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If you’re the type of householder, that is just like that with the perfect color scheme, accessories, painting techniques, cozy blankets and the best amenities, you may not like the idea of a dog crashing your fancy apartment. However, you don’t have to choose between your beloved dog and your ideal living style.
Tiffany Leigh Piotrowski of Tiffany Leigh Design says that as a dog owner you have to deal with a certain amount of mess, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have the pet and home that you love.
“Owning dogs can be a number in the house, especially with new puppies who could wreak havoc with chewing and accidents,” she tells Point Pet. “I think people need to be patient and not make the little things sweat. Nobody’s home is perfect, and a few chewed pillows can always be replaced. Be patient, set limits, and keep working on the training. It gets better over time said you can have a nice sofa tucked under a blanket when no one is around. You will likely have scattered dog toys. I think the love for a good dog is worth the trade! ”
Here are some ways you can make your dream home come true – and keep your dog comfortable and happy.
Choose a subtle dog bed and toy
Piotrowski suggests a bed that is not too noticeable. Find a pattern like stripes with a neutral, light red, or blue design that may not clash with the rest of your decor. You can also choose a plain bed in a color that goes with the rest of your decor. If you want to change your color palette, it may be best to choose a dark blue, light brown, or brown bed that goes with the colors of your walls or the fabric for your couch pillows.
Designer Shaolin Low at Studio Shaolin says dog owners won’t have a hard time finding a chic dog bed if they are looking for one. Low says she personally prefers an acrylic bed with a simple pillow because they blend in and are easy to clean.
Piotrowski adds that neutral colored dog toys go with the rest of the house. Using a subscription box, you could end up with loads of fun, brightly colored toys for your pup, but those toys could be the ones you want to keep in the closet when friends come over. Neutral toy colors may not stand out that much against your personal aesthetic.
On the other hand, dogs have their favorite toys. If your puppy loves a neon green ball, then you don’t want to withhold some fun play accessory from him or her. Instead of putting toys away to be forgotten, you can use another suggestion from Piotrowski: get a toy box with a lid so that the contents stay hidden but all your dog’s favorite things stay in one place.
Be selective about your couch fabrics
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Not everyone has the “dogs can’t sit on the couch” rule, and for good reason: it’s nice to get cozy with your furry friend while watching a Netflix binge watch. You shouldn’t either have to Choose your couch based on what works best for your dog, but if your biggest concern is making the couch look like a dog isn’t sitting on it, Low suggested a few simple fixes:
“Be sure to stay away from polyester-blend sofas as they tend to pill and pill even faster when dog claws jump off and on them,” she says. “Chenille fabrics are the best for pets for this reason.”
In addition to choosing the right fabric, Low also recommends some simple gadgets and actions: “A robot hoover is always a must-have for vacuuming the hair that falls on the floor, and vacuuming your upholstery with a pet attachment once a week is always a great way to keep your pieces looking fresh and then brushing your dog outside to remove any extra hair to reduce hair loss around the house. ”
Even if you have a couch fabric that doesn’t suit your dog the best, there is still a way to keep it from pilling or hair loss:
“I always advise customers with dogs to have a blanket on the sofa that is easy to throw in the laundry!”
Have an area that only belongs to your dog
Just like you could keep your kids ‘toys on a shelf or in a corner of their bedroom, you probably wouldn’t leave your dogs’ belongings lying around in the living room either. It’s a good idea to keep your dog’s toy basket, bed, and any other essential accessories in a corner where it won’t get in the way of guests or take up the look of the whole room.
The same goes for dog beds or anything else they use for sleeping. Most people don’t have space to give the dog their own room, but partitioning off part of the living room or office for a dog bed works well. This allows you to stow the bed in a place where it does not obstruct the walkway.
Your dog can step under his feet, as is common with dogs, but your dog’s squeaky toy shouldn’t.
Also, you may not want to share your shower or bath with your dog and the place to get clean, clean and keep it free of mud, dog hair, or anything else your pup might bring to your yard or street. If you have the space and budget, Piotrowski recommends giving your dog a place for their own shower in the laundry room or in the mud room. Your company recently designed the lower shower for a project.
A shower or bath will keep your dog relatively clean, but there is always a risk of stains. Low added that pet owners can do whatever they can to avoid non-dog-friendly fabrics or white interiors. However, at the end of the day, dogs are part of your household and it isn’t a big problem if visitors see traces of them around the house.
“I know to myself our dog is like family, she is on all of our upholstery and uses the home as much as we do,” said Low. “So I appreciate the fact that our sofas will always have a bit of her and that’s okay too. I choose carpets that are pet friendly / easy to clean and call it a day. The joy of having a dog outweighs all the inconvenience of cleaning up after them. ”