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All too often we hear these phrases, "my dog is too small, it doesn't need training" or "are there any small dog classes or do you only train big dogs?" Granted that all dogs are individuals and have their own special personality and deserve to be trained and treated as individuals, it does not take away from the fact that your dog is still a dog. Their natural behavior and the way they process things is still the same. Dogs are some of the most opportunistic beings out there and will try take advantage of any situation out there. It is up to us as owners to manage each situation so they do not develop any unwanted behaviors. 

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How to Make Eco-Friendly Dog Toys from Old Jeans & Tees | DIY Project

Who wants a green dog? We're helping our dogs go green by upcycling old jeans and t-shirts into fun, eco-friendly dog toys. 

Fetch this easy DIY project by shredding your old, undonatable jeans and tees and braiding your way into your dog's playful heart. 

Why buy disposable toys that are made from chemical-laden plastic when you can make your own out of your old clothes. This is one of the easiest DIY projects out there. Start by getting your frustrations by ripping some old clothes to shreds. Then braid the stands together and knot both ends for a great pull toy. 

If your doggie loves to fetch, add a tennis ball on the end and watch those old clothes fly! 

This green and thrifty project from tuja's very own Frugal Frog will save money on toys, keep chemicals and toxins out of your pet's mouth and upcycle clothes that were bound for the dump. Good for the planet, your pooch and the pocketbook. 

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Easy & Healthy Homemade Dog Treats

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homemade dog treats

via Primal Canine


  • 1 large sweet potato (boiled)
  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • coconut spray (to coat baking tray)


Mash all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Measure out table spoon size balls, roll the balls together, and place on a non-stick pan coated with coconut spray. Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 - 25 minutes. Take them out of the oven, let them cool, and let your dog enjoy. You can store them in the fridge for up to a couple weeks.

Raw Dinner Dog Recipe

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There are a lot of benefits to feeding your dogs a raw food diet. One of my 3 dogs had really bad skin, and after numerous vet visits we finally came to the conclusion that it was allergies to his food that was irritating his skin. Read more about raw diets here. My dogs absolutely love it. Not only is it good for them, but if it's done correctly you can even save money with this type of diet.


*This is based on a 60lb active dog*

  • 8 - 10  ounces ground meat (amount varies depending on the size & active level of your dog)
  • half a sweet potato (boiled)
  • grated carrots
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • dash of cinnamon


Just mix all your ingredients in your feeding bowl, and watch your dog enjoy! I leave them in their crates for a few minutes to let the food digest after feeding them.

How To Make Holistic Sweet Potato Dog Treats #diy

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This Great Recipe is from -

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours


  • 2-3 large sweet potatoes cut into 1/4" thick slices
  • dehydrator, you could also use an oven at a very low temperature.


  1. Cut your sweet potatoes into 1/4" thick pieces.
  2. Set your dehydrator to 125 F. If using an oven set it as low as it will go.
  3. Allow the potatoes to dehydrate for 8 hours or until almost dry, but not brittle. If using an oven, check the potatoes after 4 hours.
  4. Store in refrigerator.

Practicing pet safety with a DIY car hammock

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Great read via - Pet safety’s a big thing for me, especially in the car. My Bernese Mountain Dog, Cody, travels mostly in the back of our Jeep where he can stand and move around easily, protected in part by a large metal gate that attaches behind the second row of seats in the car and divides him from us human passengers. The gate keeps us safe too, many pet owners don’t often consider how risky it is for everyone when a large dog is thrust forward during an accident.

My Dad’s all over the safety concern aspect, although our style dog gate wouldn’t fit into his Toyota Corolla, nor would a big dog crate, and his dog, a Golden Retriever, stubbornly refuses to wear a dog seatbelt. To remedy his problem and make everyone more safe, I offered to make a custom dog seat cover that acts more as backseat hammock for their dog, giving him a comfortable place to ride and making it so that he’s less likely to fall into the backseat foot area, or lunge into the dashboard should something terrible happen. Bonus factor: it’ll help keep the seats clean, I’m sure all you fur-baby lovin’ folks can appreciate that. I see hammocks like this sold in pet stores, and they’re regularly priced between $50-$150, but I knew I could make something effective myself with a limited budget. (Fact: this whole project cost <$30)

A golden retriever who loves his DIY car seat.

Read the whole tutorial to see how I created this DIY dog seat cover for my family.

