• Jessica Brody

Maintaining the Beauty of a Dog-Friendly Home

Many dogs are goofy, lovable messes, bounding in from a walk without pausing to wipe their paws on the mat or shake off mud from their fur. It may seem like this makes it hard to keep your home sparkling when your dog comes inside. However, all it takes to have a breathtakingly gorgeous home as a dog owner is a little careful organization and some training. Here are some ways you can get started.

Give your dog time to play

The first thing to do is control your dog’s excess energy. Many breeds of dog, like labrador retrievers, are naturally hyper and love to play. If they aren’t getting enough stimulation throughout the day, they may find ways to entertain themselves, often through chewing carpet and furniture, tracking mud through the house, and racing around in a high-speed chase right next to your priceless antiques. Instead of trying to eliminate this behavior, give them an outlet for it. If you have to be gone at work for the majority of the day, consider hiring a pet sitter or dog walker to stop by in the morning and afternoon to give your dog some exercise. This way, your dog will be able to let out his energy in a healthy way. If you don’t want to hire a dog walker, provide a range of toys for your dog to use to keep himself occupied.

Choose flooring you can easily clean

When you decorate your home, do it with your dog in mind. Choose flooring wisely, for instance - carpet gets dirty easily and holds odors, but options like stained concrete, tile, and laminate flooring are easy to clean without being easily damaged. Hardwood flooring is a beautiful option that matches many different interior designs, but be sure to choose a firmer wood, like oak. Softer woods, like pine, take much less effort to bend, warp, and scratch. If you do choose a hardwood floor, be sure to clean up any messes your dog might make right away to preserve the integrity of the wood.

Use design choices to protect your antiques

If you have valuable, easily-breakable antiques, preserving them is likely a top priority for you. Hardwood floors can be slippery for a dog’s paws, increasing the chances that something will get broken. To get around this while beautifying your home, add a large area rug in spaces you’d like to keep safe. Not only will a rug add an additional layer of color and texture to your design, it will provide a non-slip surface for your dog to walk over, reducing the chances of an accident. To further ensure the safety of your antiques, make sure that your dog’s toys are not kept in the same room so your dog isn’t tempted to begin playing.

Take on dog hair with a handheld vacuum cleaner

Certain breeds of dog shed a lot, particularly in the warmer months. While standard vacuum cleaners do an adequate job at picking up pet hair, they are not optimized for the task, so you’ll frequently be left with rogue piles of fur in the corners of your house. The best way to fix this problem - and keep your furniture clean at the same time - is to acquire a hand held vacuum cleaner. Certain models, like the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser 33A1, are designed specifically for picking up pet hair on your furniture. Once you have the tools, form a strategy - clean as often as required by your dog’s shedding to make sure your home is always fur-free.

With planning, design, and a little bit of canine exercise, you can ensure that your house remains as beautiful as ever, even with your dog inside. Keep in mind that if you’re training your dog to work out his energy outside, it may take a week or two for him to get used to the new order of business.

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