Dogs are loving, loyal, and provide a lot of fun so, owning one is sure to be a beautiful experience. However, there are a couple of things to consider before you bring your new furry friend home. Of course, that includes ensuring your home is safe and entertaining for the newest member of the family. After all, you do not want your dog tripping over furniture or getting bored! To that end, we invite you to continue reading to learn about eight ways to prepare your home for a new dog.
Prepare Your Home for a Dog and Get Ready for a Rewarding Experience
1. Install a convenient pet door.
One of the first things to consider is how the dog will get outside when you are not around. While you can physically let it out, an autoslide pet door allows your dog to move around your home independently, ensuring they are not waiting too long for the bathroom or some fresh air. Don’t worry – they are perfectly safe, as the door is small and triggered by your dog.
2. Clear the floor leaving open space.
When getting a new dog, and especially a puppy, you must ensure the floor space is as clear as possible. You do not want them standing on something hazardous or bumping into furniture, after all. By giving them a big enough space, they naturally feel more at ease when exploring the home.
3. Buy dog toys for entertainment.
Your dog needs lots and lots of entertainment, and that means buying plenty of toys for them. Pop them around the home so that they always have something to chew on, although do not be surprised when you find all the toys stored in their bed!
4. Check your house plants for toxicity to animals.
Some house plants, including ivy and aloe vera, are hazardous for dogs. If you have any plants in your home that could hurt your dog, make sure you place them well out of reach.
5. Create a special space for your dog.
Your dog needs a space entirely to itself that no one else can breach. So, set up a dog bed and a few of his toys so that he can go and relax without worry whenever he feels like it.
6. Designate a treats cupboard.
It is much easier to hold all your dog’s treats and food in one place. Not only is it more sensible when it comes to storage, but it will also mean your dog knows when it is dinner time. Just make sure they cannot get into it on their own!
7. Mow the lawn for ease of waste removal.
Your dog is going to love running around your garden. To make it easier on him, get the lawnmower out and cut the grass. You should consider weeding the plants, too. Not only will this make playtime easier, but it will also mean you won’t struggle to find their dog poop!
8. Ensure that one room is pet-free.
When you first introduce a new dog into your home, it is crucial to remove all other animals you own from the room. By doing this, you can then introduce all your pets slowly, ensuring no accidents occur.
By properly preparing your home for a new dog, you can focus on spending lots of time with your new furry friend. If you have any questions or suggestions, we always love to hear from you in the comments below. Also below are links that will take you to more fantastic articles about ALL things DESIGN for your home or business.
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