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Home Upgrades For Pups and Senior Dogs Alike

As a pet parent, you do many things to ensure that your dog is comfortable and has a good quality of life. These can range from taking your dog out on daily walks to taking out its litter and even feeding your dog on time.

However, there is only so much you can do all by yourself for your dog, especially when you are not around or when you are having a good time with your friends. Certain upgrades to your home’s current set up can help make your house better suited for your dog as a dog owner.

While our blog’s mascot is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, the tips discussed in this article apply to any breed. Listed below are some of the home upgrades that pet parents can use to improve their dogs’ quality of life.

Indoor Pet Retreat

Most of the time, dog owners are used to installing a play area for their dogs outdoors to play and have some fun in the sun. However, with the COVID-19 situation and many people staying indoors, there has been a need for dog owners to find ways that would allow their pets to play indoors.

Installing an indoor pet retreat, which is essentially a small playroom located by an outside backdoor and with an exterior door that can be locked from outside for your pet to play inside, is an excellent home upgrade for your pet. Some of the features of an indoor pet retreat include automatic feeders and drinking fountains.

Platform Beds

Dogs love to play around, but once in a while, when they are not jumping and looking cute on the sofa, they are curled up taking a nap. As a pet parent, getting your dog a platform bed is one of the best things you can do for it. A platform bed is designed like a window seat and is attached to a wall.

This helps keep your bed and couch free of dog hair, and since you can place it by the window, your dog will love to be able to keep watch from their new, comfy throne. What sounds better than that?

Doggy Door

Freedom is something most dog owners forget to give their pets, not because they are wicked but mostly because it’s hard to tell when a dog wants to go out or stay in. By installing a doggy door (traditional or motorized) in your home, you don’t have to guess when your dog wants to go out or stay indoors; your dog can figure that out itself.

Hide-Away Feeding Areas

It is essential for you as a dog owner to keep your living space decluttered to prevent injuries for your dog and accidental swallows of inedible items. However, you can still keep the items that your dog needs in close proximity to the use of hide-away feeding areas.

The most common way of creating a hide-away feeding area is by converting the lower drawer of your kitchen cabinet into a feeding area for your pet. If you are up to the task, you can teach your pet how to open the drawer to get food and can close it back when it is done.

Not sure what type of food to leave in your dog’s hide-away feeding area? You can read our article on bad foods for dogs.

Heated Floors

Pets love being able to curl up around a heated area during cold seasons or on a cold day. You can make your pet’s life more enjoyable by installing heated tiles in your bathroom or your pet’s room. Also, heated tiles are quite affordable, so you don’t have to worry about spending a lot of cash on this upgrade.

Wood Floors

Wood floors are easier to maintain than carpets for dog owners; they are good upgrades for pet owners who don’t like scrubbing dog stains out of the carpet or rugs. Plus, wood floors with light to medium finishes can help minimize scratches from your dog. They even make it easier to install heated flooring without the risk of a fire hazard as your pup ages.

Ramps

Age is a major reason why many dog owners need to consider installing a ramp along their staircases. As dogs get older, it becomes increasingly difficult for them to climb up staircases; this is where a ramp can help. Ramps can help your dog save energy when climbing elevated surfaces in your home. They can also save you from major back pain from having to carry up your dog to bed every night.

We have an article on how dog years work to help you determine whether your home requires a ramp for your dog.

Pup Pool

On hot summer days, while you are out hanging out with your friends in the backyard pool, your dog can feel left out without a pool to call its own. A pup pool is a necessary upgrade for your home as a dog owner in the summer when your dog needs a way of cooling off. A pup pool is inexpensive and can greatly improve the quality of life of your dog.

Remember to secure your dog’s pool with strong ropes, strings, or a small deck; you don’t want your pup pool drifting off with the wind.

Dog House

Dogs love playing around in the backyard, but sometimes, all they want to do is lie under a shade and enjoy the view. You can help your dog enjoy spending its time in the backyard by making a dog house. All it takes is a few pieces of wood, nails, paint, and some imagination to make your dog’s outdoor dreams come true.

A dog house can serve multiple functions for your dogs, such as being a resting place and a shelter. Throw in a few toys and a comfortable bed, and you would have created an outdoor paradise for your dog.

For more information, you can check out Hippo’s article on DIY projects for your favorite pups.

Originally posted 2020-11-19 20:12:01. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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