DIY Pet Pillow

sweetdreamsI don’t know about your pups but our dog just started sleeping with us. He is all over the bed all night long. He goes from laying peaceful between us, to laying on my husbands head, then on my feet, then spread eagle across our legs…well you get the picture. My husband could sleep through a hurricane, but I am light sleeper so this decision to let him sleep with us has led to some sleepless nights for me. Therefore we (and by “we” I mean “I”) are going to try for a modification to this sleeping pattern. I have used one of my sweaters to make a pillow case to place on the floor next to our bed. It was a pretty rudimentary design for the “pillow case,” but it worked out well and he likes it. First, I started by using a sweater that I was ready for the rubbish pile. I wore it around the house for the afternoon just to get a little of my scent on it. Then I made the pillow case. The plan is to get him to sleep on it around then house then move it to the bedroom. He will do a “sit stay” pretty well, hence I don’t think it will be too troublesome to get him to sleep on the pillow. However, we shall see.

I have added a quick overview of how I did my pillow. I stitched mine by hand you may want to use a sewing machine in that case you would not stuff the pillow first, but last.

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P.S. For the pictures I just used safety pins to hold it together. You could potentially leave the pins if your dog is not much of digger. Mine likes to scratch at his pillows to fluff them and I chose not leave the pins fearing he might unhook one and poke himself.

Any Advice About Taking a Dog to Death Valley?

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Can you believe this is 2015? And oh my goodness, Valentine’s day is right around the corner. My husband and I are planning a trip to Death Valley. We enjoy being adventurous together, several years ago for our first Valentine’s day together we went to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon. We had so much fun. We were living in the MidWest and we flew to Las Vegas and then rented a car to drive to the Grand Canyon. I had no idea that it snowed at the Grand Canyon. Obviously geography was not my forte. It was great to just be spontaneous and do whatever we wanted when the mood struck. However, this year is a little different, this year we have a dog and we are trying to decide if we should take our Naayae or leave him home. We will be camping and probably will not do any major hikes, just a little site seeing of some of the major points of interest, like Ubehebe Crater, Dante’s View and the Devils Golf Course, but many people have cautioned against taking our dog. He is small under 20 pounds and will always be with us, either on a leash or in our tent. He is a good boy when walking on a leash and doesn’t bark at other animals. Since this is our first trip to Death Valley other than beautiful scenery, warm days and chilly nights we don’t have any idea what to expect. Are there really that many wild animals just waiting to eat a little dog? Anyway, we have a great dog-sitter lined up and she is more than happy to keep our little guy, but we will miss him bunches.
Have any of you been to Death Valley? Did you take your dog? How did it go? If you didn’t take your dog, do think now that you have been there you would have?

DIY Dog Agility Course

Border_collie_weave_polesWell, it is DIY Friday. I like to post DIYs on Friday for those of you who are weekend warriors and like to take on projects over the weekend.This particular post will mostly likely take more than a weekend to accomplish.

Exercise is an essential part of a dog’s life. If you want a dog who lives well into his old age then making sure they get exercise is necessary. I think everyone likes a dog that is well-behaved and there is no better way to get a well-behaved dog than to bond with them. A dog that is bonded to its owner will want to please them and acting out is usually seen less. Agility Training is a great way to bond with your four-legged friend and also exercise at the same time. Another reason agility is an excellent choice is it can cross over all of the categories of exercise; mental, psychological, emotional and physical. agility

Agility does require a lot of time. Training a dog to do agility is time-consuming but rewarding. Some dogs just seem to be born for agility and take to it with less training time, there are other dogs that will just never be suited to agility no matter how well you train them, and there are some dogs that with a little patience and a lot of focused time can become agility experts. But where do you start? If you have ever shopped for agility equipment you will know that it is very expensive, and if you are just doing this for fun it might seem a little too much to spend that kind of money on play equipment. So, I have found a few places where you can buy it affordably and/or build your own.

***Also there are some things to know about agility before you begin training your dog based on youtube videos or other training materials. Such as for young dogs agility can be harmful for their growing joints, please see your vet before beginning any type of physical training with your dog.

I have included some of the basic components of a typical Agility Course. There is no need to make a full course if you are doing this only for fun, but if you plan to train for competition then this list is not exhaustive and you may need to add to your collection.

Weave Polls

Jump Bars

Hoop Jump

See-Saw

Dog Walk or A-Frame

Pause Table

Dog Agility Shop has several DIY plans but also very affordable complete sets.

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DIY Water Filtering Bowl

water-jet-482504_1920I have a picky dog. I blogged about how it was tough picking dog food for him because he just doesn’t eat anything. Well, he is also picky when it comes to water. He doesn’t like plain tap water, he doesn’t like all bottled water, but he will drink filtered water. Since we filter our drinking water it is not that bothersome to get his water from our already filtered supply, but he does drink up a lot of our water. Therefore, I was looking to buying a dog bowl that filters water constantly, and found out those gadgets are pretty expesive we are talking $20-75. I even saw one for $3,000, but it was a drinking fountain for dog and human like you might see in the park, no thanks! The $20 bowl didn’t seem too unreasonable, but the reviews were terrible, stating it was hard to keep clean and sometimes would stop working. And even some of the more expensive bowls didn’t have raving reviews. So I set out to find an affordable option when I came upon a DIY version. Oooo my heart leapt with joy, “really I can do this myself for cheap?” It is true this DIY version which I have yet to try, but plan to do so very soon, looks very simple. A fish tank filter and a bowl. Yes, friends that is all two small pieces of equipment some objects for shims and you are in business. There are several version of this DIY including one with a garbage can full of water for very large/muliple dog homes. Our little guy is under 20 pounds, a small bowl is fine for him. I plan to buy the filter at Wal*Mart and I already have the bowl on hand.

Here is the link to the instructions: http://www.instructables.com/id/Filtered-Pet-Watering-Bowl/

Have a great weekend!

Sincerely,

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