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12 DIY Dog Bed Ideas

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We came across this great post by www.alittlecraftinyourday.com regarding DIY dog beds and had to share it with you. As we all know pet products are a bit pricey (especially quality products) so here at Primal Canine we want to help you save as much as possible, plus a DIY project is always fun. Enjoy, 1. Dog Night Stand 

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2. Crib Mattress turned Dog Bed 

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3. Outdoor Bed with Canopy 

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4. Dog Bed from End Table 

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5. Old Fashion TV turned Dog Bed 

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6. End table turned Dog Bed 

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7. Suit Case Turned Dog Bed 

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8. Another Old TV turned Dog Bed 

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9. Murphy Dog Bed 

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10. Great Dog Bed with Storage Above

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11. Wine Dog bed/ Toy box 

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12. Pallet Dog Bed 

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DIY Designer Rope Leash

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from - www.ammothedachshund.com So mom noticed lately that I’ve been ooh and ahhing over this trendy rope leash from Mungo & Maud. And while I’ll always think it’s super stylin’ – $110 for a new leash for me just wasn’t in the budget.

Instead, on a recent trip to a tack shop in Delaware – mom came up with a plan to make me my very own Rope Leash. For $5!

D.I.Y. $5 Rope Dog Leash

Supplies: cotton horse lead rope, hammer, rope clamp

Step One: You will need to obtain a cotton horse leadrope. I got mine at a horse tack shop in Delaware for $3. You can also get one online at most tack supply places like here. Or check your local horse supply store.

Step Two: You will need to buy a clamp to make the end of your rope into a handle. I bought a package of two (you know, incase I need a rope leash for my best pal Trooper) for $4.39 (about $2 for each one) at the local hardware store. Most hardware stores should carry them in the rope section, and you can find some online here.

Step 3: Figure out how big of a handle you want at the other end and adjust your rope into the clamp accordingly. It also helps to have a cute little dachshund around for supervision.

Step 4: You will need the help of your dad to hammer the clamp shut around the rope.

Then Tada! You are ready for your next walk in your stylish dog leash!

If you don’t have access to a horse lead rope, you can also use any cotton rope. You will just need too metal rope clamps and a snap for the end – all supplies can be found at the local hardware store.

Yeah, you know you want to beg your mom or dad to make you one of these bad boys!

I think I need one of these in every color! Almost as good as the real thing…..

Rope Leash from Mungo & Maud

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38 Brilliant Dog-Care Ideas To Make Your Life Easier

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We found this great post from www.Buzzfeed.com on Dog-Care ideas that you can easily do yourself, enjoy!!

1. If you have a hard time brushing your dog’s teeth, squeeze some enzymatic doggie toothpaste onto a Nylabone or rope toy and let your pooch go to town on it.

 

If you have a hard time brushing your dog's teeth, squeeze some enzymatic doggie toothpaste onto a Nylabone or rope toy and let your pooch go to town on it.

Source: reddit.com

2. Make your own pill pockets when you need to feed your dog some medicine.

 

Make your own pill pockets when you need to feed your dog some medicine.

This is a copycat version of the kind made by Greenies.

3. Learn how to make your own chicken jerky.

 

Learn how to make your own chicken jerky.

It’s a healthier alternative to the store-bought kind. Get the directions here.

Source: imgur.com

4. A carabiner is a quick and easy way to leash your dog.

 

A carabiner is a quick and easy way to leash your dog.

Source: imgur.com
 

Source: imgur.com

5. Got a lot of studying to do? Here’s how to read and play with your dog at the same time:

 

Got a lot of studying to do? Here's how to read and play with your dog at the same time:

Put a rope toy around your foot.

Source: i.imgur.com

6. Use baking soda to get dog urine out of carpet.

 

Use baking soda to get dog urine out of carpet.

If you don’t happen to have a product like Nature’s Miracle on hand (maybe you’re traveling or at a friend’s house), pour some baking soda over the spot, let it sit, and then sweep or vacuum it up.

Source: care2.com

7. Put a ball in your dog’s food bowl if he or she eats too fast.

 

Put a ball in your dog's food bowl if he or she eats too fast.

They’ll be forced to move the ball around to get to all the food.

8. For a dog who loves to tear apart stuffed animals, make a durable activity ball with a Hol-ee rubber ball, scraps of fabric, and treats.

 

For a dog who loves to tear apart stuffed animals, make a durable activity ball with a Hol-ee rubber ball, scraps of fabric, and treats.

Once your dog has removed all of the fabric from the ball, you can stuff the scraps right back in!

