Skip to main content

This dog food container setup will keep your pup’s food fresh

Dog food spoiling before they can eat it all? A few airtight bins will solve this

Cute dog licks his nose in front of a bowl of food
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Our pets cost a lot of money and have specific needs — vet bills, food, and accessories to name a few. We love them, but they definitely put a hurt on the bank account. One way to save is to shop the sales and purchase staples in bulk, but that means doing a little planning ahead. Keeping your dog’s food and treats in bins can save you money while preserving flavor for your pup.

How many dog food containers should I get?

Your setup will be unique to your family needs. Start by figuring out how much your pets eat and how long the food you buy lasts (wet food will have a shorter shelf life than dry food, and some specialty food doesn’t keep as well). One approach: Buy a large container that can fit the biggest bag you can get (and use in a reasonable amount of time with no spoilage) and then smaller ones that store about a week’s worth of food. This way, it all stays good and you only refill your small container every so often.

Which containers should I buy?

The most important factor here is airtight. You don’t want anything getting in like bugs or even your pup — make sure it’s not something they can chew through. Look into receptacles specifically for this purpose, but don’t stop there. Many canisters made for human food will work just as well for your animal’s, too. Stick to thick plastic or stainless steel, which will do the best job of maintaining quality.

How can I use my containers most effectively?

In the two-container method, the goal is to place most of the kibble in a large, airtight bin and only have to refill your smaller vessel every week or so (we recommend washing in between). If you have the setup for it, you can then store your big bin somewhere out of the way, like a basement or garage, while your small bin stays with the rest of Fido’s things.

However, some pet parents prefer to only have one large container and bring the dog bowl to it every time for dinner and breakfast. Either way, we advise that you go through the whole food pack without topping it up and then give it a wash before refilling. Remember, you can always have a backup dog food storage container to ease the washing process (and always try to find dishwasher-safe options!).

Bag of kibble and hand full of food a dog is sniffing
Image used with permission by copyright holder

If you really want to take it to the next level, get a few treat containers as well, but you probably want to aim for smaller ones. Just about any food storage unit or even plastic bags will work here. This allows you to leave dog snacks around the house in small quantities so they are always within reach and available when your pup does something particularly good. No matter what your setup looks like, figuring out a system will ultimately help you save money and make feeding time as easy as possible.

Editors' Recommendations

Rebekkah Adams
Rebekkah’s been a writer and editor for more than 10 years, both in print and digital. In addition to writing about pets…
Can dogs eat celery? The do’s and don’ts you should know
Your pup will probably love a veggie snack now and then
Woman chops up veggies including celery for her dog

Your dog's favorite snacks might include dog biscuits, fancy chews, or even that bacon you dropped on the floor one time, but can dogs eat celery? The truth is lots of dogs like veggies, even bland ones such as celery. While you wouldn't want this green and healthy nibble to become a staple in their diet, you can absolutely give your pup a celery snack now and then — and they might grow to love it.

Can dogs have raw celery?
As omnivores, our pet dogs need a balanced diet of both meat and plants. That's likely because their domestic history made them into scavengers thousands of years ago when our ancestors were still in the hunter-gatherer phase. In modern times, this diet preference has huge benefits because you can throw in some healthful treats that will give your pup a nutrition boost and keep them full.

Read more
Why you should let your dog sleep in your bed every single night
Sleeping with your dog in your bed can benefit you both
A woman snuggles with her dog in bed

When you think about your dog sleeping in your bed, how do you imagine it? Many pet parents can picture their beloved pet sprawled out across the entire bed while they themselves toss and turn for most of the night, but is that truly the reality of co-sleeping with a fur baby?
It can be hard to predict — every pet has their own personality and sleeping habits — but what scientists and behaviorists have found so far may surprise you. Not only do dogs provide comfort and warmth for their sleepy owners, but they tend not to disrupt sleep, either (most of the time, anyway). It may seem too good to be true, but these are the reasons why you totally should let your pet sleep in your bed every single night ... or at least try it out. Trust us, they’ll love it, too!

It can be comforting to have a dog sleeping in your bed
Just think about all the ways your pup lights up your waking hours with their goofy antics and endless love. Why not bring that sweetness into your nighttime routine, too? Spending time with your fur baby can be a comforting and rewarding way to end your evening on a happy (and adorable) note, though researchers found that people suffering from anxiety and depression may find even more benefits.
As Dr. Raj Dasgupta, an assistant professor at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine, explained to CNN, "People with depression or anxiety may benefit from having their pet in the bed because the pet is a big pillow, a big blanket, and they may feel that snuggly, cuddly, furry creature decreases their anxiety.” Big fluffy blanket? Yes, please! If you've ever felt comfort from a weighted blanket, being tucked into bed, or even a simple hug, you can probably relate. Either way, there's no way to deny it -- dogs are comforting!

Read more
The best ways to pet your dog to show them how much you care
There's a right way to pet your dog. Here's what you need to know
A man's hand pets the head of a shepherd dog

There are a hundred ways to make a dog happy, from delicious treats to epic playtime. Pets, scratches, and belly rubs almost always make the top of the list, too  -- but did you know there are particular ways to pet your dog to show them how much you love them?
In this article, you’ll learn how to pet your dog -- what tricks and techniques to use to relax them, what spots to avoid, and how to keep everyone comfy and happy. Of course, every dog has their own likes and dislikes, so it’s important to pay attention to your fur baby’s body language and behavior during your massage sessions.
This is what you need to know.

How to pet your dog to show them you love them
In general, most pups are just happy to get some attention from their favorite person, but there are a few specific things you can do to make your next pamper sesh a little more special.

Read more