Many people fear that having a dog means they can’t have a nice home. Dogs aren’t always neat and clean, but that doesn’t mean you have to accept mess as a fact of life. With these strategies and some dog-friendly design advice, you can absolutely have a home that is both breathtakingly gorgeous and comfortable for your furry family members.
Home Design with Your Dog in Mind
One of the biggest mistakes dog owners make is decorating their homes without considering their dog when choosing materials and overall style. When you’re decorating or remodeling, look for materials that are attractive and stylish but are also resistant to stains, scratches, and fur. The goal is to choose the best materials that continue looking pristine even with a dog in the home. These are just a few of the bigger things to consider.
- Walls – Look for paint formulas that allow you to easily wipe walls clean. You may also want to choose darker colors that don’t show stains as much.
- Floors – Hardwood and tile floors are two of the best options that are high quality and are also extremely durable. According to the Chicago Tribune, some hardwood flooring companies now make finishes that are scratch-resistant too.
- Furniture – Even if you don’t allow pets on furniture, their fur and odors can still get trapped in fabrics. Not all fabrics are created equal, though, and you can minimize problems by choosing furniture that is stain-resistant and antimicrobial.
Keep your dog in mind with smaller decorating decisions, too. If you have valuable items that are easily breakable, you may want to move them to storage so they won’t get damaged. The overall average price of a self-storage unit booked in Miami, Florida over the past 180 days is $103.85, though this figure will likely vary depending on your location.
Just because you want to keep valuable items out of harm’s way doesn’t mean you can’t have a stylish home. More dog owners are choosing to incorporate their dog’s needs into their home’s style. For example, instead of a regular dog bed, get a pouf for Fido to lounge on that blends right in with your home’s decor. Use nice baskets for holding dog toys and canisters in the kitchen to store treats. When you incorporate all the dog “stuff” into your decor, your dog can feel right at home without your place looking like a pet supply store.
Clean Pet, Clean Home
Even in a dog-friendly home, shedding, spills, and messes are still going to happen. One of the best ways to keep your home cleaner is to groom your dog regularly. Keep your dog brushed between visits to the groomers too. Good grooming really goes a long way towards reducing shedding and odor. However, if you don’t have the time (or patience) to groom your pet yourself, you can hire someone to do it for you. According to Thumbtack, the average cost of a pet groomer runs around $70, but this price does fluctuate by location.
Cleaning everything your dog uses is another essential task for keeping the smell of dog away. Wash everything — beds, toys, even your dog’s collar — to get rid of smell. Enzymatic cleaners and good, old-fashioned natural cleaners like baking soda and vinegar are ideal. Besides cleaning your dog’s things, most dog owners also find it helps to have an easy cleanup routine. Especially if you have a heavy shedder, giving your floors a quick sweep daily is the best way to stay on top of it and keep fur from becoming a problem. If you’re crunched for time and want a top-to-bottom cleaning to help eliminate pet dander and odor, you can hire someone to clean your house; the average price of a housecleaning falls between $75 and $99, depending on the size of your house and how many rooms you want to be cleaned.
Troubleshooting Pet Problems
Perhaps the biggest way that dogs can wreak havoc on a beautiful home is by chewing. The American Kennel Club recommends giving your dog a space of his own. Whether your dog feels most comfortable in a crate or simply having his own spot in a certain room to relax, creating that special space reduces the chance they will exhibit destructive behavior. If you still have a problem with your dog chewing, use these tips from Cesar’s Way for the best way to intervene.
Your dog may be a member of the family, but he’s still a canine. Instead of fighting the facts, your best strategy is to embrace the realities of dog ownership. When you design your home with those needs in mind, it’s much easier to keep it looking amazing.
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