9 Ideas for Organizing Your Pet Supplies

When you have pets they come with lots of extra supplies. From food, leashes, litter, to everything else in between it can get disorganized fast. Here are 9 Ideas for organizing your pet supplies from tipsaholic.com #pets #supplies #pet Ideas for organizing your pet supplies

Pet ownership comes with a lot of rewards, from sweet wet kisses to companionship, but it also comes with a lot of stuff! Food, leashes, medicine, cleaning supplies, and more can easily overtake the space in your home. Get a handle on organizing your pet supplies with these 9 ideas.

1. Make (or buy) a pet feeding station.

If you have space in your home, a pet feeding station is a great solution to all your pet supply organizing needs. A well-designed pet feeding station should have a spot for your pets to eat their food and a place for you to stash extra food, leashes, and toys.

A secretary desk is a great candidate for a pet station, as shown by this great DIY by Addicted 2 Decorating!

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What makes it especially awesome is that there are separate feeding areas for the dogs and the cat. The dog bowls are positioned below, while the cat bowl is put high above at the top, where the dogs can’t reach. Plus, there’s a soft area that’s perfect for cat lounging. This pet feeding station idea is great for you if you have both cats and dogs.

Here is another petting station, by Crafty Wife Crafty Life. It was made from a dresser. Try this DIY if you already have an old dresser around or find one at a thrift store.

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Not the DIY type? You can always buy a pet feeder station that’s already built for you. This one got great reviews and will look great in your home.

2. Turn a narrow dresser into a pet station.

Don’t have the space for a large pet feeding station? Or maybe you have several pets and a pet feeding station wouldn’t be able to serve them all? Consider turning a narrow dresser into a pet station instead to hold all of your pet supplies. You could put your pets’ food bowls on the ground next to it.

You could label every drawer for maximum organization, like Organization By The Ocean did here.

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Here’s another great pet station, by Chaotically Creative, that uses a narrow dresser. Check out the hooks on the wall next to it to hold leashes. Simple but effective!

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3. Designate a cabinet for all of your pet supplies.

Maybe you have an extra cabinet somewhere in your home that can be used for pet supplies. Empty it out and start organizing your pet supplies in the cabinet by dividing up your items into categories and finding a basket or bin for each category. A Prudent Life used a cabinet in her laundry room to hold all of her pet supplies and it looks great.

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4. Hang up your pet supplies near your front door.

Make it easy for you to grab the things you need to go out for a walk with your pooch. If you have hooks in your entryway, you’re already halfway there towards organizing your pet supplies for walks. Try putting all of your supplies in a cute bag and hang that on one hook instead of spreading everything around. For example, you could put plastic bags, leashes, water bottles, and toys in the bag and just pick it up when you’re on your way out.

Or you could be even more organized with this wall-mounted pet organizer that you can build yourself.

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5. Leave some pet supplies in the car and organize it all in one place.

Do you take your pet to a park or another favorite place on a frequent basis? Don’t lug everything your pet needs every time you go. Find a way to leave everything in the car and organize it so nothing gets lost. Leave an extra leash, an extra ball, a frisbee, a water bowl, and anything else that is needed in a small bin in the back of your car. Or you could put them all in this doggie organizer that goes behind a front seat.

You can find some more great tips here for organizing your pet supplies in the car and what to include in your car kit.

6. Corral all of your kitty litter supplies into one place.

Finding a place for your kitty litter is one thing, but where do you put all the other stuff, like the scooper and the plastic bags? And do you drag the filled plastic bags to the trash can every time? Here’s an easier way: a litter genie. This product acts similar to a diaper pail and provides you a place to put everything in one place with no lingering scents. You can read a review of the product here.

7. Put together a grooming caddy.

Do you groom your pet yourself? Make the whole process easier with a grooming caddy that contains every grooming tool that you use. You could put the caddy in your pet station or wherever you tend to do your pet grooming.

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8. Assemble a first aid kit for your pet in case of an emergency.

Take the time now to put together a first aid kit for your pets and you’ll thank yourself if an emergency happens.

