Living with a dog can become quite difficult at times. Even if they are well trained, you only have so much time in the day to look after your pup, exercise them and keep them entertained. Fortunately, there are many handy devices that go a long way to ease the burden so you can spend more time enjoying quality time with your loved pooch.
With so many products on the market, it can be difficult to know which options are actually valuable in the long run and which ones are a simple novelty. Below we have put together our five best dog hacks to help you make living with your dog a breeze.
Automatic Dog Feeders
Your pet can’t read a clock, but they are incredibly accurate at knowing when they expect to be fed each day. Feeding your dog is a necessary daily task, so surely it makes sense to automate it? Automatic dog feeders are impressive devices that store and dispense the allocated food to your dog on a set schedule. Simply fill them with your desired feed (dry or semi-wet) across the multiple food trays, set the 24-hour feeding time setting and watch it go. The best automatic dog feeders even let you set a voice recording, making it possible to personalise your device’s reminder to suit your dog. Use your very own voice to let them know their dinner is ready!
A Portable Dog Bottle
We all love taking our furry friends for a walk. However, just like humans, our dog’s work up a thirst. It’s not easy to hydrate your dog while out and about. They can’t use a bubbler and usually need a bowl to drink from. Portable dog bottles solve this problem by incorporating a bowl-like dispenser into their design. Simply let some water out and it’s ready for your dog to lap up! If your dog bottle has a filter included you can be sure that almost any water you would drink while out and about is also safe for your four-legged pal.
Getting your dog’s teeth cleaned at the vet can be an expensive affair. Often costing hundreds of dollars (and many times more for an in-depth procedure), you’ll want to do everything you can to keep their teeth in tip-top condition. Dog toothbrushes are designed to clean your dog’s teeth and prevent tooth and gum decay. Organic dog toothbrushes are made from non-toxic rubber and have a range of bristles distributed around a chew toy to help clean plaque and loosen tartar. You can even add toothpaste to increase the effectiveness of the brush and reduce bad breath, reducing the chances your dog needs an expense vet clean.
Interactive Puzzle Toys
Often our dog’s worst behaviour comes out when they’re left alone. Unfortunately, keeping your dog entertained while you’re out of the house can often be a difficult task. Excessive barking is a common symptom of bored pets, as is digging up the garden and chewing up your shoes. In whatever way your dog misbehaves, an interactive puzzle toy can go a long way to keeping them occupied when you’re not able to do it yourself.
“Treat-dispensing toys are a great way to keep your dog switched-on and attentive”
There are many kinds of dog toys out there, what matters is that they effectively entertain your pet and keep them away from no good. Treat-dispensing toys are a great way to keep your dog switched-on and attentive. If they want a healthy treat, they have to forage and solve the puzzle to score the prize!
Wireless Dog Camera
Ever wanted to know what your pet gets up to when you’re not home? Keeping your dog safe and well behaved can seem like an impossible task if you are not physically there. Wireless dog cameras allow you to stream their behaviour to your phone, so you can keep track of them all day long (should you wish to). With two-way pet talk features, you’re able to communicate with your pooch over the monitor through an app on your phone - and have them speak back.
If they’re doing something wrong, you can discipline them in real-time. If they’re feeling lonely, your digital presence may help ease their separation anxiety. Wireless dog cameras are great for pet owners as they are easily moved and work in a network. If you have more than one pet or a large area that needs monitoring, set up multiple cameras to keep an eye on them wherever they choose to play or rest.
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