When I’m stuck at home and experiencing cabin fever for whatever reason AND my dogs are there with me, I find myself searching for ways to do these 2 things: save money and get organized! Specifically, I’m always on the hunt to find new ways to save money on stuff for the dog (dog treats, dog food, dog toys, dog beds, dog grooming items, etc). And I’m also looking for clever ways to re-organize all of the dog’s gear and supplies (like I way I organized all of the dog treats and dog food in our house). Today I’m going to share with you some fun ways to do BOTH of those things while spending good quality time with your dog at the same time!
Cleaning And Odors
Dogs can be messy... and smelly! Dog owners share their favorite tips for keeping the house, the car, and the dog's personal space looking good... and smelling good. From pet urine odors and poop smells to muddy paws, smelly fur, and bad dog breath. Sometimes a bath and regular grooming just isn't enough to remove bad smells from the dog itself. These dog cleaning tips are proven to work. Think you've tried everything?... Nope! You haven't tried these things to remove dog odors yet!
We own 16 Kong toys (2 dogs). While dogs can have hours of fun trying to get the goodies out of their Kong toys, CLEANING them isn’t quite so fun. Here’s the easiest way how to clean Kong toys… all my best tips for cleaning Kong dog toys when there’s food stuck inside!
Looking for the best dog gifts for yourself or a fellow dog lover? Here are 30+ clever gifts for dog owners. Helpful dog Christmas gifts they’ll really use! I know, because I’ve had dogs all my life, and I actually use every single one of these items and my dogs like ’em too.
Thinking of getting an orthopedic dog bed for your furbaby? I made my own no-sew cheap dog beds from memory foam for about half the price of buying new extra large dog beds. See how we created a separate dog mudroom area in our house (to keep the dirt and mud to a minimum inside) and how we made DIY dog beds ourselves to keep them comfortable in their new space.
The usual simple steps to crate training are practical and helpful — but they overlook the day-to-day troubles that you’re likely to face in the process of crate training a dog. Here are some important things I’ve learned about crate training dogs. I did it differently with my first dog (a Labrador) than I did with my second dog (a French Bulldog). See the 10 mistakes I’ve done when crate training dogs — and how to avoid making those same mistakes.
I have 2 large dogs and they pretty much go wherever I go! I’ve whittled down my list of dog travel necessities to 7 dog car safety items and 7 clever dog travel accessories — the most important things to pack for dog car travel, plus a few clever dog car accessories that you probably haven’t thought of. These are the items that we take along whenever we’re traveling with our dogs in the car. Perhaps you’ll find them useful as well!
Looking for the best dog odor remover? I’ve had dogs all my life and have some great ideas for getting rid of that stinky dog smell — both on the dog AND in your house! Don’t have time to give your dog a bath? Want a quick fix to remove bad dog smell? Here’s how I keep my dogs smelling fresh & clean without giving them a bath.
Have a smelly dog? I had a stinky dog for awhile too — until I figured out which home remedies actually worked (and which ones didn’t). These are the best dog odor remedies to remove a lingering dog smell.
See the true cost of owning a dog — in hard dollars — plus how to save money on pet costs. These are tips that you can use when you get a new puppy all the way through your dog’s adult life. If you’re getting a new dog soon, start here to save big bucks!
Ever use a dog dry shampoo? I tried it on my dog and… I like it! Here’s my review of Fresh Dog Waterless Bath Foam Shampoo & Fresh Dog Dry Shampoo Powder.
I’ve tried dog mints in the past. They had no effect on my dog’s bad breath. Those granules that you sprinkle on your dog’s food are so darned expensive. So I decided to try doggie mouthwash; it’s a drinking water additive. Dental Fresh got rid of my dog’s fish breath once and for all!
Dog peed on the carpet? Here’s how to remove wet dog urine stains from different types of flooring. Plus tips for removing set-in urine stains from floors.
There are lots of times when you might want to try dog aromatherapy — for example, if you have a nervous dog or an anxious dog. With dog aromatherapy, there are lots of ways to use fun scents — that come in sprays or essential oils — around the house. It’s these unique scents that have beneficial effects on dogs.
Has your dog been skunked and not sure how to get out the smell? Here is a tip on how to get the smell out of your dog. Plus other wildlife that may get your dogs attention.
My current method of pet hair retrieval from furniture is to use the same type of lint brushes you would typically use on clothes. This is the same concept used with the Pledge Fabric Sweeper for Pet Hair. So, here are the pros & cons of the Pledge Pet Sweeper, as I see it…
Here are some tips for new dog owners who are trying to housebreak a new puppy or older dog. The most important parts: schedules and routines, crates & kennels, rewards and praises, and learning to interpret your dog’s signals. Plus, see the times when most dogs have to go outside to relieve themselves.
The command ‘Toes’ helps whenever you need to clean muddy paws after your dog has been playing outside. Or, when you need to dry off wet paws after a bath. Or, when you want to trim your dog’s toenails! Here’s how to teach your dog to give you his toes — on command.
Do you choose things like… the color of your carpets, what you’re going to wear today, the color or texture of your furniture, and the type of bed linens you buy… based on its likelihood of repelling dog fur? You’re not alone… Here are some tips for dealing with dog fur inside your home.
Need some reasons to pick up poop? Here’s a whole list of health reasons & why it’s important to pick up your dog’s poop! Plus, tips that make picking up dog poop even easier.
When a dog’s gotta go, a dog’s gotta go! Sometimes it’s necessary to let the dog outside even when it’s raining… Here are some quick tips for dogs with muddy paws & musty-smelling coats.
The best spot and stain remover on the planet is TECH Stain Remover. It gets out virtually ANY stain — from KoolAid to pasta sauce to virtually pet stain under the sun… including smelly urine odors!
Have some extra blue painters tape lying around the house? If so, and you’ve got pets, then you just might find the following ‘painter’s tape tips for people with pets’ post helpful… if not hilarious.
Dog groomers use these super-absorbent towels to literally pull the water out of your dog’s coat after bathing. I use these one-of-a-kind microfiber towels for cleaning up doggie messes around the house. Here’s more about why these towels are so great…
There are so many reasons why I love this waterless dog shampoo. Here are a few…