There are certainly a lot of things to consider when buying or building a home. You want every member of your family to be comfortable and safe, and maybe that’s why people are taking their dogs into consideration when it comes to making decisions about where they live. In fact, amenities for dogs are a more important factor for millennials looking to buy homes than plans for marriage or a human family, but people of every generation are making their living spaces more dog-friendly. Some are even making expensive choices when it comes to building or remodeling their homes with their pups in mind. Here are 11 awesome ways people are modifying their homes to make them better for dogs.
1. Dog Showers
Dog wash stations and showers are becoming very popular, and that makes a lot of sense if you think about it. These extra bathing stations are often installed near back entrances so dirty dogs can get washed right away if they happen to step or roll in something outdoors. It’s better than letting them track a stinky, dirty mess through the house. Dog showers are great for larger dogs, too, as it’s often a hassle to get them into human tubs. It all makes for much easier cleanup and less stress for pups that would otherwise have to be dragged or carried through the home.
2. Fenced-In Yards
Fenced-in yards are a big thing that dog lovers look for in new homes, and if there isn’t one already installed, they tend to ask about whether they can install one in the future before buying. Fenced-in yards are great for dogs that need a little more outdoor time and exercise, and they’re a godsend when the weather gets too cold or wet to comfortably go outside with your dog for every pee break. The added security keeps dogs safer from natural predators, criminals, and other dogs that may be aggressive, as well as keeping them from running off and getting hurt. Plus, the added privacy is a nice bonus.
3. Dog Supply Storage Cabinets
Keeping all of your dog supplies in one convenient spot can make life a lot easier. People are often installing new cabinets near where their dogs eat so they can store extra bowls, treats, and bulky bags of food where they won’t have to move them too far. Some of them are even made like pull-out trash cans so dogs can’t open them, even though the cabinets are low to the ground.
4. Dutch Doors And Cat Doors
Dutch doors that can be opened on top and bottom separately are often easier, sturdier, and more convenient than using baby gates or other items to block dogs from entering other rooms. These doors also allow dogs to know what’s going on in other rooms without fully closing them off or completely locking them away from the family and guests. You may be wondering how cat doors can help dogs, too. For multi-species households, preventing dogs from eating cats’ food is very important, as cat food can make dogs sick. One solution is to install a cat door to a room where cats can eat in peace without worrying about dogs. The dog can’t fit through, but the cat can get to their food without a problem.
5. Anxiety-Reducing Windows
Some dogs can get very anxious when looking out the window, especially when their owners leave the house, and that has led a lot of dog owners to look for solutions on how to block dogs’ from seeing what’s outside. Some install higher windows that dogs can’t reach, but others just install very thick blinds. The best solution, though, may be plantation shutters that close fairly tightly. Dogs can’t open them easily, so they have a harder time seeing and reacting to what’s out on the street.
6. Soundproof Rooms
New Years, the Fourth of July, and any time a sports team wins a championship are all occasions that can be a nuisance for dog owners, as dogs are often nervous and terrified at the loud noises of the fireworks. While many of us just sit with our dogs in a room with the television or radio drowning out the sound, some dog owners have actually outfitted larger closets or small interior rooms with soundproofing to keep dogs comfortable. Cotton panels or polyester tiles, for example, can reduce noise by about 30 percent, making the room much quieter for scared pups.
7. Heated And No-Slip Floors
A lot of dogs have trouble walking on hardwood floors, and their toenails can click and scratch. It’s especially hard for dogs with arthritis or other physical problems. Rugs, runners, and carpets can all help dogs keep their footing and reduce impact on the joints and bones. Heated floors are also great for dogs with arthritis. The heat helps sooth old muscles and relaxes them.
8. Ramps And Small Steps
Speaking of dogs that have trouble walking around, dog ramps and shorter steps are often installed for dogs that have shorter legs or difficulty climbing. These are helpful for short-legged breeds like Dachshunds and Corgis, and they’re beneficial for sore old dogs that can’t jump up as much as they used to or dogs that have disabilities and rely on wheelchairs or other devices.
9. Recessed Beds
Another home modification that helps dogs that have trouble climbing is recessed dog beds that are built into the floor. These allow dogs to just step into or out of bed without having to step up onto a cushion or walk over some kind of rim or edge. As dogs get older and have a harder time moving, they’ll appreciate being able to get to bed more easily.
10. Potty Stations
Dogs sometimes have to go potty when we’re not home or when it’s inconvenient for us to have to put on clothes to take them outside. Indoor potty stations with antimicrobial fake grass can be installed inside the home and washed as needed, but they are often more practical for upstairs porches or patios. They allow people to let their dogs out without having to go all the way downstairs where their neighbors might see them in their unmentionables.
11. Personal Spaces
You may have seen a few dog personal spaces built into wooden bed frames or underneath stairs, but these aren’t Harry Potter bedrooms. They’re comfy places for dogs that can often take the place of a kennel or crate. Dogs tend to like having a smaller personal space where they can feel safe, and these spaces often reduce anxiety.
Do you have any modifications in your home just for dogs? If you were building or remodeling a home, would you consider your pooch’s needs? Let us know in the comments below!