DIY Dog Shampoo

Owning 5 dogs takes up a day worth of bathing and shampoo. When I run out of doggie shampoo, I usually make a quick run to the kitchen sink to get DAWN. If its safe for washing away oil from birds off the gulf it should be good for my mud soaked pup, right?
Anyways, I found a quick DIY tutorial to make pup friendly shampoo for bath time. I just love how quick it is and how simple the ingredients are! Another great reason is that college students can save a few dollars by making this shampoo. Who doesn’t love saving money??

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DIY Natural dog shampoo

This is a great sunday project; can’t wait to try it out on my dogs!

Why excising your dog is important

Excising your dog is very beneficial not just for your pet but for you too. Keeping you both in shape and having a time to bond and relax in the great outdoors.

ASPCA has some benefits of excising your dog:

  • Helps to reduce or eliminate the common behavior problems listed above, such as digging, excessive barking, chewing and hyperactivity
  • Helps to keep dogs healthy, agile and limber
  • Helps to reduce digestive problems and constipation
  • Helps timid or fearful dogs build confidence and trust
  • Helps dogs feel sleepy, rather than restless, at bedtime or when you’re relaxing
  • Helps to keep dogs’ weight under control

Excising with your pet doesn’t limit to dog owners. Cats can get on the fun too. Blue buffalo, pet food company, shares their list for cat owners. 

Here is a clip of my dog, Melanie playing with her tennis ball.

melanie playing ball from clip.

melanie playing ball from clip.

Good & Bad Reflections of Pitbulls in the news

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We all have heard some sort of Pit-bull story, good or bad, in the media. Usually, just passing over and not getting a second chance to think or research the topic. Laws and legislations are taking place to ban the Pit-bull breed. Here are some news stories that I collected that portray the bad side of Pit-bulls but the goodness of this breed really is.

Check out my Storify post of “Pitbulls in The News” here.

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DIY Dog Treats

Dog snacks and treats can be filled with unhealthy additives and ingredients for your pet. Scrolling though the internet one day I came across this site, The Novice Chief, with cute and easy recipe for your puppy.

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Instructions can be found on The Novice Chief

Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

Yield: 24 medium bones

I have this set of bone cookie cutters and used the medium size for these biscuits.

ingredients:

  • 1 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup water

Optional:

  • 4 squares white almond bark
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • sprinkle

directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper, set aside.
  • In a stand mixer, combine all ingredients (peanut butter, egg, honey, oats, flour, oil and water), beating until a stiff dough forms.
  • Pat out dough into a rectangle, about 1 inch in depth. Using a bone shaped cookie cutter, cut into bones. Use all dough.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, flipping half way through. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.
  • To Dip/Decorate:
  • Melt almond bark and oil in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds. Once melted/smooth, dip half of bone into almond bark and lay on parchment paper. Decorate with sprinkles or chopped peanuts and let cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

I love how you can decorate them and they are a great gift idea for any pet owner.

 

Pet Friendly Festivals & Activities

Being a college student, money is already tight and a furbaby parent you want to have a great time with your pooch. Bring Fido is a great site to see what is going on in your area that is pet friendly. Here are some in the Austin Area that is coming up! These events may have an admission fee and pet leash rules so plan it out before hand.

Another tip is check out local rescues and humane society websites sometimes they host free, fun and pet friendly events.

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This may not look like much but there are other activities that are free and close to your area. If you aren’t sure where to start check out my other blog post, “The places you can go with your pet.”

Why picking up #2 is important…

Dog poop is gross topic but every pet parent that lives in an apartment complex or urban area knows that doggie bags are a must. There are always excuses “I forgot a bag” or “no one will care this time.” I have done it a one point and surely everyone has done it. The habit of carrying a doggie bag is a hard one to form but will be environmentally and community friendly later on.

Reasons why to scoop up the poop:

  1. Environmental and Health: Poop has bacteria and can contain viruses that get into the water supply or tracked in to your home.
  2. Keeps away flies: Don’t you hate flies? Well you can keep them away by keeping a clean yard area.
  3. Take back your yard: Have a reason to hang out in the backyard and play catch or have a bar-b-que with not worrying about your dog’s business.
Dog picking up dog poop.

Dog picking up dog poop.

Solutions: Where to find cheap bags:

  • Grocery/plastic shopping bags: They might not be biodegradable but these bags are free when picking up milk and eggs and do the dirty poop picking job.
  • Dollar store: Usually comes in a pack of six and reasonable for a $1.00.
  • Apartment Complex: Sometimes when apartment complexes want their residents to pick up their pets’ poop or have seen a lack in cooperation with pet owning residents; They will give away free doggie bags and dispensers.
  • Dog Parks: Most urban areas will have trash cans with plastic bags just for this reason and its free. So take advantage.
  • Flush it: Might sound gross but flushing the dog poop after picking it up in the bag is more friendly to the landfills.