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Creating a Pet-Friendly Home

french bulldog dog puppy floor insideYou’ve picked out a name, set an adoption date and are getting ready to welcome your new furry friend into your family. But any pet can wreak some havoc on your home if you are not prepared. By following the tips below, you’ll make the transition for you and your pet easier and less destructive on your house:

Solid Furniture

Animals, especially small animals, often love to chew and scratch. This can be a big problem for table legs, chairs, benches and more. To protect furniture while you are training your new pet not to chew and scratch, household items like bubble wrap, tin foil and plastic can be great barriers for furniture legs or anywhere else that chewing or scratching can occur. Covering the table legs might not be the most glamorous home accessory, but training your pet to use chew toys or a scratching post instead of furniture is a simple and inexpensive way to keep things from getting damaged or destroyed.

Soft Furniture

For furniture with fabric or soft coverings, it’s essential to create barriers for your pet. If you are welcoming a new pet into your home, purchase a couch slipcover or cover with a large blanket to avoid stains and hair. Once your pet is used to its home, you can remove the slip cover. If pets will be allowed on furniture, it’s a good idea to train them to stay on their blanket or bed so they don’t scratch or chew. Make sure you have toys readily available to entertain when you are training.

Pillows and curtains also need to be durable and pet-friendly. Pick fabrics that are easily washable or can be stain treated. Shop for curtains in a neutral color that won’t show dirt or stains. When you first get your pet, remove pillows from the couch and tie back the drapes until your pet gets used to your home. During training, you can incorporate pillows back into your décor and train your pet to stay away from curtains and other décor that they do not sit or play on.

Keep it Clean

Make sure there are mats at every door to keep some dirt from trailing in. Also, make sure pets receive regular baths and, when it’s wet or muddy outside, wipe their paws before they come inside to avoid stains. Use small rugs over carpeted areas, baby gates or a crate while you are potty training and let your pet outside frequently to avoid an accident.

Stains and slip-ups are inevitable when adopting a new pet, but by being persistent, keeping your home clean and keeping up with removing stains immediately and training your pet to chew and scratch their own toys instead of your home, you will create a happy environment for both you and them.

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