If your dog was outside around one of the white-striped pests that create such a…memorable…smell, you might think you’re going to have to spend hours using tomato juice to remove it. Not so, thanks to this easy trick.
Mix together baking soda, some soap, and a little bit of hydrogen peroxide to create a cleansing solution that cuts down on the time and the smell. The recommended mixture is a big bottle of hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup of baking soda, and then two teaspoons of liquid soap. After that, start scrubbing – just make sure to keep it away from the eyes, or your dog won’t be happy.
Reduce Spillage During Thirsty Trips
We've all spilled a few times, but if your dog can't control its licker, it can be a big problem no matter where the water bowl is. If you travel long distances and don't want the inside of your vehicle to get soaked, pick up a spill-proof bowl to keep the water in and keep your pet refreshed.
There's less worry about the mess, but we recommend putting down newspaper or plastic just in case. Any dog owner is aware that it doesn't matter how much work you do to stop it – dogs will always find a way to make a mess.
Leave the Cat Carrier Out
Most of the time, when you haul out the cat carrier, the kitty runs for cover – it means a trip to the vet, most likely. Getting your cat inside can sometimes be an issue, but there's an easy way to make this annoying job simpler.
Leave the carrier out in the home for a week or two, which will allow your cat to give it a good sniff, take a nap inside it, and break the association it has with car rides to scary, uncomfortable places. It might even end up being a place that your cat enjoys napping in if you decorate it with the right fluffy items.
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.
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.