How to Create a Dog-Friendly Home

Thinking of bringing a new pup into your life? Awesome decision! Now, let’s talk about turning your place into a doggy wonderland.

Dogs are adaptable and easygoing, but it would be better to put in a bit of prep before you bring them home. If you want to make sure your place is cozy and paw-fect for both of you, here are some great ideas to help you create a dog-friendly home and set the stage for a lifelong bond.

1. Set the tone from the start!

It’s crucial to teach your dog about boundaries for a peaceful coexistence. The moment your new furry friend steps into your home, establish some basic rules that everyone in the house should follow.

If you don’t want them on the sofa, gently guide them off and encourage them to settle in their designated space. And if you prefer not to have them drooling over your meal, avoid feeding them directly from your plate. Clear rules make for a happy pup!

2. Comfy Zone

Ensuring your dog’s comfort is key! Give your dog a snug, comfy spot they can claim as their own.

Choose a quiet area away from the hustle and bustle of your home, a place to rest or chill whenever they want. It could be a cushy bed tucked in a corner or a crate filled with soft bedding, creating a secure haven for them.

3. Food & Water

Ensure your dog’s food bowls are in an easily accessible spot, ideally in a quiet area where they can enjoy their meals without interruptions.

Keep their water bowl filled with fresh water, and if you have more than one dog, space out the bowls to avoid any mealtime squabbles. Happy eating!

4. Mental Stimulation

Keep your dog’s brain in top shape by making playtime a regular part of their day. Dogs love routines, and they know when it’s mealtime, walk time, or playtime.

To ward off boredom, throw in some puzzles or activity feeders when you’re not around. Try a ‘search and find’ game with their favorite treats while you’re home. For an extra mental workout, take them on walks to new places with fresh trees and smells to explore.

5. Bonding Time

Make sure to leave some ‘me’ time for your dog. Whether it’s cozying up on the sofa in the evening, watching TV, giving them a good grooming session, or engaging in regular training sessions to learn new tricks together, these moments strengthen the bond between you and your furry friend. Enjoy some quality time together!

6. Safety First

If you’ve got a curious puppy that loves to sniff around, you should keep potential hazards out of its reach. Medicines, cleaning products, and other items that can be risky for dogs. (Note: Chocolates, grapes, and some Spring flowers can be deadly!) Store these items in a cupboard or on a high shelf.

Consider using a baby gate to block off rooms with potential dangers. Also, don’t overlook any escape attempts through broken fences or low hedges.

7. Keep Food out of Reach

Oh boy, dogs are like snack detectives who seek clues everywhere, such as the trash bin. And if you leave tempting snacks on the floor, they’ll totally consider it a feast!

To avoid any unexpected doggy dining experiences, just make sure to keep those snacks out of their reach. It’s all about keeping our furry friends and food safe and sound!

8. Outdoor Haven

Some dogs love hanging out in the garden for a long time. Before you leave home, ensure they have a safe shelter. What else? Always guarantee they have a good supply of fresh water.

9. Stay Alert

We humans love a good celebration, but if you know there’s a party with fireworks, keep your dog indoors from the frightening bangs and explosions.

10. Bye-Bye Chewed Shoes

Dogs are chew champs, that’s why you need to stash away everything you don’t want to be chewed: charging cables, slippers, handbags… Then give your dog a chewing toy, maybe throw in some treats – that’ll keep them happily occupied.

11. Positive Vibes for Training

Training your dog early on is key for a happy home. Skip the yelling and punishments. Instead, use positive reinforcement. When your pup follows a cue, shower them with praise, cuddles, and a tasty treat!

12. Age Matters

If you’ve got a senior dog instead of a bouncy puppy, consider their needs:

– Shorter walks might be better.

– Opt for two or three smaller meals over one big feast.

– More frequent vet check-ups keep them healthy.

– Ramps can help with access.

– Raise their food and water bowls if they struggle to reach.

– Keep them cozy – consider heating their bed or placing it near a radiator.