabbing them with a swab soaked with liquid dishwashing soap. For fleas, a mixture of dawn, vinegar, and warm water will do the trick.
Brushing their Teeth Passively
Some dogs, especially puppies, absolutely hate it when people brush their teeth. If your pup is one of them, squeeze some doggie toothpaste on a rope toy or dental treat so they can chew on it while unknowingly brushing their teeth.
Soften Dry Kibble in Warm Water
If you have a pup that’s a fussy eater or an older dog, adding warm water or chicken broth to their kibbles is an excellent way of encouraging them to eat. Doing this can ‘renew’ their interests and spike up their appetites.
DIY Frozen Dog Toys
If you’re looking to do a couple of chores around the house, but your pup won’t stop following you around, instead of locking them up in a different room or outdoors, be creative in keeping them preoccupied. A great way to do this is freezing some of your dog’s toys or treats in chicken broth or water. These ‘toys’ can keep them preoccupied for hours.
Getting Rid of Pet Dander Effectively
Dealing with pet dander or fur can be challenging, especially when it gets all over the carpet. Instead of using your vacuum cleaners where fur can clog the rollers, use a squeegee or a wet rubber or latex glove to pick up dog hair with ease.
Naturally Removing Urine Smell
No matter how much you potty train your dog, there are times that accidents can happen inside the house, and removing the stench can be challenging. But it is possible. All you need to do is spray the places where your dog urinated with a vinegar and baking soda solution and let it dry. Remember to place your dogs in a different room or bring them outdoors when spraying since baking soda is toxic to dogs.
Microchip and Register your Pet
Having your dog microchipped can save his life if he ever ends up getting lost and caught by a high-kill animal pound or shelter. Make sure to regularly update your records with the microchip company and your dog’s vet.
Using a carabiner can help you ensure your dog doesn’t run away while taking them for a walk or help you keep track of multiple dogs if you plan on walking them at once. Placing a carabiner around their leashes and putting them on any stationary object can help you securely put them in a safe place if you have any errands to do while outside.
Finding Lost Dogs
Although no dog owner would want their pups to get lost, over 10 million dogs in the United States alone get lost every year. So, if ever this happens to you, it’s best to be prepared to find your furry companion fast. First, do all options that most pet owners would do when finding lost pets, like putting up posters or personally searching around.
If you have an idea where your dog maybe, or someone has spotted someone similar to your dog, leave something that smells like you, such as used clothes with food and water, and leave a note with your number and message asking passersby not to take the items.
Your dog is a source of a lot of happiness, joy, fun, and love—but also a lot of work. Fortunately, following any of the genius dog-owner life hacks mentioned can make your life easier with your pup, helping you two enjoy each other’s company long-term.