Are pet supplies taking over your house? Take a look at these tips & tricks for ideas to keep your dog supplies organized! 

Keep your house squeeky clean with this guide to organize pet supplies throughout the home. Smart solutions and tips to keep dog supplies organized!

When we first brought home our little Doberman puppy, our focus was on how to take care of her and what supplies we needed, not how to organize all those pet supplies.

{Here’s our MUST HAVE Supplies, How We Prepared, and What We Wished We Would Have Known.}

But in no time at all, our home was cluttered with pet supplies in a not-so-organized fashion. I spent some time to develop a better system for us keep all her supplies, food and toys organized (and out of sight!). I’m happy to say that we’ve been able to maintain the system for over two years.

Instead of storing all Reagans supplies in one spot, we store them in the location in which they’ll be used (think: dog food near the dog bowls, shampoo near the tub). This is somewhat of a general rule for all supplies for our home, but is especially true for dog supplies.

Medications and treats

Reagan has a lot of allergies so she’s on daily oral medication and does not eat many treats. I keep both her medication and ‘approved’ treats in our kitchen as I typically give her medication snuck inside a bit of peanut butter (which she’s NO allergic to!).

Keep your house squeeky clean with this guide to organize pet supplies throughout the home. Smart solutions and tips to keep dog supplies organized!

Feeding

We strategically placed Reagan’s bowls close to the closet where we store her food. This tall and narrow storage container is perfect for the closet. Plus, it has removable wheels! For easy access, we also keep the food scoop and fish oil (which we give her once a day with a meal) in her food container.

Keep your house squeeky clean with this guide to organize pet supplies throughout the home. Smart solutions and tips to keep dog supplies organized!Keep your house squeeky clean with this guide to organize pet supplies throughout the home. Smart solutions and tips to keep dog supplies organized!

Grooming 

Reagan gets her baths in our guest bathroom, so her supplies get their own cabinet.

Her bath supplies are pretty limited: shampoo, conditioner (yes, our dog gets conditioner 🙂 ) and two towels. We designated two old beach towels as ‘dog towels’ to dry her off after her bath.

Since we brush Reagan outside, her brush isn’t stored in the bathroom (keep reading below).

Keep your house squeeky clean with this guide to organize pet supplies throughout the home. Smart solutions and tips to keep dog supplies organized!

Bones & Toys

Just like babies’ toys, dog toys can end up all over the floor. The easiest solution for us was leaving a basket close to ground level for all Reagans toys. This way she can grab and play with them as she likes and it’s easy for me to pick them up at the end of the day.

I placed a basket under our side table for all the toys. It’s both close to the ground and mostly out of sight: a perfect combination!

Now if I could just teach Reagan to put them away on her own 😀.

Keep your house squeeky clean with this guide to organize pet supplies throughout the home. Smart solutions and tips to keep dog supplies organized!

Leash & Rain Jacket

Storing the leash and rain jacket (a requirement in Seattle!) in the coat closet off the main entry made the most sense. It’s easy to grab Reagan’s leash and my coat from the same closet before we go outside.

During the rainy months, we also keep our DIY dog mitt hung up.

Keep your house squeeky clean with this guide to organize pet supplies throughout the home. Smart solutions and tips to keep dog supplies organized!

Outdoor toys

Last year Joe helped turn two planters in to storage benches for our front porch area. One of these is dedicated to Reagan’s outdoor toys (balls, frisbees, ball thrower, etc.) and poop bags. I really love keeping outdoor toys outside to prevent more dirt from getting in to the house, as her toys can get rather dirty from outside play.

I also store Reagan’s brush in the storage bench, as we always brush her outside!

Keep your house squeeky clean with this guide to organize pet supplies throughout the home. Smart solutions and tips to keep dog supplies organized!Keep your house squeeky clean with this guide to organize pet supplies throughout the home. Smart solutions and tips to keep dog supplies organized!

I hope these tips help keep your home a little bit more organized with your furry bundle of joy!

Here’s some of my favorite pet supplies:


Keep your house squeeky clean with this guide to organize pet supplies throughout the home. Smart solutions and tips to keep dog supplies organized!

