25 Simple Life Hacks Every Dog Owner Should Know

What wouldn’t we give for our dogs? Our faithful companions deserve the world and then some. Their goofy antics brighten up our lives while giving us a host of health benefits. How could we ever keep anything from them? Well on today’s post, were going to share with you 25 simple life hacks that every dog owner should know.

With these, you won’t be able to give your pups the world, but you’ll be close enough. For example, we’ll show you how to keep your dog comfortable on its next cart trip and the same time keep your car seat damage-free. We’ll also show you how to provide your pooches with delicious, cheap, cool treats for hot summer days. OH, and let’s not forget about toys…hours of fun with things you already have lying around.

Of course these life hacks are not all about your pooch, they will also make your life easier. How? Well, imagine being able to not wrestle with you four legged friend when it’s time for its medicine, or when it’s time to brush its teeth. So get ready because you’re going to love what we have in store for you today…and so will your pooch. These are 25 simple life hacks every dog owner should know.

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If your dog suffers from allergies, put old socks on his paws to keep him from licking them raw. You can tape them on using vet wrap. Use ones with grips (slipper socks) for smooth floors.

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24

Use pillowcases to cover your dog’s beds and mats, that way you can just slip the case off and wash it when they get dirty.

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23

Stubborn puppy doesn't want to take its pills? Pill pockets to the rescue! This ingenious creation encases pills in a delicious coating that hide the pill until it's too late. Your puppy won't even notice the pill was there.

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22

Use shower caps when bathing your puppy to prevent water and soap from getting into their ears or eyes.

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21

Create a "do not feed"puppy list of all things that are toxic for your dog (i.e. chocolate, onions, grapes, etc) and post it in a place where everyone can see it (including guests). Now everyone knows what they are allowed to give your puppy.

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You can argue this is not a "hack" but it's still something all dog owners should know. Learn dog CPR (It can literally save your dog’s life). It might even be helpful to place a graphic like this one on your refrigerator door with the vet's number written on it. (This will be especially useful for your dog sitters).

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19

If your dog eats too fast, put a tennis ball in the food bowl. This will encourage your dog to eat slower by having to move the ball out of the way.

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18

Play classical music to calm your dog. Recent studies have shown that classical music relaxes and calms not just humans but dogs as well.

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Know your dog’s body language. Dogs can’t talk like humans but if you know how to read their body language, they can communicate quite effectively.

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If you have an older dog who has a hard time chewing, add some warm water or chicken broth to their dry food and let the kibbles soften for about twenty minutes. This also helps your dog stay hydrated.

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15

Not only is yogurt good for your digestive system, it's also good for your puppy's digestive system. Just be sure to avoid yogurts with artificial sweeteners or added sugar. Stick the yogurt in the freezer for a cool, healthy treat on a hot day.

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14

If your dog is small enough to squeeze through tight spaces (the bottom of your fence for example) then get them a little harness. Your dog will still be able to move freely, but will be slightly less squeezable.

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13

Save money by making your own doggie shampoo from common household items like Dawn, baking soda, and vinegar.

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12

If your dog is chewing you out of house and home, Bitter Apple is a safe alternative to deter your pet from taking that next bite. Just spray on areas your dog tends to chew on. It tastes pretty potent to dogs, but it’s perfectly safe for them to ingest.

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11

Tackle your dog's bad breath with parsley. Simply add a small amount of fresh parsley to your dog's food to freshen your pups mouth.

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10

Are your pup's bowls taking up too much floor space? Why not mount the bowls on the walls? Not only do they clear up the floor of unnecessary obstructions buy they also fold into the wall after use.

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9

Use a squeegee to remove your dog’s hair from the carpet. It totally works!

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8

Comfortably take your dog everywhere while protecting your car seats with a dog hammock. For extra puppy comfort, lay an old comforter on top of the hammock.

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7

If your dog has a bad tummy, add some low-sodium chicken broth to its drinking water.

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6

Use a ginormous carabiner to walk multiple dogs by holding multiple leashes in one place.

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5

The easiest way to clean your dog's teeth is by squeezing doggie toothpaste onto a rope toy and simply letting your pooch go to town on it.

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4

Want a cheap dog toy? Grab an empty plastic bottle. Grab an old sock. Place bottle inside sock and tie at the end. Instant crinkle toy and your pup is going to love it!

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3

Don’t put your dog’s name on its tag. This allows anyone to know your dog's name making it that much easier for your pup to be stolen. It also makes it harder to prove sole ownership of the dog seeing as someone else knows your pup's name. Your phone number is sufficient.

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2

Protect your pup’s paws from chapping and cracking in the winter by applying a bit of Vaseline to them before you take them out for a walk. Wash it with warm water when you get back home.

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You can store dry kibble in airtight containers to keep it fresh and save space.

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