More than 60% people in America have a pet dog; they are important members of the family with specific needs.
It makes sense when you are designing your living space to consider your furry friend, but doing so doesn’t mean you have to compromise on your own style.
You can create an area for your dog to have fun and a place for them to sleep and feel safe, while still fitting in with your own design aesthetic.
Create a Safe Zone
Dogs need to have a space of their own where they can sleep, or go to when they need a little security – especially if you have a rescue dog, or a new puppy.
The metal crate option isn’t very attractive however, and can look a bit unsightly in your living room.
Instead, drape your dog crate with textiles that match your own furnishings.
Breathable cotton and linens are the best option. In winter you can use thicker fabrics, like faux fur or velvet, to keep out draughts – especially if your dog sleeps downstairs in his crate.
An Outdoor Space
It is important that your dog is able to go outside when they want – if you have a large backyard, you might find it useful to section off an area that is specifically for your dog.
The rest of your garden will then be a human-only zone, for socializing and spending time with family and friends.
Installing an electronic dog door will ensure that your dog can go outside into their section of the backyard and use the bathroom whenever they need to – this is particularly important if you have an elderly dog.
There are no security issues with a dog door: they will only open for the unique sensor on your dog’s collar.
You don’t need to worry about the door being used by other neighborhood pets.
A Doggy Spa Area
There’s nothing that a playful and happy dog loves more than to get muddy, sandy and dirty.
It’s great fun for them, but not so much fun for you when it comes to giving them a bath afterwards.
When you are designing your home, incorporate a doggy spa area for your mucky puppy – this can be done in an outhouse or garage area.
It is very similar to a small shower or bathtub, with tiled sides that are wipe clean.
Include in your doggy spa area a large wicker basket specifically for old dog towels and shampoo.
You can then keep your own bathroom beautiful, clean and dog-free.
Man’s best friend should have a special place in our homes as well as our hearts.
You can design your home with them in mind, but still make it stylish.