Carabiners have lots of handy uses, and way more than just while climbing. If you need your dogs to stay put while you run into a store for a minute, a carabiner can be just what you’re looking for.
Wrap the leash around a pole or post and attach the end to the middle using a carabiner for a quick way to keep them in one place. If you have more than one dog, this is also a tactic that will keep multiple dogs together. Really, if you’re going on a walk, take a carabiner with you.
Fix Their Eating
Dogs can actually suffer from a couple of eating disorders. The cause is, just like us, eating too much or too little. One way or the other, a simple trick can help assuage these problems. Take a ball your dog enjoys playing with and put it inside the bowl with the food.
If your pooch eats too little, this will help keep their interest in their food for a longer amount of time, so they might end up eating more. If they eat too much (usually because they're eating too quickly) the ball will get in their way and slow them down (you might also try feeding them less).
Muffin Tin Toy
If you need a simple way to keep your dog busy while you're working on something, just grab a muffin tin. Place a treat inside each of the cups, and cover them all with tennis balls – you might need to pick some more up.
Set the muffin tin on the ground and get your dog's attention. You might have to remove one of the tennis balls to show the treat underneath, and then most dogs will get the idea. They can work on their handling skills and have a little snack while you get your own work done. It's a win-win.
They Can Use Vaseline Just Like Us
Dogs' paws are tough but even they can get worn down and painful, especially in extreme temperatures. It might not happen too often, but it's good to have something you can do in these situations.
If your dog likes to go on long walks but this painful thing is happening, rub some petroleum jelly on the soles of its feet. The dog might become interested in the stuff, but the taste isn't pleasant to anyone, and it will reduce pain and discomfort while you're out and about.
Create Your Own Dog Toys
You know what's really weird? The prices of dog toys. Yeah, they have to be durable enough to stand up to gnashing jaws and sharp teeth, but it's still kind of crazy. Thankfully, there are lots of ways to make your own.
One of the easiest ways is to take an old sock and an empty water bottle. Shove the water bottle into the sock and tie off the end to get something that can occupy your pet at almost no cost. Bigger dogs will probably finish this DIY dog toy off pretty quickly, so this is best for smaller or younger dogs that haven't developed bigger muscles yet.