7 tips for a dog-friendly (and stylish) homePosted: July 29, 2014
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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.