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Pamper Your Pet With One of These Creations

Fido never had it so good with these creations.

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DIY Dog HousePhoto: Courtesy of Corey Hosick

Ultimate Doghouse

Reader Corey Hosick built the ultimate shelter for his two German Shepard dogs. It’s equipped with so many bells and whistles for his fur babies. Check out all of the great photos from Corey!

Check out another reader-made backyard masterpiece. This time it is a patio featuring an open-fire brick barbecue bar.

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Neat and Tidy Pet Food DispenserFamily Handyman

Neat and Tidy Pet Food Dispenser

Build this bin and you can fill the dog dish with the flick of a finger and do away with that crumpled bag of dog food lying on the garage floor. This bin easily holds two 20-lb. bags of food and allows you to dispense it right into the dish. And you can store two types of food so the cat won’t get jealous. Slide open the ‘blast gate’ and food falls into the dish. A hinged top allows easy refilling. Get the instructions to make your own pet food dispenser (it is the third project in this article).

Are you worried more about your food than your dog’s? Check out these must have food storage containers.

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FH10JUN_509_05_T01-1200 dog kennelFamily Handyman

Chain Link Outdoor Dog Kennels

Follow these guidelines for building outdoor dog kennels, including expert advice on kennel size, fencing materials, flooring, the dog house and other top.

Chain link fences don’t need to be replaced when they start to look shabby. Learn how to repair them here!

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classic doghouse

Classic Doghouse

Build this awesome doghouse from our May 1995 issue of The Family Handyman which features some furry friends as the K-9 carpenters. All you need is an afternoon and some standard materials to build this new home for your pup.

Our K-9 models aren’t always wearing the proper safety garb. Click here to find the TK essential pieces of safety gear every DIYer should own. 

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reader project dog ramp


This reader-project from Doug Swanson is a spectacular ramp and bed are perfect for an older dog. “My two dachshunds both love being able to see out of our front window, but one of them has recently developed back issues, which made it difficult for him to jump up on the old window seat.” We love the idea!

Thinking about renovating an older house? Check out this pros and cons list before you jump in head first.

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Pet Bowl Stand

This design for a pet bowl stand is a great opportunity to perfect your pocket-hole prowess and, who knows, it could blossom into an idea for a side or coffee table. All you need are some basic tools and hardware. Depending on the size of your dog and your bowls, the dimensions may vary. Check out the complete plans, along with a video tutorial for this project.

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Dog Ramp LeadFamily Handyman

Collapsible Dog Ramp

This simple dog ramp collapses down to a compact size that fits easily under a bed or sofa or inside a closet. Follow the video tutorial and step-by-step plans below to build one for your best friend.

Do you like the headboard in the background? Build it out of a single sheet of plywood by following the how-to photos here.

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Ant-Proof Pet Food DishesFamily Handyman

Ant-Proof Pet Food Dishes

In the summertime, a favorite destination for ants is often a pet’s food bowl. Here’s a simple way to keep them out of your dog or cat’s food: Set the dish in a pan of water.

Not only does it keep the ants out of the pet food, but your pet can take a gulp of water from the pan whenever he or she needs a drink. Keep the rest of your home clear of ants, too.

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Rainy-Day DoghouseFamily Handyman

Rainy-Day Doghouse

Use a plastic storage bin for a dog house. A nice little doghouse that will hold up in the rain can cost $100 (though dog carpenters can cut down on labor costs). But you can make your own for a fraction of the price using a plastic storage bin. Cut a small hole in the bin, flip it over on its lid and stick a dog bed inside it. Your dog will love watching the rain from inside his snug little house, and you’ll save $85! Don’t be surprised if your cat likes it so much you’ll have to make DIY furniture for them too.

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Portable Water DishFamily Handyman

Portable Water Dish

Use a shower cap as a portable water bowl. A long walk with your dog on a hot day will make you and your pet pretty thirsty. Before leaving the house, stuff a plastic shower cap in your pocket. That way, you can give your dog a drink from any handy tap, drinking fountain or your water bottle whenever he or she needs a slurp.

Learn tricks for keeping your cat off of the kitchen counter.

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Bunny Rabbit A/C

Hot summer days are tough on bunnies. Here’s a great way to recycle plastic water bottles and keep your bunnies cool at the same time. Fill the bottles with water, freeze them solid and then set them out in the rabbit hutches. The bunnies love to laze against the bottles as the ice thaws. This works great with puppies, too.

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Tip-Proof Watering DishFamily Handyman

Tip-Proof Watering Dish

Some dogs can’t grasp the idea that you don’t have to climb into the water dish to take a drink. So rather than refilling their dishes 10 times a day, make a tip-proof watering dish out of an old Bundt cake pan. An old Bundt cake pan is just another of the 100 things you should never throw out.

Drive a stake through the hole in the middle of the pan. Now your dog will have to find some other source of amusement.

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The Big-Dog DinerFamily Handyman

The Big-Dog Diner

If you have a pretty big dog, and hate seeing him or her strain their neck every time they eats from his bowl, you can buy a pair of elevated dog bowls for $20 to $40 at pet stores. But you can make your own out of a couple of cheap 2-gallon plastic buckets from a discount store. Just flip them upside down, cut holes in the bottoms with a jigsaw and set a couple of 2-qt. stainless steel bowls into the openings.

Check out more Handy Hints.

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Chalkboard Lede

Build a Chalkboard Organizer

How many times have you forgotten an appointment and kicked yourself for not remembering? Check out the details for this fun project to help you remember.