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How to protect your living room furniture from your dog

by emily

in Lifestyle

When you’re living in a home with children or pets, it’s important to go the extra mile when looking after your furniture. Either you’re okay with having your pet scratch your old second-hand couch or you’re extremely pedantic about your brand new home furniture. These things cost money, and if you want to allow your favourite fur ball onto the couch to cuddle with you, you will need to implement some rules.

Here are a few tips on dog-proofing your living room furniture:

  • Use couch covers on your furniture

Dog-proofing your couch with couch covers is one of the least costly tips. You will be able to protect that beautiful couch you’ve been saving up for with a material cover to complement the rest of your home. While it may be heartsore having to cover it up, it’s better than having it attacked and scratched. If you cannot find covers to fit your couch, you can always opt for washable blankets and throws.

  • Cover up any bare wood

If you tend to leave your dogs in the house while you’re out for the day or sleeping at night, be prepared to wake up with your wooden furniture chewed. Although it may be frustrating for you, it’s their way of communicating with you and asking for attention. When your dogs are hyperactive and full of energy, they start doing silly things like biting your furniture and destroying things. Not all dogs chew on furniture, but usually, puppies love it. If you don’t want to cover up those open pieces, there are many items to use to deter them away from gnawing at your furniture. If you don’t want to resort to chemicals, wrap those pieces with rough materials to keep their mouths busy without damaging your furniture.  

  • Choose pet-friendly material for your furniture

When referring to ‘pet-friendly’ this means that you must choose material that doesn’t hold smell and dog odour. For example, leather and micro-fibre. Leather furniture is quite pricey but is certainly an option if your pet jumps up on to it and lays there. With leather furniture, it’s easy to wipe down after your pet has gobbed all over it. It will, however, show scratches, therefore you should trim your dog’s nails, but if you want something for hygiene purposes then leather is great. Micro-fibre is also a good alternative because it’s difficult to stain and easy to clean. It doesn’t hold much odour but animal hair is known to stick to it.

Also, make sure the couch you choose has removable seats. This will make it far easier for you to clean and cover up with throws and blankets if need be. If each seat has a removable inner, then it will be easy to wash your couch seats every now and then to ensure they’re fresh and clean.

  • Coordinate your furniture with the colour of your pet’s hair

It doesn’t matter how often you sweep or vacuum your pet’s hair away, there will always be more. They lose hair every day, and it’s impossible to clean it up constantly. If your dog has this problem, then try to purchase couch covers, scatter cushions and throws with the colours that match their hair colour. This makes it harder to see and it won’t make you cringe when you look at your furniture and lounge setting.

Usually, dogs tend to jump up onto your couch when they haven’t got a bed of their own, close to where you are. Before they get comfortable, try to install a comfortable area for your dog. Doggy beds can be expensive but they’re long-term investments that are well worth the cost. If your dog doesn’t take to it immediately, you can train him or her slowly. After all, the more time your dog spends in their own bed, away from the couch, the less fur, scratches, smells and stains you will find on your own furniture.

  • Make sure your dog is supervised at all times

Every puppy or dog will have an accident at home, but to avoid it from happening frequently, it’s important to supervise them at all times. Add some baby gates to your living room to avoid your dog from running through to your bedroom of jumping onto expensive furniture. This, of course, is only practical for smaller dogs. It will also limit their exposure to furniture, preventing them from chewing and scratching.

Conclusion

To avoid your dog from scratching your belongings, make sure that its nails are trimmed. When you shop for furniture and items for your home, remember to buy things that are practical and pet-friendly. Your dog might mess it up with dirt, bite it or urinate on it, so in these moments, you will need to be able to clean your carpets, couches and blankets. Also, make sure your dog has a variety of toys to keep him or her busy when they’re feeling energetic. This will prevent them from biting your furniture.

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