Pets. We all love ’em. Problem is, they’re super messy. Even if they’re house-trained, they’re going to be shedding. Even bunny rabbits or guinea pigs are going to shed and leave hair in your place. It can be a nightmare.
If you want to keep your favorite furniture and your carpets free of pet hair, hit them with a simple squeegee. The stiff rubber will pull hairs away and allow you to collect them so you can vacuum them up. It’s cheaper than a lint roller and it works like a charm as long as the hair or fur isn’t super short.
Create Your Own Flirt Pole
What is a flirt pole, you ask? It's a ball, attached to a rope, attached to a long pole. It's a useful way to train in simple commands, it's a great workout without going on a walk, and it's pretty easy to make one of your own.
All you'll need is some PVC pipe (Suggested length for a large dog: four to six feet) about ten to fifteen feet of rope, and a dog toy. Put the rope through the pipe, knot at both ends, and tie the toy to one end. It will be of great interest to a dog that has a prey drive.
Teach Your Dog to Find the Treats
“Find the treats” might be a dog's favorite game at any time of the day. Teach your dog this trick by...hiding treats around the house. No, it's not complicated, but it's going to be something they enjoy. You can incorporate nose work games by hiding the treats underneath items like cups or blankets. This tactic keeps your furry friends active and mentally stimulated while you have to focus on something else.
Spice up a boring day stuck inside and increase your dog's natural investigation and inquisitive nature. You can even vary the number of treats for different amounts of time.
Make a Re-stuffable Dog Toy
If your dog loves stuffed toys but is a little too rambunctious for them, this tip might be for you. You can make a re-stuffable dog toy out of an empty rubber toy, pre-cut pieces of fleece, and some treats. Stuff the ball with the pieces of fleece, and then follow up with some treats.
The treats aren't necessary, but they will draw your dog's interest. The dog will not only work to get the treats out, but it will probably enjoy getting all the fleece out as well. Once it's done, just shove the fleece back in.
Grow Your Own Catnip
Cats love catnip, and cat owners love watching cats enjoy their catnip. It powers up the cats much in the same way caffeine hits humans, engaging their brains and increasing their energy. The trick is the chemical nepetalactone, which is present in the catnip, and which does almost nothing for humans.
There are lots of pet supply stores where you can get some, but you might also try growing your own so your cat can have a pick-me-up whenever it's needed. Just make sure the cat can't get to it very easily, or you might quickly find the plant torn to shreds.