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38 Unexpectedly Brilliant Tips For Dog Owners

Here are some tips and tricks to make the rewarding task of caring for your dog just a tiny bit easier.

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6. Use baking soda to get dog urine out of carpet.

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If you don't happen to have a product like Nature's Miracle on hand (maybe you're traveling or at a friend's house), pour some baking soda over the spot, let it sit, and then sweep or vacuum it up.

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8. For a dog who loves to tear apart stuffed animals, make a durable activity ball with a Hol-ee rubber ball, scraps of fabric, and treats.

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14. If you've got a teething pup who loves destroying cords, spritz bitter apple spray onto a paper towel and wipe the cord with it.

This covers more surface area and wastes less product than simply spraying the entire thing.

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17. Run a dryer sheet over your dog's fur when there's a storm — chances are, they aren't freaked out about the storm but the static electricity built up in their fur.

21. If you have a small dog, cutting up a lamb roll into tiny pieces is a cost-effective way to make healthy, bite-sized training treats.

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A 1-pound roll costs $6.98. Cut it up into the desired size, store most of it in a ziplock bag in the freezer, and leave the rest on the counter for immediate use.

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24. Make your own flea shampoo.

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1 cup Dawn, 1 cup vinegar, and 1 quart of warm water. Massage in and let it sit for five minutes. According to one testimonial, "The fleas just floated in the water and died and best of all little Libby did not have any reactions at all to the process."

25. For easy tick removal, apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball and swab the tick with the cotton ball for a few seconds.

28. If you have an older dog with tooth troubles, add a little water or chicken broth to his or her kibble and microwave for 20 to 30 seconds.

29. Teach your dog to file his or her own nails by attaching sandpaper to a piece of wood.

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Apparently, dogs can be trained to use a scratching post just like cats! Get the directions for how to build a giant dog nail file here.

33. Instead of buying special Kong stuffing, stuff a Kong with cheese cubes and place in the microwave for five seconds.

35. It's certainly unpleasant to take your dog outside when it's snowing or raining, but don't forget that dogs' paws are just as sensitive to heat as human skin.

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On hot summer days, walk your dogs before 9 a.m. or after 8 p.m. — or walk them only in shady or grassy/dirt areas.

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