Having a dog as your co-pilot can be both challenging and rewarding, not to mention, It’s nice to always have a close pal nearby to hang out with.

This week, we put together 11 awesome dog hacks to help give your puppy dog a better life and make things easier on you.

If your dog is a fan of toys then you know they can add up in price pretty quickly especially if they have the tendency to destroy them. You can use an empty water bottle that is size appropriate for your little dog, squeeze the bottle in just a bit and put the lid back on to keep it air tight and prevent it from being crushed completely. They make a nice alluring crinkle sound that dogs love. Just grab an old fluffy sock or a new one if that’s what you’d prefer and put the water bottle inside.

Tie the open end of the sock leaving little extra room inside as possible. You can even consider cutting off the excess if you wish when you’re done just toss it to your Pooch and give it something to do for a little while. keep in mind though that if your dog has a problem destroying human clothing you might want to try hiding the water bottle inside something else so they don’t worsen an already bad habit.

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Do you have a dog that eats too fast from time to time? it can usually lead to an upset stomach and if you can’t always be there to monitor their eating habits then try this:

Place a ball in their Bowl to cut off their full access to the kibble. It will force them to move the ball around to get to the food and in theory slow them down.

Another method to slow your fast eater, is to use a muffin tin to spread out all the dog food it’s cheaper than one of those maze bowls you can find at the store and if you want to turn it into a game you can cut open a tennis balls in half and cover up each cup. It’ll leave them with a small challenge to work around that will surely slow them down while also entertaining them to get that brain firing on all cylinders.

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Fleas can strike at any time even if you stay on top of a treatment plan it can still happen

Here’s a tried-and-tested homemade flea shampoo that you can make in minutes to squash that flea problem: Start off with a measuring cup and pour half a cup of water in your container and follow it up with 4 tablespoons of dish soap.

When that’s done also add 4 tablespoons of white vinegar and mix it all together inside the container.

To apply to your dog, make sure you protect their eyes as soap and vinegar isn’t very pleasant.

Work up a nice lather and the dish soap will help kill any fleas. vinegar will help repel them. let your dog sit with the lather built up for about 5 minutes.

while you wait you can run a fine-tooth comb through their fur and get any dead fleas out and even living ones. Then just dry your dog as usual letting them get back to their normal antics but without any flea bites.

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Even the most well-trained dogs can have the occasional accident but you can quickly get rid of that stain and smell leaving your carpet as good as new.

First things first, Dry off any liquid that you can with a paper towel, sprinkle a bit of baking soda on top of the stain and let it sit while you prepare this recipe.

Just makes half a cup of hydrogen peroxide with one teaspoon of liquid dish soap. Once you’ve mixed it all up, you can use it right from the container or add it to a small spray bottle to keep on hand for the next time something happens. Apply the liquid to the spot directly under the baking soda and scrub back and forth until the stain lifts off completely. This will also work great for other household stains so keep it nearby for any other mishaps around the house.

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You can make a pet gravity waterer using wine bottles and zip ties. Here’s how it works:

Start with a piece of scrap what it can be square or circular find a piece of 2×4, roughly the length of a recycled soda bottle.

Attach it to one edge of the baseboard with wood glue and then let it dry before fasting altogether with two screws. The trick here is using a curve 2 liter soda bottle or one that’s similar in shape then secure it with a 4 inch PVC coupler you’ll need to use a hacksaw or angle grinder to cut out about an inch off the coupler. this openings not only going to make it easier to drill to screw through the coupler and the 2×4 but it turns the coupler into a bottle holder.

Place a large bowl on the baseboard and simply slide a 2-liter bottle filled with water into the dispenser. Carefully Twist Off the cap and allow The bowl and fill with water on its own, it’ll stop dispensing water once the level reaches the bottleneck. Your dog friend will be sure to enjoy a constant supply of water without you having to worry about filling up the bowl nearly as often.

