DIY Projects For Pet Parents That Your Dog Will Love
For a lot of people, quarantine has left them with a lot of extra time on their hands. After all, you can only spend so many hours a day bingeing Netflix.
DIY projects are a great way to spend this free time! Even better, DIY projects for your pet.
Making toys or furniture for your pooch is a great way to not only show your pup some love but, it can also be budget-friendly.
As a bonus, the feeling of building something yourself creates a great sense of accomplishment!
Here are a few fun and easy-to-make DIY projects for your dog:
1 ) DIY snuffle mat:
This is a good one to make if your dog tends to gulp down their food. Eating too quickly can lead to bloating as well as an increased risk of choking, which can be life-threatening.
A snuffle mat or scratch mat is a great way to get your dog to use their nose to find their food. It also has some other added bonuses!
Snuffle mats can be used to slow down a fast eater. They are also great at alleviating boredom and keeping your dog mentally stimulated.
They also help turn mealtimes into a game your pup will love.
Snuffle mats are pretty easy to make and don’t require too much effort.
There are a couple of different ways to make your own snuffle mat, but our top two are:
- Use a rubber mat and strips of fleece
This method is fairly straight-forward. You’ll need a rubber mat with holes and a few strips of fleece, which you will tie through the holes. Tie the strips of fleece through the rubber mat, ruffle and fluff and you’re good to go!
Check out this tutorial (https://youtu.be/DJQY08LPfts) for a step-by-step explanation.
- Use fabric to create a washable snuffle mat
For this one, you will only need fabric. It will take slightly longer to make, but it is worth the extra time given that you can pop it into the washing machine between uses.
Take a look at this tutorial (https://youtu.be/212IvyJbod0) to learn how to make your own washable snuffle mat.
2) DIY newspaper dog food dispenser:
Making a dog food dispenser out of newspaper is a quick trick to slow down your dog’s eating that will only take a minute to setup.
This is also a fun way to spoil your furry friend with some yummy treats (https://www.t-forrest.co.uk/our-treats)
To make your own DIY dog food dispenser, place a sheet on a table or the floor. Next, place a sheet of newspaper on the sheet.
Then, randomly drop some treats or dry food on the newspaper. Fold the newspaper, ensuring that there are treats in each fold.
This will entice your dog to keep scratching and snuffling!
Your pooch will likely tear the newspaper up, so this is a typically once-off game. But, it’s a great way to re-use old sheets of newspaper and keep your dog entertained.
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3) DIY bottle treat dispenser:
A DIY treat dispenser made from a plastic bottle is not only budget-friendly, but it is also something your dog will love.
Making your own bottle treat dispenser or Kong style toy is simple. All you will need is a plastic bottle!
By making just a few small holes along the side at random points on the bottle, popping a few treats inside and closing the lid, you will have your very own treat dispenser.
This DIY project that only takes a few seconds to make could keep your dog entertained for hours as long as there are enough treats inside.
Opting for a natural treat option is a great idea when using toys like this to ensure your dog is staying healthy!
Follow these easy steps to make your own DIY dog treat dispenser:
Step 1: Make sure the bottle you have chosen is clean. This means that not only will your pooch be able to smell the treats better but it will also prevent harmful bacteria from transferring onto their food.
Step 2: Using a small knife, cut out five or six holes along the sides of the bottle. These should be similar in size to the treats or food you are going to put inside.
It is alright if a few of the holes are slightly bigger or slightly smaller, this will just make the game that much more fun!
Pro-tip: Don’t make the holes too big or make too many holes. You will want to draw out the time your dog spends playing with the bottle before finishing all the treats.
Step 3: Put the treats or food inside the bottle and close the lid. You can also decorate the bottle using washi tape if you would like.
Using washi tape around the holes is also a good way to make sure the edges of the holes aren’t too sharp.
Step 4: Give the bottle to your dog.
You may have to roll the bottle around a few times to show your dog how the game works. Some dogs will catch onto this very quickly, while others may take a few tries, so don’t give up too quickly.
Once they’ve figured out how to retrieve the treats, your dog is bound to love this!
Here’s a short tutorial (https://youtu.be/qST04RqyE28) to show you just how easy it is to make your DIY treat dispenser.
Pro-tip: this DIY treat dispenser is a great way to keep your dog distracted while you are away.
4) Dog Beds:
Dogs love having a safe soft spot of their own where they can chew on a toy, relax, or have a nap.
As most pet parents know, dogs tend to have a soft spot for human beds. The comfier the better!
Even though your dog’s place might be curled up next to you, it is still beneficial for your dog to have a bed to call their own.
