Roughly 70 percent of American households have a pet according to a report by the American Pet Products Association. One of the hallmarks of an ideal home situation is having a faithful pet to keep you company. If you are just about to become a pet-owner, this is a very exciting time! But before you bring home your new four-legged companion, you need to make sure that your home – and not just your heart – are ready for the new bundle of pet joy under your care.
Before you get started with the actual pet, you will need to start with the psychological aspect of welcoming a dog in the home. A lot of pet owners tend to fixate on fun activities they’ve got lined up and not consider the actual taking care part of the whole thing. You and other members of the household need to consider the responsibility of having a dog. One out of four people expresses that they feel like they want to return their pet because they feel overwhelmed. If you don’t want that to happen to you, it is best to get everyone is mentally prepared.
Once you’re mentally prepared, it’s time to look around your home and see if it’s pet-friendly. Dogs are notorious for jumping on sofas (despite all attempts to get them to stop) so it would be smart to have furniture that isn’t made from fabrics that dog hair clings to. Good options would be leather or microfiber, which are generally easy to clean. You should also avoid wooden furniture as dogs who aren’t housebroken have a penchant for chewing on them. While it is possible to eventually teach a dog not to chew something, are you really going to wait that long? Good options would be furniture that’s made of metal or something more solid so your dog will look to other places for their teething needs.
Dog-Proof Designated Spots
Make sure that cords and gadgets are safely stored away. Sixty-six percent of pet owners reported that their pet chewed up a gadget on SquareTrade Inc so try to make sure you won’t join that number. Also, not every part of your home may be easy to clean so it’s important to ensure that you prepare the dog designated spots in your home. Areas like the kitchen, the patio, and even the laundry room which generally have easy to clean floors and make ideal spots for dog activity.
There may be quite a few things that you need to be done to prepare your home for the incoming pet but it will be all worth it. A well-prepared home has a greater chance of lessening unhappy owner/pet relationships in the long run. Once you’ve crossed out all the to-do’s, now is the time to sit back and enjoy the fact that you are going to get a dog very soon. You’re about to go on an adventure of a lifetime and gain a buddy that will be with you through thick and thin so make sure that you off to a good start.
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