How to Create a Dog-Friendly Home

Our pets are a big part of the family, but they do not always complement our homes. Unfortunately, no home is often safe from fur balls, fleas or filth when living with a pet pooch. However, there are many little changes you can make to create a more dog-friendly environment.

Durable Fabrics
The first thing you need to do is invest in durable fabrics, such as velvet, as it will not be destroyed by your dog’s nails and will not trap hair. What’s more, they will be easier to clean, and you can simply wipe away any dirt. It will also look great and feel luxurious against your skin.

A Flea Treatment
The last thing you will want is a flea infestation in your home. Stop those troublesome bugs from making their way into your space and onto your pet, and invest in a preventative flea treatment for dogs. Your pet will not experience any painful or itchy flea bites, and you can enjoy a pest-free home.

A Throw Blanket
A throw blanket adds a burst of color to your home’s décor, while protecting your furniture from dog hair or dirty paw prints that may otherwise destroy your interior design. So, you could even invest in a white sofa that would otherwise be off limits.

The Right Rugs
Many pet owners can often go through their fair share of rugs. It is, therefore, important to invest in the right product for both your home and dog. We recommend investing in a low pile rug, as they are often much easier to clean. A dark color and small patterns will allow you to hide any troublesome stains. Also, color-fast fibers will also make it is easier to scrub and clean your rug.

It may also be a wise move to avoid chunky or shag rugs, as it is difficult to remove liquid or dirt from the high pile. What’s more, sisal and other natural rug fibers will also stain the moment they become wet, so they can be challenging to clean.

Budget Friendly Furniture
It is important to spend your money wisely in the home when living with a pet. The reality is that sofas will become dirty and fabrics will suffer from stains, which is why you should consider investing in budget friendly furniture. You can add a touch of luxury to your home by investing in framed artwork or opulent accessories, which will ensure your interior design has the wow factor.

Embrace Your Home’s Imperfections
Those little interior design imperfections are what makes a house a home. Living with a pet doesn’t always make it possible to create a space that looks straight from the front cover of a magazine. Pets can be messy by nature, so stop striving for perfection and embrace the imperfections, so you will enjoy a happier home life.

Do you have any helpful tips to share to create a dog-friendly home? Share your advice with our readers and write a comment below.'
Madison Main
When Madison isn't tending to her job at a bank, she is hauling her 5 children to soccer practice and other activities. Main is also a speech and drama coach at the local high school.

14 Responses to “How to Create a Dog-Friendly Home

  • I think one of the biggest mistakes people get when they get a dog is not realizing that they are gonna chew…and chew…and chew. Haha. Getting stuff for them to chew on, to keep them from chewing up your stuff is a must have!

  • We have two dogs and one of the first things we did was to buy baby gates. Blocking off areas you don’t want the pets to explore is key to keeping the house safe.

  • My dad has two dogs who now practically own the place haha! But I love some of these tips! Durable fabrics are a must!

    4 years ago

    Our oldest pup is almost 8. We’ve had a pet friendly (dog friendly!) home for many years. I’ve had animals my whole life so this is a must! Great tips!

  • Great advice. Maybe I can bookmark this so my husband sees it, I would LOVE a dog, but he’s just not into it.

  • Investing in a higher end dog bed keeps my dogs from getting on the couch for the most part. The dog bed we have is plush and looks SUPER comfy!

  • What a sweet pup! I live in an apartment, so a dog isn’t in the cards for me right now — but I think all these tips are awesome.

  • There are definitely a lot of adjustments to be made when you welcome a furry friend into your home. I’m glad you’ve laid these tips out! Thanks

  • I need to get some throw blankets for my new couches. I do not want my dog furring up my space.

  • My son wants a dog so bad, we are considering adopting one soon. I want to make sure he’s ready for the responsibility. And that I’m ready too lol 🙂

  • Awww first off, what an adorable pooch! Second, great tips! I only have a kitty right now, but hopefully one day I’ll be able to put these tips to use! <3

  • I could still remember having my first puppy, I have left him home alone and locked-up. When I came home, all curtains were torn, all sofas are destroyed. But that doesn’t stop me to still love dogs….

    4 years ago

    These are some great tips! Just like you would prepare for a person to come live with you, it’s important to make the pup feel at home.

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