9. If your dog isn’t feeling well, add some low-sodium chicken broth to the drinking water.

 

If your dog isn't feeling well, add some low-sodium chicken broth to the drinking water.

10. To remove pet hair from upholstery, dampen a rubber glove and run your gloved hand over it.

 

To remove pet hair from upholstery, dampen a rubber glove and run your gloved hand over it.

The latex/rubber will attract the hair.

11. Use a teapot to rinse dogs off in the bathtub without getting water and soap in their eyes.

 

Use a teapot to rinse dogs off in the bathtub without getting water and soap in their eyes.

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12. A shower caddy makes a great storage solution for all your doggie stuff.

 

A shower caddy makes a great storage solution for all your doggie stuff.

13. Use a plastic pitcher to store and dispense dog food.

 

Use a plastic pitcher to store and dispense dog food.

It takes less time and keeps the food fresher. I use the MUJI rice storage dispenser, which comes with a handy measuring cup.

14. If you’ve got a teething pup who loves destroying cords, spritz bitter apple spray onto a paper towel and wipe the cord with it.

 

If you've got a teething pup who loves destroying cords, spritz bitter apple spray onto a paper towel and wipe the cord with it.

This covers more surface area and wastes less product than simply spraying the entire thing.

15. Make an ice lick by freezing toys, bones, and chicken broth into a cake mold.

 

Make an ice lick by freezing toys, bones, and chicken broth into a cake mold.

Source: pinterest.com

16. Invest in an escape-prevention harness if you have a small dog and a fenced-in yard.

 

Invest in an escape-prevention harness if you have a small dog and a fenced-in yard.

A little silly looking, but it’s safer than risking a runaway dog. Buy it here.

Source: hammacher.com

17. Run a dryer sheet over your dog’s fur when there’s a storm — chances are, they aren’t freaked out about the storm but the static electricity built up in their fur.

 

Run a dryer sheet over your dog's fur when there's a storm — chances are, they aren't freaked out about the storm but the static electricity built up in their fur.

According to Martha, this should work at least 50% of the time.

18. On a hot summer day, fill up an inflatable pool with water and ice.

 

On a hot summer day, fill up an inflatable pool with water and ice.

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19. Make a dog-walking station for the entryway if you have more than one dog.

 

Make a dog-walking station for the entryway if you have more than one dog.

See how this is done here.

20. Dilute your dog shampoo to make it last longer and easier to apply.

 
 

Fill the bottom of an empty shampoo bottle about ¼ inch. Fill up the rest slowly with warm water.

21. If you have a small dog, cutting up a lamb roll into tiny pieces is a cost-effective way to make healthy, bite-sized training treats.

 

If you have a small dog, cutting up a lamb roll into tiny pieces is a cost-effective way to make healthy, bite-sized training treats.

A 1 lb. roll costs $6.98. Cut it up into the desired size, store most of it in a ziplock bag in the freezer, and leave the rest on the counter for immediate use.

22. Make your own hammock-style car seat cover.

 

Make your own hammock-style car seat cover.

The hammock style keeps the dog from getting hurt if he or she falls during any sudden stops or starts. Get the pattern here.

Source: ex-scapes.com

23. Print out and keep this handy chart of what foods your dog should NOT be given.

 

Print out and keep this handy chart of what foods your dog should NOT be given.

24. Make your own flea shampoo.

 

Make your own flea shampoo.

1 cup Dawn, 1 cup vinegar, and 1 quart of warm water. Massage in and let it sit for five minutes. According to one testimonial, “The fleas just floated in the water and died and best of all little Libby did not have any reactions at all to the process.”

Source: food.com

25. For easy tick removal, apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball and swab the tick with the cotton ball for a few seconds.

 

For easy tick removal, apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball and swab the tick with the cotton ball for a few seconds.

The tick should come out on its own and be stuck to the cotton ball when you remove it.

26. Remove pet hair from carpet with a squeegee.

 

Remove pet hair from carpet with a squeegee.

27. An inexpensive and easy summer treat for dogs: Cut up apples in chicken broth and freeze in an ice cube tray.

 

An inexpensive and easy summer treat for dogs: Cut up apples in chicken broth and freeze in an ice cube tray.

28. If you have an older dog with tooth troubles, add a little water or chicken broth to his or her kibble and microwave for 20-30 seconds.

 

If you have an older dog with tooth troubles, add a little water or chicken broth to his or her kibble and microwave for 20-30 seconds.

This softens the kibble and makes the food much easier to chew.

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29. Teach your dog to file his or her own nails by attaching sandpaper to a piece of wood.

 

Teach your dog to file his or her own nails by attaching sandpaper to a piece of wood.

