For most of us, bringing home a new pet is a big step in our lives. However, with a new bundle of happiness comes a bigger task in our hands. Responsible home owners cannot do away with pet precautions when bringing in a new animal into our house. So in this article, we’ll give you a list of tips on how to make your house pet-friendly and orderly despite the new mess-maker.
Learn to manage animal hair
The biggest and most frequent frustrations of all pet owners is all the hair that your pet sheds. On the couch, beds, carpet, and floors—it can be quite a pain to see all the fur about. So, how do you control your pet’s shedding?
Prevention is always better than a cure, and as that saying goes, it’s best if you groom your pet regularly to keep him from shedding around the house. Regular grooming will not only keep your pet’s coat healthy and well-managed, you’ll also lessen the amount of hair they’ll be scattering around your house.
In between grooming sessions, however, you can opt to buy slipcovers to protect your furniture from pet fur. When the sofa is getting a little too hairy, you can simply take the slipcover off and throw it into the washing machine. Pet fur will always be present wherever your pet is, so this solution is pretty much a long-term management approach.
Thirdly, always make sure that you have your cleaning accessories around, both for your house and your pet. These include lint rollers, electrostatic cloths, vacuum cleaners, pressure hoses to clean tough carpet stains, and pet brushes that’ll help you keep the hair in control.
Teach your pet the “house rules”
When you bring home a new pet, you will need to somehow teach it what it can and cannot do from the get-go. If it’s not allowed on the couch, don’t allow him on the couch whatsoever, and let your family members know about this rule. Any changes to rules will confuse him, so to prevent bad behavior and punishments, establish your pet’s house rules from day 1.
Teaching your dog what it’s not allowed to do will also lessen the chances of him breaking anything, creating a mess, or eating something he’s not supposed to eat. This may be tedious and require patience and understanding, but it will be an inevitable task for all responsible home and pet owners.
What about potty-training? Well, this is also something you have to put effort into. To prevent unwanted carpet stains and foul odor, help your dog learn where he’s supposed to do his business from the first day in.
Hint: treats, praising, and repeated behavior are the tools for training!
Pet-proof your furniture
Both cats and dogs like scratching, and the damage will most likely be done on furniture and wooden surfaces.
First of all, keep your pet’s nails and claws trimmed regularly. The second remedy to scratching is to give them something else to scratch at. The obvious options for cats are scratch posts which you can get from pet stores at cheap prices. For dogs, however, they usually scratch doors to let you know that they need to go outside (if you’ve trained them that way). Create an alternative for them, such as a signal bell for them to ring.
Moreover, it’s also better if you keep your “chewable” items high up or in places your pet can go into. This goes for shoes, handbags, books, toys, clothes, and other things that your dog might like to chew into. Similarly, give them an alternative: chew toys.
It can also be easier for some pet owners to install a pet barrier for kitchens or other rooms he cannot have access to, similar to baby gates. However, make sure to choose a barrier with enough height so your pet cannot jump over.
Keep your pet safe
Your house will also need to be “pet-proofed” in the same way that baby proofing goes. This includes:
- Keeping electrical cords out of the way
- Storing toxic chemicals and products in high places
- Removing breakable and sharp objects from his area
- Keep trash inaccessible
- Cover up electrical outlets
- Remove reachable electronics and dangerous appliances such as floor heaters or garage heaters
Being a home owner goes with being a responsible pet owner. Keeping your home life managed will prevent any unwanted accidents or messes to happen, and this comes with a lot of patience and understanding. Always remember that keeping your house orderly despite having a pet will require a lot of preparation from you as the home owner.
On the other hand, your home life will definitely change once you bring a new pet home, but so will your pet’s. Establishing a good relationship with your pet and creating measures that will keep him from ruining any furniture or objects will keep both you and him happy. Apart from that, keeping a pet safe from dangerous household objects will also save you trips to the vet.
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December 29, 2016