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Each month I’m taking on a common cleaning & organization challenge and tackling it with a thrift store item. I love when great organization solutions end up being affordable. It’s always a win-win.  All it takes is a little patience, DIYing and a great thrift store find! This month we’re tackling dirty puppy paws with:

||| DIY Dirty Dog Paw Mitt |||

A very active Doberman puppy + 9 month rainy season in Seattle = mud ridden entryway and … well entire home. Even worse, we let our pup sleep on our bed during the day. Yes, on our bed with a white comforter. Well, that is a whole other story. But I did need a way to keep Reagan’s paws clean after taking her for a walk during the rainy Seattle months.

Admittedly up until this point, our previous solution was to grab a used dish towel from the kitchen to wipe down Reagan’s paws. We’d then have to throw the dirty towel into the laundry. Let’s just say that this system didn’t last long. Especially when we take Reagan outside several times a day.

So instead I grabbed a couple of dish towels from my near by Goodwill (why buy new only to use on my dogs dirty paw??) and a couple supplies around the house to make these DIY Dirty Dog Paw Mitts that we’ll surely put to use:

Supplies

  • Hand Towel or Dish Towel
  • 1 Inch Wide Ribbon
  • Sewing Machine
  • Thread
  • Scissors

Instruction

As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words:

Fold your towel in half “hamburger style”.

Cut it in half. You can actually make two dog paw mitts with one towel.

Sew along the long open side (the side that you just cut).

 

Trim ribbon to desired length, based on where you want to hang it.

Sew the ribbon on to the top right corner, making a loop.

Sew the remaining long side a couple inchnes. Allow for an opening big enough for you to put your hand through.

Flip inside out and wipe those dirty paws!

Take a look at all our past Upcycle Organization Challenges!


 

 

Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge

As a lover of affordable solutions of ANY kind, I’ve paired up with some extremely talented bloggers to bring you a monthly Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge. Each month we will create something amazing from an item(s) we’ve found at a thrift store, yard sale, resale shop etc.

The Rules

  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There’s no monthly theme.
  • There’s no budget to stick to.

Meet the Bloggers

Michelle | Our Crafty Mom  Lora | Craftivity Designs
Vicki and Jennifer | 2 Bees in a Pod Pili | My Sweet Things
Angela | Simply Beautiful by Angela Kim | Made in a Day
Lindsay | Crazy Organized Marie | DIY Adulation Ann | Duct Tape and Denim
Denise | My Thrifty House Jeanie | Create and Babble Debra | Shoppe No. 5
Shirley | Intelligent Domestications Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled 
Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles Jeanee | Centsably Creative
Florence | Vintage Southern Picks Deborah | Salvage Sister & Mister

Make sure you follow our board on Pinterest for more upcycled decor inspiration!

Take a look at all these bloggers’ amazing thrift store projects:


 

 


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Top surprising things you can do to deal with pet allergies. I was allergic to our new puppy and these solutions saved the day! Dog allergies are no fun!

Top surprising things you can do to deal with pet allergies. I was allergic to our new puppy and these solutions saved the day! Dog allergies are no fun!

When we brought our little doberman, Reagan, home last year, I was so proud of all the preparation we had done ahead of time. (You can read all about it here.) The to-do lists, the products and planning: I was convinced that we had thought of it all. And for the most part we did. Except one crucial thing – what if Joe or I was allergic? We both had light allergies in the past, so a pet allergy was definitely a possibility. Yet, in all the excitement of bringing home Reagan, we brushed passed the idea that our adorable little puppy could cause some serious allergies.

We needed something to combat those allergies. Not all allergy medicine is created equal. Like it’s name implies, Xyzal® Allergy 24HR provides relief of sneezing, runny nose, itchy watery eyes, nose and throat for 24 hours! (It’s as effective at hour 24 as hour one and is full prescription strength.) I love that it is available over the counter at CVS and that it starts working in 60 minutes. I take one before I go to bed at night to give me all night, all day allergy relief. Taking one each night creates better continuous symptom relief….. ideal for those with a pet allergy.

Top surprising things you can do to deal with pet allergies. I was allergic to our new puppy and these solutions saved the day! Dog allergies are no fun!

