Want to unlock the secrets that make pet parents' lives easy? Here are the 14 best dog owner hacks on the Internet.
We’ve scoured the web for the ultimate life hacks for the canine inclined. We’ve got dog hacks for puppies, dog hacks for camping, dog hair hacks & so much more!
I don’t know about you, but here at Potty Buddy HQ, we are obsessed with those little everyday tips and tricks — that once you know, you never go back. Like the first time we learned how to properly freeze a Kong, used the Paw Buddy after mucky walks, or used a Reusable Potty Pads as a car seat cover (you’re welcome).
So let’s make our lives easier, our dogs happier & our homes cleaner with the power of the interwebs.
Dog Hacks for Puppies
Is your new little fur friend waking you up too early? Try setting a puppy alarm clock! The first few times, set the alarm to go before they start their morning noises, and slowly make the time later and later. They’ll soon learn the alarm means the day is starting, not before. Of course — make sure they’ve had enough potty breaks for their little bladder first.
Save Your Recycling
Puppies love to tear and chew, so give them a healthy outlet. Save cardboard boxes and packing paper from packages to easily make destroyable toys, and even add some kibble inside for a little brain game. Just be sure to give them a marker word so they don’t destroy any unattended parcels…
Dog Hacks for Camping
Improvised A Water Bowl
One of the ultimate dog mom hacks we’ve ever seen, just because it’s so beautifully simple. Out on a hike or at your campsite and forgot your dog’s bottle or foldable bowl? No sweat, you can just use a fresh, clean poop bag to hold water and let fido lick out of it like a trough.
Invest In Carabiners
Put a locking carabiner clip on the handle of your leash for an instant multifunctional upgrade. Easily attach your dog to a pole, yourself, or a tie-out.
Dog Grooming Hacks
Not into home bathing? If your dog gets dirty between trips to the groomer, try a waterless shampoo. This way you won’t have the wet dog smell in your house, but your pooch will still feel and look fresher.
Seriously, we keep one in the car, one by the back door, and one in our camping bag. This handy tool can clean those feet quickly, gently, and thoroughly — all in a matter of seconds!
Dog Bath Hacks
Need a way to keep your dog still and happy while bathing? Smear some peanut butter on the edge of the bath, or your elbow for a long-lasting distraction.
Struggling to get your puppy to like bath time? Switch it up by taking a shower with the door open. Mark and reward your puppy for investigating, building up their confidence. Before you know it you could get to the point where they realize it’s a fun time with you!
Dog Training Hacks
Squeak & Treat
Need a refresher? Once a day use a specific squeaky ball and squeak it continuously whilst treating your doggo (think jackpot treating!). Once your dog understands the squeak is a great thing, if things get too exciting or distracting out and about, you can call your pup back very quickly with a loud squeak!
Do you struggle with your dog barking at noises in the neighborhood, especially in their crate? Try a white noise machine — these handy pieces of kit can neutralize outside noise, leaving your home peaceful and quiet for your doggo.
Dog Organization Hacks
Have a coat rack? Why not add some extra hooks for your dog's harness and leash collection? This way they are ready to go and easy to hand, but not cluttering up your draws.
Want to reclaim your living room? Why not invest in some crate furniture, so your dog’s den can double up as a desk, side table, or storage unit.
Dog Bed Hacks
Noodles To The Rescue
Got a raised bed but sick of stubbing your toes on the corners? Take after this Reddit hero and use a cut-up noodle to protect your feet!
Worried your puppy will destroy their bed? Try using a plastic kiddie pool filled with old blankets or vet bed pads. Destroy proof and easy on the wallet! Plus it can double as a paddling pool on those hot summer days…
And there you have it, the best dog mom hacks the internet has to offer. Which one is your favorite? And what dog hacks do you swear by? Tag us on Instagram @pottybuddy.co — we’d love to see them!
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