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9. Write down all of your pets’ information in one place.

This isn’t exactly a way to organize pet supplies, but it definitely is a way to organize all the information you have on your pets. These pet care printables were designed for pet sitters, but they can be useful for pet owners to keep track of all medicine, shots, vet visits, and other pertinent information. Put it together in a binder or folder and store it along with your pet supplies.

When you have pets they come with lots of extra supplies. From food, leashes, litter, to everything else in between it can get disorganized fast. Here are 9 Ideas for organizing your pet supplies from tipsaholic.com #pets #supplies #pet
Are you ready to tackle organizing your pet supplies? What other tips do you have for pet owners who might be overwhelmed with all the pet gear?

For more tips on living with pets, check out How to Bathe Your Pet and The Basics of Dog Obedience Training.

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

 

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12 DIY Projects for Cats and Their Owners

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Cats are pretty independent, but they love a good snuggle and an exciting play session. Strike a balance in your home by providing your cat some entertainment, some scratching fun, and some space to relax by themselves, preferably from high above or snuggled into an alcove. Here are some DIY projects for cats that will make your home a dream home for your kitties.

 

1. Cat Scratch Pad

Cats need to scratch to maintain their claws, to mark their territory, and to stretch their bodies. Sometimes this can result in the destruction of your precious furniture, but you can prevent this by providing scratching surfaces for your cats. This nice-looking DIY cat scratch pad will work great if you don’t have space for a large scratching post.

scratch pad

 

2. Self Pet Station

Does your cat jump on your lap while you’re trying to work and beg you to pet them? Or maybe you work long hours away from home and you feel bad that there’s nobody there to pet them? Make this clever self pet station and your cats will love rubbing their bodies against it.

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3. Cat Tent

Cats love to curl up in a tiny and dark space to protect themselves from bigger predators and this instinct is present even in the tamest of house cats. Create this cute cat tent for your feline friend with an old t-shirt!

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4. Pet Bowl Stand

Making feeding time a tad more attractive by making this pet bowl stand for your cats. You’ll be able to remove the bowls for cleaning and your cat will appreciate not having to crouch down so much to eat their meals.

pet bowl stand

 

5. Cat Cardboard Castle

Cat owners everywhere know about cats’ obsessions with boxes. Encourage this obsession by crafting this cool cat cardboard castle for your cats! This could be a fun DIY cat project to do with the kids.

cat cardboard castle

 

6. Cat Hammock

Give your cat a spot to lounge without taking up any of your floor space by making this cool little cat hammock that you can mount on the wall.

cat hammock

 

7. Cat Outdoor Table

Cats don’t need a table, do they? Well, they just might want this one. This cat outdoor table comes with grass and other cat-friendly plants growing on one side and plenty of lounging space on the other side. If your cats like to hang out in your backyard, they’ll love this DIY cat project.

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8. Peek-A-Boo Box

Cats are intelligent animals and they like to be challenged, which explains why you probably have a lot of cat toys that they’re bored with. This crazy clever cat toy is definitely stimulating and exciting enough for the smartest of cats.

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9. Cat Climbing Pole

Cat trees provide cats with lots of climbing fun, but they can get expensive and can take up so much space. Instead, consider making this slim cat climbing pole that you can mount on the wall. Add a shelf at the very top for relaxing for bonus points with your cat.

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10. Cat Window Perches

These sweet cat window perches are easy to make and your cats will love having a spot to slumber in the sun.

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11. DIY Cat Wand Toy

There are many cat wand toys available at pet stores, but if you want to make one yourself so you can make all kinds of additions that you know your cat will love, try this tutorial.

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12 . Cat Shelves and Scratcher

Mount a couple of shelves on the wall and add soft cushions to provide your cats some jumping fun and relaxation. Make it even more cat-friendly by adding a sisal scratcher pad for them to climb up on to reach the shelves.

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If you’re having trouble getting your pets to use these DIY projects for cats, sprinkling cat nip on your completed projects is always a good idea. What do you think of these DIY projects for cats? What other DIY projects have you done for your beloved pets?

