DIY

Pet Owner Hacks: Use A Fitted Sheet For A Quick & Easy Dog Couch Cover

When we first adopted Topher, I was adamant that there would be No Dogs On The Couch. This was mostly for the sake of my allergies, but also for the sake of our couch—newly purchased and nice-looking, I feared the abuse it would potentially take from our very slobbery, muddy-almost-all-the-time new addition. So, the rule stayed. It stayed for a full year…and then I went out of town.

I won’t blame my husband for being weakened by the pitiful sad eyes of our adorable dog while I was away, but suffice it to say that since Alt Summit, Topher has become a couch dog. Which meant that we needed an easy way to keep a barrier between our lovely grey couch and all the white hair that Topher sheds daily (so much hair, it’s bananas). Topher loves to nest in blankets, so a simple fix like that had little to no chance of actually staying on the couch.

How To DIY A Puzzle Dog Toy With Two Simple Materials

Last week, we talked about ways to entertain your dog if the two of you are stuck indoors. I must say we’ve been running through most of our own advice, as the rain continues to fall and more storms look to be on the horizon. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty done with February’s sorry excuse for weather. Still, we’ve been trying to entertain ourselves indoors, which for Topher has meant running through his puzzle toys a few times a day. After doing that a few days in a row, I wanted to add some variety, and went looking for some ideas for DIY puzzle dog toys.

If you’ve been on Pinterest searching for dog toys at all, you know I definitely did not come up with this idea. I believe the idea originated here, though I’m sure owners have been using various forms of this puzzle ball dog toy for years and years. This is more of a “proof of concept” DIY because I was very interested in how this project would fare with Topher, who is also a dog that absolutely loves disemboweling his stuffed toys.

Make This Easy DIY Water Bottle Dog Toy In 10 Minutes Or Less

Around the Bennett house, Valentine’s Day is a holiday we like to celebrate by staying home. It’s not that we don’t love a good excuse to treat each other to a fancy meal (we will take almost any excuse), it’s that restaurants on Valentine’s Day? Kind of a pain in the ass. So usually, we’ll avoid the outing itself and make our own fancy meal at home. Just like I’ll take any holiday as an excuse to have a fancy dinner, I’ll also use any holiday as an excuse to treat Topher to something new. Cranberry treats anyone? He’ll probably get some new treats over the weekend, but recently, Topher’s rotation of toys has been dwindling. That’s what happens when you own a dog with a penchant for the destruction of all things fluffy and cloth.

When I’m looking to add a little variety to Topher’s basketful of toys, I try to look for something I can make relatively quickly, and something that isn’t too pricey. We used to have a cloth toy you could put water bottles in. Topher loved that water bottle toy, but like all fabric toys, it didn’t stay around long. Still, the premise of the water bottle toy is very simple, and an easy toy to hack at home. Here’s how to make a quick and easy DIY water bottle dog toy that you’re dog is sure to love.

DIY Paw Wax & Snout Care For Dogs

Winter can be a tough time for doggy feet, especially if you live in an area where it snows regularly. The pads on a dog’s paws are vulnerable to the effects of ice and snow, so it’s crucial that we take precautions to keep them well-protected on any longer winter walks. One helpful thing you can do is rub some paw wax onto your dog’s pads before letting your them step outside.

Paw wax is also great protection against gravel and other abrasive surfaces, and can help give your dog some grip to stop him from sliding all over the wood floors in your home! This DIY paw wax recipe is a quick and easy solution to paw pad protection, and should be applied liberally, as needed for prevention or treatment of dry and cracked paw pads.

DIY Dog Toy: The Crinkly Snowflake

When it comes to making dog toys for Topher, I usually start with either a basic shape that I want to make, or some kind of toy-related need I want to fill. As the weather turns colder, we spend more time trying to tire Topher out indoors (much to the dismay of our hardwood floors). Since it gets darker earlier, our after-dinner hour has changed from throwing toys to Topher outside, to throwing toys for Topher inside. And the things we throw outside—his squeaky egg, usually—are not conducive to indoor play.

So, I set out to make a stuffed disc of some variety that would toss well indoors—a toy that you could throw without feeling like you were about to knock over a vase or picture frame at any second. This crinkly snowflake toy is another easy toy to make, and only takes about an hour or so, depending on your skill with a pair of scissors and a sewing machine.