Getting ready to welcome your new dog home can be an exciting time. A new companion will change your life. On the other hand, perhaps you are moving house, and you have the opportunity to build in a few dog-friendly items.
Either way, it can be a great idea to sit down and have a think about what you and your dog or dogs need. A little forethought and planning can go a long way to making life safer and more fun for your pet. It is so much easier than having to make changes once you realize there is a problem and the damage is done.
Your home is your place of refuge. Sharing that space with your dog means taking him, her or them into consideration. You will want to create an environment that is safe, secure and easy to maintain. Your dog is a part of the family, and you will want to include them as much as possible in your day to day life.
On the other hand, you will need to make and enforce rules so that your dog is well trained and understands where the boundaries are. Apart from anything else, this will ensure you all get a good night’s sleep and that your time together is fun and not stressful. You also want to be able to leave your pet in a safe place during the times when you are not at home.
Create your dog room
You will have slightly different considerations if you are bringing home a puppy. Apart from the initial sense of excitement and novelty being prepared is the key to making your dog feel at home. A puppy will like to have somewhere safe to feel secure in. A crate that can be covered with a blanket is ideal. Puppies will need a quiet space to rest in. A crate will help them feel less anxious.
It will be a good idea to restrict the areas your puppy has access to. A child stair gate is an ideal solution and will help get your dog get used to the idea of staying downstairs. It will also help prevent accidents and falls from heights.
Take a good look around your kitchen, and ground floor living areas. Try and see things from your pet’s perspective. For example, you will want to ensure there is no loose wiring trailing around. Tape up trailing wires to baseboards for example. Dogs love to chew, and wires and cables can be difficult to resist. Try and restrict access to some areas such as behind or underneath TV or entertainment equipment. Ensure these are well protected and secured. Do you have any unstable items that could be knocked over easily? Vases and lamps are particularly vulnerable. Keep surfaces clear of loose objects and artifacts. Remove plants and even rugs.
In your kitchen and utility areas make sure that all cupboards are lockable or have child resistant locks. It can be a good idea to remove all chemicals to ensure that your dog does not get poisoned. Dogs used to having to scavenge for food might find the contents of the rubbish bin hard to resist. Ensure your dog does not have access to these. It is not enough to think that these things are not a problem because you can keep an eye on the situation. There will be times when your dog is alone. You should take a similar approach to any possible ties or hangings that could ensnare your pets.
Flooring in itself can be an important issue. Life will be much easier if you have surfaces that are easy to keep clean. Carpets are not ideal for obvious reasons. Hardwood or Polished Concrete surfaces are ideal.
Your dog deserves a good bed! Ideally, this should not be your bed. And you might want to consider not encouraging your dog to sleep on the furniture. If this is impossible then why not invest in a removable and washable cover? Choose a dog bed that is suitable for the temperament and size of your dog. Consult with Petsgetthebest.com for some great bed choices. If you have more than one dog, have a look at dog bunk bed options.
It is simple to invest in a good quality and weighty food and water bowls. Sturdy bowls are not as likely to get knocked over. Have a separate bowl for each, with a ready supply of fresh water. Think about the best position for the bowls, and even consider a particular area that is free from other traffic. Naturally you’ll want a space that is easy to reach and clean. Have a good storage space for your biscuits and other treats. Make sure they are insect as well as dog proof.
It can be a good idea to encapsulate all your dog’s paraphernalia in one area. That means a dedicated space for dog leads, coats and toys. If you were planning an area from scratch, you might think about having a grooming and even washing space. Some dog owners have incorporated wet room ideas. A large sink could double as a bath! This might sound extravagant but if you have a dog who loves the outdoors then you’ll appreciate a dedicated space for keeping it clean and dry.
Cat flaps are pretty common and even expected, but the equivalent of a dog door can be a brilliant addition to any dog-friendly home. Obviously, you’ll want one that is lockable, especially if it is a large door. If you have a suitable and fenced off outside area then, a dog door can be a fantastic option for your home.
Your dog is a major part of your life and your home should and could reflect that. Too often we assume that our human viewpoint is the only one. That often creates a conflict of interest, and the dog becomes a nuisance in a domestic environment that it is not easy to control. By taking a slightly wider approach, it is easy to prepare a more dog-friendly home that will make life with your friend a lot more rewarding.