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

 

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14 DIY Projects for Dog Owners

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Being a dog owner means that you have a furry friend who loves you no matter what you look like in the morning, but it also means that you need certain things to keep your sweet pet happy and content. Instead of spending big bucks at the pet store, try these 14 useful DIY projects for dog owners. Some of them will make things more convenient for you and your pup, some cleverly reuses some things you might already have, and some will make your home more dog-friendly and more beautiful at the same time.

Dog Car Hammock

Does your dog love to ride in your car with you? Make it safer for your dog and your human riders by making this dog car hammock. In case of an accident, your dog won’t roll under the chairs thanks to this great DIY. Bonus: you’ll have less dog hair on your chairs.

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Dog Pee Pit

If you have a backyard and you often let your dog do their business there, save your grass by making this DIY pee pit with rocks. Make it a part of your landscaping so it looks as great as it is functional.

Cooling Dog Bed

Dogs love to be outside, even when it’s hot outside Make it more comfortable for them to hang out outside with this cooling dog bed. The best part? It’ll cost you only $5! And don’t miss these tips for other ways to keep dogs cool in hot weather.

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Homemade Dog Shampoo

If your dog has problems with flaky or itchy skin, you might want to make this homemade dog shampoo that contains rosemary, coconut oil, and lavender essential oil.

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Dog Ramp

Have an older dog or an injured dog? This dog ramp makes it easier for your pet to climb into bed to snuggle with you. The ramp also folds down, so you can push it underneath your bed when its not in use.

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T-Shirt Dog Toy

All you need is an old t-shirt and a tennis ball to make this DIY dog toy. This toy is easy to make and is great for dogs who love to fetch and play tug-of-war.

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Dog Crate Pillow

Make your travel crate more comfortable for your loveable pup by making this easy dog crate pillow.

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Homemade Dog Toothpaste

Dogs need their teeth brushed just like we do. This homemade dog toothpaste combines coconut oil and chicken (or beef) bouillon granules to make a all-natural toothpaste that your dog will enjoy.

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Belt Dog Collars

Give your dog a stylish look by turning a cool vintage belt into an unique dog collar. You can easily find vintage belts at your nearest thrift store.

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Dog Bowl Placemat

Have a messy eater? Craft this dog bowl placemat with your favorite contact paper and make it easier for you to keep your home a bit cleaner.

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Dog Doo Compost Bin

It’s always a good idea to pick up after your dog’s “doo,” but it’s not a good idea to just throw them into the trash, which can stink up your place or your garage. This clever dog doo compost bin acts like a septic tank to solve this smelly problem.

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DIY Dog Bed

There are so many DIY dog bed tutorials on the internet today, but I especially liked this one because of how simple it is to made and the classic look of the design. This dog bed will fit in any home’s decor and it’s designed to be big enough for two pillowcases to fit into.

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Dog Steps

Have a tiny dog or a dog that needs help getting on the sofa? This cute DIY dog step will come in handy.

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Dog Gate

This DIY gate is actually a baby gate, but it could work just as well for a dog. You could adjust the plans to fit whatever space you want to block off. Forget the cheap baby gates, this DIY dog gate will keep your home looking good and last much longer.

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I hope you’ve found these DIY projects for dog owners useful for you and your best friend! What other DIY projects for dog owners have you made and loved?

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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How to Bathe Your Pet

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Pets do not usually need frequent bathing – the natural oils in their skin, shedding, a good diet, and their instinctual grooming habits keep them clean and their skin and hair healthy. However, our furry family members sometimes need a bit of extra help. There are times when an excess of hair and unpleasant smells can be a bit overwhelming and a good scrub is the only thing that will make snuggling on the couch tolerable again! Follow these tips when giving your dogs, cats, bunnies, and other furry friends a good bath.

