Keep Your House a Home with a Pet
Are you thinking about bringing a pet into your family? If so, then you might be worried about the impact that this is going to have on your home.
It’s possible that you’ve already heard the horror stories about how a pet can destroy or change your home.
While this is true, there are steps that you can take to ensure that your house still feels like a home, even after a pet moves in.
So, let’s explore some of the best possibilities that could be worth considering.
First, you should think about exploring whether you are going to have a designated space for your pet. For instance, you might want to think about keeping the upstairs off limits for your pet.
This provides more benefits than just keeping your house tidy. Most people assume that dogs can easily run up and down stairs without any issues.
It can seem like this when they are young. But as they get older, running up and downstairs will impact your dog’s joints and might ultimately cause them pain or severe discomfort.
As such, it’s in your animal’s best interest to restrict this part of your home. However, you need to do this from day one otherwise, expect a lot of barking at the bottom of the stairs.
You can also limit certain rooms in your property and keep them a no-pet zone. There are lots of areas that could be important to you such as the living area or the guest room.
Training can help here but you might also want to think about exploring using stair gates. These can be added to any room of your home and are a great way to keep the pet out of certain areas.
However, there is the possibility that they will try jumping them, at least at first. We’ll discuss this more a little further down.
Another point to consider is whether to keep the pet out of the house completely. Some pets can live outdoors.
But if you are going to do this, then you need to make sure that you have the right set up for the animal.
For instance, you may need to build an outdoor living space for them that is going to provide the right benefits that they need.
If this is an enclosed space, then it’s essential that the animal has all the room they require.
Next, you should think about the design of your home. You might want to think about using a minimal design for the property.
The benefit of a minimal design is that you won’t have as many things to move around when you are cleaning or managing the property.
That’s always going to be a great benefit for your needs.
You might also want to think about exploring options such as different types of flooring. This brings us to the next point which is all about creating a home that requires lower levels of maintenance.
Easy To Clean And Low Maintenance
One of the best ways to ensure that your house remains in the right condition after you bring a pet into it will be by ensuring that it is easy to maintain.
There are lots of options here that are worth considering. For instance, you might want to start by thinking about the flooring.
Certain flooring choices are easier to clean and thus perfect if you have pets around the property. One example would be laminate flooring.
The big benefit of laminate flooring is that it can be easily cleaned with hot water and perhaps a little soap.
You might think that laminate flooring is going to restrict the aesthetic options for your property. However, this is not the case.
Laminate flooring is available in a range of different designs so you can always find a choice that will suit your decor.
This isn’t the only change that you can make to your home to ensure that it is easier to maintain. You might also want to alter elements of the home exterior.
For instance, you might want to think about exploring a choice such as astroturf. The big benefit of astroturf is that it stays in the same condition regardless of how it is used or different weather conditions.
As such, you don’t have to worry about the grass being destroyed by your pet.
This is one of the biggest fears of parents who are apprehensive about getting a puppy for their child.
Of course, if you want to ensure that your home remains in the right condition after you bring a pet home, then your main priority should always be thinking about training the animal.
You need to ensure that you ensure that you are taking the right steps in terms of how you train them. That way, you ensure that you are putting the effort in as soon as you bring your pet home.
By exploring the right options you can ensure that your pet is more calm and relaxed around your home.
This means that you don’t have to worry about them racing around the property. There are lots of different ways that you can train your pet.
However, one of the best options will arguably be positive reinforcement. You can do this by using treats with the pet to praise and reward positive behavior.
This can include the type of behavior that they exhibit when they are inside the property instead of outdoors.
The Right Pet For You
Finally, you need to make sure that you think about choosing the right pet for you. There are certain pets that are going to have a very minimal impact on the way your home looks and feels.
One example of this would be fish.
Indeed, many would argue that a fish tank can be a wonderful aesthetic choice and give your home a unique feature that you could get guests talking.
Of course, you could have your heart set on something like a dog. Certain dogs are going to be less disruptive in your home.
For instance, you might want to think about choosing a breed that sheds far less.
This means you won’t have to worry about the animal leaving hairs all over your home. Some dogs also have less energy compared with others.
Generally speaking bulldogs will spend most of the day sleeping. Although this does depend on the individual personality of the pet you bring home and the way in which you raise them.
It can have an impact on their behavior and whether or not they do go racing around your property.
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It’s important to consider elements such as size as well. A larger animal is going to create more havoc in your home compared with a smaller pet.
So, you might want to consider getting a lab retriever which you can learn more about on this page instead of a larger animal like a German Shepherd.
This will usually depend on how much space you have for the animal around your propety.
We hope this helps you understand some of the key steps to ensure that your house does still feel like a lovely place to live after you bring a pet home.
It’s true to say that a pet can bring a lot of wonderful benefits for your family.
But, you are going to need to take steps to ensure that they don’t completely ruin your property. It may leave you wondering whether it was a mistake to welcome them into the family.
This all starts with choosing the right animal for you.
Do you have any tips on how to keep your house a home with a pet?
Let me know, til then—cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.