Tips for creating a dog friendly home

Dogs are more than just friends. Our four-legged pets quickly become part of the family so it’s important that your home is a safe and comfortable environment for them as well as for you.

We often get asked for tips on how to make a home dog friendly, especially in smaller homes and condos where there isn’t a huge amount of space. Many people want to get a dog, and in some cases a big dog, but often they may not have the right amount of space in their home to cater for a pet. However, we’re specialists when it comes to creating more space and using your home more effectively, and there are plenty of ways you can carve out space for your dog without having to move house or spend too much money. Here are a few tips to creating a dog friendly home, and things you can do to create more space for your dog.

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Under-stair kennel

If you have a staircase in your home, what do you currently do with the under-stair area? One very great place for a dog kennel is under the stairs, as it’s out of the way, it isn’t too obtrusive but your pup still has their own territory that they can relax and sleep in. You can make them stylish and match the rest of the decor, and it’s a great way to make use of negative space. Your local contractor will be able to build a kennel out for you and design it how you like.

Give them their own area

If you can’t give your dog a proper kennel, at least give them their own area. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to make a home dog friendly, you may just need to shuffle the furniture and get creative with the way you use your space.

Paw-safe flooring

Another way to make a home dog friendly is to consider the floors. If you currently have slippery flooring through the house, this may be difficult for a dog to walk on, as they may slip and slide and find it uncomfortable. Solve this issue by investing in long runners and rugs, or replace your current floor with something less slippery or even carpet. If you’re unsure, your local contractor will be able to shed light on the best flooring for a pet.

Fence around your property

As well as the inside of your property you also need to make the outside of your home safe for your dog. You want peace of mind when you have the front or back door open, so make sure you have a good, solid fence around your property so that your dog can’t escape or run onto the road.

Looking for other tips to create a home your dog with love? Whether you live in Vancouver, Burnaby or elsewhere in the Lower Mainland, give us a call today to chat about how you can improve your space, and small renovations you can make in your home to make it more suitable for dogs!


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