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Is it possible to really organize dog supplies? From food to leash to toys, they have so much stuff!
If you are blessed to have a dog, you know that he/she is so much more than just a “pet” – dogs are part of the family! Like any other family member, dogs can easily complicate our lives as we try to remember where we put the brush or when we gave them the last dose of heartworm medicine.
I’ve worked hard to get my dog’s supplies organized, so I’m ready for a trip to the park or a vet visit at a moment’s notice.
19 Easy Ways to Organize Dog Supplies
No one wants to be scrambling for vet records when it’s time to drop the pooch at the boarding kennel. Or trying to remember when he’s due for his next round of flea prevention. And running out of food – that would be a travesty!
I’ve tested all of these organizational tips out on my own pooch, so I know they work. I’m all about keeping life as simple as possible, and that goes for my adorable Ozzie as well.
I’ve organized my tips by category, so you can implement them one “batch” at a time if you don’t want to jump in with everything at once. My basic organizational categories are: Food, Medications, Toys, Walks, Treats, and “Be Prepared”.
- Be Prepared
How to Organize Your Dog’s Food:
You have to feed your pup every day – maybe, like Ozzie, twice a day. It only makes sense to do what you can to make the process efficient. Here’s what works in our home:
Set up an automated system of food delivery.
Especially if your dog is large and his food comes in heavy, awkward bags, it’s so worth it to have it dropped on your doorstep.
Chewy.com has a great auto-ship system, allowing you to change delivery dates as needed, and you can add and subtract items anytime up until a few days before your order ships- they even send reminder emails!
I’m also a big fan of Ollie for fresh food. Ozzie gets a combination of Ollie Chicken Blend and kibble at every meal.
Keep dog food in a convenient location for you (but not accessible to your dog!) This could be on the pantry floor, the laundry room, or just inside the garage (my preference).
Wherever you feed your dog, make sure the food and water bowls are set on an oversized, waterproof mat, to curb spills and drips as much as possible.
How to Organize Your Dog’s Medications:
Even the healthiest dog will need regular heartworm and flea protection, and an occasional prescription, too.
Keep all medications in a box with a lid, out of the reach of curious children, and away from human medication.
Give your dog her recurring medications on the first of every month, or put a reminder on the calendar in your phone, so you don’t miss doses.
When your dog receives boosters at the vet, ask them to send the records to your boarding facility so that they are always up-to-date. You don’t want to need last-minute boarding in an emergency, only to be turned down because your dog’s records are outdated.
Keep a folder with all of your dog’s paperwork together in one location – ideally, right in the medication box. This should contain vet records, emergency visits, and rabies documentation.
How to Organize Your Dog’s Toys:
On the first of the month (right after the routine medication), go through your pet’s toy basket and remove all toys that are worn out, or need to be washed or repaired.
Just like children, your dog will get bored with the same toys all the time. Consider rotating them, and only giving her a few at a time. She will be much more interested in them than if she has the same huge pile all of the time.
Speaking of toy baskets – use a basket with handles, so it’s easy to move around as you pick up toys or when you are vacuuming.
Choose a basket that your dog can access so that she can get toys on her own when she wants them.
Avoid plastic or woven baskets if your dog is a chewer.
If your dog likes to spread his toys around, it may make sense to have baskets in several different rooms.
How to Organize Your Dog’s Walks:
Make an effort to walk your dog consistently, even if you have a large yard for playtime.
Walks teach the dog about the world around him, encourage socializing, and provide quality one on one time with you.
Store everything you need for walks near whichever door you exit on your walks. You could toss everything in a basket, keep items on a shelf or in a drawer. Experiment to find what works best.
You’ll need a leash, poop bags, sunglasses (for you), earbuds, and sneakers (again, for you). You may also need sweaters and/or booties for your dog, depending on your climate.
Purchase a poop bag holder that attaches directly to the leash, so that you always have extras. You never know when you’ll need them.
Keep a supply of old towels near your exit door. Be ready to dry pup off on rainy days.
How to Organize Your Dog’s Treats:
Create a treat station on the kitchen counter, with each type in a different container.
Label containers if any treats are for medical purposes (arthritis support, probiotics, etc.), or if you have more than one dog but certain treats are only to be given to one of them.
Invest in one or two treat-dispensing toys such as the super-popular and indestructible Kongs. I recommend pre-filling them with small treats and yogurt or peanut butter, and keeping them in the freezer for last-minute use.
On hot days, freeze broth in ice cube trays and give a couple of cubes at a time to keep your dog hydrated and cool.
How to Be Prepared for Almost Anything:
For Trips to the Beach or Park: Keep a portable water bowl, towels, balls, and a visor or ball cap (for you) in the trunk of your car. Toss in a water bottle or two right before you leave. Note: do not store filled water bottles in the car, as they can heat up and chemicals in the plastic can leach into the water.
For Boarding: Pre-pack a daycare/overnight bag with bowls, blanket, toys, and instructions for emergencies. This will ensure easy transitions to boarding facilities – just add food and treats, and your pup is ready to roll.
For Grooming: Stock a grooming basket or caddy with your dog’s brush, furminator, shampoo, nail trimmer, toothbrush, and any other supplies.
Designate one location for all pet supplies. That way you always know exactly where to find whatever your pet needs. The toy basket and walking supplies are exceptions. Everything else related to your dog should be stored together in a convenient location such as a closet or laundry room.
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Final Thoughts on How to Organize Dog Supplies
Follow these tips to organize dog supplies, and I’m sure you will find that life with your pup is indeed simpler and less stressful. And you know what that means – more time for playing fetch and giving belly rubs. Everyone wins!
Do you have ideas to add to this list? I’d love to hear them!