DIY Dog Hair Bows

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DIY Dog Hair Bow
To say my dog is spoiled is an understatement.  Hailey loves to play, enjoys getting treats, has more clothes than I do, and enjoys getting pampered at the groomers.  She loves coming home with a fresh hair cut and bows in her hair, and it’s even better if those dog bows stay in more than a day.  If they fall out, she’s ready for me to put them back in asap.  Sometimes the bows don’t actually hold up though, so I end up putting new ones in.  Instead of buying extra dog bows from the groomer, I began making my own so I could have an assortment of colors and patterns whenever I wanted.  The dog bows are actually really easy to make yourself, so I figured I’d show you how.
Dog Bow Tutorial
That’s just a typical day in the spoiled life of Hailey, being queen of the couch with her sassy bows!
How to Make Dog Hair Bows

To make your own DIY dog bows, you’ll need some ribbon, small elastic hair ties, and a pencil.

How to Make Dog Hair Bows
First you’ll want to cut a piece of ribbon about 7.5″ long, angling the edges.  Fold it into a ribbon shape by laying one piece over the other (similar to the breast cancer awareness ribbons you see). Hold the ribbon in the center when the two ends meet with your thumb to keep it in place and with your other hand, tuck the top part of the ribbon shape under the two pieces that criss cross, which are the pieces you are currently holding in place.  Place the elastic rubber band onto the pencil, then place the bow above it.  Stretch the elastic band over the ribbon and over the tip of the pencil to secure the bow onto the pencil with the band.  Once the elastic band is wrapped around the bow and pencil, flip the pencil over to view the back side of the bow.  You will see two rows of the elastic band- one on top and one on bottom.  Bring the bottom row over the top row for a final secure to hold the bow in place and voila!
dog eating treat
Once your elastic is secured around the bow, get your pup ready to put them on!  I find the easiest way to get dogs on board is to prep them with a round of healthy treat options first!  Hailey loves the Purina Beyond White Meat Chicken Cutlets, so I usually give her a strip of those to chew first.  She gets so excited and immediately comes to me for more.  She’ll basically let you do whatever you want to her at this point since the only thing her mind is focused on is the next treat, so it’s the perfect time to tie in those bows!  
purina beyond white meat cutlets
We try to keep our routines healthy around here, so if I’m going to give treats in exchange for her patience, I always opt for the healthiest treats.  The Purina Beyond Cutlets I found at Target are a great option Hailey and I both love.  Hailey digs the fact that chicken is the #1 ingredient and I’m sold on the fact that they’re grain free, crafted in small batches, have no by product meal, artificial flavors, or preservatives, and are made in the USA.  After all, she is my fur child so it’s important I do and give what’s best for her.  
purina beyond white meat chicken cutlets

If you need a healthy treat to keep your pup on your good side while you make her extra pretty, or just want to have your dog enjoy an overall healthy snack, be sure to check out Target’s Cartwheel offer for 10% off Purina Beyond Dog Snacks between 10/4-10/31.

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