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Three Not-Stupid Dog Tricks

Posted By Jeff Yeager On August 12, 2013 @ 12:01 pm In Money Talk | Comments Disabled

3545177630_13b22b592b [1]Fido deserves to enjoy the dog days of summer just as much – if not more – than the rest of us.  Showing your beloved canine [2] some TLC doesn’t need to take a big bite out of your wallet.  Here are three simple ways to keep your pooch happy on-the-cheap:

  • Repurposed Doggie Toys:  There are a nifty ways to repurpose [3] would-be throwaway items into play toys for your dog, like those I show you in this video [4].  One of my favorite – and simplest – DIY doggie toys is to take an empty half liter plastic water or soda bottle, stick it inside a spare sock (you know, the one that’s missing its mate!) along with a couple of doggie treats, tie it off and let Fido have a field day with it.  Dogs love the crunchy nose it makes when they bite it.  (NOTE: As is pointed out in the video, always keep an eye on your dog when they’re playing with plastic to make sure they don’t ingest any.)


  • “Sweet” Homemade Dog Treats: Whip up a batch of these inexpensive, tasty doggie treats to say “thank you” to your best friend.  Cook one large sweet potato [5] in the microwave until tender (that’s right, a sweet potato!).  Cut the cooked potato in half and scoop out the flesh; it should measure about one cup of flesh.  Mash up the potato in a mixing bowl, and add 2 1/2 cups of wheat flour, a quarter cup of unsweetened apple sauce, two tablespoons of creamy peanut butter, one quarter teaspoon of ground cinnamon, and two eggs.  Mix everything together thoroughly to form a dough.  Roll out the dough on a floured surface to a consistent thickness of about half an inch.  Cut the dough into strips – or use cookie cutters to make doggie-delicious shapes – and bake them on an ungreased cookie sheet in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 45 minutes or until crisp.  Allow to cool in the pan and then on a wire rack until hardened.


  • Kill Fleas for Free:  If you have a doggie bed, pillows, throw rugs, and the like that are infested with fleas, simply seal the items in a plastic trash bag and put the bag inside a car with the windows rolled up and parked in the sun.  Within an hour or two, the extreme heat [6]will kill all of the fleas and their eggs.  Obviously never leave a pet (or child!) inside a parked or unattended car with the windows rolled up.  Now that would be a stupid human trick!


Photo: Rollanb/flickr [7]


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[1] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/3545177630_13b22b592b.jpg

[2] beloved canine: http://blog.aarp.org/2012/10/11/dog-shopping-consider-adopting-and-save/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[3] repurpose: http://www.aarp.org/money/budgeting-saving/info-04-2012/reuse-household-goods.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[4] this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsP-IcFaUIA&list=TLLlZE035dpgw

[5] sweet potato: http://www.aarp.org/money/budgeting-saving/info-11-2009/foods_under_a_dollar_per_pound.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[6] extreme heat : http://www.aarp.org/money/budgeting-saving/info-06-2012/12-ways-to-stay-cool-and-save-money.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[7] Rollanb/flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/25866036@N05/3545177630/in/photolist-6pgXNf-4bmAY-7TDFS-5Geifa-6R44qS-4J39w-dC4Jav-CeHVt-KiY5P-nha8d-cRLhgf-5Myyoh-5Ys56m-pK6Mk-7Gn2s7-9F6zP5-4QCGtf-8pWyxR-HPeDB-2rrBnJ-5vLkkt-6NiihG-7Gp5Du-48jq2R-6i5eUk-6K8RyA-bJ9TDF-2A8aYc-6XbTg9-DZiJX-aMxX9-6obYj8-cDHUD-9vXsGR-5Ga2Qr-48WuzR-e65LUa-9MGwhr-eyCkWx-fNhtv-7e1tMJ-9yWhZx-4mJo4T-nVeAj-6rTPcf-gGoJm-7Sb1sz-4sfBY4-9vTH7Y-bVn7jg-5Geib4

[8] Get Cooking With a DIY Solar Oven: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/08/05/get-cooking-with-a-diy-solar-oven/?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL

[9] Cheap Tips for the Outdoors: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/07/29/cheap-tips-for-the-outdoors/?intcmp=AE-ENDART2-BL-BOS

[10] Join AARP: https://appsec.aarp.org/MSS/join/application?intcmp=AE-ENDART3-BL-MEM

[11] AARP home page: http://www.aarp.org/?intcmp=AE-ENDART3-BL-HP

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