 

1. Try to make a bath a calm experience, if not a pleasant one.

Some pets love the water. Some pets don’t. For those who don’t appreciate the  whole soggy business, take extra steps to make bath time a bit more soothing. Make sure all of your bathing supplies and a dry towel are within reach. Water temperatures should be comfortably warm or perhaps cooler on a hot day. Consider having a few treats ready to give your pet throughout the bath. Talk quietly and use your pet’s name frequently for reassurance. Consider placing a rubber mat in your tub to keep your pet from slipping. Ask for help from a friend if you think you might have a hard time keeping your pet safely in the tub.

 

2. Follow a routine like the one you have when you bathe yourself.

Do what you already know how to do. Use warm water to get your pet wet down to the skin so that they are ready for shampooing. If they can tolerate a “sprayer” like a detachable shower head or garden hose, this may be the easiest way to go. Put the sprayer on a gentle setting. Alternatively, you may use a bucket to dip fresh water and gently dump it over your pet’s back. Use an appropriate amount of shampoo based on your pet’s size and length of hair, then softly scrub it into the hair and skin. Avoid sensitive areas around the face (nose, ears, eyes, and mouth) and be gentle when scrubbing other sensitive body parts. If needed, use a damp rag (no soap) to clean your pet’s face. Rinse thoroughly using warm water so that leftover soap doesn’t irritate the skin.

 

3. Keep your pet in a warm environment until they can dry fully.

Once she has been rinsed, wrap your pet up in a towel and begin drying. Remember that it is natural for many pets to shake when wet, and unless you plan on preventing this, you may want to keep them in a warm, open area that can stand a bit of a shower! Some pets can tolerate a blow dryer. If you do use one, keep it on a warm (not hot) setting and hold the dryer about ten inches away from your pet. This may also be a good time for gentle brushing, especially for long-haired pets. Never let a wet pet out in cold temperatures, as wet skin and hair make it hard to keep warm.

 

More tips for how, when, and where to wash your pets:

  • Always allow your pet to remain upright in the bath – don’t force an animal, particularly a rabbit, onto its back, as this is a very vulnerable position and can trigger defensive stress.
  • Healthy pets can be washed as frequently as once a month. Bathing your pet more often than this tends to dry out their hair and skin. If your pet needs special skin care, consult a veterinarian or professional groomer.
  • A very smelly pet may require more than one shampooing. You may also try a vinegar rinse: use one cup of vinegar in one gallon of water and pour it over your pet from the neck down. Rub it into your pet’s hair and skin and dry your pet as you normally would without rinsing the vinegar mixture out of his hair.
  • Pet shampoos of all kinds can be found at your local pet store or found online, such as this organic shampoo on Amazon. Avoid using human shampoos, as these tend to dry out pet skin too much and often have added scents and chemicals that are not good for animals. The exception among human shampoos is unscented baby shampoo, which can be used on many dogs and cats. Dawn dish soap (original variety) has often been suggested as a flea-killing shampoo option for pets.
  • Always be aware of your pet’s individual needs. Some pets have allergies to ingredients in popular pet shampoos (oatmeal can be a challenge for many dogs). If at any time you feel your pet’s safety is compromised, rinse your pet thoroughly, stop the bath, and consult a veterinarian.

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

Tips for Housetraining Your Puppy

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When to start housetraining

Start housetraining your puppy the minute you get home. When you bring your new family member home, put your pup (on a leash) down where you’d like him to go and give him about 10 minutes to go to the bathroom. If your puppy goes, be sure to say something like “go potty” as soon as he starts so that you can use that command in the future. When he’s done don’t forget to praise the heck out of him or her!

Must have: dog crate

Housetraining will be ten times easier if you have a dog crate for your pup! When you’re not watching your puppy put him in the crate and because it’s a small confined area this will become what they consider their home and will likely not have an accident in there unless it’s a real emergency.

The general rule for a dog crate is that they can stand up, turn around and lie down in it easily. However, it shouldn’t be so big that they can go potty in the corner and lie down across the crate. The Midwest Life Stages Crate is great because it comes with a divider so you can use it over the course of the dogs life and just adjust the size and you won’t have to keep buying bigger crates as he grows. Just make sure you get the appropriate size for how big you estimate your dog will be.

