Best Trick to Remember Dog Essentials

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Life is hectic and it’s easy to forget things, even for our dogs. I know I’ve been guilty of forgetting even the basic things like cleaning Henry’s teeth when the morning has upset my routine. I’ve had pet parents say they have a difficult time juggling their dog and family schedule. You might be able to relate to this one. So, I thought I’d share with you my little tip for keeping Henry and me on schedule.

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Oops…I forgot my dog chore again! 

Are you guilty of having the best of intentions of training your dog several times a week, but then you get to the end of the week and wonder what happened? Or maybe you keep promising your dog a hike in your favorite park, but you don’t seem to have the time? Perhaps you want to look for a new dog walker and keep forgetting about it. There’s no doubt it’s easy to forget the little things without a reminder.

Is there a free and easy way to remind myself about my dog stuff?

Of course, you can write yourself notes or post-it notes. My problem with this method is I can look past them or turn them over and not see what I really needed to see.

My favorite and easiest way is one everyone (or most everyone) has access to on their computer, phone, and tablet. It’s the built-in calendar with an alarm reminder. I look at my calendar daily and get popups daily for Henry.

Tip: A great bonus with your calendar is you can link all your devices, which is super helpful. 

What sort of dog tasks should I put into my calendar?

First, you can color code your dog task so you can easily tell at a glance that it’s a dog task. Henry loves red.

I would recommend adding anything to your calendar that you tend to forget or overlook. This could include:

  • dog walks
  • exercise (whatever this is for you and your dog)
  • vet visits
  • vaccinations
  • brushing
  • playtime with a fun chew toy
  • crate training
  • special playdates
  • fun activities like hikes or seeing someone special
  • buying food
  • RXs (such as tick and flea medication, joint supplements, vitamins, and heart guard..especially if not given daily)
  • dog grooming
  • washing beds, dogs collar, toys, leashes, and bowls (this all helps to control germs and keeps dog smells down)
  • picking up yard poo
  • even updating personal information with pet insurance, ID tag, or at your veterinary care office (I recommend reviewing this information at least once a year)

If you’re a new dog parent with a new pup or new pet, you may even want to include a calendar reminder to potty train, check pee pads, and extra playtime with a favorite chew toy.

Tip: Your dog may have special needs that you need to be sensitive to with your furry friend. For instance, Henry has a sensitive stomach and an eye issue, which I am aware of daily. However, if this was new to me, I’d add an alarm probably three times a day to check his eye and monitor his stomach. Thus, a reminder has health benefits for your pup or pet.

Testimonial of a dog parent using a digital calendar for dog chores

As an example, I have a pet parent friend who works from home. He and his wife have a pack of dogs, which to me is anything more than two dogs (I’m hoping to get there one day). His wife works a traditional brick-and-mortar job.

Since my friend has a bit more freedom in his day to take care of the dogs he has a few dog task popups in his calendar. One in particular that caught my eye is he has a popup alarm set each work day for 3 pm. This is to remind him to pick up the poop in their dog yard before his wife gets home. That’s not one I would’ve thought about. But it just goes to show how useful an alarm popup for dog chores can be when your life gets hectic.

Are there apps that will help me keep up with my dog schedule and reminders? 

Of course, there are apps you can download. But I find if I have something that already works, why re-invent the wheel? Plus, when you get app overloaded your device will tend to run slower. But if you’re an app junky you can try the following free apps, which can be found in both Google Play and the App Store:

Budget tip:

Yes, there are free dog apps and even paid dog apps, but with your digital calendar you already have, it’s quick, simple, and you can link all your devices. To me, it’s a no-brainer. Unless you just love apps. Then go for a free dog app. Either way, it’s definitely a good idea to have a dog reminder. Your furry friend will thank you.

