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Every Dog Owner Should Learn These 20 DIY Pet Projects

Every Dog Owner Should Learn These 20 DIY Pet Projects
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As every dog parent will tell you, having a cute and energetic doggie in your life – or even a lazy one that just wants to eat and snuggle all the time – is a true joy, but a serious obligation as well. You have to care for the little rascal, take him for walks, feed him, get doggie snacks and constantly replace chewed up dog toys, not to mention things like pillows and cables that puppies happily chew up while they are teething and know no better. A 2011 survey found that the average family spent more money per year on their dog/dogs than they did on alcohol, phone bills or men’s clothing. When you factor in things like proper nutrition and hygiene, not to mention medical bills, it’s easy to see why the bills stack up quickly. The following DYI project are a cheaper and more fun alternative.

1. Plastic bottle chew toy

Plastic bottle and socks

    To start off, here is a simple chew toy that your dog will love – take the cap and ring off a big plastic soda bottle, put it in an old sock and tie off the end. It is light, cheap, easy to replace and makes crunching noises when a dog bites into it.

    2. Paracord braided chew toy

    Paracord chew toy

      For those people whose dogs go through chew toys quickly, paracord may be the best solution. It is resilient, fairly cheap and can be braided into tough chew toys which can be easily replaced.

      3. Dog crate furniture

      dog crate furniture

        Since buying a combination furniture and dog crate can end up costing you several hundred dollars, it’s better to invest some time and sweat to make your own unique creation for a fraction of the price. Here is a great dog crate end table combo design that you can make for about $50.

        4. Old suitcase dog bed

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        suitcase dog bed

          One of the most overpriced pieces of furniture you can buy are fancy dog beds. I mean, really, I’ve found my dog sleeping on the floor next to his bed on several occasions, it’s not like they will know the difference between a $15 and $35 bed. For a fashionable, yet inexpensive dog bed you can get an old used suitcase, some furniture legs and a comfy pillow.

          5. Soft and warm doggy bed

          soft doggy bed

            Those with even the most basic sewing skills can make an even simpler doggy bed using an old hoodie, a pillow, pieces of cloth and some needle and thread. It won’t take much to complete, most people already have the needed materials lying around and the end result looks really great.

            6. Baked treats

            doggy treats

              Not only will you save money, but you will also know exactly what goes into the recipe and can make sure that your dog is getting the proper nutrients. With these few simple recipes you can bake a large number of dog cookies and similar treats.

              7. Crochet animal toys

              crochet dog toys

                Dogs love to have something to chase and play with, say a little animal friend, and you can create tons of fun and easily replaceable crochet animals. They can be designed any way you want and incredibly cheap to make.

                8. Boiled chicken breast, vegetable broth and boiled rice for an upset stomach

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                chicken broth

                  If your dog has a problematic stomach or is vomiting his food you should fast him, i.e. give him no food and only a bit of water for the next 12-24 hours. Then you can give them some nice chicken or vegetable broth that you can make yourself, combined with some boiled rice in a few small servings during the day for the next few days until he starts feeling better.

                  9. Yogurt for dogs with diarrhea

                  dog eating yogurt

                    Sometimes our little buddies will get some serious tummy problems, and it’s mostly due to the fact that they will put almost anything in their mouth. For those times when your dog has diarrhea it is important to keep him hydrated and not to upset the stomach further, and yogurt will help soothe the inflammation and promote the growth of good bacteria.

                    10. Homemade dog shampoo

                    Let’s not beat around the bush here – dogs will take every opportunity to get dirty. While decent dog shampoos can end up costing you quite a bit in the long run, an easy to make DIY shampoo can last you a long time and cost you very little. It doesn’t take a chemist to mix a few ingredients together and pour it into a bottle, so anyone can do it.

                    11. Tasty bacon sticks

                    bacon sticks

                      When you need a quick tasty snack and don’t want to spend a fortune on high-quality store-bought treats, you can make these delicious bacon sticks. You only need a little bit of each ingredient and you can make a bunch of very healthy and wholesome snacks that your pooch will enjoy.