Puppies have small bladders

Since puppies are small, their bladders are as well. You also have to keep in mind that not only are you training your dog to do their business outside, you’re also training them how to hold it. If you’ve ever potty trained a child, you understand that the idea of “holding it” isn’t something you’re born with, it’s a learned behavior.

Because puppies (and smaller dogs, too!) have small bladders and aren’t used to holding it, you will have to let them out more frequently at first. My rule of thumb is every two hours is best, at least for the first few days. As your puppy gets good at holding it you can bump it up slowly. Maybe up to 3 hours for a few days, then 4 hours for a few days, etc.

Once your dog is trained he or she should be able to hold it for up 8 hours, depending on the dog. But you can’t expect them to hold it all day. Remember to let your dog out before you leave the house and when you get back to prevent accidents!

Extra tips

  • Always let your dog out 30 minutes after a meal, after a nap, after a bath and first thing in the morning. These are times when they’ll almost always immediately want to relieve themselves.
  • Praise is good when they go where you want, when you want. A small (pea sized) treat the second they finish and some petting is great positive reinforcement.
  • It’s better to prevent than punish. Punishment doesn’t work well with dogs. If you can’t watch your puppy closely, put him or her in their crate to prevent it from happening in the first place.
  • Get used to the signs your dog gives before they go to the bathroom. Most dogs sniff/circle around right before they squat or lift their leg. If you can catch them before the act you can take them outside before they have an accident.
  • If your catch your dog having an accident make a loud noise or clap to startle them and get them to stop. Then silently scoop them up and put them outside to go. They may or may not continue, but if they do, praise as usual.

It takes a while to train a puppy, but the more consistent you are, the better the results! Also check out these great tips for basic obedience training!

About the Author: Aileen is a wife, entrepreneur and animal lover. She lives in a small California town, with her husband and a handful of pets, where she spends her days doing freelance blog design. You can find more at Life by Aileen where she talks about chasing dreams and her attempts at a simpler life or follow along on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest.

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7 Creative Ideas for a Pregnancy Announcement

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Announcing a pregnancy is one of the most exciting times of one’s life. You want it to be special and memorable, and getting a whole bunch of likes on Facebook doesn’t hurt, either. Many creative parents-to-be have come up with many fun ways to announce a pregnancy, including the seven great ideas listed below. Maybe these pregnancy announcement ideas will help you come up with one of your own!

1. Get your older kids to participate in your pregnancy announcement. (picture: slide 1)

Your older children are probably as excited about the upcoming new baby as you are, so why not include them in your pregnancy announcement? You could create a special t-shirt for your beaming toddler or give chalkboard signs for your two older kids to hold for a special photo.

2. Let your adorable pet(s) announce your pregnancy. (picture: slide 2)

Have a pup or a couple of feline friends who have no idea what’s coming to them in 9 months? Put a cute sign around their neck or put them next to a homemade sign for your pregnancy announcement.

3. Get creative with signs. (picture: slide 3)

Pose with your significant other next to a sign that clearly implies that a baby is on the way. A bright yellow sign that says BUMP AHEAD is perfect, but DIYing a couple of clever directional signs on a pole could be another great way to announce a pregnancy.

4. Include a pair of teeny baby shoes in your pregnancy announcement. (picture: slide 4)

Who can resist a tiny pair of baby shoes? No one can and that’s why this style of pregnancy announcement is so popular. Also, this could be a great way to announce the gender of your baby.

5. Consider a holiday-related pregnancy announcement. (picture: slide 5)

Announcing a pregnancy during pumpkin season or just before Christmas? Take advantage of your great timing to come up with a creative holiday-themed pregnancy announcement, such as carving a tiny pumpkin inside of a bigger pumpkin or hanging up an extra Christmas stocking.

6. Come up with an exciting math equation. (picture: slide 6)

One plus one equals two, right? Not always, since one could have another little one inside her. If math is your thing, you could come up with a fun equation that has your family and friends doing the math and realizing that you’re pregnant!

