Here are several tips to dog proof your furniture. Do you have a dog that loves to lay all over the furniture? If so this is the article for you. These tips are awesome. Our dog sheds a ton. As I read this article and thought about all the things we do with our dog I am happy to report we do most of these tips. A few that I found helpful are the have a comfortable bed for them. She spends a lot of time in her bed so the hair is contained there for the most part. The other is de-shedding her often. We have several brushes outside on the patio and before she comes in after eating we brush her. This helps so much! Another tip that is good is using the same entry. This is good for the mess but also habit. She is used to our schedule and how we do things so she just knows now, and I like that! Enjoy these tipsm they will make your life easier for sure!
Tips to Dog Proof Your Furniture
1. Use Covers on Furniture
The best tip of all, and probably the most low effort – cover furniture with washable blankets, slip covers, or throws. Your dog has probably has a favorite spot to lay, and often times that’s right on the couch. Make sure that spot is nicely covered with something that’s easy to maintain and wash.
2. Avoid Bare Wood If Your Dog Chews
Avoid the frustration of coming home to chewed up chair legs if you’ve got a puppy or destructive chewer. Teaching a dog not to chew is easier said than done, especially if they’re doing it while you’re away.
3. Choose The Right Material
The two most popular choices for pet proof furniture materials are leather and microfiber. If you aren’t in the market for new furniture just remember my first tip — anything else can be covered with something thrown on top.
Leather (or pleather) furniture is nice for pets because it’s nice and easy to clean with a simple wipe down and it doesn’t attract hair like fabrics.
Microfiber – Cat Owners Swear By It
Microfiber furniture is a great choice for pet friendly homes due to it’s durability. It’s relatively easy to clean and it doesn’t seem to hold odors as much as other fabrics.
4. Regularly Groom & De-Shed Your Dog
Nothing decreases excess shedding quite like regular grooming. Bathing and brushing your dog on a regular schedule will help cut down on all that extra fur all over the place. Regular nail trimmings will help decrease the chances of your furniture becoming scratched.
5. Color Coordinate With Your Pet
No matter how much you clean and vacuum you’re going to end up with loose hairs. If you don’t want them to stand out as much buy a blanket that matches your pets hair color.
6. Use the Same Entry For Cleaning up Messy Paws
If you’ve got a mud room utilize it. If you don’t have a dedicated room for your entry set up a little space to keep some towels on hand. Wipe off your dogs muddy paws before entering the rest of your home.
7. Invest in a Nice Dog Bed
If you find a nice comfy bed for your dog it could definitely replace his favorite spot on the couch.