Are you thinking about adopting a dog soon? What an amazing experience for you and your family.
If you’ve never had a dog before, you’re in for a wild ride. Becoming dog parents is often more than most people expect.
Yes, there are occasional accidents and misbehaviors. However, the rewards of owning a dog significantly outweigh any of the bad experiences you might have.
But before you get too excited, is your home dog-friendly? Dogs, as amazing as they are, can wreak havoc on a home.
Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to prepare your house for your new four-legged friend. Keep reading for a brief guide that makes creating a pet-friendly home simple.
Invest in a Comfy Dog Bed
Not all pet parents treat their animals the same way. Some allow their dogs on sofas and beds while others do not.
While we won’t tell you how to raise your dog, allowing your four-legged friend on furniture can lead to several issues. First, and most obviously, your couch or bed will be covered in dog hair.
However, it’s important to note that letting your dog onto furniture can also create bad behaviors. They might become entitled to the furniture and develop aggressive, territorial behaviors.
Instead, invest in a comfy dog bed that’s just for your new pet. This will make your home more dog-friendly without compromising your furniture.
Provide Plenty of Dog Toys
A smart homeowner knows that a bored dog is a destructive dog. While not all dogs behave badly while they’re bored, it’s not uncommon for young or untrained canines to chew the carpet, furniture, and other items around the house.
You can prevent this type of behavior with adequate training and a plethora of dog toys. Dogs like to chew things, it’s in their nature. Give them something to mouth other than your belongings.
Buy Enclosed Trash Cans
We probably don’t need to tell you that dogs are both curious and endlessly hungry. In other words, the kitchen garbage bin will quickly become their best friend upon arriving at your home.
Buy a trash can with a lid for any bins that are not enclosed or behind closed doors. This will prevent your dog from getting him or herself into trouble. Furthermore, human food isn’t good for our four-legged friends.
Choose Hard-Surface Floors
When you adopt dogs, you never know what their behavior is going to be like or how quickly they’ll take to potty training. As such we recommend opting for hard-surface floors whenever possible.
First, if your dog turns out to be somewhat destructive, carpet is an easy target for clawing and chewing. Secondly, new dogs have frequent accidents until they’re fully potty-trained. It is much easier to clean up pet accidents in a dog-friendly home with hard floors.
Is Your Home Dog Friendly?
Not all homes are ideal for pets. Is your home dog-friendly?
If not, we hope that this article proves insightful. Follow the steps listed above to prepare your house for your new dog.
And if you’re looking for more pet advice, don’t go anywhere. Look through some of our other articles to find more helpful tips to raise your four-legged friend the right way.