7 tips for a dog-friendly (and stylish) home

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

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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.

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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.

 

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25 Comments on “7 tips for a dog-friendly (and stylish) home”

  1. Those are some great tips. Love that first house – I would live in there myself!
    Dip and Elliot x

  2. Great tips! Fortunately there are lot of good stylish pet products available these days. Love your little house Misaki 😉

  3. Lots of clever ideas Misaki! Thanks for sharing.

  4. What a great post! Love that sidetable/crate…..AND the little “gingerbread house”!!

    Hugs, Sammy

  5. I like these tips. All except for the one about the B.A.T.H. Mom keeps the baby wipes right by the door so I can get my paws cleaned as soon as I come inside. She says to remind people that leather upholstery in the car is also helpful…

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

  6. Stylish pet products are great! I love the eggshaped doghouse I saw once… but it has the same price as a car and Ebenezer Scrooge and Snow Whites Stepmother said: NAAAH!

  7. That is a cute house and great tips. We pretend we didn’t see anything about bathing though. Have a terrific Tuesday.
    Best wishes Molly

  8. Emmadog says:

    Right now our home is rather baron. Since Bailie arrived we have had to put away most of the table height decorations. Hopefully she will soon be mature enough that we can get them out again. For us, exercise is the key. We are much better behaved when we are a bit tired.

  9. When we were house shopping just over 2 years ago, we were looking for a space that gave the dog (we only had one at the time) lots of room. All our furniture choices keep the pups in mind too. It is really a dog’s house we get to live in.

  10. PigLove says:

    This is awesome advice. A lot of it can even be said for me – 🙂 Thanks my friend – great! XOXO – Bacon

  11. Frankie and Ernie says:

    WE try our best to make OUR HOUSE… PEEPLE Furendly… we did chews our Cliner Chairs … so that there would be PLENTY of room fur one of our peeps to sit in it with Both of us. They Love that.

  12. Kyla says:

    8) If you have more than 2 terriers in the house-just give up. Go with the flow, it’s not worth the frustration of failing.

  13. Two French Bulldogs says:

    I love the picture of that little cottage
    Snorts
    Lily & Edward

  14. speedyrabbit says:

    those are great ideas Misaki,xx Speedy

  15. Will and Eko says:

    Giving the pups a quick brush once a day is quick and definitely keeps both them and the apartment easier to clean.

  16. pawedblog says:

    Great tips! Thanks Misaki
    Hugs, Carrie and Pups x

  17. We like to steam our floors cuz that way they are very clean and no detergents get used.

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  18. It's Dog or Nothing says:

    Great tips! We try pretty hard to keep our house tidy even with two large dogs running around. I’m in the processing of revamping their things (bowls, eating areas, leashes) to keep the house looking nice. It’s amazing how a nice bowl will change the look of an eating area!

  19. Dogs N Pawz says:

    Those are some great tips Misaki! Thanks for sharing.

  20. Grrrrrrrrreat tips! Thanks. 🙂

  21. fozziemum says:

    Great post Misaki…funny there is always an assumption that clean and pets don’t mix 🙂 we have had visitors who say they cannot believe we have 4 cats and two dogs in the house….apart from me cleaning the pets are all clean…I have had smellier humans in my house hahaha 🙂 hugs Fozziemum xx

  22. Mumsy's Little Chancy Man says:

    These are great tips sweet Misaki. Hugs and nose kisses

  23. These are fantastic tips! A dog-friendly home can still be clean and beautiful – without making the dog (or anyone else) feel uncomfortable.

  24. Nylabluesmum says:

    Fab tipz Misaki!! We lubz dat poochie crate idea…an end table reewerked; bery clever!
    Much lub ❤ Nylablue n ❤ Mum too


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