Is your house suitable for a four-legged resident? Here are some tips and tricks to make sure it is.
Anyone who has owned a dog knows that a home can quickly turn into a disaster zone around one of them.
Our four-legged friends often return home muddy, sandy, wet or covered in foliage and that’s not to mention the other kinds of messes they can create.
Having a dog also means the space has to be safe and so the interior design experts at Shuttercraft have shared their top tips on how to pet-proof a home without compromising on safety and design.
Upholstery and furniture
Whether your furry friends spend a lot of time in the human seats or just walk around the house, some fabrics are definitely to be avoided. Velvet is a magnet for fur for example. It’s best to invest in high quality synthetic tapestries or smooth leather which is sure to withstand the test of the claws.
Puppies love to chew wicker and wood so go for metal accessories.
Pets tend to get into places humans would never fit in – so make sure blinds are cordless or the cords are consolidated to avoid any tangling or nasty accidents.
Although not a completely pet-proof window treatment, plantation shutters have no cords, so risks are minimised.
Hard floors are always the winner over carpet – not just for the training period, but also for those rainy days and muddy walks. Natural wood can scratch easily and stains very quickly. Laminate flooring or stone or ceramic tiles are best for pet homes, but if you must have natural wood, opt for harder materials like oak.
Most paint brands offer durable wipeable paint ranges, especially suitable for high traffic areas like the entrance to the home. That way you won’t have to worry about cleaning the dogs before they set paws through the door.
Separations where needed
As much as we love our pets, there are some areas where we don’t want them to go.
Many dog owners get creative with their home design and create a special treat or play area. Train your pet with treats to encourage it to go to the special area at a designated time, like a bedtime routine.
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