I started with 3 yards of heavy outdoor fabric that was sale priced at $5.49/yard. I especially like outdoor fabrics for pets, and used it for our DIY dog bed because it’s more likely to repel stains and withstand heavy wear. The print I chose satisfied a few conditions: it needed to be able to disguise mud, Golden Retriever fur, and not be overly feminine since it was going in a man’s car. Men don’t want always respond well to the magenta chevron fabric options, I’ve found.

Fabric for our new dog car hammock.

In planning its execution, I decided on folding the 3 yards of fabric in half and sewing it into a sleeping bag-like form leaving on end open.

We have plenty of old bath towels floating around our home, and I decided to use them to line and cushion the entire piece. I layered them in a way to create an almost completely even bed for the hammock. If you don’t have scrap towels around, consider buying a few new towels at the dollar store or Walmart where they are usually priced low. Alternatively, I’ve used thin memory foam mattresses as dog beds in the past. You can usually source $20 XL twin sized pieces and fold them to create a cushy pad.

Using old towels as inserts in the new dog car hammock.

Initially, it didn’t seem likely that three layers of towels would slide easily through our sewing machine, so I started by loosely hand stitching the layers together with orange embroidery thread. It wasn’t hard, but it took a long while and I wasn’t sure it would be strong enough. Eventually, my curiosity won over and I found myself testing the limits of my little Singer. Excitedly (there may have been fist pumping) the machine ate through the thick layers with ease.

Sewing the dog hammock.

I sewed across the car hammock horizontally in four places; the middle two seams were a little tight because there’s only so much room to bunch the excess fabric, but I made it work and it turned out really great.

Sewing the dog car hammock.

I designed the unit to have four adjustable points of attachment using parachute buckles (4 at $2/each) and webbing bought by the yard (4 yards total, about $1/yard). By attaching two to each end, the padded piece would hook to the four car headrests making this safety and dog comfort device literally, a hammock.

Parachute Buckles and Nylon webbing for strong and secure straps.

I attached the webbing by sewing it in place to each end of the hammock, liberally spacing it as I went so that there was plenty of adjustment room (I didn’t have my Dad’s Corolla around for measurements while I planned this, so I based the spacing off of our Subaru Outback Sport).

The finished piece with all clips in place looked like this, folded in half:

Finished dog car hammock.

Installed, it was inviting and charming and sure to keep the dog safer and more comfortable. How have you customized your vehicles for your furry friends?

DIY dog car seat

Catching the home improvement bug at an early age, Emily Winters is a now a devoted DIYer living in Rochester, NY. The projects she covers on her blog Merrypad range from painting a wall to building a deck, so it’s only natural she landed at You can follow Emily on twitter at @merrypad and like her on facebook at


25 Dog Costumes That Will Make You LOL

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We’ve rounded up 25 of the most hilarious dog costumes we’ve spotted around the web. Whether or not you’re someone who actually dresses up your dog, we’re sure you’ll at least crack a smile at some of the wacky ideas people have come up with. Let us know which are your favorites in the comments below!



Hot Diggity Dog – $18.99 – Hot dog! Love this one? You can even buy amatching costume for your baby.


Taco Dog – $9.99 – $10? What a steal!

McDonald’s Fast Food – We can’t believe this is even possible.

Bacon – $20 – Just make sure your dog doesn’t try to eat himself.


Jockey – $14.99 – This one seems least annoying for the amount of hilarity that’s going on.



Football Player – $13.99 – It would be fun to dress your dog in your favorite team jersey or colors.




Tickle Me Pink Crayola Crayon – $12.99 and Blue Crayola – $12.99 – Where is Macaroni & Cheese!?



Chia Pet (DIY) – Um… so random and hilarious.




Zebra + Skunk – This takes body painting to a whole new level!



Bee – we can’t get over the cuteness!


Spider – this seems like a pretty easy DIY costume


Angry Birds – $26.99



Dorothy - $15.99 – These costumes work particularly well if you have multiple dogs or want to dress your dog up with a few friends’ dogs.

Cowardly Lion - $15.99

Tin Man - $15.99

Scarecrow - $15.99



Lady Dog-ga – $19.99 – We totally made that name up, but it’s fitting, right?



Wonder Woman – $14.99 and Superman - $14.99 – The front legs as human feet kill me every time.



Where’s Waldo? - I wanted to buy this one for Pixel, but unfortunately it’s out of stock :(



Airforce Pilot - A great choice particularly if it’s going to be raining near you this Halloween. Those goggles will protect his eyes!



