House Rules For a Happy Life with Dogs Under One Roof

Dogs have been my constant companions since I was born. I rode my Dusty, my first dog – a gentle German Shepard – like a pony. Today, Winston, Tapper, and Stella rule the household and bring me great joy. The Debra Dobbs Group has 5 dogs between us and often at my house for playdates while the adults in the room are working from my dining table. Chaos ensues! While it can sometimes be overwhelming, I’ve learned a few tricks to manage the chaos. Here are some practical tips to make your house a happy haven for your furry friends while ensuring your life remains easy, joyful, and stress-free.

1. Designate a Pet Area

Dogs, like people, appreciate having their own space. Designate a specific area in your home where your dogs can relax and feel safe. This could be a cozy corner with their beds and favorite toys. Ensure it’s a quiet spot where they can retreat when they need downtime.

2. Pet-Friendly Flooring

Opt for flooring that’s durable and easy to clean. Stone and concrete, while not the design choice for most of us, are ever so durable. If you love hardwood, opt for engineered – Ew has come a long way, baby, and not the low-end laminate of years gone by. Hybrid flooring is a composite floating floor that combines laminate and vinyl flooring to create a durable, low-maintenance, and waterproof option. It’s designed to be stable in different climates, making it a good choice for areas with fluctuating temperatures and humidity. Hybrid flooring is an excellent choice, with four layers, including a UV-coated top layer for impact resistance and durability. If you prefer carpet, choose stain-resistant options or consider area rugs that can be easily replaced or cleaned.

3. Smart Storage Solutions

Keep pet supplies organized with smart storage solutions. Baskets or bins for toys, hooks for leashes, and dedicated shelves for food and grooming supplies can help keep your home tidy. An organized space not only looks better but also makes daily pet care more efficient.

4. Regular Cleaning Routine

Establish a regular cleaning routine to maintain a fresh and clean home. Vacuum and mop floors frequently to remove pet hair and dirt. Invest in a good vacuum designed for pet owners. Wash pet bedding and toys regularly to keep odors at bay.

5. Outdoor Space and Exercise

Provide a secure outdoor space for your dogs to play and exercise. A fenced yard is ideal, but regular walks and trips to the dog park can also suffice. Regular exercise is crucial for your dog’s physical health and mental well-being.

6. Pet-Proof Your Home

Just as you would child-proof your home, pet-proofing is essential. Secure trash cans, keep harmful substances out of reach and use baby gates to restrict access to certain areas if necessary. Ensure that any plants in your home are non-toxic to dogs. Those little things that can easily fall on the floor unnoticed, a small nail or screw or pills for example, can be so harmful.

7. Comfortable and Safe Furniture

Choose furniture that can withstand the wear and tear of pets. Leather and tightly woven fabrics are good choices, as they are durable and easy to clean. Provide your dogs with comfortable beds to discourage them from using your furniture as their resting spot. If, as in my house, dogs are allowed on the furniture, look into Sunbrella and other high-performance fabrics. Or, use a queen or king-sized blanket to cover that swanky velvet couch.

8. Regular Vet Visits and Grooming

Maintain your dogs’ health with regular vet check-ups and grooming sessions. Healthy pets are happy pets, and routine care is critical to keeping Kitty or Fido healthy and happy.

9. Training and Boundaries

Training is essential for peaceful coexistence. Teach your dogs basic commands and establish clear boundaries. Consistent training helps your dogs understand what’s expected of them and makes managing their behavior easier.

10. Love and Attention

Above all, shower your dogs with love and attention. Dogs love quality time with their humans, whether it’s a long walk to the park, playing in the yard, or cuddling on the sofa in front of a good movie. A loved dog is a happy dog!

Creating a pet-friendly home doesn’t have to be complicated. With a little planning and lots of love, you can ensure you and your dogs enjoy a happy and harmonious life together. As someone who balances a 7 day work week and long days in the rapid-paced world of real estate while caring for three dogs, I can attest the effort is well worth the reward.

For more tips on creating a welcoming home for you and your pets, or if you’re looking for a pet-friendly property, feel free to reach out. You and your doggie’s dream home awaits!

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