After a tiring day at work, you would probably want to hurry home to relax. If you desire a home where you can rest your tired body and feel comfortable, your dogs are no different. Unless you don’t have concern for your pet, it’s important to prepare your home not only for yourself but also for your dog.!
Dogs may have special needs, but at the most fundamental, they just need attention, care, and safety. As the owner of your pet and your home, you should take the responsibility of making sure that your house is livable for your dog.
Let me share with you five tips on how to rearrange and renovate your house to make it friendlier to dogs.
1. Know your dog’s needs
Before you move things around the house or spend for home renovation and pet supplies, the first thing you need to do is to know what your dog really needs. You may start with the following factors:
- Age: How old is your dog? Answering this question is important because each stage of a dog’s life has a unique set of needs. For starters, puppies need extra protection and growth-enhancing foods, while older dogs need strength-building food and exercise.
- Energy level: Tame and quiet dogs may not need much, while extra care is required for higher-energy pets.
2. Get to your dog’s eye level
There’s only so much that you can imagine in terms of protecting your dog from potentially harmful objects in the house. However, you can stoop down to the level of your dog – literally – by getting down on all fours and checking what your dog sees. Roam around the house while on this position, and check for the following:
- Possible choking or strangulation hazards
- Access to human food that may be harmful to dogs
- Access to harmful chemicals, even in seemingly hard-to-reach areas
- Access to the trash can
- Access to elevated areas where they may eventually fall off
- Open windows without guards or screens
You may look silly mimicking your dog, but that’s one of the easiest ways to assess what your dog might be attracted to.
3. Dog-proof your home
Just like baby-proofing your house, you can also put protective materials that will ensure the safety of your pet. Here are just some of the things that you can do:
- Put child locks on cabinets that contain hazardous chemicals such as detergent and other cleaning compounds.
- Install baby gates on the top and bottom parts of staircases.
- Keep the toilet lid closed at all times.
- Hide any exposed wires and cables that may be otherwise accessible to your dogs. They may find these cables nice to chew on. It’s also a good practice to put electrical outlet covers.
- Relocate or remove house plants that may be harmful to your dog’s health. Some of these plants include poinsettia, mistletoe, and philodendron.
- Close any appliance with a door, such as washing machine, microwave oven, refrigerator, or dishwasher. Some pets may find these “small rooms” cozy, and may leave themselves locked in.
- Put floor materials that prevent slipping, especially in areas where your dog frequently stays. You may place a rug or carpet, or non-skid floor matting. This would be helpful if your house has shiny hardwood floors.
4. Give them a space of their own
Your dog’s stay in the house should be as comfortable as you can offer them, so why not provide a special place for them inside the home? In this dog-friendly space, you should stock enough toys and things to keep your pets occupied. That way, you won’t have to worry about them getting bored and running around (or outside) the house.
At the very least, provide your dogs with a cozy bed or cushion, a water bowl, and some dog-safe toys. Give them adequate space to run around and spend their physical energy.
5. Clean the house regularly
A responsible homeowner should maintain order and cleanliness in the house, not only for visual beauty but also for health reasons. Aside from keeping your family’s health in check, maintaining a clean house is also beneficial to your dogs.
If you have a rug or carpet in your house, make sure to vacuum it regularly. These furry materials attract dust and allergens, which your dogs have frequent and direct access to.
For convenience in cleaning, you may use flooring materials that are easy to clean and withstand paw prints. Leather and suede materials may work best for this purpose.
If you love your dogs, then I’m sure you will do what is necessary to ensure their safety and protection. Follow these tips so that your dogs will be able to live life longer and enjoy your company more.