Darth Vader and Miss Piggy  – Reader submitted! We love it.


And last, but not least…


Snooki from Jersey Shore - $25.99 – Yep, we’ve hit an all new low in the world.


Best in Breed DIY Dog Biscuits

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Here's a great DIY recipe we found on, have fun making these for your pups and enjoy!

Best of Breed Dog Biscuits.

Preheat the oven to 300°F. Lightly grease a couple of baking sheets, or line them with parchment.

Put the following in a mixing bowl:

2 cups King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour or Premium Whole Wheat Flour 1 cup rolled oats, regular or quick 1 tablespoon dried parsley or 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley 1/2 cup Baker’s Special Dry Milk or nonfat dry milk 1/2 teaspoon salt

Stir to combine.

Add 2 large eggs and 1 cup (9 1/4 ounces) peanut butter, crunchy or plain.

Stir to combine; the mixture will be crumbly.

Add 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon cold water, or enough to make a cohesive dough. Depending on the season, you may need to add a bit more (winter), or a bit less (summer).

To make dog cookies, drop the dough in walnut-sized balls onto a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Flatten to about 1/4” thick.

I’ve used the pusher tool from a Cuisinart food processor, which makes a nice imprint on top.

To cut out dogbone biscuits, roll the dough about 1/4” thick. No, it’s not pretty; it’ll develop cracks all over, and very ragged edges. No worries; trust me, your dog won’t care about looks.

Cut with a 3 1/2” cutter (or the size of your choice). Gather and re-roll the scraps, and continue to cut biscuits until you’ve used all the dough.

Lay the biscuits close together on the prepared baking sheets. Since the biscuits don’t include any leavening (baking powder, yeast, etc.), they won’t spread much.

Bake the biscuits for about 40 to 60 minutes, baking the smaller cookies for the shorter amount of time, the larger biscuits for the longer amount of time.

When finished, the biscuits will be dark golden brown, and will be dry and crisp all the way through.

And yes, it’s OK to break one open and taste it. If it’s good enough for Man’s Best Friend, it’s good enough for you!

I only baked the round cookies in the center for about 25 minutes; they should have baked longer. They were somewhat soft inside. No worries; if you find your biscuits are soft, just store them in the fridge, and use them up sooner.


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Step 1: Materials & Tools

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1. Materials & Tools Needed for “Y” Shaped Dog Tug & Toss Toy •3/8” Rope •Tape Measure •Scissors •3 Small Zip Ties •Marker •Needle-Nose Pliers or Hemostats •Lighter
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These easy to make colorful rope toys are great for any size dog.

"Y" SHAPED DOG TUG & TOSS TOYProject Cost $1.68 (100' of rope at $7.00 = $0.07 a foot; Project 24' x $0.07 = $1.68)

Check out my basic version of this toy at Dog Toys for Heavy Chewers

If you are having trouble tying the knot see my video BASIC KNOT VIDEO

(If you are concerned with your dog ingesting the nylon rope, natural 3/8" jute rope can be used instead) WARNING

Please discard if toy becomes damaged or torn. Not intended for children. Should be used for chewing & playing only. Supervision is recommended when dogs are playing with toys.

10 DIY Ways To Spoil Your Dog

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We came across this article on and thought we'd share it with you, let us know what you think comment below!

1. “Dog Collar”

"Dog Collar"

2. Knitted Doggy Tutu

Knitted Doggy Tutu

3. Doggy Kimono

Doggy Kimono

4. Ombré Dog Leash

Ombré Dog Leash

5. Suitcase Dog Bed

Suitcase Dog Bed

6. Tennis Ball Toy

Tennis Ball Toy

Use an old shirt to make this little octopus toy. As a bonus, it’ll drive your pup crazy because it smells like you!

7. Easy Dog Biscuits

Easy Dog Biscuits

8. Metal Stamped Dog tags

Metal Stamped Dog tags

9. Little Leg Warmers

Little Leg Warmers

10. DIY Dog Wall Art

The sweetest piece of artwork you’ll ever own. Get the DIY here.

How To: Build Proper Pack Structure [Basic Tips]

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In Households with multiple dogs it is extremely important to build proper pack structure to decrease the amount of dog fights over ranking. The dogs that get more "privileges" are going to be known as a higher ranking pack member, for lower ranking dogs this presents a challenge and being that dogs are pack animals they will test the higher ranking dogs if not properly trained. This video is one of many videos we will be releasing about pack structure.

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