Category Archives: Problem Solvers

Problem Solver – Pet Crate or End Table… Or Both?

Wood Dog Crate

wood dog crate
Double Duty in Your Living Room – Dog Crate That Looks Like a Table

This is a problem solver that you probably never thought about before.

On one hand, if you have a new puppy, one of the things you absolutely must have is a crate.

Puppies just don’t know the rules of the house and what you consider ok and what is not ok.  The best way to deal with them is to get them a great crate and keep them crated when you’re not able to watch them.

This is also the fastest way to train them.

Of course, depending on the dog, you may need that crate for a longer period of time.  Some dogs quickly learn that it’s NOT ok to chew the pillows, jump on the counters, scratch the leather couch and pull down the shower curtain just because you aren’t around to stop them.

Some dogs don’t.

I’m pretty sure our evil new puppy Scout (the kid in the picture at the top of our site) will be in a crate f-o-r-e-v-e-r.  I’m the dog in the picture who is much wiser and well behaved.  I stopped having to live in a crate when the boss was gone when I was about 1.


One of the problems with dog crates is that depending on the size of your dog, they can be huge… and nobody really wants a big, wire box sitting in the middle of their living room.

The solution – wood dog crates that are made to look like tables.

These are relatively new to the pet industry, but have become wildly popular over the last few years.

People love them because it really is a dog crate, but it looks so much like a regular piece of furniture that it totally blends in with the other decor of your home.

If you need to find a crate for your dog that is functional, but looks fantastic, these are great options.





Problem Solver – Double Dog Leash

Sporn Double Dog Leash Sporn Double Dog Lead

There is one thing that most people don’t think about when it comes to having two dogs, that is, until they go for a walk.

Unless you have perfectly well behaved dogs, (which is no fun at all!) where one stays on the left side and one stays on the right, you’re going to have a big problem.

Most dogs see a walk as an opportunity to smell EVERYTHING.  That includes old gum wrappers on the right side, then a spot on the left side where another dog peed 6 weeks ago, then back to the right side to look at a butterfly, then behind you…

That’s fine with one dog, but with two dogs, and two leashes, this becomes a big problem pretty quickly.  The leashes get tangled and wrapped around your hand and in no time you have a complete mess.

The Sporn Double Dog Leash solves this problem for you.

The end you hold is a comfortable, padded handle.  Then the other end of the leash breaks off into a “Y” so you can hook it to two different dogs.

However, there are two things that make this double dog lead such a great problem solver.

The first is a very cool swivel piece that we call the magical twirly thing.

The magical "twirly thing".
The magical “twirly thing”.

This means that when your two dogs trade sides of the sidewalk 6 billion times in the first 3 minutes of your walk, the twirly thing will just twirl around… and not get tangled up.

The second thing that makes this so cool is the fact that it is adjustable.  At our house, we’re always walking with two 50-pound Labs.  Since we’re the same size, we both get the same length of the leash.

However, if you had a dog who was 20 pounds and another who was 60, you would need to give the big dog a longer leash (because of their longer body size).

Of course, you also have to make sure you get the right size of leash so the hardware is strong enough.

If you have any questions about this, let us know!

Problem Solver – Put Dog Poop Directly Into Your Septic System

Doggie Doo Drain Dog Waste Sewer Line Attachment

dog waste sewer line attachment
Gold Standard Dog Poop Solution

This could possibly be the greatest invention in the history of the world!

OK, maybe that it a bit of an exaggeration, but if you have dogs and you don’t want the dog poop to sit in your backyard forever, then it’s really, really, really awesome.

You could put it in the trash can, but that gets really smelly, both while it sits in your mini trash can in the back yard, and when you put it in the big trash can on trash day.

The other big problem is that when you usually have to put it in plastic bags first, and those sit in the landfills for like a billion years.

This is a better solution.

It’s actually a handy little device the connects directly into your sewer system, but don’t worry… you don’t have to be a professional plumber to attach it.

It simply screws into your clean-out.  (don’t panic, this is really easy)

It installs in just a few minutes and there is no assembly required.

All you have to do is screw the Doggy Doo Drain directly into the clean-out for your sewer system.  You might not know what this is, but trust me… there is one outside your house.

When the dog does his/her business, all you have to do is scoop it up and place it in the funnel.  The dog poop goes directly and immediately into the sewer line… where it belongs.    When you rinse out the funnel with your garden hose, you will never even know it was there.

You don’t have to smell it after that, your trash cans can smell like regular trash cans and you don’t have to feel guilty about the environment.

This is the very definition of a problem solver!   It’s a win-win for everyone.   Nobody has to step in dog poop in the back yard, nobody has to smell it and the plastic bags don’t sit in the landfill.