Apparently, dogs can be trained to use a scratching posts just like cats! Get the directions for how to build a giant dog nail file here.

30. Read your dog’s body language.

 

Read your dog's body language.

31. Sprinkle parsley on your dog’s food for fresher breath.

 

Sprinkle parsley on your dog's food for fresher breath.

32. Here’s an ingenious leash that has a built-in waste-bag dispenser and a compartment for keys, cards, phone, and treats.

 

Here's an ingenious leash that has a built-in waste-bag dispenser and a compartment for keys, cards, phone, and treats.

$39.99 from Fozzy Dog.

33. Instead of buying special Kong stuffing, stuff a Kong with cheese cubes and place in the microwave for five seconds.

 

Instead of buying special Kong stuffing, stuff a Kong with cheese cubes and place in the microwave for five seconds.

The cheese will melt just enough to stick to the inside of the Kong.

34. Turn an empty pancake-syrup bottle into a portable squirtable water bottle.

 

Turn an empty pancake-syrup bottle into a portable squirtable water bottle.

Use a carabiner to attach it to a belt loop for a long hike.

35. It’s certainly unpleasant to take your dog outside when it’s snowing or raining, but don’t forget that dogs’ paws are just as sensitive to heat as human skin.

 

It's certainly unpleasant to take your dog outside when it's snowing or raining, but don't forget that dogs' paws are just as sensitive to heat as human skin.

On hot summer days, walk your dogs before 9 a.m. or after 8 p.m. — or walk them only in shady or grassy/dirt areas.

Source: pinterest.com

36. Have an extra kitchen drawer? Use it as a dog food holder.

 

Have an extra kitchen drawer? Use it as a dog food holder.

Source: bhg.com

37. Print out this guide and bring it with you when dog food/treat shopping.

 

Print out this guide and bring it with you when dog food/treat shopping.

38. Possibly the best use of old jeans ever: a lap pillow.

 

Possibly the best use of old jeans ever: a lap pillow.

Stuff an old pair of jeans with stuffing to simulate a human lap that smells just like you!

Save a Pet Save Your Life! [INFOGRAPHIC]

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We found this infographic on the health benefits of adopting a pet and thought we'd share it with you. Not only do you save a life by adopting but owning a pet has great health benefits mentally and physically. Like this post? share it and leave a comment below.

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DIY Monkey Paw Dog Toy

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Rope: At least 10.5 feet of 3/8" diamond braid rope -- about 4.5' for the monkey fist knot and 3 feet (X2) for the braid on each end. It's better to start with a much longer piece of rope, tie/position the monkey fist knot, and then trim off the long side. Also, forming the monkey first takes more rope (~6'), which is then tightened down to 4.5'.

Scissors or a sharp knife to cut the rope (Be carefull!)

Lighter to melt the rope ends, to prevent fraying.

STEP 2.

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A monkey fist knot is basically three (or more) turns of rope, three more turns around the first three, and a final set of three more turns locking them all together.

Two good sites (with pictures) of how to make a monkey first knot are: http://animatedknots.com/monkeysfist/ and http://www.igkt.net/beginners/monkeys-fist.php

Start about 10 feet from the end of the rope -- this'll give you about 6' for forming the knot + 3' for the end braid + 1' for tightening...

The initial knot has to be pretty loose, otherwise you'll never be able to feed the last three loops through the knot.

To tighten the knot, start with the rope at one end of the knot. Almost as if you were trying to untie the knot, push/pull the rope into the knot, creating a loop. Following the path of the rope, push/pull the loop through the entire knot, pulling the loops tighter as you go.

Cut/trim the rope as needed to end up with a monkey-fist knot in the middle of two 3' ends of rope.

STEP 3.

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I like to remove some of the rope core before fusing the ends of the rope. Pull the braided covering back from the end, exposing the core. Cut off an inch or so of the core. Pull the braided covering back over the end of the core. Use the lighter to fuse the covering together.

STEP 4.

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You could stop here, but making a braid knot out of each end of the rope makes a better/thicker handle for the toy. A braid knot is a way of braiding a single rope. See http://www.layhands.com/Knots/Knots_Decorative.htm#BraidLoop one end around twice to form the three strands you'll be braiding (see the picture).Start braiding the three strands near the monkey first knot. As you braid, the other end of the rope will become tangled -- after a few plaits, stop to untangle the ends, then continue braiding.

STEP 5.

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Make a braid knot on the other end of the rope, and you're done!

Your Dogs Body.. The Infographic!!

