With 33% of people having a dog, it comes as no surprise that dogs rank as the world’s most popular pet.
And, if you’re one of the many people who choose to let Fido into your home, you most likely know all too well the stress of creating the perfect shared space that meets both you and your dog’s needs. Whether you have a puppy or an older dog, creating a space fit for you and your pup can be made easy and stress-free with some simple tips and tricks.
From picking a room to puppy proofing
Before you begin creating the perfect space for you and your dog, you need to actually pick the room or space itself. While this choice largely depends on your preference and your dog’s personality, it’s important to choose a room that has a lot of open space for your dog to play and lay about. This is why many people choose to share the living room with their dog, or even a bedroom.
Or, if you wish to think outside the box (or home), portable buildings are a comfy hang-out space for you and Fido. However, it goes without saying that having a shared space with your dog has to be a safe one too – which is where puppy proofing comes in.
No matter how old your dog is, it’s always necessary to ensure that you have a safe environment. Luckily, this can easily be achieved using simple techniques, such as covering up outlets, picking up cords and cables, and having organisational containers can help to keep your things up and off the floor. After all, the last thing you want is for your dog to get a hold of is your phone charger.
The necessities and dual functionality
When creating the perfect shared space for you and your dog, you’re going to need the essentials. Things like a dog bed, blankets, cushions, and a crate can all be integrated into a shared space – but it’s important to keep in mind that your dog’s things don’t have to be overbearingly present in the room or take up a ton of space, either.
Creating a space for you and your dog by using dual functionality throughout the room is a great idea for anyone looking to create a harmonised shared space – and one of the best ways to do this is to incorporate your dog’s necessities into the space itself.
Luckily, there are many ways you can turn everyday furniture and household fixtures into multi-purpose objects, which can be especially helpful if you don’t have a lot of space to fit a crate or bed. For example, If your preferred space to share with your dog is the bedroom, you can fit a crate under a large nightstand. This also works well with coffee tables in other rooms that have a lot of space underneath. Or, if your shared room features space underneath a set of stairs, you have the perfect nook for your pup. This is not only helpful in saving space but is also great when it comes to creating boundaries and gives your dog a space of their own.
Sharing a space with your dog can be great, and can build a stronger bond between the both of you through spending time together. By integrating your dog’s necessities, puppy proofing, and picking the right room, you’re sure to enjoy every moment with your dog in your new space together.