                      12. Frozen treats for the hot summer

                      dog eating frozen treat

                        You can take all kinds of things from fruit to chicken broth and freeze them in a bowl of water to create a big frozen treat. Your dog has to spend some time licking away at the icy surface before he or she can melt enough of it away to get to the tasty treats inside. It can easily be a couple of hours of fun for your furry little friend and it will help him keep cool down and stay hydrated during the hotter months.

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                        13. Fancy DIY dog bowl

                        calk-board-dog-bowl

                          A very simple, yet very original project is the chalkboard doggy bowl. You’ll need a simple ceramic bowl, some tape to put around the edge and a can of flat black chalkboard paint. Once the paint has dried you can take off the tape and then write little messages with chalk.

                          14. Dog eating station

                          dog feeding station

                            If you have a bigger dog, chances are he or she is going to make a mess when eating as the bowl will get moved around as the dog enthusiastically chows down on the food. With a few simple items and a bit of elbow grease you can make a dog eating station that keeps the food and water bowl in place.

                            15. Light treat puzzle

                            PVC pipe dog treat puzzle

                              Treat puzzles are a great way to keep your dog occupied for a while and to help him develop his cognitive skills. The problem is that store-bought puzzles can easily cost $30-$60. Luckily, you can make some very simple snack puzzles with muffin tins, tennis balls or some PVC pipes that will keep your doggie excited and occupied. You can even just put some treats in a small cardboard box, and put it inside a slightly larger one, then just let your dog tear through it to get to the goodies.

                              16. Doggy backpack

                              doggy backpack

                                You often have to carry poo bags, snacks, some water and other items along on long walks or hikes, so why not have your dog carry his own stuff? If you know your way around a sewing machine you’ll be able to whip up a stylish backpack for your best friend using some basic dirt cheap materials.

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                                17. Cheap and easy tug of war rope

                                braided t shirt dog toy

                                  There is no need to spend any money on ropes and similar toys that can be easily destroyed and are often somewhat overpriced for what they are. We all have tons of old t shirts lying around, and you can cut them into strips and use them to braid your own rope. You can play tug of war and let your dog chew on it as much as he wants, as you will have a good supply of extra material that allows you to easily make new ropes.

                                  18. Sock ball for playing catch

                                  sock ball

                                    Old socks can also make a very simple, but incredibly effective dog toy. You just put a sock inside of another and keep rolling and covering, then add another one and another one until you have a ball of sufficient size. You can play catch or just let your dog slowly go through the layers. It is inexpensive and recyclable, i.e. you can make it again after your dog untangles it.

                                    19. Simple slingshot for playing fetch

                                    slingshot

                                      Using simple items like a branch and some rubber tubing you can easily make a great large slingshot which you can use to propel small balls across large distances. This way your arms won’t get too tired when playing fetch and you’ll be able to throw the ball really far, giving your dog a good opportunity to exercise.

                                      20. DIY dog tags

                                      handmade dog tags

                                        You can have lots of fun and come up with some interesting DIY dog tag designs in your spare time – this way your dog gets a great little dog tag, which can help you find him if he gets lost, and you get to spend some fun time crafting the perfect dog tag.

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                                        I hope you find some of these DIY projects useful and that you can save yourself a lot of money, while at the same time keeping your dog healthy and happy.

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                                        100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier

                                        100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier
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                                        Want to learn some quick and easy life hacks that are easy to do, low cost and saves you time?

                                        By tweaking little things in your daily life, it can make your life much more convenient!

                                        Here’re 100 of the most practical life hacks so you can just pick up any of them right away!

                                        83 tie a small piece of bright colored fabric

                                          84 write random letter

                                            85 use a rubberband

                                              86 dorm smell bad

                                                87 lean your phone on your sunglassess

                                                  89 how to waterproof your shoes

                                                    90 take a picture of the name card

                                                      91 iron inside out

                                                        92 old newspaper

                                                          93 tumble try shoes

                                                            keep a card like this

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                                                                94 soap bar

