Encinitas Dog Walkers’ Top 7 Pet DIY Projects


Take a look inside any pet store and you’ll find everything from dog beds to specialty treats—from pet outfits to indestructible squeak toys. As Encinitas dog walkers can attest–spoiling your fur baby is just what you do. However, when the cost of all those brand name goods becomes downright astronomical, we are firm believers in rolling up your sleeves and getting your paws dirty. Learn how to make your own toys, treats, and other gadgets you just have to own with these seven pet DIY projects.

DIY Paw Butter

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Take care of that schnoz with homemade lotion–safe for pups!

Harsh temperatures can wreak havoc on your pup’s nose and pads leaving them dry, cracked, and painful or itchy. While we do love the current remedial products on the market, we thought you might like to save a few bucks and make your own. Store in an airtight mason jar or tub and apply generously to your pup’s trouble spots—don’t forget the elbow calluses.

Pet Food Station

Elevated food and water bowls can be beneficial to pups—especially senior pups—as the platform minimizes straining of the neck and legs. Use caution, however, as many vets say that eating from a raised food bowl can cause your dog to eat more quickly and experience bloat (a very serious, sometimes deadly condition).

Kitty Pop Up Tent

As any feline owner will tell you, cats love to play hide and seek. Cozying up under the bed or in an open drawer makes them feel safe. Because some “hidey holes” may be less than ideal or even downright dangerous (e.g. the clothes dryer), see if they’ll take to this adorable homemade tent. Perfect for the bedroom or office where they normally love to disappear.

4 Ingredient PB Oat Balls

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SanDPups clients know this is one of our favorite recipes. (Shhh…don’t tell the other Encinitas dog walkers!)

  • 2-3 cups oats
  • 2-3 tablespoons peanut butter (check the label for xylitol as it’s extremely toxic)
  • 1-2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1-2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted

As you can see, quantities don’t matter as much as the final consistency. Just toss everything in a bowl and mix it up. The bananas, peanut butter, and oil should thoroughly coat the oats and the mixture should be sticky like cookie dough. If it’s too dry, add a little more peanut butter or banana. Form into balls and place on a cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 5-7 minutes until the bottoms brown. For homemade pill pockets, make an indent in each ball before baking. Yields 2-3 dozen based on size.

King Size Pet Bed

I don’t know about your pup, but ours has gone through several dog beds over the years and they aren’t cheap. Even those with machine washable covers eventually get destroyed in the spin cycle and the stuffing loses its shape. Make your own bed frame so that not only will Princess feel like royalty (and rightfully so), you’ll be able to easy swap out blankets and throw pillows for a long term solution to an otherwise expensive pooch palace.

Fido’s Storage Shelf

Encinitas dog walkers will tell you that having an organized supply station is key. Take a page from our book and straighten up. No more searching for the leash (it’s in the car, remember?) or running out of poop bags mid stroll. Store everything on one easy-to-reach shelf in the front entryway or garage. Add as many hooks, jars, or baskets as needed. Don’t forget the safety lights for those nighttime adventures.

DIY Dog or Cat Sweaters

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More than just a cute photo op, pet clothes will keep your baby warm during the winter and can even provide a feeling of safety—similar to the theory of the Thundershirt. Make your own threads by cutting up old clothes and repurposing them to fit your pup. Be sure they fit properly (not too tight around the torso but not so loose that they pose a hazard by getting caught on things). Sewing skills are a must!

And there you have it. Your weekend just got crafty! Share these ideas with your fellow pet lovers and leave your own DIY successes (or fails) in the comments below.

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