You probably grew up in a home where dogs were allowed to lounge on the sofa with the rest of the family. And now that you have your own place, you’ve realized just how difficult it is to keep your furniture clean and in good condition when your dog always relaxes on it. If you’re tired of dealing with dog odors, hair, drool or scratch marks on your furniture, there are several things you can do to make it more dog-friendly and dog proof. Continue reading to learn more:
Use Washable Covers To Protect Your Furniture
One of the simplest and most effective ways to protect your furniture from dogs is by covering it nicely with something that is easy to wash and maintain. There are a wide variety of options when it comes to modern covers that you can use on your couch from throws, slipcovers to blankets.
They also come in almost every pattern, design and color you can imagine, so finding what you like shouldn’t be a problem. It’s way much easier to wash the covers in a washing machine than to vacuum your furniture every day or every other day.
On the same note, consider buying a cover that has the same color as your dog’s hair. This will go along way in preventing his hair from standing out on the couch.
Buy Him A Nice, Comfortable Bed
Other than covering his favorite resting spot on the couch with washable covers, also consider investing in a nicely padded bed for your dog. There are several options you can choose from including pillows beds, heated beds and orthopedic beds. Be sure to place it on the couch or next to it, especially in a place where he can see whatever goes on around in the house.
It’s only a matter of time before he gets used to it. Once he does and starts spending more time in it, you’ll have fewer stains, hair, odors, scratches and puke to deal with on your couch.
Choose Dog Proof Furniture Materials
If you’re looking for new furniture, go for one with either leather or microfiber material. Leather will certainly make your home look modern and classy. In addition, it’s odor resistant and doesn’t attract pet hair like other materials. It’s also easy to clean too. Just make sure to trim your dog’s nails regularly to reduce his chances of scratching your expensive seats.
Similarly, microfiber furniture is very durable, making it a great choice for dog owners. It’s also easier to clean using a damp cloth and doesn’t hold much pet odor or hair like fabric furniture.
You’re much better off buying a sofa with removable seats. It’s much easier this way to unzip the cushions and wash them when they get dirty or covered with hair.
Groom Your Dog Regularly
Finally, bathe and brush your dog regularly to help reduce excess shedding. You won’t need to clean your home as much when your pet sheds less hair.
With the above dog-proofing tips, both you and your dog can enjoy quality time together without worrying about him leaving scratch marks or too much hair on your furniture.