                                                                  95 make a hole

                                                                    96 drop the battery

                                                                      97 use a coozie

                                                                        98 when taking a picture

                                                                          use a clean dust pan

                                                                            try a pants hanger

                                                                              use your cellphone light

                                                                                use a spring from an old pen

                                                                                  quick and easy iphone speaker

                                                                                    user binder clips

                                                                                      wrap a wet paper towel around your beverage

                                                                                        put pancake mix in a ketchup bottle

                                                                                          clean out an old lotion bottle for your beach

                                                                                            use a muffin tin to serve condiments at a bbq

                                                                                              doritos are great for kindling

                                                                                                use nail polish to identify different keys

                                                                                                  use a hanging shoe rack to store cleaning supplies

                                                                                                    freeze grapes to chill white wine without

                                                                                                      use paper clips to organize your cables

                                                                                                        almost finished your jar of nutella

                                                                                                          sick of having a box full of tangled

                                                                                                            unroll the rim to increase the capacity

                                                                                                              cut open toilet paper rolls and use as a cuff

                                                                                                                remove the stem from strawberries

                                                                                                                  turn an old bottle into a simple little cord holder

                                                                                                                    for iced coffee and iced cappuccino, use frozen coffee cubes

                                                                                                                      how to fold a fitted bed sheet

                                                                                                                        tired of snoozing past your alarm

                                                                                                                          place a rubber band around an open paint can to wipe your brush on

                                                                                                                            ut a wooden spoon across a boiling pot

                                                                                                                              use bread clips to save flip-flops

                                                                                                                                take pictures of friends holding items

                                                                                                                                  how i always know which headphone is the left one

                                                                                                                                    put a stocking over the end of a vacuum

                                                                                                                                      How to make sure you drink enough water

                                                                                                                                        user a can opener to open blister

                                                                                                                                          good sandwich guide

                                                                                                                                            turn your muffin pans upside down

                                                                                                                                              50 pounds of groceries and living on the 5th floor

                                                                                                                                                the right way to make a blt

                                                                                                                                                  add one teaspoon of baking soda

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                                                                                                                                                      hair straighteners equals to collar irons

                                                                                                                                                        stack your clothes vertically to see them all

                                                                                                                                                          the right way to make cookies in the summer

                                                                                                                                                            how to clean a blender

                                                                                                                                                              the right way to eat a popsicle

                                                                                                                                                                use bread clips to label and organize power cords

                                                                                                                                                                  to get the built up residue off of your shower head

                                                                                                                                                                    user a hair clip to orgainize long wires

                                                                                                                                                                      a frozen saturated sponge in a bag

                                                                                                                                                                        rub stuck zipper teeth with a graphite pencil

                                                                                                                                                                          use a soda pop tab

                                                                                                                                                                            50

                                                                                                                                                                              51 How to multiply large numbers in your head.

                                                                                                                                                                                52 How to open a bottle if you dont have a corkscrew.

                                                                                                                                                                                  rub a walnut on damaged wooden furniture

                                                                                                                                                                                    kids fall out of bed

                                                                                                                                                                                      use toothpaste to clear up hazy car

                                                                                                                                                                                        58

                                                                                                                                                                                          59 keep pizza out while driving home

                                                                                                                                                                                            60 put your straw through the tab to keep it from rising

                                                                                                                                                                                              hold oreos with a fork so your fingers

                                                                                                                                                                                                Never lose your remotes again

                                                                                                                                                                                                  hiding your emergency money

                                                                                                                                                                                                    use a bread tab to hold your spot on a roll

                                                                                                                                                                                                      if you are at a hotel and run out of chargers

                                                                                                                                                                                                        keep a square of cardboard in a ziplock bag

                                                                                                                                                                                                          If you need to pee or smoke at a bar

                                                                                                                                                                                                            drill holes in the bottom of your garbage

                                                                                                                                                                                                              use an accented letter as your passcode

                                                                                                                                                                                                                use a squeeze ketchup bottle top with your shopvac

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  do something unusual when locking the door

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    when heating leftovers space out a circle in the middle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      dont burn yourself in those hard to reach candles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        put a small amount of water in a glass when you microwave your pizza

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          75 use a piece of paper to organize

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            use half a pool noodle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              pencil case to store cables

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                78 clothespin to hold nail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  79 make blts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    80 take a picture of your fridge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      81 fill plastic water bottles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        82 right ways to eat chips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          99 if your plug keeps failing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            100 put the banana on the wire

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              88 before you throw away a post it

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Source: Reddit LifeProTips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                There you go, 100 awesome life hacks that you can try right now to make your life a lot easier!

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