We absolutely fell in love with Reagan from the first day we brought her home. Since I work from home, I got acquainted with her VERY quickly as we spent a LOT of time together. After about 3 weeks, I could tell I was starting to develop allergies. Oh boy! I was so worried what this meant for our newest member of the family. Worst case scenarios of having to bring Reagan back to the breeder crossed my mind daily.

Top surprising things you can do to deal with pet allergies. I was allergic to our new puppy and these solutions saved the day! Dog allergies are no fun!

My initial panic faded quickly as I started looking for solutions. Through suggestions from friends, discussions with our vet and a couple internet searches, I came up with a solid plan of attack. Here’s what worked for me:

1 Reagan gets a good brushing each and every day …. but not from me. Joe takes her outside to brush her each morning to remove the dander without bringing it into the house.

2 I noticed from the first day we brought Reagan home, the house now got a little dirtier faster than before. Dirt and pet hair would pile up on the rugs much quicker than I expected. This was motivation enough for me to increase my vacuuming frequency.

3 Regular use of over the counter allergy medication is key for me! Each night before I go to bed, I take Xyzal, that gets me through the next day!

4 Just like during cold & flu season, I wash my hands more often than usual. I’m also more diligent about keeping my hands away from my face (specifically my eyes).

5 We learned quickly that Reagan didn’t appreciate a spa day as much as I do. Most dogs probably do not need to be washed weekly, but our vet recommended a weekly bath using either hypoallergenic or oatmeal based dog shampoo. It was nice to have a clean puppy and also helped remove a lot of the dander from her skin. This is another task that Joe handles for me.

Top surprising things you can do to deal with pet allergies. I was allergic to our new puppy and these solutions saved the day! Dog allergies are no fun!

6 We didn’t have intentions of allowing Reagan to roam free throughout our entire townhouse, but planned to evaluate as she got older (and better behaved). Once my allergies occurred, we designated the master bedroom and office as dog free zones. The last thing I needed was to be laying in bed with dog dander surrounding me!

7 HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters have been popular for many years. Since we were in the market for a new vacuum, we purchased one with a built in HEPA filtration system. It helps pick up more of the dander from the floors. We also got a small HEPA room air purifier that I periodically move from room to room.

8 Last but not least ….. CLEANING. I like to keep a clean home so I’m naturally pretty motivated to clean. Knowing that there was dog dander all around gave me any extra motivation I needed to dust and clean a little bit more regularly. It’s not the cleaning motivation I would wish on to others, but it incentivizes me to keep our house clean. I sometimes wear a white safety mask when I do deep cleaning.

Top surprising things you can do to deal with pet allergies. I was allergic to our new puppy and these solutions saved the day! Dog allergies are no fun!

Top surprising things you can do to deal with pet allergies. I was allergic to our new puppy and these solutions saved the day! Dog allergies are no fun!

I stocked up on a few key supplies to get me through the allergies:

  • Dog shampoo 
  • Cleaning supplies
  • HEPA filters
  • Xyzal® Allergy 24HR is available over the counter at CVS (in the allergy & sinus section). I grabbed the 10 count, but these also come in 35, 55 and 80 counts. Remember to read and follow product labeling before using a new medicine.

 

 

 

 

Top surprising things you can do to deal with pet allergies. I was allergic to our new puppy and these solutions saved the day! Dog allergies are no fun!

 

 

 

 

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Use these tips to get rid if Rusty's acne, dandruff and tummy problems!

Use these tips to get rid if Rusty's acne, dandruff and tummy problems!

As adorable and energetic as Reagan is, recently she seemed to have a ton of health problems. While some we accounted to Reagan growing out of her puppy stage, others we knew we needed to address.

For one … dandruff. Yes, it may seem like a vanity thing (and maybe it is). But who wants a dog with dandruff?

Use these tips to get rid if Rusty's acne, dandruff and tummy problems!

Then comes the acne. Alright it’s another vanity thing. But dogs with acne? I had never heard of such a thing before we got Reagan. The photo below is from one one of our most popular posts about a DIY toy storage solution. Can you see that acne on her face?

Use these tips to get rid if Rusty's acne, dandruff and tummy problems!

Oh and then there’s the diarrhea like poop and farting. Lots of farting. No pictures necessary.

