Buying things for your dog is cool, but sometimes we just want to make our own items. I’m a huge fan of DIY (Do It Yourself) dog projects for my pups. I’ve come across some amazing DIY dog projects that I would love to share with every dog lover out there. I hope this post will spark some of your creativity.
1. Dry Sweet Potatoes
I recently came across this DIY dog project for my fido. The thing about dry or dehydrated sweet potatoes is that they are completely natural and made from a healthy whole food for starters. Other benefits include the fact that they actually take him a while to eat (he has to work at them) and they can “regulate” his system in times of need, if you catch our drift :).
This project is simple and doesn’t take too much effort, but it gets my cooking creative going as well.
What you’ll need:
- Large sweet potatoes
- Mandoline or sharp knife
- Cutting Board
- Baking Sheets
- Aid of your choosing for greasing the pans
Preheat oven to lowest setting; ours went all the way down to 175 degrees. Meanwhile, slice one top off sweet potatoes to make for easier balancing when slicing. Carefully cut thick lengthwise slices of the sweet potato using a sharp knife or mandoline, about 1/3 inch thick for larger chews (we went with the crinkle cut setting on our mandoline and chose to leave the skin on). Trust me, you want them thick — when dehydrating, the slices are going to lose the majority of their thickness.
We let ours slowly cook and dehydrate over a period of about 8 hours, give or take. The higher your heat setting, the less amount of time you will need, though the lower the setting and longer the time, the better the overall outcome.
Boom, you don’t even need a dehydrator for this. Once it’s complete, give it to your dog and pat yourself on the back for completing a DIY dog project 🙂
2. DIY Dog Car Seat Protector
I came across this DIY dog project through a friend. This is more of a hammock than an actual car seat protector, but it works the same way. The good thing about this project is how simple it is. All you really need is a few sheets of linen, a buckle, and some cushion.
I didn’t use this one for my own car. I own a van and usually travel with 3 dogs at once. I bought an Acrabros Deluxe Dog Seat Cover, which I highly recommend, especially how it’s non slip and keeps my pup in place.
If you’re looking to make your own though, check out this article for the full instructions – DIY Dog Car Seat Protector
3. DIY Dog Shampoo
A wide variety of dog shampoos are available in stores. But you might want to just make your own instead.
I’ve found that I can easily create a dog shampoo from ingredients that most people have in their homes.
I usually buy all my dog shampoos because my dog likes the ones that I buy more than the DIY. I’ve tried both. The one I usually get is the Earthbath All Natural Pet Shampoo in Almond flavor.
If you are looking to make your own:
Instructions: Mix 1 cup apple cider vinegar with 2 tablespoons lemon dish detergent. Add 2 tablespoons pure aloe vera. Shake the bottle well. You may immediately use the shampoo or store it for future use.
As mentioned above, I buy my own shampoo for my dogs, but nevertheless, this was a very DIY dog project.
4. DIY Dog Potty
This DIY dog project required a lot of work and time, but it was a good weekend project. I already bought one in the past for my pup, but I wanted to make another one after seeing the good feedbacks from this project.
Here is how the end result looked like:
Looks pretty good right? A lot of hard work…but here’s the full instructions for this project with step by step pictures: DIY Dog Potty Project
5. DIY Potty Bell
When I adopted my first dog it was already potty trained, but I needed to train my other pups. For this reason, I made a Potty Bell for them. It’s a simple project and doesn’t take much time. Just make a quick run to your closest Arts and crafts store.
6. DIY Wooden Dog Crate
The results from this DIY dog project was excellent. All the wood that we used was super smooth and my pup loved it.
The most difficult part about this project was spending time finding the correct wood size for the project, but it’s worthit.
7. DIY Dog Tepee
This was an awesome DIY dog project. Made me felt like a Historian in the good old Native American days with this Tepee. My dog enjoyed it and didn’t run around the house anymore. My dog rather stay in this awesome Tepee.
8. DIY NO-SEW WEDDING BOW TIE
Hahaha, everyone that saw my dog with this was like, “Oh my god, this is cute!!” I thought it was a cute little apparel for my pup as well. This bow tie took me less than 10 minutes to put together and I love it.
The picture below will show you everything including all the instructions:
9. DIY Dog Stairs For Puppies
WE know the struggle: you want your pup to sleep next to you at night, but they’re not big enough to jump onto your bed. We’re here to help! On today’s episode of Pet Projects, Luke is showing you how to make super simple doggy stairs so that your furry friend will never leave your side.
10. DIY Dog Bandana
This is the last one on the list of DIY dog projects. In the future when I try out more projects, I’ll post them up here, but here’s the DIY dog bandana. It’s pretty awesome and cute looking as well. Here is the picture with full instructions! Cheers!