What To Consider If You Have A Dog Around At Home
Sometimes I have issues trying to keep my home dog freindly, while also balancing my ideas on what looks good and the things I want in my house. And because I’m a dog lover, the dogs needs always go first!
Today just want to give some ideas on dog proofing your house, let me know if you have any comments or suggestions or alternative views? Love to hear them.
So here goes:
- Flooring – Growing up I was a carpet person, but with dogs, we know its just too much hard work. The hair, bacteria and smell are just not worth it in the long run. It’s either tiles or wooden flooring. Tiles are great as scratch proof and hard, so hold up pretty well. But not everyone can have tiles throughout the house. So wooden is what I prefer, and keep those dog nails trimmed to avoid scratches!
- Couches – Leather is good and colors that complement your dogs to hide those stains and hair everywhere. Avoid white for couches or chair, as just asking for trouble. You can get some good slip on covers, which you can throw in the wash to protect your furniture from the wear and tear.
- Bedrooms – As with your couches you need duvets and covers that will hide the hair usually. And invest in a few, as luckily can throw bedding in the wash quite easily.
- Vacuum – You will need a good vacuum cleaner and ideally one that is aimed at dog owners. A regular clean is also required, because you will be amazed at what you pick up if left too long. A vacuum is a must have item these days!
- Dog clean up area – I have a dedicated area where I keep a lot of my dog equipment and supplies. Near my back door, which I usually use when, taking the dog out for a walk. This is where my leads, outdoor dog toys, and other stuff I need when the weather is not too good. Also got towels and wipes for when the dog returns from the garden on a muddy day. Having it is one places makes life much easier.
Let me know if you have any more tips for keeping a dog in the house.