All of this was going on for months. And it was driving us crazy. We weren’t sure to what extent all of this was just what happens with dogs and what was serious. But we knew Reagan didn’t seem too happy and we wanted her to look AND feel healthier!  Her energy and playfulness are some of our favorite qualities and we wanted to make sure she was able to enjoy the summer playing outside.

So we decided to take the IAMS™ Challenge. IAMS™ is so confident that you’ll see a Visible Difference in your dog that they’re offering a money back guarantee. Our vet had also recommended transitioning Reagan’s dog food, so it was a no brainer!

Here’s what we did during our IAMS™ Challenge

1 Keep Hydrated

Does this sound familar? Ironically it’s a common beauty tip for humas as well. Well Reagan (just like me) doesn’t always love to drink a lot of water. We were constantly worried that she was dehydrated. Ugh. So we tried to make drinking water as fun as we could. I freezed a couple pieces of dog food in each ice cube tray mold. Once frozen, Reagan couldn’t get enough of them. To my surprise she seemed to think it was the greatest treat EVER. We would give her a couple of these at a time, typically several times a day.

Use these tips to get rid if Rusty's acne, dandruff and tummy problems!

The ONLY problem we ran in to is that every time I opened the freezer, she assumed we were getting her treat 🙂 .

Use these tips to get rid if Rusty's acne, dandruff and tummy problems!

2 Change The Food

For the IAMS™ Challenge, we opted for IAMS™ Grain Free Naturals Dry Food with Salmon & Red Lentils. Joe laughed stating that Reagan is probably having better meals than we are. Embarrassing I admitted he was right (#awfulcook).

It was the perfect choice for Reagan. Their dog food includes Omega 6 & 3 fatty acids that keeps Reagan’s skin & coat look healthy (goodbye acne and dandruff). In addition IAMS™ includes a fiber blend in their dog food. Just like humans need fiber, this helped Reagan with all her digestive & tummy problems.

Remember IAMS™ is so confident that you’ll see a Visible Difference in your dog that they’re offering a money back guarantee. For more info on all the IAMS™ products and to get the full scoop on their Visible Difference Guarantee, visit iams.com/visabledifference.

We took 7 days to transition Reagan to her new food. Any quicker might have caused MORE tummy problems, which is the last thing we wanted. We started by mixing 75% of the old food with 25% of the new IAMS™ diet. Then on days 3 & 4, we mixed 50/50 of old diet and new. By day 5 & 6, the mix was 75% of the new IAMS™ with 25% of the old diet. On day 7, Reagan was ready to eat the new IAMS™ diet exclusively.

The smartest tips to get rid of puppy acne, dandruff and tummy problems!

Note that we monitored Reagan pretty closely. You’ll want to do the same with your dog and adjust the transition timing as needed.

The smartest tips to get rid of puppy acne, dandruff and tummy problems!

3 Slow Down Eating

Apparently like mother like daughter. Reagan eats her food just as quickly as I do. I’m truly hoping I’m a little neater of an eater than her although Joe often disagrees 🙁 . While there’s tons of doggy gadgets to encourage your dog to eat at a slower pace, you’ve likely got the solution right at home already. Simple put a tennis ball in the middle of dish filled with food. This will force your dog to slow down as they eat AROUND the ball. It even makes meal time more mentally stimulating as they have to move the ball around the dish to get at the food.

The smartest tips to get rid of puppy acne, dandruff and tummy problems!

The Results of the IAMS™ Challenge

At the end of the IAMS™ Challenge we saw a huge difference!  The dandruff was GONE and her coat was super shiny. The acne had literally disappeared. Her tummy seemed to be doing better as she had tons of energy! Scroll down look at some of our adventures with Reagan below. She had a lot more energy and was running around like crazy! Just like we knew she would.

Not only did it make Reagan feel better, but it was great for Joe & I as well. We could finally stop worrying about how Reagan was feeling! She was enjoying the summer and the outdoors iwth one of her favorite activities …. playing frisbee. AND she’s finally able to CATCH the frisbee!

The smartest tips to get rid of puppy acne, dandruff and tummy problems!

The smartest tips to get rid of puppy acne, dandruff and tummy problems!

