Important Pet Tips: 8 Life Hacks Every Pet Owner Should Know

Every year millions of pets are abandoned in shelters. Some causes of rehoming pets include destructive household behavior, escaping property, managing multi-pet homes and more. Invisible Fence® Brand offers eight life hacks for safer pets and happier pet owners. Knowing these tips and tricks could keep more pets out of shelters.

1. Remove Pet Hair – One of the number one problems associated with dog and/or cat ownership is shedding, but with a pet hack like Squeegees, you can quickly remove unwanted pet hair from carpets, upholstered furniture and cars. For more daily upkeep, you can also try a DIY pet hair removal tool by like wrapping duct tape (sticky-side-out) around a paint roller and use over car seats and more.

Or why not avoid hairy situations all together? If you don’t want cat hair on your clothes or dog hair on the couch, try an Indoor Shields® Plus Solution. With an adjustable signal field, Shields Plus Units have saved 179,947 sofas since 1973.

2. Dogs Eating the Cat Food? Cats Eating the Dog Food? Ants Eating Both Your Pets Food? – There’s a pet hack for that too. For ants, just draw an outline using chalk around outdoor pet food bowls. Ants won’t cross a chalk line because it interferes with their ability to follow scent trails left by other ants and prefer not to walk through a line of powdery material such as chalk dust.

For multi-pet homes, the Micro Shields® Indoor Solution can make feeding time a breeze! The Indoor Micro Shields Plus Units offer adjustable settings, so your cat and dog have access to different areas of your house and don’t eat each other’s food – an especially helpful trick for pets on a prescription diet.

3. Dogs Scared of Thunder – There are several ways to weather the storm for dogs that fear thunder. Rewarding calm behavior, using a Thundershirt and creating a safe place for your pet are key.

4. DIY Dog Toys (and Treats) – Help pets stay hydrated and occupied by freezing toys and bones in chicken broth and water in a bowl or cake mold. Pups will love licking their way to a cool treat in the center!

5. Get Rid of Bad Dog Breath – Our friends at The Dogington Post have a fresh idea: spread some doggie toothpaste (often mint or bacon flavored) on your pet’s favorite chew toys. And while they gnaw away, they’re not only having a ‘ball’ but getting a cleaning too! While home remedies like this can help with bad dog breath, also be aware that this can be a sign of an unhealthy mouth and may need veterinary attention.

6. Keeping Pets Out of Your Flowerbed – Colorful flowers are pretty to look at but munching on them is a big no-no when it comes to pets. Add an Outdoor Shields® Plus Solution as a discreet fix to your landscaping, gardens and flowerbeds. Your cats and dogs can wander and roam while respecting their boundaries and staying away from poisonous plants and off-limits areas.

7. Stop a Dog From Eating Too Fast – Does your dog like to inhale his food? Teach your dog to eat more slowly by placing a ball in the food bowl. Not only does this make a game out of dinner, but it slows down the pace and helps your pet digest food more easily and avoid stomach aches and vomiting. Another way to control pet’s food portions is to get an automatic feeder.

8. Pet Hacks for Dog Baths – Make bath time fun time. Before the bath, get outdoors if you can and let your pet run around and burn off a lot of energy. Then, when it’s time for a bath, keep the water lukewarm and add a toy or two for good, clean fun. Afterward, be sure to give a treat for good behavior and dry your pet thoroughly so they don’t catch a chill.

Invisible Fence pioneered the pet containment industry in 1973, making it their mission to provide safe boundaries inside and outside of the home. The Radio Systems Corporation® owned company predominantly sells pet containment, avoidance, and access solutions across the U.S. and Canada. In addition to offering award-winning products like Boundary Plus® Technology, Authorized Dealers provide professional installation, Perfect Start™ Plus Training and integrated solutions that have protected more than three million pets to date. Invisible Fence also founded the Project Breathe™ Program in 2006, donating more than 25,000 pet oxygen masks to fire departments and first responders.