7 Must-Know Life Hacks for Dog Owners

Life hacks are awesome. They’re simple tips and tricks that you’d never have thought of and that help make some of the most basic struggles and complications in life a breeze to deal with. There are life hacks for all kinds of things: from why horror movies are great date ideas to how to get free drinks from vending machines (warning… this is not a guaranteed effort) to how to make your thesis seem longer than it is without adding a single word.

So it makes sense that there are life hacks for dogs. And these seven are pretty cool.

1. How to Remove Dog Hair from your Carpet

For many dog owners, a carpet is the bane of their domestic existence. All those tiny bristly hairs… unless you have a vacuum cleaner that looks like it was invented on the set of Star Trek and costs more than your car, you’re in for a miserable, literally hair-pulling life. Unless you have a squeegee handy. Or a pair of rubber gloves. Genius.

2. How to Stop Your Dog from Eating Like a Maniac

You know the type. Some dogs attack their food like it’s trying to run away. Dogs who gulp their meals down too quickly risk all kinds of digestive problems, like gas, bloating or vomiting. Should you go out and buy a fancy slow-feeding dog bowl with multiple compartments? Or should you go out and buy a tennis ball?

3. What to Do When You Run Out of Pet Carpet Cleaner

This one’s almost too easy.

4. How to Tie Your Dog to a Post and Not Worry About Your Knot-Tying Skills

How many times have you made the best knot possible when you need to tie your dog up for a few minutes? You’re outdoors, you need to run into a restaurant or shop or some other non-dog-friendly place, and you’re convinced you’ve secured your pooch with your Navy SEAL-like knot tying skills. Only, every second that you spend inside, you worry more and more that your dog has figured out a way to get free. Turns out that all you need is one easy-to-find helper.

Okay, that’s enough for a teaser. Watch the video to discover the last three life hacks for dog owners!

Trick or (Dog) Treat? Common Snacks that Could Be Harmful to Your Pets

Look, we know how hard it gets for humans sometimes. We have that look. You know the one. It’s the look every dog has mastered, the one that makes it look like if you don’t give us a treat, we won’t be able to live with the heartache and misery that will follow.

Of course it’s an act, and it’s a really convincing one. BUT you have to exercise your human judgement when it comes to the snacks you throw our way. As far as we’re concerned, anything that looks remotely like food (and quite a few things that don’t look at all like they could be edible) will do for a treat. But we don’t always know what’s good for us, and you’d be surprised at which everyday foods can do us harm.

For example, most of you know that chocolate isn’t good for us… along with these other foods. But what about cooked chicken bones? Check out the infographic below to get the full picture on what you should, and shouldn’t feed your dog.

 

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Infographic courtesy of Vet-Medic.com.

Covered in Motor Oil!! Who Thought It Was a Good Idea to Do this To A Dog??

This is one of those times when we wonder what’s the deal with some humans. Poor Diego was left outside of the San Antonio Humane Society covered in motor oil. He’s not a biker or a mechanic; his human owners had been trying to cure him from something called sarcoptic mange. And they probably chose the worst possible way to do it!

Luckily for him (and sadly for us), the good people at the Humane Society have seen this before and knew exactly what to do!

Humans, home remedies sometimes are not remedies at all! So please consult a vet before trying to be one. 🙁

10 Guard Dogs That Are Perfect for Protecting Your Family

A dog’s devotion to his family is beyond question. When our family loves us, we will do anything for them. That said, not all dogs are guard dogs. Some of us naturally have more protective instincts than others… not to mention a fiercer bark, sharper fangs and the strength (or tenacity) to rip a man’s arm off at the shoulder.

Let’s face it; your toy poodle can bark all he wants at an intruder, but it won’t do much to deter him. And even I admit I wouldn’t be much help to Dave when push came to shove (sorry, Dave!). But these guys? Oh yeah… we’d want them protecting our turf. And they’re awesome pets to boot!

10. Doberman Pinscher

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The doberman benefits as much from his reputation as his bite. These elegant dogs have earned notoriety as vicious attack dogs, which means anyone who sees a doberman in your yard will probably think 10 times before trying anything. In truth, dobies are loyal, lovable and extremely intelligent. If you think they don’t know the difference between a stranger and a family member, watch this doberman handle the youngest member of her family.

Photo by ERAL / CC BY

9. Chow Chow

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You wouldn’t think this giant furball that kinda makes me think of an Ewok with fangs would be a top-notch guard dog, right? But did you know that these majestic creatures were once used to guard royal residences in China? Bred for home protection, they remain alert, watchful pets who are also extremely affectionate and ridiculously cute, especially when they’re puppies. Like this guy.

Photo by Charlie Qiu / CC BY

8. Bullmastiff

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The name alone is enough to inspire a little fear, right? And physically, these dogs live up to it. Muscular, imposing and powerful, they’re intimidating enough to stop any would-be intruder. But the mastiff also has a very gentle disposition when it comes to his or her family. And they bring the added bonus of not barking too much (when you’re that big, it’s like the whole speak softly and carry a big stick thing). Oh, and they’re usually not this lazy.

Photo by J Sainio / CC BY

7. Kuvasz

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When your name means “armed guard of the nobility” (in Turkish), you kinda belong on this list. But the Kuvasz is also a big, cuddly and huggable pet that’s all about family love and affection. This dog will be devoted to you and protective against any unwanted attention. That combination works in any language.

Photo by Sandra Carmen Maschke / CC BY

6. Rhodesian Ridgeback

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How bad is this dog? Bad enough to hunt lions! At least, that’s what this strong, agile South African dog was bred for. It’s also good enough to protect families, take care of the kids and curl up on the couch and do its best to pretend to be a lapdog. Just remember, though, that these are active dogs. Like, really active.

Photo by Ruben Edelman / CC BY

5. Akita

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A Japanese dog that’s been designated a national monument in its homeland, the Akita is a beautiful dog has natural instincts to guard the home. They’re smart dogs and very loyal to their owners, but they require a firm hand and training.

Photo by Toshihiro Gamo / CC BY

4. Rottweiler

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Like the doberman, these guys can get by on reputation alone. But they’ve got the muscles and the bite to back up their bark. They’re fearless protectors and very sweet to their families. And if you have any doubts about how effective they can be, watch this video.

Photo by Roel Wijnants / CC BY

3. Boxer

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Athletic, powerful dogs with strong guardian instincts, boxers make for fantastic pets and are known for their love of kids (exhibit A right here). Gentle with their families, they make natural and effective watchdogs.

Photo by Nic Adler / CC BY

2. Staffordshire Terrier

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This stocky, powerful dog was bred to face off against bulls and bears. But it’s much happier being part of the family. It’s a fearless protector who otherwise makes for a loving and doting house pet.

Photo by Justina Davies / CC BY

1. German Shepherd

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The über guard dog for the police and the military, the German Shepherd’s brains, strength and protective instincts make it the ideal protector for your family. All you have to do is watch them in action to know that these dogs will take care of you and your loved ones.

Photo by Damian Synnott / CC BY