No Sew DIY Bow Tie

Spice up your dog's look with a bow tie! We recently went LIVE on Waggle TV for a DIY of our dapper bow ties. Click the link to learn how to make a bow tie or follow the steps below!

Supplies
Glue Gun
Fabric
Scissor

Steps

Cut two pieces of fabric. One piece is 12" X 6" and the other is 5" X 3". This is for a medium sized bow tie. Add or remove inches to adjust the size to fit your dog.

Turn it upside down and fold each half of the fabric to meet in the middle. Apply a thin layer of glue to keep the sides together.

Fold each half to meet in the middle again. Apply a thin layer of glue to keep the sides together.

Pinch it in the middle and add glue where the folds meet on both sides of the bowtie. 

Now turn the small piece upside down and fold each half to meet the opposite side. Apply a thin layer of glue.

 

Put a dot of glue on the small piece and place the bowtie on the glue. Wrap the small piece around and add glue to the sides. Slip your pup's collar through to see how small you need to make the opening. Make it as tight as possible and then use glue to close the slot.

FINITO! Now your pup can as cute as ever!

DIY Ombré Tie Dye Rope Leash

An Ombré Rope Leash is the perfect way to bring some color into you and your dog's life. #UnicornVibes

Supplies:
Rope Leash
Tie Dye Kit
Bowls
Needle and Thread (if your leash does not have a handle)
 

On a table (preferably outside), lay out a garbage bag or the plastic provided in the Tie Dye Kit. Be sure to use the gloves provided to prevent your hands from turning tie dye! 

Decide how many colors you want to use. Get a bowl of water for each color. We used 15 inch bowls, which allowed for the leash to soak at once.

Add each color of dye you are using into its own bowl of water.

Divide your leash into the amounts of colors you selected. Dip the end of the rope into the bowl of dye and leave it in there for five minutes. Ensure the leash is being completely submerged. Then dip the middle section into the next color and hold it there for five minutes. Be sure to dip part of the first section into the dye of the middle section so there is a smooth ombré transition. Repeat these steps for the third section of the leash.

Allow the leash to dry on a plastic bag overnight. 

If your leash did not come with a handle, use thread to seal the loop. Weave the thread in and out of the rope. Then, finish it off by wrapping thread around in a circular motion. This will allow it to look neat and tight.

Finally use the left over dye to match the thread to the color on that area.

DIY Puppy Toothpaste

Fast and easy DIY for toothpaste! 

FullSizeRender-1.jpg

All you need is:

Donezo!

Soon your dog with be having dreams of Timmy Turner signing "My Shiny Teeth and Me".

*Be sure to look at all your products to see which expires first. You may only use the finished product up to that date.

**We also recommend asking your vet prior to using ingredients you have not used before.

Canvas Creation

When your a dog mom you want to show your pup off at all times, and since you could never have enough photos of your baby, heres one more. But, this isn't just any photo, this selfie of your pup brings life and happiness, with your choice of color and pattern! Heres what you need...


Mod Podge
Paintbrush (sponge brush preferred)
Canvas (7 X 9)
Ink Jet Printer Laser jet printer (If you do not have a laser printer, like us, you can print your image at Staples)
Regular Printer Paper (8.5 X 11)

Total price was under $20!

The hardest part of this project is picking the best picture of your pup. You want it to be high quality and you want it to really capture your pups personality. 

Next, using Word, remove the background by with the tool seen below. If you have any trouble with the following steps, feel free to reach out with questions! 

You will have to remove the back ground again but the next time will be much easier.

Upload the photo into the Cartoon Yourself Application. We tried to use other apps, but found that we liked this one best for high quality photos.

 

Next remove the background again, as it will be white from the app effect.

Now create a pattern using the Patternator App.

(Crop out the logo if you want.)

Upload both images on the same Word document. Arrange the photo of your dog to front and the pattern to behind text.

 

When your photo is ready, print the image on a laser printer. If you do not have a laser printer, print at staples! Its easy, fast and cheap!

With the photo and canvas available, paint Mod Podge onto the image. Then, paint some Mod Podge on the canvas. Place the image face down onto the board. Using a credit card or ID, glide over the image to remove any air bubbles. Let it sit for twenty-four hours. If you want the pattern to fold over the canvas edges be sure your canvas is smaller then the photo. However, if you wish you could paint the edges any color to give it a finished-product-feel. 

 

After twenty-four hours, head over to the sink, wet your fingers and rub the image in a circular motion. You will see the paper peel off. If this is taking you a while... don't worry your doing it right! Be patient and gentle to prevent taking off any of the wanted areas. Do this until all of the paper has peeled off.

Let it dry for 15 minutes. When the area is dry you will be able to see if all paper was properly removed. 

Once all is dry and all paper is removed, put a thin layer of Mod Podge over the image.

ANNDDDDDD WALLA!

 

Hang that ish up so everyone can see!

Best Friends Chokers

Our dogs are our best friends. They are our snugglers, listeners and pawty buddies. Since all best friends have friendship bracelets, and its not acceptable for dogs to wear bracelets, we made matching friendship chokers. The chokers are quick and easy to make. Here's how to make them: 

First, gather your supplies.