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Maybe it’s muddy out or perhaps your dog just have a tendency to attract dirt so whether it’s after a walk or just the backyard It is a good idea to take care of those dirty paws before they step foot in the house try this simple solution:

Grab yourself a small sport bottle filled to the top of water and keep it nearby while the dogs go Rampage when it’s time to go in, pop off the lid and dip those Dirty Paws in for a micro foot bath.

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It can sometimes be difficult to get your dog to take it’s medication you can purchase expensive pill Pockets or you can make your own with stuff you already have laying around.

Start with 1 tbsp of peanut butter 1 tbsp of milk in 2 tablespoons of flour in a small bowl. Just mix the ingredients together to form a nice thick dough. What you create after that is up to you, but I suggest working the dough into a small easily edible ball.

Simply insert the pill inside and cover it back up. They don’t take long to make and you can safely keep them in the fridge for up to a week.

So if your dog’s fighting back when it comes to Medicine hour, give this a try and they’ll never be the wiser

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My dog doesn’t always follow its thirst and sometimes needs a helping hand to cool down. Here’s a couple ways to chill out your dog and keep them happy

First off is an old favourite: the pupsicle. It’s a fairly simple treat to make and will definitely keep your dog entertained while cooling them down at the same time. just get an ice cube tray and slowly fill each cup with beef or chicken stock. Now it’s really important to know the ingredients as you want to avoid things like onions. Go for the most Baseline ingredients and keep your poop safe.

Once you have the tray filled up and get some plastic wrap and lay it over the top. Now this Parts optional, but dogs love it. Use a pair of scissors to make a small hole over the plastic to keep it centered. Once you have all the slots filled just toss it in the freezer for a few hours. These will keep for a while so on the next hot day, just bust out a popsicle and put it on a plate for your dog to enjoy while cooling off at the same time. it’s almost like a little puzzle that will definitely get their brain working to figure out how to get that treat out of the middle

Another quick way to cool down the dog on a hot day what about a waterbed you can spend lots of money buying cooling mat for your dog or you can just spend a few bucks at the store and buy an inflatable raft.

Take your raft outside and lay it in a spot that avoids direct sunlight. you want this thing to keep cool so you’re going to need an air pump attachment for this part to keep things simple but get your garden hose and plug the air hose directly into the outlet.

Add a bit of duct tape to make sure that it holds tight. plug the adapter into the air nozzle of the raft then turn on the water. Make sure to keep it at a low level of flow so it does not pop off otherwise. It is going to take a few minutes but the beauty is that you really only have to do it once as long as the raft is placed in a shady area it’ll retain a nice cool temperature which makes a perfect place for your dog to have a break and cool down

if you have a large dog with huge claws, make sure you get a vessel that can withstand their weight and will resist punctures that’s all there is to it. quick and simple $3 cooling bed.

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if you’re tired of dealing with the dog food bag. There is a great way to store your Kibble food while keeping it fresh and easier to pull up. just go through your cupboard and liberate an old cereal container. There’s no need to pay for an expensive Kibble holder when this barely cost a buck or two. Just transfer the contents in the bag right into the plastic housing and seal it up.

Not only is that going to make it easy to fill a bowl, but it’s also going to keep ants out and make it super easy to pack a travel bag for your pup. so kick that bulky Food Bag to the curb and top off your dog dish with ease.

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Sometimes, your dog friend might need to stay in one room while you clean another or if you’re moving things around, there’s no need to spend Top Dollar on a dog Gate, Just grab a couple tension rods that you use for hanging curtains. you can use in the prop up a towel or better yet, a see-through sheer curtain. Just put the rod through the fabric and mount it unto the door frame. Most dogs won’t test barriers and you want to make sure that you put it at the right height so your dog’s unable to jump over. One last important note, Make sure to shut the other exit to the room or your sneaky Pooch might pull a Houdini.

That’s it for now. Do let us know your favourite dog hacks in the comments.