Whether you are a current dog owner or plan to adopt one in the near future, it is important to have a dog-friendly home. You should create a living space that is not only comfortable and safe for you but your canine as well. After all, your dog is a member of the family.
Dog spas and extended stay kennels handle quite a few animals and manage to remain clean and comfortable – for both humans and their pets. You can borrow some of their tips to create a dog-friendly home that is comfortable for you too.
1. Get rid of carpeting. If your pet has an accident, you want an easy-to-clean surface that does not act like a sponge. The carpeting itself is usually easy to spot clean; however, the padding underneath typically holds in stains and odors which can re-surface. Tile and wood are dog friendly flooring options to consider.
2. Vacuum every day. The best way to keep your home clean and odor-free is to vacuum carpeting, area rugs and even upholstery every day. Many dogs shed hair and pet dander, and along with that – light doggie odor. Daily vacuuming can keep these things at bay. Many vacuums these days have attachments specifically designed to pick up pet hair and dander.
3. Choose machine washable throw rugs. If your floors are a hard surface and you rely on area rugs, choose machine-washable options or those that you can easily hose down outdoors. Washing them once or twice a week typically keeps your home from smelling too doggie.
4. Establish a clear, cleaning path to your doors. If you have a dog that spends time outside, you can help prevent mud and other things from being tracked into your home by creating a clear, cleaning pathway to your door. Different types of gravel or even a long outdoor carpet will help “grab” any debris your dog may be carrying on their feet before they enter the home.
5. Brush your dog daily. Grooming their fur each day helps keep down the accumulating tufts in the corners as well as dog odor. Brushing your dog each day outside also loosens their dead skin cells so they slough away. These dead skin cells are the true cause of dog odors that linger in the home – not their fur.
6. Choose practical furniture and furniture arrangements. If you adopt a puppy, estimate how big you believe it will get based on their particular breed. You want to choose tables with lamps and other décor that are taller than the swishing of their tail to avoid items from being knocked over. In addition, furniture with stain-treated upholstery or wash and wear slip covers is best.
7. Provide chew toys. Dogs love chewing on things, particularly young pups that are teething. By providing dog appropriate chew toys and treats, you can prevent your couch legs or favorite shoes from being chewed and slobbered on. There are even toys which allow you to put food in them which the dog has to patiently work out. They can provide hours of entertainment.
8. Create a calm haven for you. If you are not also comfortable in your own home, your dog will sense it and react to your tension or anxiety. Dogs are well tuned to their owners and can sense your frustration and mood.
As a professional dog trainier one of the biggest problems for people when bringing home a new dog is potty training.
The suggestion for no carpet is a good one. However note that if your dog has a mistake even on flooring without carpet the urine enzymes can remain present for the dog to smell and continue to think it's the obvious place to go to the bathroom.
My biggest piece of advice is to get a
quality urine enzyme cleaner for these accidents whether on the carpet or bare floor and help your dog and yourself to a successfully housed trained dog.