DIY Projects Anyone Can Do to Improve Their Dog’s Life

DIY Projects Anyone Can Do to Improve Their Dog’s Life
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Dogs are our companions, our friends, and our helpers. They deserve the best in life that we have to offer — and that means accepting their deep desire to spend time with us in the kitchen, making their food and water easily accessible (even in small spaces), and keeping them safe and comfortable. Here are a few DIY projects you can do in your home to give your dog a much-deserved upgrade.

Built-in dog bed

Many dogs like to be with us in the kitchen, but cooking with them underfoot can be a challenge. Not to mention, the floor is uncomfortable. You can solve this dilemma by making a built-in spot for their bed. If you have a kitchen island, some low cabinets, or a pantry with low shelves, carve out a dedicated chill spot for your dog to spend time with you in the kitchen without also causing a traffic jam.

Pull-out feeding station

If you lack floor space for food bowls, a low drawer can be converted to fit a bowl or two — if the height and depth of the drawer will be comfortable for your dog. You can do this yourself by tracing the top opening of your dog’s bowls onto a sheet of thin plywood, MDF, or sturdy shelf material the same size as your drawer and then cutting out the opening for the bowels with a jigsaw. To start the cut, drill a hole big enough for your saw blade to fit through. Then place the bowls in the drawer and insert the custom piece over top of them. This will keep the bowls from sliding around.

Ramps and non-slip surfaces

Ramps and pet stairs are great for ageing dogs. Whether it’s on the way in and out of the house or to get them up on the furniture, ramps can help a pet with hip or back problems experience life to the fullest and live their best dog life. When choosing a ramp or steps, keep the weight and size of your pup in mind. The best ideas for ramps will include carpet or some kind of non-slip surface and should not accede 25 degrees. For smaller dogs, 20 degrees is the max.

Another way to make your home safer for pets is to add non-slip tape to basement or outdoor steps. Indoors, you can try carpet or a stair runner if they’re prone to slipping and sliding. Dogs obviously can’t use railings, so a little traction here goes a long way.

Watering station and food storage

If you’ve got the space, a watering station can be installed in the kitchen. These can help make refilling water bowls simpler and allow for easy access, taking the hassle out of constant watering — especially if you’ve got multiple pets. Choosing a flooring surface that is water resistant is important for this one. You can install a tap, but if you’re not ready for that level of remodel, you can also go with a pet fountain that has a larger reservoir attached that will automatically refill as your pet drinks.

For food and treat storage, a dispenser system can make things easier. There are wall-mounted types as well as free-standing versions that can work well in a pantry or on a countertop.

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