Instead of the same old treats or a little bit of praise, mix and match the rewards you dish out to keep dogs interested and willing to learn without settling into a rut.
Dogs might not be the brightest in the household, but they can still figure out when a training session is going to begin. Maybe it’s a bag of treats, maybe it’s a specific toy. Mix up the rewards you hand out to make training more fun and organic. Some dogs like treats, while others just enjoy playing. Switch things up to find what your dog best responds to, but make sure there is still some variance.
The White Towel Test
Fleas are a big problem for dogs and their owners. If you think your dog might have some of these parasites, there's an easy trick for finding out. Have your dog lay down on a white towel or sheet while you examine and brush the fur.
The white fabric will make it easy to see if any of the dirt is actually fleas since they'll still be moving around. If you don't see any – great! If you do catch sight of some nasties, then you can start treating your pup and rid it of them.
Just Don't Close It
Dogs need sleep – they're like little people in that way. Thus, dog beds. If you have a dog that might be able to fit inside a drawer, you can save a little bit of space by creating a drawer dog bed.
With some woodworking skills on your side, you can remove the old drawers at the bottom of a dresser or some other furniture item. After that, put a cushion inside and get your dog to lie down. It depends on the dog, of course, but as long as they can fit, they have a pretty good chance of liking it.
Get a Scratching Post
We probably don't have to tell you that your cat needs a scratching post – other than a litter box, it's the thing that everyone knows a cat requires. But, let's go over why this is so important: Cats use scratching as a way to make sure their claws are short and sharp, and they'll do it on the best thing they can find, be it a scratching post or your fancy new couch.
A scratching post is durable and the right kind of feeling for a cat's claws. Even if your cat isn't interested right away, a little bit of catnip will do just the trick to attract it.
Give Them a Spot to Dig
Some dogs love to dig. Other dogs love to follow your lead as you tend to your garden. The end result is the same. One way to deal with this behavior is to create a digging box and teach your dog to focus its energy there.
Grab a gardening kit and some sand to make a corner of your yard purpose-built for digging. Bigger dogs like Pyrenees love to get down and dirty, and if they have a spot of their own where they can dig they might not even need walks. Make a bottom out of wood, create some sides, and fill with sand. Done.