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Make dog stuff at home!

Learn how to make dog stuff using our free instructions.

           How Did Make Dog Stuff Start?

Comet 1998-2010. Wasn't he a handsome fella?

This website began in 2006 to share items I'd made for Comet.

After that, I began looking for other things to make in an eco friendly, cost effective way. Scrounging and creativity became the name of the game!

My sweet and generous hubby helps with technical and engineering matters. What's not to love?

* Dog Stuff Spotlight *  Jun 2017 *

Our Shit Tzu grandpuppy was torn up recently by a neighbor dog that escaped her owners. Our son-in-law was on the front porch trying to get in the door with Swiffer when the attack happened. Fortunately, he got him to the vet quickly and they were able to stitch our grandpup back together. 

Rather than using a plastic cone to keep Swiffer from bothering the sutures, our kids discovered a more comfortable option. 

All you need is a foam core and some fabric to cover it in the shape of a C. Add slits so you can weave the dog's collar through it.

Finally sew on some straps with a buckle or use Velcro. Unlike the plastic cone, your dog will mostly be able to see where he or she is going and bumping into things won't be such a big deal.

By the way, you may want to check out a homemade remedy for wounds that don't require stitches. This was sent us by Alina in India - thanks, Alina! 

New to Making Dog Stuff?

If you're a newbie, we'd suggest you start with something simple; then gradually challenge yourself with more complex projects.

For example, you may want to check out the Dog Accessories page for some ideas first, before tackling something like a dog ramp or bed.

Our Purpose

We aim to:

  • Teach you to make your own dog products using  recycled materials whenever possible.
  • Provide a springboard for you to come up with your own ideas.
  • Have you share things you've created for your dog(s)!

Although there's no charge for most of the instructions for how to make our dog products, we do have a few specially engineered dog plans for wheelchairs and ramps, which are available for purchase at a relatively low cost.

Share Your Dog Stuff!

To share how you make dog stuff, go to the Homemade Dog Stuff page and follow the instructions. It's easy to submit - all you need to do is fill out a simple form, describe what you've made, and add up to four digital photos of your project (photos are very welcome but not required).

Usable contributions that are of sufficient length become a stand-alone page on our site (for example, the DIY Pool Ramp by Marie from Gibraltar or the Dog Harness Dress by Cynthia from California).

Good ideas that are shorter are incorporated into existing pages, with credit given to you.