We're a bit obsessed with maintaining the of our furry friends (we want them to live long, happy lives with us!). That's why we love do-it-yourself, pet-related projects. More than saving us money, we can see exactly what goes into our companions' products, toys and treats. So whether you've recently adopted a pup of your own or you're looking to overhaul your pooch's treats with more eco-friendly alternatives, we highly recommend giving these DIY projects a try.
14 Must-Do DIYs for New Dog Owners
1. Elevated Dog Feeder
Yes, this dog is all sorts of rustic beauty, but it's also great at helping prevent neck strain — something that can happen when your pup is always lowering his head to eat or drink from a bowl on the ground.
2. Easy Dog Biscuit Recipe
Instead of grabbing a pack of treats off the shelves, try . It's the same reason you bring baked cookies instead of Baked Doritos to a get-together — you care about the food you share with your loved ones.
3. Fabric Storage Bin for Toys
What do pet parents and parents of two year olds have in common? A ridiculous plethora of toys lying around the house. Keep all the Kongs, balls and bones contained in one place with this eco-friendly . Make sure to choose a fabric color or pattern that coordinates with the rest of your home decor, to help it seamlessly blend in and not add even more visual clutter.
4. Palette Dog Bed
If you're really into rustic or farmhouse-type elements, try taking your pet bed up a notch (literally) by making this slightly elevated palette dog bed. One of our favorite parts of this DIY is the wheels, which makes it easy to transfer Monte (or his bed) to any location in your home, at any time.
5. No Sew Heart Dog Toy
This DIY heart dog toy is like a mini fleece blanket for your favorite furry friend. And, honestly, it might be worth making for the Instagram picture alone.
6. Water Bottle Crunch Dog Toy
Is your pup loves bones and obnoxious squeaky toys, try making this upcycled DIY water bottle toy. It's a great way to find a second use for that water bottle and far cheaper than shelling out for a toy your puppy will probably destroy in a few days time.
7. Donut Rope Toy
This bright DIY rope toy is almost too pretty to give to any pooch. But, when you're able to finally hand it over, you won't regret it. While technically it's a "semi-DIY" because it requires store-bought rope toy, you can also visit your local hardware store and ask for a length of rope, then tie it yourself, to make it a full-on DIY project.
8. Dog Leash Holder
Just like a catch-all cubby for your family members, this leash holder helps keep all of your pup's things — from poop bags to leashes and harnesses — all within arm's reach. Organization at its cutest.
9. Recycled Tire Dog Bed
If you need a sturdy bed for a bigger pup, try this DIY recycled tire dog bed. Not only can it take a beating, it's definitely a statement piece in any room.
10. DIY Dog Scarf
Whether your dog needs an added layer or you just want to style them up for a certain occasion, scarfs are a great dip into the "dog clothing" waters. Before investing in expensive jackets or sweater vests, which may even irritate a dog's skin, we recommend trying this no-sew heart dog scarf.
11. Rope Leash
Not a fan of the traditional leash? DIY your own rope leash! We're especially loving the ombre color scheme, but you can easily switch it up to be a single color or as rainbow-themed as you'd prefer.
12. Pom Pom Dog Collar
There's such a variety of dog collars out there, but somehow they all end up looking the same. That's why we love this pom pom collar. Just make sure your pooch isn't too young to chew off the little pom poms. Though, if he is, you can still bring this collar out on special, celebratory occasions.
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13. Homemade Flea Prevention Dog Treats
Why would you prevent fleas with pills if you can prevent them with a tasty snack? All it takes is two grain-free ingredients and a few minutes to make these clean flea-preventing dog treats.
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14. DIY Dog Collar Bow Tie
Any special event in your dog's future? No need to rush out and buy an expensive (yet, admittedly adorable) doggy tuxedo or dress when you can make this simple, dog collar bow tie right now.
Lucy | Good Dogs & Co.