Our Labrador Lola has been part of our family for just over three years now. She arrived with us as a puppy just after we returned from our first Walt Disney World holiday, and we couldn’t imagine life without her now. Having a pet in the house does make me realise that there are always steps we have to take to make sure our home is pet friendly.
We got new carpets in our hall, stairs, landing and all bedrooms a year before we got Lola. Knowing at some stage we would be getting a dog, we opted for a medium quality carpet in a dark beige. Our lounge, dining room and kitchen has always had hard floors, and we decided it would be a good idea to keep hard flooring in these areas. It’s a good idea to choose a flooring such as amtico signature flooring, something that is built to last but looks stylish at the same time.
When Lola was a puppy, we had decided that she wouldn’t be going upstairs, so we installed stair gates at the bottom of the stairs to stop her going upstairs. As the years have gone past, we do now allow her upstairs, but as a puppy, this helped protect her joints and also our carpets by keeping her on the lower level of the house.
I was always worried about our home smelling of dog. It was the one thing that put me off getting a dog for such a long time, but actually it’s not that bad. We have a decent vacuum cleaner, and floor cleaner that works well on carpets and hard floors. By keeping on top of this and washing her crate bedding once a week, I am confident we have omitted those awful doggy smells.
When you have a puppy in the house, you have to remember they like to chew things. They’re generally not fussy whether it’s the sofa, table legs, slippers or worse, electrical cables. We were really lucky with Lola, and all we lost was one of Hubby slippers, but it did make us think about our clutter, and ensuring we had tidied away all this loose cables.
When you welcome a dog into your home, it’s important to remember that what’s poisonous to a dog isn’t always poisonous for us humans. Chocolate is a big No No for a dog and can poison them. Your Christmas tree may never have chocolate decorations on again after getting a dog. Onion is another food that is dangerous for dogs, and we were really lucky the other weekend when Lola managed to break into a batch of bolognaise I had batch cooked for the week whilst we were out. Thankfully there was no onion in it.
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