7. Include humor in your pregnancy announcement. (picture: slide 7)

A new pregnancy is a very joyful event, but when you make it funny, it’s even better. The mother-to-be could be scarfing down ice cream or junk food as the father-to-be anxiously reads how-to books or nervously assembles a crib with many parts.

Looking for more ideas for family photos? Here’s some ideas of how to dress your family and a cute way to display your family photos.

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“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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The Basics of Dog Obedience Training

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Teaching your dog a few simple commands can make life a bit easier for both of you. For example, if you can teach your dog to sit and stay, you can use this before opening the front door without the risk of your dog running out into the street or overwhelming a guest as they walk in the door.

Every pet owner should teach their dogs at least a few basic commands and use them on a regular basis. Making your dog sit quietly before meals, when children are around or just for fun are great tools to have to help control your pet since we can’t talk to them and tell them what we need from them. We’ve got the basics of dog obedience training to get you started.

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Tools for training

  • Treats: go for smelly, soft, tiny pea-sized treats like these. The size is great for training because they don’t take your dog long to eat and you can move on quickly.
  • Treat Pouch: you can keep treats in your pocket, but it gets a little messy and you’re going to end up smelling like treats all day. This one is great because it clips to your belt or pocket.

Tips before you begin

  • Keep training sessions short, maybe 5-15 minutes so your dog doesn’t get bored and restless
  • Stay positive! Do NOT punish or get frustrated with your dog if they don’t get it right away. You want your dog to look forward to training sessions. If you start to get angry or frustrated end the session and try again later.
  • Try not to use a voice command at first, saying “sit” a million times when he doesn’t know what that means will just cause him to ignore that command. Once you have the hand gesture down then you can add a voice command to it. But again, avoid saying it over and over and over. If they aren’t doing it they either don’t understand the command or are too distracted.

 

“Watch Me”

One thing I recommend is to teach a dog to pay attention to you. This command basically says, “Hey, look at me, I’m going to give you a command”.

To start call your dog over, as soon as he looks at you, say “good, watch me” and give him a treat. That’s basic idea. You can do this randomly throughout the day and have a quick 5 minute session where anytime he looks at you, you say “good, watch me” and he gets a treat. Soon you should be able to call your dog over say “watch me” and have him know to look at you, even if there are some distractions around.

 

“Sit”

A basic command is the “sit” command. To train your dog to do this, have a treat between your thumb and fingers so your dog can see and smell it. Then slowly guide your dog into a sitting position by moving your hand over to your dogs nose and then up, kind of in a swooping motion. You might have to go slowly, let you dog sniff the treat and then move your hand up over their head. Naturally, most dogs will sit so that they can lift their nose higher. You might have to do this a few times, but eventually your dog will get it.

 

“Down”

To train a dog “down”, put them in a “sit” first. Take a treat between your fingers and hold it in front of the dogs nose then slowly bend down, pulling your hand (and the treat) down to the ground. Your dogs nose will follow and he might lie down right away.

If he doesn’t lie down try twisting your wrist with the treat so the back of your hand is blocking the dog’s nose from the treat. Most dogs will try to reach around with their noises. Another trick is to slowly pull your hand towards you (still on the ground) so the dog will lie down to get closer to it.

If your dog gets up to get the treat when you pull away, that’s fine. Don’t give him a treat, put him into a sit and try again. You’ll eventually figure out what works to get your dog into a down position.

Once your dog gets the idea you won’t have to bend down and eventually you’ll just be able to point down and your dog will understand that signal.

 

“Stay”

The best way to train your dog to stay is to have him in a “down” because he’s less likely to get up.

While your dog is lying down, put your hand up as if to say “stop” and take a few steps back. If he doesn’t get up, walk back to him and give him a treat. As your dog gets good at this you can move farther and farther away, turn your back or even leave the room.

When you want to release your dog just walk back over and say “ok” to let him know he can get up.

 

About the Author: Aileen is a wife, entrepreneur and animal lover. She lives in a small California town, with her husband and a handful of pets, where she spends her days doing freelance blog design. You can find more at Life by Aileen where she talks about chasing dreams and her attempts at a simpler life or follow along on FacebookInstagramTwitter or Pinterest.