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Summary of the best trick to remember dog essentials

Sometimes life gets complicated and even the best dog parent can forget the basic dog essentials. But by just using a simple little popup or alarm, you won’t forget anything for your dog. The other great aspect of your digital calendar is you can put reminders for your other family members, cats, and pets in it too. This allows you to keep everyone’s schedule straight. When you link your calendar to all your devices, it makes it even easier. I didn’t realize how easy it was to let time fly even faster until I started working strictly from home. A simple little, free digital calendar has helped with my schedule. Well, Henry, my furry friend, helps too with my reminders.

woman kissed by dog while working on computer

As a pet parent, what do you do to keep your schedule straight and remember dog essentials? 


12 thoughts on “Best Trick to Remember Dog Essentials”

  1. I feel super old fashion because I often use my paper/pen desk planner to track my dog tasks. I work from home and use my planner for work, so I look at it often and find it helpful for writing down dog related tasks I don’t want to forget.

    • I like the old-fashioned method too. Unfortunately, I’m in the middle of cleaning out my mom’s house and estate. So, loose papers are prone to be thrown out. For me, it’s best to rely on electronics. I know everyone has their own techniques. I’m glad yours is working well for you.

  2. I have a routine in the house which I stick to and am fortunate that I have a vet that emails me reminders for her visits, as for the rest I am like clockwork LOL plus when she wants to go out she barks at ne

    • That’s great to have a firm routine. I definitely agree that routines are important. I have to say that some of my vet’s emails for whatever reason have gone to my junk mail, which can be irritating. I always have a back up though. Sounds like you do as well. I knew Layla wouldn’t let you miss a walk or outing. 😉

  3. I use what is called “habit stacking” for dog care-taking tasks. This basically means you something you every day, and just add on my dog’s task to that. A great example I use for clients is remembering to brush their dog’s teeth. You brush your teeth – so just put your dog’s toothbrush next to yours. Brush your teeth, then brush your dog’s right after!

    • That’s a great technique, which would help with many dog chores. But some dog chores or essentials, especially if you’re a new dog parent, would probably need a reminder, like a monthly prescription. It’s all about finding what works for you and your dog. Thanks for sharing your habit stackng trick.

  4. Write it down, stick on somewhere visible, remember it – planners are great for that, also add important details to your phone/computer calendar, my phone helps me with the most regular things.

    Oddly enough if you add things in more than one way I seem to remember more, so it goes on a phone/computer AND it gets written down!

    • You’re right. Sometimes putting things in more than one place is helpful, especially if it’s an odd or not daily routine dog chore, like going to daycare or a monthly prescription. Thanks for sharing what works for you.

  5. My strategy is to create routines. Dogs like them and they help not to forget important things. Of course, that’s easier with things that we do daily than things that happen weekly, monthly, or even less frequently.

    Dogs like routines anyway.

    As for forgetting a walk–my dog would never let me forget that 🙂

    • Routines are critical. I agree with you wholeheartedly. Sometimes even routines can get thrown off course by that urgent phone call, unexpected weather, sick child, or even you being sick (maybe a migraine). That’s when it’s nice to have a backup system as a reminder. Oh, and I also agree our pups are great at reminding us about walks. No doubt about it. Thanks for reminding me about the importance of routines.

  6. Great post! So, I am a bit of a dinosaur when it comes to things (I think I was the last person to go from writing with a pen and paper to Word Process. Remember those?!) And I do love me some Post-It Notes! But I did use technology on my laptop that is linked to my phone for calendar reminders for when I had five huskies…to this day, (sadly, been totally dogless for 8 months now), I still have reminders pop up for my Gibson’s epilepsy medicines (he passed 6 years ago) and all my dogs heartworm and flea & tick treatments. Just can’t seem to erase those. Pinning this to share your tips with others!

    • Awe, it’s difficult to remove those reminders. I still have reminders for my horses and cats and they’ve been gone for years. I even have reminders for my mom and she’s been gone for a couple of years. I figure those reminders do no harm and give me an extra chance to reminder better times.

      I used to be a complete handwritten calendar and post-it note girl. Then I got knee-deep in my mom’s estate and everything went upside down. So, I needed to simplify as much as possible. For me, that meant keeping as much digital as possible and linking my devices.

      I say, don’t delete your reminders. When you see them pop up, just take a breath and remember your sweet fur kids. 🤗🥰💖🐶


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