Did you know that not all people-friendly homes are dog-friendly homes? There are plenty of things in your home that might already be unsafe or uncomfortably for your furry friend.
Whether you’re about to bring home a new puppy or you’re creating a better environment for your current dog, it’s important that you have a dog-friendly home. While you may not be able to afford a full renovation, there are a few things that you can do to adjust your space on a budget.
Keep reading for our affordable ways to make a perfect space for your dog.
Adjust Your Scents
Did you know that the scents that you choose for your home can have an impact on your pet? That’s right, not all oils, air fresheners, and perfumes are good for your four-legged friend.
First, try to avoid overpowering scents. Dogs have sensitive noses, and you don’t want to overwhelm them with extreme smells. Mild diffusers or sprays are more than enough. If you need to freshen your space, consider using baking soda on the carpets and opening your windows when you’re cleaning.
If you like essential oils, choose pet-friendly ones. Not all oils are alike, and some may cause irritation or respiratory issues for your dog.
Consider Room Dividers
Do you have rooms that you want your dog to avoid? You don’t have to keep all of your doors closed and disrupt the flow of your home. Instead, consider room dividers.
Room dividers come in all shapes and sizes. If you have a small dog that isn’t interested in jumping, a short divider is perfect for keeping it out of your dog-unfriendly rooms.
If you have a jumper, consider taller dividers.
Room dividers can be pricey, but if you’re on a budget, you can use baby gates. While most of them are plain and white, you can also find them in wood finishes to match your home.
Create a Pet Space
If you’re worried about your new dog being destructive, consider creating a space that’s just for them. If your dog is a puppy, this is also a great option for when you’re leaving home. You can leave your dog in their own space, so they don’t destroy the rest of the house.
The best choice for this is a mudroom, but you can also block off part of the kitchen or any other room with non-carpeted floors. Keep your dog’s toys, food, and leashes in this room, so the dog knows that it “belongs” to them.
Pick Plants Wisely
Similar to scents, not all plants are good for pets. Some common household plants are toxic to dogs, so it’s important that you don’t keep any of them where your dog could get ahold of them. Dogs love to eat things that they’re not supposed to.
Look at this list of plants that you should avoid in a pet-friendly home.
Do You Have a Dog-Friendly Home?
Based on this list, do you have to make any changes to create a dog-friendly home? Creating a comfortable and safe environment for your furry friend doesn’t have to be expensive. Make sure that there’s nothing toxic nearby and that the dog can stay safe and comfortable in their own space.
You’re sure to have a happy dog!
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