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How To Make Your Home Dog Friendly


By on 8/22/2018 12:13:00 PM

If you are planning a DIY project in your home, you will have to take into consideration the needs of all your family members. No matter if you have a lively puppy or a senior dog, they will need to find their perfect space in the redesigned home and feel safe and supported, just like the rest of your family. If you would like to make your home pet friendly, there are plenty of ways you can improve your interior and exterior and enjoy your family life more in the future. Below you will find a few tips on making your house suitable for four-legged family members.


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Declutter
One of the best things you can do for your dog is creating space and getting rid of the clutter. Dogs will not feel good in a crowded place, and if they have to share their corner with the vacuum cleaner and the mop they will feel anxious. They need a separate space that smells and feels like them. If you can create a small corner for them where they can rest after a long walk without being distracted, they will be grateful. If you have a small unused room, you can even set up your dog’s bed and toys in there.

Under Bed Dog Bed
Let’s be honest: dogs love getting on the bed, but there’s simply not always enough space. If you would like to keep an eye on them at night and get them close, but prefer not to share your bed with your four-legged family member, you can add an under-bed dog bed that will make them happy. While it will take a few days for them to get used to going in the bed, they will settle. A bed under your own will make them feel like they are a part of the group, and are included in the family.

Dog Flap
In case you have a large back garden you might let your dog take care of their needs instead of asking for you to walk them. If you have two-legged kids as well, you might not always be able to take them for a walk on a demand. Similarly to a cat flap, a dog flap will not let cold or hot air in, but allow your pet to go in and out as you please. You will, however, have to take care of the fence and make sure that your pet can’t escape. For more information, check out online resources for pet safety tips and advice.

Outdoor Shelter
It is also a good idea to create an outdoor run for your dog with a shelter. Not all breeds are happy to stay in the house when you are busy cooking the dinner for the kids. If you want them to get enough exercise every day, you will want them to run around freely. Be sure that you teach your dog some basic commands before you create a run, or you might not be able to get them to come back in the room. Sometimes simply looking at the wildlife or having some breeze will make your dog happy.

Play Area
If your kids enjoy spending time with your dog and would like to regularly play, no matter what the weather is, you can create a dog play area. This can involve obstacles in the house, or simply enough space for the dog to run around. Nobody would like to spend their days in a cage, so you will have to let them explore and investigate their surroundings safely.

Separate Dog Feeding Station
It is also crucial that you keep the dog feeding station away from your dining room and kitchen. Your dog will need to know from the beginning that they have nothing to do at the table, and their food is delivered to the same place. It is not just that dog food can make your home smell bad, you will also have to think about the insects and pets it can attract.

Dog Friendly Flooring


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If you want to help your older dog get on with life and stay mobile, chances are that you will need to change your flooring. A stone or shiny wooden floor is an enemy of an older dog that is suffering from arthritis or joint pain. If they are not as stable as they used to be, you will need to give them something to grab hold of to feel supported. A mat or a carpet will be good, but make sure that your floor is easy to clean, too.

Taking care of your dog should be just as important as creating a welcoming home for your kids. Consider these home improvements to accommodate your pet’s needs.

About Angela

Angela is a freelance travel writer and lifestyle blogger, blessed with 3 beautiful daughters, 5 moody cats, 1 spoiled dog, and 1 very supportive husband.

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