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Dogs need beds as much as we do

A comfy bed solves a lot of problems

A dog with a comfy bed is a happy dog. Whether it’s your bed or a dedicated dog bed, it’s best for you and your dog’s health to have a dedicated, comfortable sleeping spot for your pooch.

This article will discuss three options for dog beds. Option number one is a dedicated dog bed. Option number two is using a piece of furniture for your dog’s bed. Option number three, and our personal favorite, is having your dog sleep in your bed.

Option #1: Dedicated dog bed

Your dog and her bed. A match made in heaven. The biggest benefit of having a dedicated dog bed is the space that is only for the pup. Dogs are creatures of habit and creatures of comfort, just like humans. Our bed is ours, and we become instantly relaxed in our own space. Dogs are no different.

Dogs can retreat to their beds, knowing that they will not be bothered in that space. It has comfortable smells and feels. There are health benefits too! The dog is insulated in the warm, comfy bed, ensuring a good night’s sleep. Further, the softness of the bed ultimately helps with the dog’s posture and lengthens her active life. A hard floor is just as hard on dogs as it is on us.

Option #2: Furniture as bed

It’s really easy to put your dog on a couch or chair. These spaces often become our pet’s home when we are relaxing on the couch, eating dinner, or in our own bedrooms. With blankets and pillows, it’s very easy to make a piece of furniture a very nice dog bed.

The obvious drawback is the wear-and-tear on the furniture. The dog’s odor, hair, and immobility on a piece of furniture doesn’t help the piece last a long time. Thankfully, there are ways to limit the dog’s impact on furniture and still make it a comfortable bed for her. The easiest way is to use a washable cover for the furniture and pillow, and to use a washable blanket. These limits the impact on the fabric, and simply moving the pup will limit the indentations caused by sleeping.

Option #3: Your bed is their bed

While a lot of literature in the past indicated that having a dog in your bed was the worst way to get a lot of sleep, newer studies have shown that a dog in the bed actually has positive immune system and other health benefits. We have our dog in our bed nightly, and if you set it up right, it’s easy to maintain a dog-life balance for your bed.

Dogs (generally) love cuddling the comfort associated with their human’s bed is unmatched. Keeping the dog on top of the sheets at the foot of the bed is the best way to ensure that you get your sleep, they get their sleep, and you both can wake up well-rested and ready for the day. You’ll have to set rules for your pup when you want to do bedroom things, but it’s a win-win relationship to wake up in the morning to instant cuddling, excitement, and fun.

So what should you do? Dog beds are a requirement for a healthy, active pup. The bed you choose is a very personal decision, and there are pros and cons to each described. The best choice, that gives the dog comfort and space and you sanity is probably a dedicated dog bed.

Eco-friendly solutions for dog waste

Dogs poop! There’s a lot of ways to dispose of dog’s fecal matter, but what’s the best and easiest way for you and for the environment?

We will discuss the big four in this article. The four major ways to discard of dog poop are: bag it, scoop it, reuse it, or flush it. There are pros and cons to each, so let’s dig in.

Bag it

While bags are the most common way to dispose of animal feces, it’s almost the least environmentally friendly and most expensive. At about $0.10/bag, and even the best bags still primarily made out of plastic, poop bags should be your last resort. Use them on walks and vacation, but use them sparingly.

Scoop it

Scooping poop is probably the best and easiest way to get rid of dog excrement. Pooper scoopers are very inexpensive, easy to clean, and are great if you have a yard of your own. And if you don’t have a yard, you can create a piece of a yard by purchasing some natural grass from Patio Pet Life. Scoop and trash; it’s very easy.  

Reuse it

One of the more complicated, but interesting ways to get rid of dog poop is to use it as fertilizer. This is best when your dogs exist on a natural diet, but it works fine on any consistent diet. As long as the dogs are eating the same thing every day, the fertilizer will be good. Fertilizing is not the easiest method to pick up, so do your homework before you start composting your dog’s poop. But if you’re into it, it’s a great reuse of the dog’s poop.

Flush it

One of the more interesting and more modern ways to get rid of dog poop is to do what we do! Flush it down the toilet. This requires a little bit two of the methods mentioned previously. It combines scooping and bagging into one reusable way. You can add flushing into your scooping routine. You can add flushing into your bagging routine. You can even combine by scoop, then bag, then flush! This is a great way to reuse bags if you like bags, and to get rid of the poop in a way that you know meets human standards.

No matter what you choose, just make sure to clean up after your dog. No one likes dog poop everywhere!

The best products to mask accidents

Accidents happen. Especially with dogs new to your household (or if you move). That’s okay.

We can train our dogs to avoid accidents, but they happen. It’s important to have the most eco-friendly methods that are healthy for you, healthy for your dog, and healthy for the environment.

Method #1: Vinegar, Paper Towels, and Baking Soda

Your grandmother probably told you that vinegar is the key ingredient to everything. She’s partially right. Vinegar is one of those substances that just works. For a urine or fecal mistake on the carpet, use the following recipe: One part vinegar, one part water.

First, pat the area down with paper towels (as soon as possible) to remove the topical urine stain. Then, simply wet the area with the vinegar solution and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Again, pat dry with a paper towel (that’s soaked in water). When carpet is dry, pour baking soda over the area and vacuum. Goodbye pet urine stains!

Method #2: Prevention

If you’re pre-potty training, and you don’t want to hassle with cleaning up after every accident, there are some preventative measures you can use to eliminate your dog’s urge to urinate on a certain area.

An easy no-cost way to teach your dog to not pee in the house (whether it’s marking or urinating) is to catch him! Use some sort of disrupter, like an empty bottle of water with pennies in it, to sound the alarm if your little guy tries to mark his territory in your house. When potty training, paying very close attention to your pup is critical to making it work.