Today’s post comes from MyOffers.co.uk and I think it’s going to be a useful one!
7 Tips for a Clean and Stylish dog-friendly Home
In life, we’re forced to make a lot of choices. One choice you shouldn’t be forced to make is whether to have a clean, stylish pet-free home or a messy, unattractive home with a dog in it. Okay, that’s easy enough to say if you have a Chihuahua that lives in your handbag most of the time – but what about if you have a slobbering St. Bernard or a shedding Shetland Sheepdog? Hopefully these tips will help make your home a wonderful place to live for you and your pooch, whatever its size.
1. Buy stylish but practical pet products
Finding stylish pet products is easier than ever online, and if you have the budget for it some of the higher quality products can really add character to your home. If you’d rather not spend much on designer dog dishes you can still create a chic look by ensuring that dog cushions, throws, bowls and other products match follow a colour scheme. Just make sure anything that your dog is going to be lying or drooling on can easily be washed – spending a little more if necessary is definitely worth the investment.
2. Be unique
You don’t need to follow the crowd either – it’s easier than ever to find unique designs with websites like Etsy, so have a browse and find something that will really express your and your dog’s personality. If you’re a creative DIYer grab the opportunity for truly original one of a kind designs – you can always use Pinterest for inspiration.
3. Groom regularly
All of the beautiful things in your home will soon lose their sparkle if they’re covered in dog hair, so groom your pet on a regular basis. The time you’d have to waste removing hair from around your home would be much better spent brushing your dog, which is a great opportunity to bond and show your affection. Meanwhile, weekly baths will ensure your home smells as good as it looks, and keeping your dogs claws clipped will allow you to have beautiful hardwood floors and will prevent furniture being damaged.
4. Train your dog
Having a well-behaved dog is probably the simplest way to ensure a clean and orderly home. If you can get them to sit at your front door after a walk so you can give their paws a quick wipe the number of paw prints on your floors will reduce drastically, while if a dog knows where it may and may not sit you’ll cut down on the number of rogue hairs. Contrary to the popular saying, a dog is never too old to learn a new trick with the correct training, as long as it is physically and mentally healthy.
5. Choose your materials carefully
When it comes to furnishing your home you have plenty of scope for putting your personal stamp on things – but you should definitely think of your dog when choosing materials. Microsuede sofas might look nice, but one in leather or leather effect will be much easier to maintain. Ultrasuede is a good choice if you’re desperate for soft furnishings.
If you’re happy to have your dogs on the furniture use attractive but durable throws that can be easily washed and removed when you have guests visiting. Colours that match your dog will help stray hairs blend in (that’s no excuse to not brush them up though!).
6. Build a great crate
Dog owners that need a crate to act as a safe haven for their dog, are often dismayed at the lack of stylish options available. As well as generally being ugly, they often take up a lot of space. It’s time to put your DIY skills to use again (or employ the help of a close friend!) to adapt an existing piece of furniture such as an unused side table. Of course, it’s essential to make sure the crate is solid and secure so it won’t tip over, and it needs to be well ventilated.
7. Give your dog plenty of exercise and attention
It’s no coincidence that a dog becomes restless and starts causing havoc in the home when its owners find themselves too busy to give it the attention it needs. If you really do find yourself struggling for time because work commitments have suddenly increased in the short term why not ask friends or family members if they’d be willing to help out? Many people who aren’t lucky enough to own a dog of their own would happily bark at the chance to spend some time with your adorable canine!
Over to you
Hopefully these tips have helped you think about how you can make your home a more welcoming place to live in. If you have any ideas of your own please do share them!
Tips provided by Lionel Thain of online competition site MyOffers. Go to MyOffers.co.uk for a chance to win John Lewis vouchers, money towards a house deposit and much more.
The last few times I’ve been down to the pond I’ve made loads of new friends. This week there was a group of collies and a lab cross. They were all fixated on chasing a ball. Not being that way inclined I just practised my doggy paddle and let them get on with it. I even belly-flopped into the water a few times and daddy said I might make a dock dog afterall! Well, that’s presuming that I don’t actually have to fetch anything lol.
The only downside of having a good swim, is being called ‘stinky’ afterwards. I wish my peeps had a better sense of smell.
As we’re paws-deep in summer, our park has opened up the paddling pool. Dogs aren’t really allowed but we passed it early in the morning and I took a sneaky dip.
It’s a bit of a shame that there was so much rubbish about and that things had been left in the water. I wouldn’t have minded if there had been food left out lol.
Hope you’re all keeping cool.
A few months ago you may have seen the video of the husky getting a head massage. If not, you can see it here
So mummy thought I might like a massage too. She was hoping my video would also go viral and I’d be famous. Oh mummy, you dreamer! You didn’t really think I was going to co-operate did you?? BOL at you!
Have you ever had a head massage?
It’s far too hot for me. It’s been well in the 30s (centigrade) for the past few days and I’m melting! We have had some rain but it hasn’t cleared the air at all, it’s still humid and sticky. The only thing that’s seeing me through is dreaming of lovely cold snow. I’m thinking of moving to Australia where it’s winter – Fozziemum if I pack myself up in a box, can I stay with you till Spring??
Today is my daddy’s birthday!
Love you loads daddy, have a lovely day!
And happy un-birthday to all of you:-)
I woke mummy up in the night as I knew we were going to have a thunderstorm and wanted to get my business done before it started. There were already flashes of lightning while i was in the garden and Mummy started to get freaked out. Daddy snored through most of it. When I came back in I did my best to go back to sleep, but mr Thunder decided to join in the fun and I was worried about Mummy. So I headed upstairs and curled up next to her on the bed – it was too hot for snuggles really, but I knew it would make her feel better.
When she calmed down, I moved to the floor where it was cooler, but still close enough so she knew where I was if she got scared again.
I’m pretty tired after being kept awake by all the noise mr thunder and mr lightning were making with their game of bitey face in the sky. I hope they don’t do it again anytime soon.
Do you like thunderstorms?
The other day I bumped into my friend Cooper who I haven’t seen for a few months. Last time I saw him he looked like this:
When Sebastian and I caught up with him a few days ago, he looked like this:
Mummy was so surprised, she cut my head off in the pic! You’ll also notice I soaking wet. Cooper decided to push me into the stream lol. Though I wasn’t complaining as it was a super hot day!
I’m glad he’s big enough for a real rough and tumble game now.
Hope you’re having a good day!
Can you see him? He’s watching me from the top of our neighbour’s shed! I’ll just sit here until he’s gone.
We’re in the grip of a mini heatwave here in the UK and I am sweating my fur off! I’ve been sleeping on the kitchen floor where it’s cool and dipping my toes in the paddling pool as often as I can.
So this is just a quick reminder to keep cool. Drink lots, stay in the shade and eat lots of frozen treats:-) I am to milk it for all I can lol.
Keep cool everyone!