Take a look at these videos … Reagan is back to her ‘normal’ crazy self. We think she definitely succeeded in the IAMS™ Challenge!  Yet, apparently one thing she didn’t obtain is a sense of coordination. We’re still working on that 🙂 .

And then there’s Regan’s FAVORITE way to exercise outdoors ….

Come join the IAMS™ Challenge to get your dogs outside enjoying the summer!

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As prepared as we were for Reagan, our doberman puppy, there were MANY things we learned along the way. Some things we’re laughing about now and for others the wound is too fresh. Ugh. Yes, we had our to-do lists prepared and purchased all the essentials, but we still learned quite a few lessons along the way. It took a little trial and error, lots of caffeine and quite a bit of humor, but we got through the first month with Reagan and are still alive to tell about it!

Oh how could this cute little face get in to any mischief ???

Need to read later, first 30 days new puppy checklist. Read through.

What we wish we would have known: New Puppy Checklist

Although Apple Spraythat spray that will prevent puppies from chewing on whatever your spray it on, should have been a blessing it was one of Reagan’s favorite treats! She would literally lick it off our furniture (and THEN chew the furniture). FAIL.

There’s SO many puppy products on the market nowadays. Some of them seem just down right silly. I tried the less is more approach at the beginning, but wish I would have bought a couple key items right away. One of those was a dog dish tray to prevent water from spilling all over. Our wood floors started to warp because Reagan thought the water bowl was for playing not drinking 🙂 .

Make sure everyone in your house is consistent with rules and puppy commands. I started going rouge and using the same commands/hand signals that I used with my childhood puppy without confirming with Joe. Sure enough he was using different hand signals.

Reagan wasn’t a fan of getting brushed, although she REALLY needed it! Anytime she saw the brush coming, she would jump up and start trying to play with it. I wish we would have started grooming her when she was sleeping instead of wide awake to get her used to it.

Need to read later, first 30 days new puppy checklist. Read through.

We never really did the math of how much dog food we would go through daily. It seemed like almost every week we would come close to running out of food before buying more! I highly recommend buying several bags of puppy food at a time!

I had NO idea how much energy playing at the dog park would burn! Once Reagan got all her shots (about 3 months), we started taking her to the dog park almost daily and she became a different dog! Running around at a dog park for an hour burned WAY more energy than taking her on 3 or 4 long walks.

Say goodbye to full night sleeps for the first month! If you’re sharing puppy responsibilities with someone else, make sure you come up with a plan of WHO is going to be on nighttime duty each night. It took Joe & I a week or so to get in to the groove of this. Before that we would BOTH wake up in the middle of the night to take Reagan out to go to the bathroom. What were we thinking?

 

We bought doggy carpet cleaner that also eliminates the scent to prevent dogs from coming back to that same spot. Well, it neither prevented Reagan from peeing in the same spot and or got rid of the stain. We ended up switching back to regular carpet cleaner.

Skip the nice bed and opt for old towels. It may not be as luxurious or comfy as a puppy bed, but you also won’t be wasting money on something that your dog may use as an expensive chew toy! Admittedly Reagan chewed up TWO beds before we switched to the towels.

Need to read later, first 30 days new puppy checklist. Read through.

Research what the diameter of your puppies neck should be BEFORE buying a collar. I just bought a medium size collar for Reagan, but when we first got her it was WAY too big. That meant we had NO collar for her and had to run to the store within the first hour after bringing her home.

We put off brushing Reagan’s teeth because …. well it seemed like a miserable process. I wish we would have started the very first week we brought her home so that she was used to it. Now every time we brush her teeth its a huge production because she has no idea what’s going on!

After weeks of sleepless nights for both Reagan, Joe & I, we got a great tips from my sister. Fill plastic water bottles with hot water and cover with socks. Then place these in her crate next to her when going to bed. It supposedly mimics the feeling of sleeping next to her brothers and sisters. This was LIFE CHANGING for us. Hello sleeping through the night!

Good luck with your new puppy! Any tips you learned along the way?



 

 

 

 

After 30 days with our new puppy there's lots we learned and lots we with we hand known! Check out our new puppy checklist of all our learnings!

 

 

 

 

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