Whatever home you choose to live in, whether you’re on the hunt for something new or simply renovating, thinking about what your pet needs can make for a happier life for both you and them!
Many of us choose to share our homes with our doggy pals, so making sure it’s geared up to suit all of you makes perfect sense.
So here are a few ideas for preventing accidents and damage, and some quirky ideas to make living with your best friend even more fun!
When you share your place with a dog, you have to think twice before choosing the floor. Carpet and linoleum should be excluded from the start, as they have a high absorption capacity.
Laminate flooring isn’t recommended either, especially if you have a pup that’s not yet 100% potty trained.
Go instead for a moisture-resistant material that will be easy to clean and maintain.
When choosing the perfect carpets, stay away from shags and opt for flatweave rugs that are as easy to maintain. Ideally, you should be able to clean your carpets with a damp cloth.
Synthetic fibers are easy to clean and they don’t cost a fortune.
From time to time (some breeds more often than others), dogs shed and leave their hair all over the place. This issue can be helped with regular grooming, but if you don’t have the time to do this every day, then choosing finishes and furniture in a similar shade to your dog’s fur means the hair won’t be as visible, buying you a little more time!
Dogs are fully-fledged members of the family, so they should have their own spaces to rest and play. First, make sure that your friend has enough room for running and playing, then set up a dedicated place where he or she can sleep.
While your energetic pups are exploring the house, chances are that they’ll slip, fall, or hurt themselves. Avoid that by identifying all the slippery spots in your homes and placing grip-in, non-slip mats or carpets over them.
Keep any toxic substances out of the house, including toxic plants (like philodendron and viscose), potentially harmful cleaning products, and dangerous insecticides.
Close the doors of your oven, refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, dryer, and washing machine. Small dogs can sneak in the strangest of places and often consider the warm interior of the dryer an irresistible place.
Don’t forget to hide all the electrical cables behind the furniture. If that’s not an option, use a thick cable protector.
The responsibility of having pets is a big one. So use these tips to make sure you’re doing all you can to keep your furry family safe, entertained, happy and most importantly, feeling at home!
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