How Do I Turn My Beloved Home Into a Pet-Friendly Household?

Did you know that approximately 38 percent of American households have at least one dog? Once you welcome a dog into your home for the first time, it’s difficult to ever go back! Having an adorable furry friend to greet you when you get home is one of life’s greatest pleasures that’s difficult to give up.

Perhaps you’re considering finally making the jump and bringing a dog into your home. Are you a pet lover who is getting ready to get their very first dog? If so, here’s how you can welcome your new friend by turning your beloved home into a pet-friendly household.

Create Spaces for Their Daily Activities

We all have established spaces in our homes for sleeping, eating, or relaxing. Therefore, a good dog parent should carve out similar spaces for their new friend!

Decide in advance exactly where in your home you and your family will be comfortable with your new dog doing his or her essential daily activities. Pick special spots for their food and water bowls as well as their beds and toy baskets where you know they will be unlikely to be disturbed.

The quicker your dog becomes used to them, the quicker they’ll adjust to your home!

Be Prepared for Accidents

No matter the age of the four legged friends you bring into your home, it will take them a while for their bathroom habits to adjust. Potty training is rarely accomplished to perfection right away, so you should accept the inevitability that your floors, carpets, or furniture may have to endure the occasional accident.

Try shopping to make sure you have some quality cleaning materials and pet odor removers at the ready. Cleaners made specifically for pet accidents will reinforce good habits and help you maintain a sustainable home for your man’s best friend.

A Pet-friendly Household Adjusts to a Dog’s Habits

Dogs come in all shapes, sizes, behaviors, and temperaments, and you often don’t know exactly what kind of dog you’re living with until you’ve spent a few weeks or months with them. Being a smart homeowner means staying vigilant of your dog’s habits and adjusting accordingly.

For example, there’s a chance you may notice your dog likes to chew on specific items of furniture. If so, you should invest in some protective coverings for your furniture while you try to train away the behavior. If your dog is big enough to hit or interact with anything fragile or breakable, such things should be moved out of harm’s way.

While your dog gets used to the ins and outs of your home, your home should get used to him or her too!

Stay Up-To-Date and Ahead of the Curve!

Building a pet-friendly household is both a learning experience and a continuous process, so don’t let any other lifestyle or home improvement skills fall by the wayside!

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