Fortunately, there are tons of different types of dog beds you can easily make yourself from thrifty wood pallets to soft donut cushion beds.
Before deciding what type of dog bed you would like to make, it is important to take a few things into account. Is the bed going to inside or outside? How big is your pooch? How old is your dog? Older dogs will need a lower bed with some extra cushioning.
We have put together a few different options of some of our favourite DIY dog beds.
- DIY pallet dog bed
If you have a nice shaded spot in your garden or are looking for a wooden finish, this DIY dog bed is the one for you!
This is cheap and easy to make. All you will need are some power tools and a wooden pallet that would ordinarily have gone to waste.
Watch this easy tutorial https://youtu.be/969brVRu3EA for a step-by-step guide on how to make your own DIY pallet dog bed.
Pro-tip: get creative and have fun with how you decorate your DIY dog bed.
- DIY no-sew fleece dog bed
This DIY fleecy dog bed is great if you are looking for a smaller in-door bed option. As an added bonus, no sewing is required to put this bed together.
Here (https://youtu.be/pqvo9y5k-k0) is a step-by-step guide on how to make your pup their own fleecy dog bed.
- Upcycled dog bed
Upcycling is a great way to re-use everyday items and breathe new life into them. This DIY dog bed is made by upcycling an old sweater.
For this DIY project, you will need to have some basic sewing skills, an old sweater, and 1-2 old pillows.
Follow this (https://youtu.be/anH0wspWlGk) step-by-step guide to create your own DIY upcycled dog bed.
5) DIY Dog crate:
Crate training is great for dogs as it gives them a safe space that is their own, which helps them feel secure.
Making your own DIY crate is not a difficult project, but it will take a bit of time and you will need a few extra tools.
Follow this tutorial (https://pin.it/6F6Q0dH) for a quick guide on how to make your own DIY dog crate.
6) DIY dog stairs
As your dog gets older it might become a bit more difficult for them to climb up onto your bed. Your dog may also be a bit too small to make it up by themselves, which can be frustrating for them.
DIY dog steps are a great solution!
This DIY project may take a bit of commitment, but it will all be worth it as your dog will be over the moon that they can cuddle up with you all by themselves.
While there are many different tutorials available, we found that this one (https://youtu.be/HWTj5kGTYaM) is great for a first time DIY project.
7) DIY dog jacket
Jackets for dogs seem to be getting more and more expensive and fancy! Sometimes, all you need is a basic little jacket for your dog to wear around the house, much like we have sweatpants! This is especially true for dogs who have a knack for getting dirty.
Repurposing old hoodies or shirts to make DIY dog jackets can be an easy project, especially if your pooch is on the smaller side. But, do not worry even if your dog is a bit bigger, there is always a solution!
All you need for this DIY dog jacket is an old hoody or pair of sweatpants you are happy to cut up.
For smaller dogs, the arm of a hoody or lower leg of tracksuit pants will work well. Measure your dog from neck to mid stomach (don’t measure too far down).
Using this measurement, cut down the length of the hoody arm or sweatpants leg. It’s best to leave a little wiggle room, rather than make it too small.
If the cuff fits comfortably over your dog's head, all you have to do is check where the legs should stick out and cut small holes in the area.
Then, pop the upcycled jacket on. If the cuff is too tight, move slightly towards the elbow or knee region of the garment and trim until you are happy that your dog will be comfortable and safe.
For bigger dogs, you can use the thigh section of sweatpants or the main body of the hoody. For hoodies, just cut the arms off at the shoulder and it should fit your dog perfectly!
Here is a short tutorial (https://youtu.be/FBJhtt7o6xs) that shows just how easy it is to make a DIY repurposed dog jacket.
8 DIY dog toys:
A bored dog never leads to anything good.
In dogs, boredom can lead to bad habits like chewing those expensive shoes or the nice new couch.
There are, however, some great toys that are super easy to make, which will keep your dog entertained without costing you an arm and a leg.
Check out this Candy Wrapper DIY toy (https://youtu.be/Hwgdp9cOgjQ) that is simple to make and fun to play with!
All you will need is a plastic bottle, a piece of fabric, and some string!
Here (https://youtu.be/U4L8s1PI7pg) are a few other great DIY dog toy options.
As an added bonus, here (https://youtu.be/bD1MQlHCWHA) is a little DIY project just for the pet parents!
Make your dog feel like a movie star by imprinting their paw in a clay star. This is not only a great way to see how your pup’s paw changes from a small puppy to the fully grown fur monster, but it is also a lovely keepsake.
Best of luck with your DIY projects! Remember to comment and let us know how they go.