Dogs make great family pets, so it’s no wonder that 48.5% of U.S households own at least one pet pooch. Of these households, 63.2% say that they consider their pet to be part of the family. And there’s no better way to show how committed you are to your dog than by transforming your home into one that’s designed completely with his safety and needs in mind.
Whether it’s a miniscule Chihuahua or a supersize Great Dane that you own, the one thing they have in common is the need for comfort. You’ll find most dogs enjoy lounging around on the sofa or your bed, but you need to ensure that they have easy access to these pieces of furniture. Constantly jumping up and down can result in arthritis developing, so it’s wise to install a set of doggy stairs or a pet ramp by the sofa and the bed. Meanwhile, dogs love nothing more than having a nose out of the window. Building a window seat complete with soft bedding will, therefore, make their preferred pastime much more comfortable.
A peaceful retreat
Children with pet dogs are smarter, happier, and healthier than kids without, according to the AKC, and there’s a good chance that you’ll have both a dog and a child running around your home. However, it’s common for young children to find it difficult to understand boundaries, such as leaving your dog in peace when he’s eating, sleeping and grooming. Unfortunately, this can upset a dog and make him cautious of your child. It’s best to create a designated area for him away from your child, which he can retreat to when he needs a bit of peace. One option is to overhaul your garage into a doggy den. Alternatively, prefab kits for the garden can be used to construct a log cabin. Fill the cabin with a cozy sofa, your dog’s bed, his favorite toys and some snacks, and you can both benefit from a bit of peace and quiet.
Forbes reports that the average American spends 2.8 hours in the kitchen every day cooking and cleaning up. As dogs enjoy companionship, you’ll find your pooch more than likely follows you every time you enter the kitchen. But, as your kitchen will contain dangerous food items for dogs, such as grapes, chocolate, and avocado, as well as sharp implements, you need to lay out your kitchen in a dog-friendly way. One option is to place a baby stairgate or dog fence at the door to prevent Fido from following you. However, to truly keep your pooch happy, consider turning one of your cabinets into a doggy hideout. Layer up the area with some comfortable bedding, and your dog will be comfortable and safe.
A home that’s completely dog-friendly is easily achieved when you know how. So long as you consider your dog’s comfort, his need for some downtime, and how to keep him safe in one of the most dangerous rooms in the home, you can’t go wrong.