Time Magazine recently reported that millennials are more likely to buy property for the needs of their dogs, rather than the traditional reasons of marriage or children. If this isn’t proof enough that Americans love their dogs, just look at this survey that claims a third of us prefer our canine companions over romantic partners. Or note the billions of dollars we spend on our four-legged friends every year.
So what do you do when you love something truly? You make something for them! When it comes to your pup, there are plenty of DIY projects available to make him happy, but be sure to keep safety in mind. Here are some of our favorites.
A Simple Food and Storage Station
Providing an elevated area for your dog’s food helps keep the area clean and can help older dogs with arthritis more comfortable. As an added bonus, this feeding station also provides space where you can store your dog’s food, treats, and toys. It only takes a few different materials to make, and you can customize it to match your decor with paint and different kinds of baskets.
You will need…
- A shelf, preferably with two cubbies to hold a basket each
- Porcelain or metal bowls with lips
- A rectangular basket that fits in the shelf or two square baskets that fit in the cubbies
- Paint, wood stain, whatever (non-toxic!) materials you want to use to decorate the station
● Using a pencil, trace the circumference of the bowls on the top part of the shelf. Use a compass to measure about ¾” in from the perimeter (about the length of the bowl’s lip) and draw a circle from that point.
● Using a jigsaw, cut the inside circle from the shelf. The bowls should fit snugly in the holes without falling through.
● If you are painting the shelf, sand it down and paint now. Let dry before moving on to the next step.
● Set the station up in your dog’s designated feeding area. Place food, treats, and toys in the basket or baskets and fit snugly under the shelf. Place the bowls in their areas and fill one with water, and the other with your dog’s favorite food.
Healthy and Wholesome Dog Treats
These treats are made with yams, or as they are sometimes called, sweet potatoes, which are full of fiber and healthy antioxidants that keep your dog healthy. Sweet potato treats are a safe, natural way to control tartar and plaque for your dog and they have tons of vitamins and minerals he needs. You can actually dry out yam slices in the oven for an easy chew, but these four ingredient treats are perfect for when you want to give your pup something special.
**Note- do not give these treats to you dog if he is sensitive to wheat or gluten.
You will need...
- 1 large sweet potato
- 2 ½ c whole wheat flour
- ¼ c unsweetened applesauce
- 2 fresh eggs
● Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Wash the sweet potato, dry it, and prick it full of holes with a fork. Heat the sweet potato in the microwave for about 6 minutes, or until tender.
● Remove the sweet potato from the microwave and cut in half. Scoop out the orange insides and discard the skin. Mash the flesh with a fork. You can put it back in the microwave for a few seconds to help the mashing process, if need be.
● Using 1 cup of the mashed sweet potato, add flour, applesauce, and eggs in a bowl. Mix together thoroughly until it reaches a dough-like consistency.
● On a well-floured surface, throw the sweet potato dough out and flatten with a rolling pin. Once the dough is about ½” thick, you can use a cookie cutter to punch out shapes or cut dough into even pieces before baking.
● Arrange the treats on a cookie sheet and bake for about 30-45 minutes. Let the cookies cool before serving. They should keep in an airtight container for about a week.
If you want to show your dog some love, these DIY projects are a great place to start. A feeding station helps keep his things in one place while making it harder for him to fling kibble around your kitchen. DIY sweet potato treats are a healthy and wholesome way to give him something straight from the heart. Whatever you choose to do, your dog will surely show you some appreciation with a wag of his tail and maybe a couple puppy kisses if you are lucky.
Thanks to Medina at DogEtiquette.info for this article!
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