Dog Hacks

Updated December 2017
Originally Published December 2015

Are you a dog owner? So are we! As we all know, taking care of a dog is a lot of work and it is also expensive. Today I’ve collected some of the most useful and fun Dog Hacks that I know you will love to see as a dog owner. From bath time tips, to stairway prevention, there’s a little something for every dog here:)

Dog Hacks! Smart DIY ideas for dog owners.

Dog Hacks

1. Dog Bath

This is called a Booster Bath and it’s a GREAT way to clean a big dog outside. Click the picture to see where to get one.

This is called a Booster Bath and it's a GREAT way to clean a big dog outside.

2. Dog Bed Made out of a Tire

Make a dog bed using an old tire with this great DIY tutorial! 

Make a dog bed using an old tire with this great DIY tutorial!

3. Dry Shampoo for Dogs

Have a stinky dog but no time to give them a bath? Use this DIY doggy dry shampoo to fix the problem! Click the picture to see how to make some.

Have a stinky dog but no time to give them a bath? Use this DIY doggy dry shampoo to fix the problem!

4. Pool for Dogs

On a hot summer day, fill up an inflatable pool with water and ice. Source Unknown 

On a hot summer day, fill up an inflatable pool with water and ice.

5. Umbrella for Dogs

It’s a dog umbrella! Our dogs deserve an umbrella on rainy days too:)

It's a dog umbrella! Hah! Our dogs deserve an umbrella on rainy days too:)

6. Homemade Dog Gate

Use PVC pipe and fabric to create a dog gate on the stairs. Genius! 

Use PVC pipe and fabric to create a dog gate on the stairs. Genius!

7. Shower Caps for Dogs

Use shower caps while giving your dog a bath to prevent too much soap and water from getting in their eyes and ears. When you’re ready to wash their face and head, remove the cap!

Use shower caps while giving your dog a bath to prevent too much soap and water from getting in their eyes and ears. When you're ready to wash their face and head, remove the cap!

8. Dog Escape Prevention Harness

Dog escape prevention! I love this safe little thing for small dogs! Click the picture to see where to get one.

Consider this: dog escape prevention! I love this safe little thing for small dogs!

9. Dog Fetch Machine

This is called iFetch and it’s an interactive ball thrower for small dogs. Hah! Love this

This is called iFetch and it's an interactive ball thrower for small dogs. Hah! Love this-

10. Freezing Dog Toys

On a hot day, freeze dog toys in a big bowl and let them slowly work their way to rescuing their favorite things! Source Unknown

On a hot day, freeze dog toys in a big bowl and let them slowly work their way to rescuing their favorite things!

11. Use a shower caddy on a door to hold various dog products and even food

I must do this! Source Unknown

Use a shower caddy on a door to hold various dog products and even food. I must do this!

12. Plastic Pitcher for Pouring Dog food

Have a small dog? Use a plastic pitcher from the dollar store to dispense their food easily. Must try! Source unknown

Have a small dog? Use a plastic pitcher from the dollar store to dispense their food easily. Must try!

13. Flower Pot Dog Bowl Holder

For big dogs – place a water bowl in a flower pot to cut down on the water puddles. Brilliant! Just make sure the plant below it is safe for pets. (source unknown).

For big dogs - place a water bowl in a flower pot to cut down on the water puddles. Brilliant!

14. Paw Print Flower Art for Dogs

This is such a cute idea to do with your pets! Use non-toxic pant, have some wipes on handy for quick cleaning, and create a memory to save forever. (source unknown)

Paw print flower art! This is such a cute idea to do with your pets! Use non-toxic pant, have some wipes on hand for quick cleaning, and create a memory to save forever. Must try -

Use a canvas and add a mason jar vase for little dog paws – adorable! Source unknown. 

What do you think?

15. How to Make Dog Shampoo

Now that warm weather is here, don’t forget your furry friends. Here’s what the pinner says, “I make this doggie shampoo and any fleas literally fall off our dog as we bathe him. He doesn’t get many bc we use prevention, but he still gets some. 

Now that warm weather is here, don't forget your furry friends. Here's what the pinner says, "I make this doggie shampoo and any fleas literally fall off our dog as we bathe him. He doesn't get many bc we use prevention, but he still gets some. The recipe is: 1 Cup warm water 1/2 cup white vinegar (deodorant) 1/4 cup Dawn (degreaser) 3-4 drops tea tree oil (insecticide) Spray dog with warm water, then lather with shampoo, (avoid eyes). Rinse well!!"

16. Terra Cotta Pot Water Bowl Stand

Know anybody with a large dog? Show them this! Use two terra cotta pots to make a raised water bowl stand for dogs. It would be really neat to paint the pots like this just for some extra fun:) Click the picture for the full directions.

Water bowl stand made out of terra cotta pots

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