Supplies
Fabric
Glue Gun
Velcro
Flexible Tape Measure

Your Choker

With a flexible tape measure, measure your neck.

Decide how thick you want your choker. Regardless of the thickness, leave an extra inch or two in width so you can fold over the sides. 

Put it around your neck to make sure its the right length and cut off any excess if needed.

Fold over the sides and seal them using your hot glue gun. This will make the edges look clean cut!

Next, fold over the other side and close with glue.

Cut two small squares of velcro, remove the tape off the back and glue them onto the ends of the choker. The sticky side was strong, however, we decided to use glue in case it weakens over time.

 

Your Dog's Choker

Measure the length of your dog's collar starting from the buckle to the first hole.

 

Measure the width of your dog's collar. You will need about three times the width of your pup's collar.

 

Cut!

Fold over the sides...

and close the sides with glue.

Fold over one of the long sides. Put a line of glue on the folded over fabric. Fold over the other side and press along the line of glue to finish your product.

Slip the collar through the sleeve... and TADA! 

 

 

Sassy Shiba Spray

Does your Shiba have the... Shiba stench?

As a dog lover, I have never been less of a germaphob. A pup in a city is going to be dirty. That is why when I first got AJ, my sassy Shiba Inu, I gave him a bath every month. But shortly after I found out that baths can dry out the Shiba's skin and coat. I couldn't deal with the stench, so instead of bathing him and making the little guy itchy, I created an easy spray.

I simply just filled a travel spray bottle with half water and half witch hazel. Then, added some essential oils! I used lavender. I would suggest adding a few drops then testing it before adding more. 

When creating the spray I hoped the lavender would calm my crazy pup, and it did work a bit!

When applying on your pup, spray in the air, not directly on him/her. Be sure to keep away from their face.

DIY Custom Tattooed Wooden Board

Tired of throwing your leash down on the counter or hanging it wherever you can? We created a custom leash and waste bag holder that will look amazing in your house or apartment.

 

We purchased most of our supplies at Michaels. If we were unable to find the exact item we bought in the store online, we added a link to a similar item. Here is a list of what you need:

Wooden Board
Small Mason Jar
Adhesive Letters
Glue Gun
Nails or screws
Clamp
Hook
Screw driver or hammer
Mod Podge
Laser jet printer (If you do not have a laser printer, like us, you can print your image at Staples)
Paint brush
Wash cloth
 

For this project we completed four separate tasks on our wood base.

1. Screwing on a Mason Jar.

2. Gluing the letters.

3. Attaching the hook/leash holder.

4. Tattooing the image.

Before starting, we suggest placing all items on the wood to ensure they will fit properly.

Now... let's get to business.

First, we screwed on the Mason Jar.

Tighten the clamp around the mason jar. (We did this before attaching the clamp to the wood, as it is much easier, however you will still be able to adjust the clamp when it is attached.)

If your clamp is like ours, the slits are too small for the width of the screws. So, stretch out one of the slits on the clamp so that the nail or screw can fit through it.

Now that the slit is wider, place the screw through the hole and screw it into the wood with a screw driver.

Next, glue the letters to spell your pup's name.

Use the hot glue gun to add the adhesive letters to the wooden board. Even though the letters we purchased are adhesive, they did not stick well. 

 

And now, attach the main purpose of this project... the leash hook.

Make another hole with the screw, place the screw in the hole and place your hook on it when it is secure. We used flat head screws since they were available to us, however we suggest using round head screws. Also, remember when completing this part, do it slowly to prevent cracking the wood. 

 

Finally, tattoo your image.

If you wish to create a silhouette of your pup, paste a picture of your dog onto Microsoft word and recolor your photo to 25% black and white. If you have questions, please feel free to reach out, as we would be happy to assist.

When your photo is ready, print the image on a laser printer. If you do not have a laser printer, print at staples! Its easy, fast and cheap!

Cut off any excess around your image and paint Mod Podge onto the image. Then, paint some Mod Podge on the wood where the image will be. Place the image face down onto the board. Using a credit card or ID, glide over the image to remove any air bubbles. Let it sit for four hours. 

After the four hours, place a warm, wet wash cloth on the back of the paper and let it sit for 30 minutes.

Near the sink, wet your fingers and rub the image in a circular motion. You will see the paper peel off. If this is taking you a while... don't worry your doing it right! Be patient and gentle to prevent taking off any of the wanted areas. Do this until all of the paper has peeled off.

Let it dry for 15 minutes. When the area is dry you will be able to see if all paper was properly removed. 

Once all is dry, put a thin layer of Mod Podge over the image.

 

Hang the board up on your wall using your preferred method and enjoy!

The Secret to Removing Doodle Dreds

As a Goldendoodle, Nocci is extremely prone to getting matted. We jokingly call his matts "doodle dreds." He especially gets matted around his collar, harness area, sides, behind the ears and towards his tail. After brushing for hours, I still couldn't get the matts out. I've tried conditioners, detangling sprays and various combs and brushes. I used to even cut some of them out, which often resulted in noticeable patches in his coat.