Non-Toxic Bug Spray for Your Family, Pets and Garden

Spending time outside during the summer is great – except for the bugs!   Bug spray seems like a good idea, but many contain harsh chemicals and toxins that we don’t really want to put on our skin, on our pets or around our gardens. Using simple household products and some natural essential oils, you can make your own insect repellent that is both safe and effective.

 Homemade Natural Bug Spray

How to Make Non-Toxic Bug Spray for Your Family, Pets and Garden

 

1) For your family:

Fill a small glass spray bottle (about 8 ounces) halfway with witch hazel and then fill nearly to the top with distilled water. Add 10 drops each of the following essential oils: tea tree, eucalyptus, mint and citronella. Then add 10 more drops of another fragrant essential oil, such as lavender, rosemary, geranium or lemongrass (whatever smells best to you). Just shake well and spray to keep those nasty bugs away!

 

2) For your dog:

Peel several lemons, limes and/or oranges and add the peels to a pot on the stove. Add enough water to cover the peels and bring the mixture to a boil. Turn off the heat and let the mixture cool completely. Discard the peels and put the remaining citrusy water into a spray bottle. Add 25 drops of essential oil for every 8 ounces of citrusy water – I like to use a combination of mint, lavender and eucalyptus. To repel mosquitos, shake the mixture well and spray on your dogs’ backs (where they can’t lick it off) before you take them outside – just be sure not to get it in their eyes!

 

3) For your garden:

In a small spray bottle, mix 3 cups water, 2 tablespoons mild oil (such as vegetable), 1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid and 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper. Shake well and apply to plants and small bushes to control aphids.

 

Have a great, bug-free summer!

Julianne Puckett is the creator of Yankee Kitchen Ninja, a blog about what she calls “stealthy homemaking” — healthy recipes that are quick and easy to prepare, DIY gardening tips and the occasional craft project. A designer, writer and former suburban-dwelling IT professional, she lives in rural Vermont, where she struggles to balance the siren call of her inner farmer with her love of cute shoes and cocktails.

6 Ways to Keep Your Dog Cool in the Summer

Keep your dog cool  in the summer

 

When summer rolls around it’s important to look at different ways you can keep your dog cool and comfortable. If you want to keep your dog cool this summer, I’ve gathered a few tips for you.

6 Ways to Keep Your Dog Cool in the Summer

 1. Frozen Treats & Food

Check your local petstore for logs of pet food. Most have these available and the logs can be cut into large chunks and frozen. Even better, put it in a kong toy and your dog will be entertained as well as cool.

2. Use a Kid Pool

Not all dogs love water, but it’s worth a try to see if yours does! Kiddie pools are cheap and can be filled up and kept in the shade for your dog to stand or lay in when he gets overheated. Kiddie pool too much of a hassle? Throw down a wet towel in the shade that your pup can rest on to cool off.

3. Keep Your Dog Inside

If at all possible, try to keep your dog inside on hot days. This is especially recommended during the hottest part of the day. Worried your dog will tear up the place while you’re gone? Most dogs can be kept in crates for a few hours while your gone keeping your future and your furry friend safe.

4. Time Your Walks & Exercise Right

Even though you might not feel like it, your dog still need exercise in the heat of the summer. Try to walk or run your pooch in the early morning or late afternoon when it’s cooled down a bit and overheating is less of a threat.

5. Grooming Can Make a Huge Difference

If you have a dog with long hair or a dense undercoat, a trip to the groomer can work wonders! Thick undercoats can be brushed out and long hair can be cut to increase air circulation and allow your dog to feel breezes to cool down.

6. Keep Your Dog Hydrated

Never underestimate the importance of having water available for your pet at all times!

 

Author: Aileen is a wife, entrepreneur and animal lover. She lives in a small California town, with her husband and a handful of pets, where she spends her days designing blogs and running her online boutique. You can find more at Life by Aileen where she talks about chasing dreams and her attempts at a simpler life.