If you have a dog, you’ll know that they are curious by nature, and they can get into trouble if they snoop where they aren’t supposed to. If you are out of the house for long periods, dogs need stimulation and safety to feel secure and content until you come home. Equally, dogs want to be comfortable just like we do, so any steps you can take to maximize their comfort are useful.
Choose flooring that’s easy to clean
Most carpeting isn’t made to withstand damage from dogs. Carpet absorbs odors and stains and is considerably more difficult to keep clean than floor tiles. Ceramic or porcelain tiles are simple to keep clean, and they are resistant to scratches from doggie nails.
You can put down comfy rugs for your dog that are machine-washable so that they still have warm places to lie down. The best indoor rugs are made from indoor/outdoor materials such as polypropylene, which is resistant to scratching.
Keep trash lids shut
There are many foods and other items that are toxic to curious doggies who like sifting through garbage. Spoiled meat, bones that can form shards, paper, and sanitary products, and plastic are just some of the many items that can be hazardous to dogs.
Make sure your trash shuts firmly with a mechanism that your pooch can’t open. Tall trash cans with foot pedals or locking lids are perfect. Alternatively, store your trash can in a pantry or other cupboard. This goes for all of the trash cans in the house: bathroom trash cans can be stored in the under-sink cabinet.
Not only will you be caring for your dog’s health, but you’ll avoid unwanted items such as bits of paper and old food strewn across your floor or carpeting.
Remove toxic substances
Strong chemical cleaning products and insecticides are toxic to dogs and should be kept in a locked cabinet or cupboard. You can trade many of the most common cleaning products for more environmentally friendly – and dog-friendly – alternatives. By switching to greener cleaning products, you keep your home as free from chemicals as possible, which benefits everyone.
Dogs spend quite a bit of time on the floor, so consider what products you are using to clean your flooring. Dogs are known sometimes to lick the floor, so only use products for the floor that your dog could ingest without harm.
Many dogs have the habit of drinking out of the toilet. Think about what cleaning products you use there too. Most toilet bowl cleaners have chemicals that could burn your dog’s mouth. At the very least, keep the toilet lid firmly shut.
Your dog doesn’t have to come into direct contact with cleaning products to be affected. Some dogs can develop irritated skin or eyes from strong fumes, or even breathing problems for asthmatic animals.
Houseplants are another source of potential dangers to dogs. The most common plants to avoid are poinsettia, philodendron, and mistletoe. If you believe that your dog could have eaten part of a toxic plant, go to the vet immediately.
Make your furniture dog-friendly
You may want to invest in pet furniture to avoid the worry of stains or scratches on fabrics. You can vacuum up pet hair, but smelly odors and stains can work their way into fabrics where they are there to stay. Stain-resistant material is best, and avoid fancy fabrics such as silk or velvet, which, oddly enough, cover some pet-friendly furniture despite their vulnerabilities to both stains and scratches!
Choose furniture or furniture coverings made of synthetic microfibers, outdoor fabrics, or leather.
Light colors are best avoided as stains will show more on beige or white items.
Make dedicated dog-friendly areas in the house
Dogs have their favorite habits, and if your dog loves to sleep on the bed or sofa, make it easy for your dog to access a favorite spot. If the bed is high up and you find yourself hefting up your furry friend every night, consider a dog ramp (like this one: https://chasingtails.store/products/dog-ramp-for-bed). Many dogs appreciate a ramp, particularly as they get older, or if their size makes it challenging to climb up with you for a snuggle.
If you often go on walks with your four-legged friend (and we hope you do), try making a ‘doggie mudroom’ in an entryway. You can keep a dedicated blanket and all of your dog’s ‘gear’ for walkies, such as leashes, toys, coats, etc.
You and your furry friend will enjoy your home much more, knowing everyone is safe, and well looked after.