Pets are part of the family and most people wish to treat them as such. In the past people would leave their pets outdoors a great deal of the time or put them in a kennel when they were indoors, but now that is generally considered inhumane. Fortunately there are ways in which you can make your home pet friendly while keeping it clean and stylish.
One important thing to keep in mind is that having a space that accommodates your dog is much like preparing it for children or guests. You want the space to be comfortable and safe. Having items in low places that are of great value to you and able to be broken is generally a bad idea. Like children and guests, dogs can accidentally knock them over, even if they are behaving very well. Try to view the space from your dog’s point of view to determine what items need to be put up and out of danger’s way.
Another aspect that you want to consider is whether or not you have plants that could be hazardous to your dog that accessible by them. There are a number of plants and flowers that are toxic if consumed by a dog. You should take some time to do your own research so that you can be confident that you are not risking them becoming ill or worse. Talking with your veterinarian is also a good idea to be sure that you are not missing anything.
When it comes to furniture it can be difficult to find the right pieces that do not show the hair your dog will almost definitely shed on it. Even if you have trained your dog not to go on the furniture their hair does go into the air and land just about everywhere. However, as long as you vacuum your furniture, curtains and floors at least twice a week you will be able to prevent the fur from building up and becoming a permanent staple in your home. This is also a great way to keep allergy symptoms at bay if you or your guests have this issue.
Essentially, the best way to design your home around your dog is to think of them as a child. You do not want anything to be in their space that could cause them harm. Keeping valuables out of their space is also ideal so that you can be sure that your prized possessions don’t fall victim to their antics.