Want to design a home which is not only right for you and your family’s needs, but also satisfies the requirements of your dog(s)? If owning a dog is something that you plan on doing for a long time, then you should consider how to best design with your pet in mind! Here are a few thoughts:
1. Anyone who has ever tried to potty train a dog or dealt with any upset pet will be aware of the fact that all carpets and fabrics present in the home must be stain resistant! In fact, few fabrics have been designed specifically with pets in mind, such as leather and microfiber, which hold up quite well against scratches, ensure easy hair removal, and are naturally dust and allergen resistant. When it comes to colors, it is advisable to stick with the same color as the pet’s fur, or a patterned fabric that will be able to camouflage the hair well. Not only will the hair be invisible but you will prove to your canine that you appreciate them and their ability to accent your décor!
2. If possible, think about assigning a special place to function specifically as a pet room. This means basically creating an indoor dog house where your dog knows if can quietly sleep or rest. If you have a large extra space available in your home, you can go for a full-fledged pet corner, complete with dog shower as well as cabinets for storing food, toys, treats and the dog’s grooming supplies. You can also install a sink to wash your pet’s dishes separately from yours.
3. If you do not have enough space in your home to dedicate an entire room to your dog, there are various design choices that you can make to keep their mess away from outsiders’ eyes. You need to think about where you will keep their food for storage as well as the place where they will eat. Low cabinets in the kitchen or in the garage can be good options.
4. Keep in mind that there are various poisonous plants which can commonly found in homes that can be potentially dangerous for the dog. For instance, few bites of Aloe Vera plant can easily make any dog sick. Thus, while designing a pet friendly home, it is very important to eliminate such potentially dangerous plants from places where they will be within your dog’s reach.
5. Various furniture items, such as rocking chairs, can be dangerous for your dog as they are unstable and can be rocked over its tail or paws (ouch!). Thus, it is important to remove similar unstable or potentially dangerous furniture.
6. Various kinds of flooring can be extremely slippery for the paws of your beloved dog. Therefore, it is important to install the right kind of flooring when you have dogs at home. According to experts, hard flooring such as wood, tile and stone can be easy to clean but uncomfortable for pets to lounge on, as well as slippery to walk on. Though carpets are quite comfy, but it can be extremely difficult to clean them. Unglazed ceramic tiles can be a good option.