Dog Care Hacks

Dogs are very special: our canine buddies offer us unconditional love and unwavering loyalty, and keep us smiling with their adorable antics. Taking care of Fido does require quite a bit of work, however. We’re here to help! Read on for some great dog care hacks from a Livonia, MI vet.


Clip a carabiner onto the end of Fido’s leash. That way, if you ever need to stop, you can easily secure him to a post or tree.

Doggy Workout

Does Fido need a lot of exercise? Play Fetch in a spot where you can toss his toy or stick downhill. This will tire your pooch out much more quickly!

Paws For Thought

Does Fido hate getting his nails clipped? Teach him to Shake, and give him a yummy treat when he offers his paw. Next, start running clippers over his claws when he does this.

Doggy Walking Jacket

Designate a jacket just for walking Fido. Keep the pockets filled with treats, a portable phone charger, gloves, a whistle, a flashlight, treats, spare keys, and anything else you may need.

Waste Bag Stash

Keep waste baggies hidden in plant pots and fake rocks, and stash some in your car and mailbox. That way, you won’t have to go back inside if you run out.


If you have a small dog, you can turn an old sweater or sweatshirt into a doggy bed for Fido. Just sew the torso and wrists together, then attach the sleeves and torso together in an O shape. Voila!

Clutter Buster

Do you have a small space? Put Fido’s crate where you would normally put an end table, and find a glass or wooden piece to fit on top. Presto! Crate table!


Does Fido run and hide when it’s time for a bath? Call him into the bathroom, and have him hop into the tub. Then, just give him a yummy treat and let him go. After a week or so of this, your pet will suddenly be much more willing to go into the bathroom. If your pooch tends to soak you when you bathe him, get a clear shower curtain, and cut two slits in it. Hang this up for doggy bathtime, and use the slits as armholes.

Do you have questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your Livonia, MI animal clinic, today!

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