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Tip of the week!- Stop your dog chasing their dinner bowl across the floor

P1020366If you have a tiled or wooden floor and your dog’s bowl slips about as they eat, it is very easy to keep the bowl in the same place by putting a tea towel down first. The bowl stays stationary, the dog can eat their dinner in the one place and there isn’t the unpleasant scraping noise as it moves around the floor.

If they are a messy eater it doesn’t matter as the tea towel is easily washed.

It’s a quick and simple solution to an irritating problem (for dogs and people) which is also cost free- fantastic 🙂

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Make a scoop, hand spade or trowel from an old plastic milk carton

I saw this handy tip to recycle an old bottle into gardening tools on the internet and I had the idea that it will be useful for cleaning up the lawn after the dogs! It’s very easy.

You need scissors, a clean, empty plastic milk bottle and 1 or 2 minutes…  Mark out with pen or by eye this shape on the bottle … and cut!











You could always round off the end if you preferred to make a trowel shape.


Road test … what worked well

The spade shape works very well as a scoop and I will continue to use it in our garden. So pleased 🙂 Our dogs are Labradors and Beardies and so if your dogs are this size or smaller, it is worth trying.

As gardening tools, they would both work well if the soil was fine and dry- perfect for things like moving new compost from the bag into a pot. 

What didn’t work

The trowel shape had a tendency to be bendy and was a little tricky to use.

Neither the trowel or spade were able to cope with cleaning up after our neighbours Newfie, I had to find something else in the end. I don’t think it would work for dogs much larger than a Labrador.

The spade is by far the more robust shape but both bent in wet hard soil.

Other uses

Other spades could also be put to good use in the kitchen for measuring out rice or flour etc, in the children’s sand pit, water play area or pretend box, or for scooping up the Lego.

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