35 Life Hacks You Need to Know If You Own a Dog

Having a dog is no easy task. They require a ton of attention, exercise, and love. Sometimes it’s hard to give your dog all of the attention and things that it needs to be happy. So, we’ve put together some life hacks if you own a dog to make it a little easier for you.

Chicken Broth for an Upset Stomach

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Serve your dog chicken broth if it seems like they have an upset stomach.

Fill Kong Toy with Treats

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Stick some peanut butter in your dog’s Kong toy to keep him entertained for hours. It’ll be pretty entertaining to watch your dog try to lick it all out.

Dangerous Foods

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It’s important to be careful what you feed your dog, especially if you can’t help but give them little treats from your own plate. These are the top ten most dangerous foods for dogs.

Dilute Shampoo

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Rather than wasting a ton of shampoo that doesn’t get on your dog, dilute it so you won’t worry about wasting it.

Doggy Popsicles

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Help your dog cool off by making them doggy popsicles. Freeze chicken broth or some of their favorite treats in water so they can lick them free during the hot summer months.

Give Your Dog Medicine Easily

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Create pill pockets out of peanut butter so your dog takes his medicine without putting up a fight or being sneaky about it.

Keep Dog Food in a Drawer

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Rather than having a large bag of dog food lying around the house, put the dog food in a container in a drawer. It will be easier to scoop out too.

Clean Pet Hair

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Use a squeegee to pick up all of the dog hair that is sitting on your furniture.

Prevent Spills

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Keep your dog’s bowl in a drawer so that they never flip over and spill food or water everywhere.

Make Your Dog Tired Faster

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Some dogs have way too much energy. Rather than throwing a ball or stick across the yard, play on a hill. Stand at the bottom and throw the toy up the hill so they get tired more easily.

Trick Your Dog by Playing Dead

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Next time, when your dog wants you to chase them before going for a walk, stay where you are play dead. When they come back to see if you’re okay, put their leash on.

Two Collars

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There are some dogs that are much stronger than people. If this is the case, use a second collar on the end of the leash so you can control your dog better.

Keep Their Breath Fresh

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Add some parsley to your dog’s food to help keep their breath smelling fresh. Remember, you can’t give your dog mint!

Brushing Their Teeth

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Some dogs don’t like having their teeth brushed. So, add some doggy toothpaste to a bone or some treats so they still get fresh breath and healthy teeth.

Remove Urine Stains

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Dogs pee in the house sometimes, it’s just what they do. Use this recipe to get rid of their urine stains from your new carpet.

Communication

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Your dog tries to communicate with you using their body language. Look at this chart to try and decipher what your dog is trying to tell you.

DIY Dog Toys

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Use an old pair of jeans to make braided dog bones for your dog. This is great if your dog goes through too many toys.

Dog CPR

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Learn how to save your dog’s life if they happen to be choking.

Preserve Food

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Place your dog’s food in a pitcher to keep it fresher longer and so you can pour it out into their bowl easily.

Personal Bottle Opener

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As if your dog wasn’t already the coolest person at your party, buy them a name tag that doubles as a beer bottle opener. Whenever someone needs to open their beer, they’ll just call your dog over.

Homemade Jerky

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Make your own jerky by dehydrated meat. It’s a healthier option and less expensive than buying jerky from the store.

Carabiner Leash

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If you need to tie up your dog for a few minutes while you run into a store, use a Carabiner to hook the leash together around a pole so your dog won’t go anywhere.

Lazy Playtime

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If you’ve had a long day and no energy to play with your dog, tie a tennis ball to your foot and kick it around so your dog chases it and exerts its energy.

Pace Your Dog’s Eating

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If your dog eats himself into a stomachache, place a tennis ball in their bowl. It will slow them down because they’ll have to eat around it.

Use Shower Caps to Keep Soap Out of Their Eyes

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When giving your dog a bath, put a shower cap on their head so soap doesn’t drip into their eyes.

Store Dog Belongings in a Shower Caddy

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Keep all of your dog’s belongings in a shower caddy. Hang it on the back of a door or on a wall for easy access.

Stop Your Dog From Escaping

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If your dog is small enough to escape through a fence, put a harness on them that is too wide to fit through the fence.

Baby Pool

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Give your dog his own pool during the summer to cool off in. Buy a plastic baby pool and leave it outside for him.

Stay Organized

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Create a dog walking station where everything you need for a dog’s walk is in one place, right where you need it.

Treat Fleas

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Fleas are annoying and uncomfortable. If your dog has fleas, spray them with vinegar, Dawn soap, and water. The fleas will die and fall right off.

File Nails

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Place sandpaper on a board of wood and have your dog scratch it so they file their nails down.

Portable Water Bottle

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Put water in a syrup bottle and bring it with you while walking your dog on a hot day or for a long walk so they have their own water bottle.

Keep Their Feet Safe

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Before taking your dog for a walk in the summer, try going outside with bare feet. If the ground is too hot for your feet, it’s definitely too hot for your dog’s feet.

Create a Lap Pillow

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If your dog is a lap dog, create a lap pillow out of a pair of pants so your dog always has a lap to lay in.

Soften Food

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Soften food in the microwave for your dog if they have bad teeth or is a puppy too young to eat hard food just yet.