by Bill Ryan
on Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 at 2:06pm.
A Dog Owners' Guide to Decorating Your Home
It is no secret that dogs can be destructive. They can chew on furniture, scratch up the doors, and track in all sorts of dirt. Even when a canine doesn’t necessarily mean to, it is common for them to ruin furniture and break things, especially if they are larger. While this destructive behavior can be troublesome for any dog owner, it can be especially tricky to deal with if you’re aiming to have a breathtakingly gorgeous house. After all, it is hard to collect nice furniture and decorations when your pooch could destroy everything. However, there are a number of things that you can do to work toward a beautiful house that doesn’t involve making sacrifices.
Curb Destructive Behavior
One of the most obvious things you can do is curb destructive behavior. Obviously, you aren’t going to be able to completely get rid of every behavior your dog does that can damage your furniture and house. For example, your dog is going to shed and track in dirt, and there isn’t really much you can do about that besides grooming them regularly.
However, for behaviors like destructive chewing, there is almost always a gentle way to correct the problem. The first step is to discover the problem behind the chewing. If you have a puppy, odds are the chewing is a result of teething and natural instinct. By providing your puppy with chew toys and teaching him to only chew on those, you can save your furniture and shoes.
If your dog is older and exhibits signs of isolation distress, you might decide to hire a dog walking service or even a pet sitter to keep your canine company when you can’t be there. Separation anxiety is a more severe form of isolation distress and can also lead to lots of stress-induced behaviors that can cause quite a bit of destruction if left unchecked. According to the ASPCA, other causes of destructive chewing include being weaned too early, hunger, and not getting enough activity. If your pet is a high-energy breed but does not currently get enough exercise, a dog walker can help tremendously and will probably save you money in the long run. A dog sitter can also help in this case if you are gone for long periods of time.
While some destructive behaviors can be curbed, you are never going to completely avoid any destruction at all. Whether it is because they got sick or because it was just a little too muddy outside, your dog will most likely damage something at some point, even if they are very well trained. It is in your best interest, then, to avoid decorations that are easily ruined. Stay away from breakables that are placed within your pet’s reach. While wall art will probably be okay, expensive floor lamps might not be. You should also avoid expensive rugs and carpets.Paw Culture suggests opting for carpet tiles or hardwood floor where possible. If your hound sheds a lot, look for furniture that matches them. A black couch and white dog do not mix.
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
When you decide to adopt a dog, you also adopt all the hair and muddy pawprints that come with him. You aren’t going to be able to keep your couch 100 percent dog hair free, and muddy paw prints will eventually show up on your floor. However, these things can be cleaned. Furniture can be replaced. It is important not to get bent out of shape by the small stuff and to learn that while destruction is bound to happen, things can always be replaced and fixed. For instance, if there’s a small mess, a good handheld vacuum should do the trick. You’ll also take comfort in knowing that it’s portable enough to reach areas a bigger vacuum couldn’t access.
Dog owners might find it difficult to decorate, especially if their dog is particularly large or destructive. However, by following these steps, you can easily make your home gorgeous while also accounting for your pooch.