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Command Center Ideas for your Dog

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Some of you may know that we’ve had a new addition to our household. Actually you should all know since I’ve been showing off my Mother’s Day gift every chance I get. It’s a Labrador puppy and we have named him Tatou. Now it’s time to take matters into my DIY hands with these command center ideas for my dog!

Command center ideas for keeping dog essential organized.

Yes Tatou has taken over our lives and our home. It is littered with puppy toys and leashes, schedules and you name it. Things were all over the place till I remembered that I had a piece of plywood and decided to do some housecleaning. I never in a million years expected to be doing a project like this. Haha!

Plain piece of plywood.

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​​Here is my little fellow – just nine months old, and full of energy!  We’ve had dogs in the past but never a house dog.  So this is a new experience for us. And of course I’m spoiling him rotten. 

Black and white puppy.

Let’s get back to the command center ideas otherwise I’ll never stop gushing about my pupster. I had the plywood, at least that’s what I thought it was.  You can read all about the differences between MDF and plywood. I had also ordered these hooks from D. Lawless Hardware and wanted to use them to create the command center.

Materials Needed To Make a Command Center for Your Dog

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Command Center Ideas for Your Dog

I ended up painting over the plywood which was covered with laminate, and using 3 coats of chalky type paint. I used a chip brush and went over it from one end to the other.

Painting laminate board with chalky white paint.

Here it is all done and dried. I then sealed it with clear cream wax.

Painted plywood.

​The next step was to decide on the placement of the hooks and so forth.

Attaching hooks to the painted plywood.

I thought about adding the galvanized metal planter and painting it but it looked too flimsy.

Placing objects on the plywood to determine spacing.

Next I then tried this heavy duty plastic basket. It looked nice with those brass coat hooks. But it was too top heavy. 

Placing objects, such as a basket, on the plywood to determine spacing.

​I had gotten the white hooks with white screws but the board was too slim so I ended up using these screws instead. I can always paint them to make them blend in. I really love the huge variety of hook that D. Lawless Hardware has for sale. 

Double prong robe hook in white.

 I used black screws for the brass hooks. 

Milk White Barrel Glass Knob & Oil Rubbed Bronze Coat Hook.

I used three black screws to attach the plastic bin. 

Screwing a basket into the plywood.

Finally I placed two eye screws on the top of the wood for hanging. 

Adding eye screws to the top of the plywood.

​And of course I needed a place for the clipboard, for his daily medicine schedule. It’s like having a baby in the house. Haha! I really wasn’t expecting that. Now my kids call me Tatou’s grandma!

Adding a screw to the plywood for a clipboard.

And here is Tatou’s command center!

Finished command center for a dog.

I even mixed in a bit of brown and metallic black acrylic paint and brushed it on the bottom and top of the plastic bin.  It kind of looks like the bronze. 

Close up of painted basket details.

​Isn’t it a beauty? The milk glass makes a striking contrast to that warm bronze. I even painted the edges of the wood a similar warm brown color.

Milk White Barrel Glass Knob & Oil Rubbed Bronze Coat Hook.

You really can never have enough hooks, especially with my pupster who is growing so fast. 

Close up of white hook.

This is the whole setup all full of Tatou’s important things. Yes, he already has a collection of leashes and straps. No one told me that having a puppy would be so expensive. Not that I’m complaining, I buy him toys every time I go to the market.

Finished command center for a dog.

It’s a nice set up for now the only problem is that I have no wall space to put it where it will be close to the front door so we can grab the essentials when we are running out the door. 

I need to work out the details on this. Maybe place it behind the front door and change out the bin. It is very pretty and practical but way too bulky for behind the front door. I’ll keep you posted if I make any changes. 

Finished command center for a dog.

Bulky or not, it was very much needed to help organize my dog’s essentials.  You certainly don’t want to have to spend time looking for his leash when he has to go for his walk. 

I was able to create this practical command center for my dog with the help of D. Lawless Hardware’s great selection of products.  Go over and check them out, there is so much to choose from.

Do you have a command center for your pet? If not, I hope you got some command center ideas of your am. Am I the only pet grandma who has  gone crazy over her pet?

Command Center with Dog Essentials to help keep your pet's things organized and handy with text overlay.

More Organizing Ideas:

Wooden Wall Hanger with Hooks
Wooden Wall Hanger
Using the back of a chair as an organizer for the wall.
Upcycled Organizer

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Friday 19th of March 2021

Great information. Thanks!


Tuesday 5th of June 2018

I clicked on over to that puppy link and kept saying ‘yup’, that’s me! lol Is Tatou your dog or your daughters? Was he a rescue?


Tuesday 5th of June 2018

Doreen we adopted him from a shelter. He was born in Ohio and they bought a bunch of puppies over to NY for adoption. Technically he is my dog, but my daughter is the one who is in charge of training him. That's why they call me Grandma! ;)


Tuesday 5th of June 2018

What a great way to stay organized and not be looking all over for the leash. Tatou is such a cutie pie.


Tuesday 5th of June 2018

Debra a new world has opened up to me. So many things we have purchased for him and our lives have really changed since he came into our home. We are very happy to have him even if things are topsy turvey.

Jeanie Croope

Tuesday 5th of June 2018

It's looking good, Mary! Nice to have everything all in one spot too!


Sunday 10th of June 2018

It certainly is Jeanie, especially when we have to race out the door.


Tuesday 5th of June 2018

Attractive and functional. Where we hang our leads is not right at the front door, but an easy distance from it. Aprons and sunglasses hang opposite, as I’m always putting the latter down somewhere when I get home and losing them. At the front door are hats, coats, umbrellas , shoes, and a whole lot of *&$#@ bills.


Sunday 10th of June 2018

Oh I don't want to know about that last part. I hide the bills away so I won't think about them.

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