It became frustrating because when I would send him to the groomer, they'd shave him down. I eventually found a groomer that would brush him out and not cut his hair at all. I LOVE his hair long, but I was sending him once a month, which was a little harsh on my wallet.

However, I think I found the secret to removing Doodle Dreds myself!

Coconut Oil is known for its amazing health benefits but it is also a natural conditioner. Scoop out the coconut oil with a spoon and rub it in your hands. The thick, white coconut oil with melt into a liquid form that you can rub through your doodle's hair. Rub a generous amount through the hair prior to brushing. As you brush, you may discover matted sections. Scoop out more coconut oil and put it directly on the matt. Rub the coconut oil through the matt and it will begin to break it up. Begin to comb through it and add more coconut oil as needed. I use a brush to break up the matt and a thin comb after its broken up a bit.

Your doodle will look greasy after this so I recommend giving him or her a bath after brushing. It's better to give a bath after brushing because the water can make the current stubborn matts worse. What's great about coconut oil is it's edible and great for your pup so if they lick themselves, its completely fine. You can also give your dog some as a treat. I prefer Petpost Coconut Oil, but you can use any coconut oil.

Nocci is extremely fussy when I brush him. When I brush him, I put a bag of treats in front of me and I give him many treats as distractions... almost every time he finishes one treat I give him another just to get him to stay still. A spoonful of peanut butter also works!

 

Paw-ty Balm

The Winter can be ruff on your pup's paws. Our pups love playing in the snow, but the city streets are always covered in ice melt. The ice melt can burn your dog's precious, little paws and cause them pain. We created the Paw-ty Balm to protect and soothe their paws. We love this recipe because it's quick, easy and cheaper than buying the balm at the store!

Ingredients

  • Beeswax provides a protective barrier 
  • Coconut Oil is an anti-bacterial and a moisturizer 
  • Calendula Oil heals and soothes cracked paw pads
  • Shea Butter moisturizes the paw pads  
  • Lavender Oil has calming effects

 

Directions

In a pot on the stove add:

Put the stove on medium heat and mix. Within 5 minutes, it will melt into an oil. Quickly pour the oil into the tins and let it dry. Within ten minutes, the oil will harden into the balm. 

 

When pouring, be careful not to burn yourself! The oil is very hot and the tin you pour it into will be too. We recommend using a funnel and an oven mitt.

Screen Shot 2017-01-30 at 8.04.58 PM.png

 

Our recipe was enough to fill 6 of the small candy tins, so adjust the recipe for the size of your tins. You can even pour the oil into larger caps that you have around the house.

Before heading outside, put your pup's paws directly into the balm and twist it around so it evenly distributes throughout the entire pad. You will immediately notice how shiny and smooth their paws look and feel!

 

Your pup's face when his paws are nice & soft...

 

New Year, New Pup

Almost everyones New Year Resolution is to be healthier. Keeping your resolutions is much easier if its fun and you have someone to do it with...aka your pup!

Making juices is a great way to fit all types of vitamins into your diet. So... why not make sure your dog is in tip-top shape, by sharing your tasty juices with them!

Here are a few recipes we love:

Cleansing Juice

1 medium apple
2 stalks of celery
4-5 large carrots

Remove carrot tops and apple seeds. Dogs are allergic to apple seeds!

From life+dog

The Green Energizer

¼ medium pineapple (I remove the skin and cut it into medium pieces)
1 large handful of spinach
¼ medium cucumber
½ medium courgette/zucchini
1 medium carrot
15 sugar snap peas
1 small handful ice cubes (for the human version, not the dogs)

From lovelygreens

And last but not least...

The Pawty Power-Up

2 asparagus, which is a powerful kidney cleanser and should be given in small quantities

2 large handfuls of diced up papaya, which stimulates appetite and helps with digestion

1 medium apple, which also aids in digestion

2 stalks of celery, which is rich in sodium

Once again, remove apple seeds because dogs are allergic to apple seeds!

 

**Before giving our dogs any new fruits and vegetables we always double check to make sure they aren't allergic to it. The ASPCA lists non-toxic and toxic foods on their website. 

 

We love using the Huron Juicer for making our juices! The Huron Juicer makes juicing easy and fun!

IMG_0226.JPG

Thanksgiving Dinner for Your Pup

Let's face it, no one loves you more than your dog. Even if they do, no one's entire world revolves around you like your dog's does. On Thanksgiving, we celebrate everything we are thankful for...especially our family. Why not show your dog you are thankful for him too?

Rather than giving your dog Thanksgiving Dinner leftovers, which might contain ingredients that are toxic to your dog, you can cook him a quick meal.

Chicken
Boil one pack of chicken cutlets for about 10 minutes. 

White Rice
Boil a package of white rice for about 10 minutes.

Sweet Potato
Cook a sweet potato in the oven for about one hour. Remove the skin.

Do not season any of the ingredients because excess salt is not good for your dog. Let everything cool and mix it together. Cut up the chicken and the sweet potato into small pieces.