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We found this interesting Infographic on Visual.ly and thought we would share it with you. Like this post? Let us know what you think and comment below,

Enjoy,

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DIY Banana & Peanut Butter Pupsicles

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diy pupsicle primal canine dog training Banana and peanut butter frozen dog treat popsicles.

Ingredients: 32 ounces of plain yogurt, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, 2 tablespoons of honey, ⅓ cup of water, 1 large banana, Crunch ‘n Clean Dog Biscuits, Dixie cups

Directions: This one’s so good that any human may want to try it. Take yogurt, peanut butter, honey, water and the banana (chopped) and place them in a blender or food processor. Purée ingredients together then pour into Dixie cups. Stand dog biscuits in the cups of purée like you would a popsicle stick and then place them in the freezer. Your dog will love you for your culinary creations. They make the perfect after-walk snack or dessert before bed. If you’ve got kids, they might enjoy setting up a lemonade stand variation near the sidewalk for all those thirsty dog-walkers and overheated pooches!

via - http://blog.hartz.com

warning - Please keep in mind your dogs size with these treats and make them accordingly, some dogs may try to swallow if not sized properly. 

DIY BACON PUPSICLE!! GOOD SUMMER TREAT!!

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courtesy of - www.kirbythedorkie.com

We found this homemade treat recipe online and figured with summer coming, this would be a good homemade treat for your pups! enjoy.

Kirby devoured these! I also like bacon, however, I am declaring these strictly for the dogs!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 4 oz cup cinnamon applesauce
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup*
  • 3 oz bag real bacon bits

Preparation Instructions:

1.  In a measuring cup with spout thoroughly mix together all of the ingredients except the bacon.

2.  Stir in the bacon.

3.  Pour the mixture into molds or ice cube trays.

4.  Cover with plastic wrap and let freeze for 4 to 6 hours.

Twist to remove.  If they won't come out easily hold bottom of molds under cool running water and then twist.

* I used real maple syrup.  Pancake syrup would have too many added ingredients.

 

Choke Hazard: PLEASE monitor your dogs when giving them Pupsicles! Alternatively, make sure they are very small, at least the first time out.

DIY Peanut Butter & Banana Treats!

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We ran across this on the Whole Foods blog, its a great treat for dogs with food allergies or dogs on a special diet.
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Ingredients:
  • 1 banana, peeled
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 2/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup dried parsley
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 egg, beaten
Method:

Preheat oven to 300°F. Put banana in a large bowl and use a spoon or potato masher to mash it thoroughly. Add oat flour, oats, parsley, peanut butter and egg and stir well to combine. Set aside for 5 minutes.

Roll mixture into 24 balls, using about 1 tablespoon dough for each; transfer to a large parchment paper-lined baking sheet as done. Use the back of a spoon or the heel of your hand to press each ball into a (1 1/2- to 2-inch) coin. Bake until firm and deep golden brown on the bottom, 40 to 45 minutes. Set aside to let cool completely.

Storage note: It's best to store these in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Or, freeze them to give to your pal later; just be sure to thaw the treats befor handing them out.

Nutritional Info:
PER SERVING:Serving size: 1 each, 45 calories (15 from fat), 1.5g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 10mg cholesterol, 10mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (1g dietary fiber, 1g sugar), 2g protein

DIY Nutty Bacon Treats - Recipe

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What your dog eats is an extremely overlooked part of your dogs health, in fact more than half of the dog food & treats found in pet stores has mass amounts of preservatives and meat by-products (animal hair, bones, waste, etc). Imagine the effect on our body if we ate fast food everyday? Well that is basically what we're feeding our dogs on the daily basis. Now that we as people are looking into better ways of taking care of our bodies with organic non-proccessed foods its time we do the same for our furry loved ones.

Here's a great recipe we found on Dog Hill Kitchens blog -

Nutty Bacon Dog Treats

Makes ~6 dozen 1" diameter treats

Visual ingredient list  3 slices of bacon, diced 1 egg 1/3 cup creamy natural peanut butter (or Sunbutter) 1 tablespoon maple syrup (bacon + maple seemed like a good idea) 3 tablespoons water 1/2 cup soy flour 1/2 whole wheat pastry flour 1/2 cup wheat germ -Preheat oven to 300 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. -Fry the diced bacon until crispy. With a slotted spoon, remove the crispy bacon but save the fat. Allow the fat to cool slightly (2-5 minutes) -Add the egg, peanut butter, maple syrup and water to the bacon fat and mix thoroughly. -Add in the flours and wheat germ and mix until combined. Stir in the crispy bacon pieces. -Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to about 1/4" thick. Cut into desired shapes. I used three different 1" cookie cutters. -Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes (for 1" diameter shapes) until lightly browned. -Cool and make them beg for it.