Bringing a dog into your home is a big step, as a new member of the family, dogs require love, care and attention to live a safe and happy life. One important part of this process, is ensuring your home is dog-friendly, and with a few simple changes your home will be ready for your new pet.
Read on for our top tips.
Choose the right flooring
If you’re already planning on installing new flooring, this is the perfect opportunity to make it dog-friendly. When house training puppies, carpet may not be the best choice for areas of the home such as the hallway and living room, and hardwood flooring can get scratched easily. Vinyl flooring, however, is easy to clean, affordable and scratch-resistant, similar to stone tiles. Clip your dog’s nails regularly to stop them from damaging the floor, placemats underneath their food and drink bowl and clear up any mess as soon as you can to prevent staining.
Your house may be tidy, but look at it from a dog’s level – are there any objects or obstacles that could be in their way? Think about your television, if it’s on a stand unsupported this could easily be knocked over by your pet. Instead, why not mount it on the wall so it’s out of harm’s way. Ornaments, wires, candles and other household objects should be placed carefully around your home to stop any accidents from occurring.
Protect dangerous items
You can’t watch your pet 24/7, and during this time they may get up to mischief. Low cupboards full of cleaning products and other chemicals can make your dog seriously ill if they consume these products by mistake. Invest in cupboard locks or simply store your cleaning materials in a high cupboard where your dog cannot reach them. It may also be a good idea to purchase a dog cam, so you can keep an eye on your pup while you’re at work or out and about.
Having a dog is a big responsibility, and signing them up to a professional vet centre is one step you shouldn’t miss out. Here at Abbey Vet Centre, based in Grimsby, our dedicated team is on hand to ensure your pet is healthy and we even offer personalised healthcare plans that suit you and your pet. Get in touch today for more information.