10 Brilliant Hacks Every Dog Owner Should Know

1. Make your own dry dog shampoo with baking soda, cornstarch, and lavender essential oils.

Cornstarch and baking soda absorb oils and help give your dog a shiny coat, while lavender oil not only helps your pup smell fresh, but also protects him or her from fleas.

Get the full recipe here.


2. Keep your dog occupied for hours by filling a Kong with homemade frozen treats.

Find delicious doggy recipes like Blueberry Yogurt, Cookie Crunch, and Cheesy Potato Pie here. And if you’re worried about getting your pet’s Kong clean, try throwing it in the dishwasher!


3. Freshen breath by applying doggy toothpaste to a lint remover, then have your dog lick it off.

The bad-breath germs that live on your dog’s tongue will scrub off when he or she licks the rough surface of a lint remover.

4. Price match competitors’ ads in-store at Petco and Petsmart.

This is one of the best ways to save when shopping at these stores. Make sure to check out our Petco/Petsmart page to find the best deals before you head out. Find Petsmart’s full price-match policy here and Petco’s policy here.


5. Dispense dog food easily with a plastic pitcher.

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Related: How I Saved $1,138 on My Dog’s First Year!

6. Protect your dog’s paws in the snow with Vaseline.

Apply vaseline on your dog’s paws to prevent salt and harmful chemicals from drying out his paws. After going for a walk, rinse your pup’s paws with warm water in case any harmful elements were picked up.


7. Repurpose an old tennis ball by turning it into a treat dispenser.

Cut a slit in a tennis ball, and squeeze to add dog treats.


8. Fill a clean syrup bottle with water and use it as a portable, squirtable water bottle.

Hook a carabiner through the handle to easily attach to a belt or pack when you’re out for walks.


9. Give your dog a Dawn dish soap bath if he has fleas.

Dawn soap breaks down fleas’ exoskeletons, killing them almost instantly.


10. Braid strips of old shirts together to make a DIY dog rope.

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