How To Prepare Your Home For A Dog
There are many benefits to welcoming a dog or puppy into your home – after all, they are known as ‘man’s best friend’ for a reason. They’ll provide you with a constant source of companionship, kindness and entertainment. They’re also a great way to teach children to be more responsible.
However, welcoming a four-legged friend into your home means you may need to change your set-up slightly to create a safe and pet-friendly space.
With that in mind, here are some top tips that you can use to prepare your home for a dog!
Stock up on the supplies
There are various different bits of pet-friendly furniture that you need to buy ahead of time. For example, you will need to set up some kind of feeding station in your kitchen that features a food and water bowl. You should also find a cool, and comfortable space for your dog to sleep, meaning you must also invest in a quality dog bed, such as one of the Pawpedics dog beds. They are designed to last, meaning your pet will always be comfy.
Fix the gaps in your gates
Dogs love to spend time outdoors, which means they’ll love exploring your garden or yard. However, you must also ensure they cannot break free (unless you want to chase them through the streets). This means you should use this as an opportunity to carry out some DIY in your garden, such as repairing any gaps in your fences. This comes with the additional benefit of making your home safer and more secure. However, as it is often advised that you keep your dog inside a little following the move (especially if they are a puppy awaiting necessary vaccinations), you should also ensure you practice good safety by always shutting (and locking) doors, windows and gates.
Be prepared for a little mess
While your dog will not move into your home with a suitcase full of belongings, you’ll soon be surprised by just how much mess they can make. For example, you’ll need to find a suitable storage place for their toys, food and more. And while you may already have plenty of cleaning hacks up your sleeve, you may need to change your approach to home maintenance somewhat. For example, if you choose a breed of dog that sheds, you’ll definitely have to increase the frequency at which you vacuum. You should also ensure you buy dog-friendly cleaning products that are free from harsh chemicals and pollutants.
Move anything dangerous out of the way
As mentioned above, dogs are adventurous and inquisitive. This means they’ll soon be exploring every available inch of your home – meaning you must take certain precautions to keep both them (and your belongings safe). For example, you should remove anything fragile or valuable to a space far out of their reach, such as a wall-mounted shelf. You should also avoid leaving wires trailing throughout the home, as they may consider them a toy to chew their way through.