Fresh Content: How to Make Your Home Interior Pet Friendly

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If you are about to bring a dog home you are probably excited. However, you do need to be prepared. You will have to make your home comfortable for you pet.

Making your home pet-friendly is something that every pet owner should aspire to. A pet-friendly environment is important because it allows your pet to feel as comfortable as possible.

It also helps to make them feel as if they are a part of the family. Having a pet-friendly home can be challenging but it is not impossible. There are a few things you can do to make your home feel as welcoming as possible for your pet. 

Here’s a look at some of the main things you can try.

Choose Furnishings Wisely

If you intend to have a dog in your home it is a good idea to make sure that your furnishings are not a prime target for them to chew. When you bring a new puppy home or even a larger dog you may end up having furniture chewed on. 

This is inevitable when your furniture is made of chewable materials.

There are specific types of furniture that are more prone to being chewed up than others. For example, if your furniture is made out of wood, wicker, or even upholstered fabric you might find that it is a bit more susceptible to being chewed by a dog or a puppy. 

Try to choose furnishings that are not so easy to chew. You can get chrome elements on your furniture or even metal. This will deter a lively pet from using your furniture as a chew toy.

Choose a High-Quality Bed

Choosing a bed for your pet is important. Try not to choose something that sticks out like a sore thumb against your decor. Look at what you already have in your living room or whatever space you choose to put the bed in. You can try getting a pet bed with neutral colors as this will easily integrate into any room in the home.

If you don’t like neutral colors, try taking a look at the colors and patterns that you already have in your home and try to find a dog bed that will fit in. This way you can take your dog bed from room to room and still have it blend in as part of your furnishing and decor.

Choose Fabrics Wisely

You need to choose fabrics for your home very carefully when you have a dog. There are certain fabrics that you should avoid altogether. Fabrics such as silk or velvet are off-limits to you when you have a dog. 

This means that you should not make your cushions from these fabrics and you should avoid using them as sheets. These types of fabrics will only get hair stuck to them and make it difficult for you to clean your home thoroughly.

The best material to choose for your furniture is leather. It is very easy to clean, affordable, and durable. 

The most you can expect to happen when you have leather furnishing is that you will get some scratches over time.

Select Bed Fabrics Carefully

If your dog sleeps on your bed then you can expect accidents to happen from time to time even if they don’t happen regularly. Make sure you are protecting your mattress with a plastic covering so that if there are accidents your bedding will not suffer too much damage. 

It’s always best to use cotton sheets as they are very easy to wash in case they get soiled. You can also choose the duvet covers as well since you can quickly take these off and wash them.

Choose Carpeting Wisely

Make sure you choose your carpeting wisely. You need carpeting that will be able to withstand wear and tear effectively and is not too difficult to clean. It is never a good idea to have wall-to-wall carpeting when you have pets.

It will collect a lot of hair and you will be vacuuming a lot more than you may want to. If you do choose area carpets or rugs make sure that you choose smaller ones that fit into areas neatly. 

Choose the color of the carpets wisely as well. Lighter colors will show dirt and grime a lot more easily.

Select Flooring Carefully

Flooring is something that you have to make a big commitment to for the long term. If you’re in the market for new floors and you have a pet dog then you should consider carefully what type of flooring you want to install. 

The best type of flooring when you have pets is ceramic tiles. These are easy to clean and very resistant to anything accidents that your dog may cause.

Install a Dog Bath

Installing a dog bath is one of the most effective ways in which you can help to keep your home clean. Dog baths can be installed in a laundry room or you may even choose to have a dedicated mud room for your dog. 

This can make it easier for you to keep your home clean.

Choose the Right Window Treatments

The right window treatments are a must when you have a pet. Most pets like to look out the window to see when their owners are coming and going. It makes them feel involved and it provides a good way for them to de-stress about your goings and comings. 

They can even take a look at what’s happening in the neighborhood. Don’t make it difficult for them to look outside. Lightweight material is best especially if you live in a warmer climate. If you must use heavier fabric, be sure to pull them back occasionally to give your pet a glimpse outside.

The bottom line is that making it easy for your pet to enjoy sightseeing from a window is one way to improve their comfort.

Create Play Spaces

Just like you would have a playroom for a child it’s a good idea to also have a play space for your pet. This is a space where your pet knows that it is safe for them to play in the house without being reprimanded in any way. 

You can put their toys in this area and play with them a lot in that specific space so that they will get accustomed to it. In time, it will become instinctive for them to play in that area.

Protect Your Pet

Use a gate to keep your pet safe, especially when you bring them home as a puppy. After getting them from a pet shelter or buying them from this website. You should have a crate for your puppy as well. 

This will help prevent them from destroying and damaging things in the home until you can train them properly. 

You should also consider buying protective covering for your electrical outlets as well. Try to keep your electric cords in a safe place and not have them strewn about in any room. Puppies especially will want to chew and it can be very dangerous.

Be Careful With Plants

If you’re one of those people who loves having plants in your environment you may have to think twice about bringing some of them indoors when you have a dog or other pets. This is because some plants can pose a threat to the health of pets. 

You need to make sure that you are selecting plants that are pet friendly at all times.

Once you have selected plants that are considered safe you need to think about where you will place them in your home. If you have a curious puppy it is always best to place plants as high as possible. There are certain types of plants that your dog may see as a challenge to reach for or to eat.

It is easier to hang vines from a basket and place them on the top of shelves. You’ll still be able to enjoy the beauty of the plant as the vines or runners will always spill over to the edge of any pot that you use, showing off their beauty.

Keep It Safe 

Keeping your dog safe is something that should always be a priority. One of the easiest ways to ensure that your pet is kept safe is to take care of the interiors of your home.

When you’re thinking about upgrading or creating a beautiful interior finish

for your home, you should not just think about the human inhabitants, you should also think about how your pets will fit into the environment as well. 

This is why it is so important for you to make the right choices about your home’s interior so that your pets will be as comfortable as possible.

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