5 Ways to Puppy Proof Your Home
If you own a puppy or dog, you’ve probably had to deal with a piece of destroyed furniture or two. From bite marks on wooden furniture to shredded couches, damage from puppies can range from mildly annoying to an all-out catastrophe. If you’ve ever had to throw away a sofa because of a pet, we understand! Despite these moments, we believe the love and companionship that puppies provide more than make up for the potential damage that they can cause to furniture. If you’ve ever wondered why some people don’t allow dogs on their furniture, wonder no more; those damages can start to add up after a while. Here are a few tips to help mitigate the damage that puppies can cause to your home:
Buy a Dog Bed
Buying a comfie dog bed will help in the pursuit of a pristine couch. When you buy a new doggie bed, make sure to place it near the couch and to encourage your pup to sleep there. With any luck, your dog will start to prefer the doggie bed over the regular couch. There are many different options when it comes to dog beds. We believe that buying a dog bed will help cut down on their couch or furniture time. If your dog is particularly messy, the less time they spend on the couch the better.
Lock Your Doors
If you don’t want a puppy in a certain area of the house, let your entire family know that certain rooms are puppy free! This is especially important if one or more of the people living in your house is allergic. Using wooden baby barriers is definitely an effective means of protecting certain areas of the house.
If you are a Husky owner, we understand your pain. What makes your puppy so fluffy is also what fills up the vacuum every weekend! Having lint rollers, packing tape and hand-held vacuums close by are necessary if you have a dog or puppy that sheds a lot. Packing tape and lint rollers can easily pick up hair left on couches. Regularly groom your dog to cut down on shedding and regularly clip their nails to cut down on tears and rips in fabric.
Choose your Sofa Wisely
Buying a sofa that has removable seats and seat covers can go a long way if you are living with one or more dogs. If you are in the market for a new sofa and are also a dog owner, cushions with removable covers that can be washed are a great idea. Also, consider buying furniture that matches the color of your dog’s fur! The excess hair will blend as there will be less of a color contrast compared to a black dog on white furniture. If your dog has a favorite spot on the couch, consider adding something such as a throw or a blanket to protect that area.
Choose Pet Friendly Materials for Your Furniture
If your dog loves to chew, it might be a good idea to avoid bare wood if you have a very young pup. Sometimes wood can be irresisitible to a new puppy, so be prepared. We recommend crate training or a spray that you can apply to bare wood. Some sprays taste like bitter apple and will prevent your dog from chewing on wood. Pups chewing on wood not only hurts your furniture and bank account, but can also cause damage to your puppy! Wood can always be repaired. Make sure your dog is not chewing and swallowing wood for their sake and yours. Leather and microfiber are popular fabric choices due to their durability and how easy they are to clean.
Hypoallergenic Puppies for Sale
We offer a wide variety of hypoallergenic puppies at our puppy nurseries! From Yorkshire Terriers to a Maltese, we’ll have the puppy that is right for you. If shedding is a concern for you or has been a problem in the past, one of the breeds on our hypoallergenic puppies page may be right for you. We have puppies for sale in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut from trusted, professional breeders. If you have any questions about puppy-proofing your home, or would like to come take a look at the puppies we have available, do not hesitate to give us a call!