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Small Living Spaces: 5 Best Hacks for Apartment Living with a Dog

Have you ever seen those tiny house TV shows where dog-owners move into a tiny space with their pets?  You might think they are crazy for confining themselves to such a small space, let alone with a dog or two! But they seem to make it work. How? It all comes down to space-optimizing tricks and planning.

Top 5 Hacks for Dog-Friendly Apartment Living

Thankfully, your apartment is probably more spacious than those tiny homes on wheels. But you can benefit from the same hacks those tiny-dwellers use. We’ve narrowed it down to the top five hacks you to make apartment living with a dog feasible and comfortable.

A Place for Everything

The organizational guru, Marie Kondo, encourages tidying by category, which includes your dog’s items. She teaches the key to organization is for every item to have a home. Dog leashes, collars, toys, food, treats, brushes, and so on should have a designated storage spot. Use hooks, hanging baskets, canisters, and decorative boxes to make the most of your space without sacrificing design.

Creative Dog Nooks

Finding the perfect place for your dog’s bed in an apartment takes creativity. Some people turn faux fireplaces into a dog nook, while others invest in side tables that double as dog crates. If you are handy, you can really maximize your space by customizing a Fabulous Handmade Dog Crate that fits perfectly in place.

An Outdoor Schedule

When living in a small space with a dog, you need more than the intention to go outdoors; you need a schedule. Just like going to the gym, you are much more likely to go if you commit to a schedule. A dog walking or dog park schedule will greatly benefit you and your dog’s health and overall happiness.

Use Citronella Collar to Stop Excessive Barking

Don’t be that neighbor whose dog barks all hours of the day. Provide toys to keep dogs busy while you are gone. If your dog still barks excessively, consider using a humane Citronella collar to train away bad barking behavior. Studies show they are the most effective collar for nuisance barking, and the ASPCA certifies them as safe.

Utilize Vertical Space

When you don’t have a lot of square footage, you need to resort to vertical space. Aside from dog beds, pet dishes take up a lot of room. Wall-mounted dog bowls free up floor space and offer health benefits for your dog. They also help prevent spills and messes.

Kitchen Dog dish sets are great for apartment living. They easily come off the wall to put into the dishwasher or to make more space when not in use. Our custom dog dish sets come in different colors and sizes. Unlike elevated contraptions, wall mounted dog bowls won’t tip over and can be installed at the perfect height for your dog. Oh, and they’re great for cats too!

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11 Cold Weather Safety Tips for Pets

By JC McDowell

Furbaby, it’s cold outside! It’s time to prepare and keep our pets cozy, warm, and safe this winter. Remember these tips to protect your pets from the frightful weather.

  1. Limit Time Outdoors

Like kids, some dogs don’t know when it’s time to come inside. They may be so excited to play in the snow that they ignore their body’s signals that it’s too dang cold. Know your pet’s limits and bring them inside to warm up between playtime. Young, old, small, and thin-coated dogs will need to come in sooner than their counterparts.

  1. Bang on Your Car Hood

Cats are known to cozy up near a car’s engine to keep warm. Starting an engine or driving away can lead to serious injury. Even if you don’t have a cat, your neighbor might. Bang on your car hood or honk your horn to scare any cats away from your car.

  1. Dry Their Paws and Bellies

Wet paws and wet bellies can lead to frostbite and hypothermia. Be sure to keep a towel with you when you travel with your pet. Thoroughly dry their paws, bellies, and tails to protect them from cold injuries.

  1. Keep them Leashed

Wet and snowy weather can mask familiar smells for your pet. They may not be able to find their way to you or back home, even if they are in a familiar neighborhood or park. Keep your dog leashed and your cat contained in a controlled area.

  1. Don’t Leave them in the Car

Just like summer heat poses an extreme danger to your pet, so does winter cold. Do not leave your pet in the car during cold weather. It’s best to leave them home if you can not take them inside with you everywhere you go.

  1. Provide Dry, Draft-Free Shelter

Not all pets are indoor pets. While some severe cold weather warrants every pet to be brought inside, you need to provide protective shelter for the general cold. Create a dry, draft-free space that is big enough for them to stand and lay down it but also small enough to conserve body heat.

  1. Clean Up Antifreeze Spills

Antifreeze has a sweet aroma and taste that dogs and cats are attracted to. But, of course, it is extremely dangerous for pets to consume. Be sure to keep antifreeze containers sealed and away from pets. Also, thoroughly clean any spills or drips that may occur.

  1. Don’t Shave Off Their Winter Coat

If your dog has long hair, trim their hair to avoid ice clumps, salt crystals, and de-icing chemicals from building up. But, do not shave their winter coat down to the skin. Let them utilize their natural winter coats to help keep them warm.

  1. Buy Them a Sweater

Short-haired dogs may need a sweater to keep warm. The same is true for long-haired dogs in colder weather. Don’t be fooled by poufy fur either—fluffy fur does not necessarily equate to warmth!

  1. Protect Their Paws

Trim your pet’s little foot hairs to help keep their paws dry and free of ice clumps, salt, and de-icing chemicals. The ASPCA suggests slathering petroleum jelly or other paw protectants on their paw pads or put booties on their paws to help prevent dry, flaky skin and even frostbite.

  1. Feed Them a Little Extra

Your pet’s body uses more energy to keep warm. Therefore, it’s a good idea to feed your pet a little extra during cold weather. Be sure to use elevated bowls to help keep winter moisture from getting in their food.

Kitchen Dog wishes you Happy Holidays! If you are looking for the perfect gift for your pet or a pet-loving family member, check out our wall mounted dog bowls (and cat bowls!). They are excellent gifts for elderly family members who may have trouble bending over to feed their beloved pets. Keep them safe, and their dogs well cared for. Learn more about the Home Safety Benefits of Wall Mounted Pet Bowls.