Our canine companions, “man’s best friend”, are part of the family! They are there at our side no matter what so, naturally, they deserve the very best in pet care.
Caring for our fur babies is, at times, time consuming. Between cleaning up dog hair, cleaning up a pee stain, or protecting them during storms…it’s something that is up to us. And we do it all with love!
In today’s article I will cover hacks to make caring for our fur babies go a little smoother and perhaps a little quicker. These hacks will save you time and that extra time we can spend with our lovable canines!
Let’s take a quick look at some of the hacks I’ll be covering:
- Easy ways to pick up dog hair
- How to cure bad doggie breath
- How to protect their paws in extreme weather
- A DIY “no chew” spray
….And much more! Let’s get started!
Dog Care Hacks That Every Dog Owner Should Know
2 Easy Ways To Pick Up Dog Hair On Furniture
Constantly cleaning dog hair off the furniture comes with the territory! Here are 2 easy ways to make it go a little quicker.
Dryer sheet: Run a dryer sheet over the dog hair and it comes off with ease. It’ll also help keep your furniture static free, which is why dog hair clings to fabric so easily in the first place.
Rubber Gloves: Simply wearing a rubber glove and running your hand across the hair helps to collect the hair much easier.
Easy Way To Grab Dog Hair Off Your Carpet
Of course vacuuming is the best way to remove dog hair from the carpet. However, did you know you can use a window squeegee to grab dog hair? Just simply scrape the squeegee along the carpet and you’ll be surprised how much hair comes up!
Clean Up Pee Spots On The Carpet With Baking Soda
Cleaning up pee spots on the carpet is a cinch with baking soda! All you have to do is pour baking soda over the urine and allow the baking soda to completely soak it up. Next, vacuum over the area and you’re all set!
Baking soda can be toxic to some pets so make sure to keep pets away during the cleaning process.
How To Protect Their Paws In Winter Weather
You can use paw balm or doggie boots to protect their paws in winter weather. However, If you do not have any paw balm and/or your dog simply refuses to wear boots, smear vaseline over their paw pads as a great alternative.
How To Protect Their Paws In Hot Summer Temps
If you walk your dog on pavement in the summer, there’s a simple test to see if the pavement is too hot for them. Hold the back side of your hand on the pavement for 5 seconds. If it’s too hot for you then, it’s too hot for them. Try walking them on grassy areas during the hot part of the day.
Easy Method To Test For Fleas
If you suspect your dog may have fleas, here is a simple test to check. Lay your dog on a white towel to brush them. Look for flea dirt or fleas on the towel.
If your dog does have fleas, please check out my article 5 Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Fleas In and Around Your Home for all natural remedies for your pet and your home. This is the best dog care tip around!
How To Get Rid Of Skunk Smell
Did your curious canine get skunked? No worries! You can remove the odor with soap, hydrogen peroxide, and baking soda. Check out this article for detailed instructions.
Easy Way To Remove A Stinger
Removing a stinger from a dog’s skin can be tricky. Here’s an easy and quick way to remove a stinger. Scrape the stinger with something that has a firm straight edge like a credit card. The stinger will come with ease!
How To Cure Bad Breath
Does your fur baby have bad breath? Here’s an easy way to remedy that. Add small amounts of parsley to their food once or twice a week. Do not give them parsley in large amounts or on consecutive days as doing so can upset their stomachs.
How To Stop Nail Bleeding
Cutting a dog’s nails too short can cause their nails to bleed. Applying a paste made with equal parts of white flour, cornstarch, and water to their nails with light pressure for 3-5 minutes will stop the bleeding. This is a great dog care tip to have on hand.
Easy Way To Train Your Dog To Stay Calm During A Storm
So many dogs (and cats) are afraid of thunderstorms! An easy way to train them to be less afraid is to play a sound recording of storms while going about your normal daily routine. Over time they will get used to the ‘sound’ and when the real storm comes along they may just shrug it off as ‘normal’, therefore, staying calm.
DIY Spray To Eliminate Pet Odors
Pet odors are no problem with this effective odor eliminating spray! Combine 5 tablespoons of baking and 4-6 ounces of water into a spray bottle. Next, add 5 drops of your favorite essential oil and shake well. Spray on carpets and cloth furniture to eliminate pet odors. This is one of my favorite dog care tips!
DIY “No Chew” Spray
Does your canine companion love to chew? Try this DIY “no chew” spray! This spray works really well due to the fact that dogs despise the taste of bitter apple. Mix together 2 parts of apple cider vinegar and 1 part white vinegar in a spray bottle and shake well. Spray on all their favorite “chew spots”!
First Aid Kit For Your Loyal Canine
We have first aid kits for ourselves but, we can’t forget that our loyal canines should have one of their own as well. Check out my article, Dog First Aid Kit For Your Canine Companion to learn how you can make the perfect first aid just for them!
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