How to Organize a Dog Friendly Home
Have you ever thought that owning a dog is pretty much like having more persons in the house? It’s because along with the dog there also comes a ton of toys and supplies that keep them entertained. And if you have no idea how to control things, sooner or later your dog will, in a way, become a master of the house, with piles of dog-related clutter everywhere. So, if you pay attention to the household as a whole, why neglect the so-called dog aspects? Here are some ideas and advice on how to turn your home into a happier place for both you and your doggie.
What Does Your Dog Actually Need?
As with any other organizational task, first of all you have to ask yourself the question – how many things does your dog need and use on a daily basis? Dogs are in a way like children. They get bored with certain toys of theirs, which eventually get neglected and left to gather dust in some corner of a room. It makes no sense keeping these toys if they are not used. Do a test in order to see which toys your dog still finds interesting. The toys that fail the test should be put away somewhere. Either in the attic, in a pantry or give it to a friend who also has a dog.
Contemplate about bringing order to the house. And if you feel lost, pay a visit to the local pet store where you are most likely to find the solution to your needs. For instance, you can get a large plastic container that is to be used for storing all your pets “possessions” – food bowl, leash, toys. This way everything will be kept in one certain designated place and you won’t have to go around the house looking for a particular item.
Grant Your Dog a Personal Room
It depends on the overall size of your dwelling, but it will be good if you could designate a small room just for your pooch. Both of you will benefit from this, as both of you will be able to have some personal time. The dog will be able to do whatever he likes, while you could be dog-free; for example, when you want to have a romantic dinner with your beloved one, you would be undisturbed by your canine friend. This so called dog area could even be in the basement or attic, as long as it’s not a really cold or hot dark place.
All Paperwork is to be Kept Safe
It doesn’t matter if the papers are dog-related or if they belong to some member of the family. These documents have to be kept safe and out of the reach of your four-legged companion. They don’t see the paperwork as documents of high importance, but rather as something to play with. That is why, if you wouldn’t want to find your own birth certificate torn into shreds, the wisest thing to do would be to tuck it away in a safe place. If a disaster like this does occur, you will only have yourself to blame. Your pooch doesn’t know any better.
In order to achieve harmony in the household you share with your dog, you are going to have to learn to treat him pretty much as an equal. Respect his needs and you will surely be rewarded with the same attitude.
Filed under: All About Dogs
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