Just because you don’t have a dog doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of canines in your life! Whether you’re planning a family gathering, a friend’s birthday party, or a holiday event, you may find yourself opening your doors to your guests’ four legged companions.
Here are a few tips for getting your home ready for doggy visitors.
Take care of your own pets first
It is extremely important to think about your own pets before you do anything else. For example, a professional pet clinic recommends setting up a sanctuary room if you have a cat. Put food, water, a litter box, and some toys in the room and keep the door shut so your furry friend isn’t stressed out.
If you have a dog of your own, you have to think about how he will react to other animals in his home. If he’s over protective, anxious, or shy, consider putting a kennel in a bedroom where he can relax as you invite other animals into your home. Once the guests have arrived, consider bringing him out on a leash.
Be ready with snacks and water
If you have guests coming over, you expect to give them drinks and provide them with snacks. The same is true of any furry friends that enter your home.
Make sure you set out a few different water bowls so more than one dog can take a drink at a time. Chances are, you won’t have to worry about feeding the animals who come to visit, but you should make sure there are a few different treats to choose from. That way the canines’ owners can pick which treats they want to feed their pooch, and you can show their pets that your home is a fun place to be.
Make your home safer
Dogs can get into a lot of trouble. It’s important to think ahead and prevent any accidents that could happen.
Keep human food out of reach so your furry guests don’t decide to snarf down hors d’oeuvres that could make them sick. Make sure small items, like toys, ribbon, and rubber bands are tucked away in drawers and cabinets. You may also want to consider shutting doors to rooms, like bedrooms, where animals shouldn’t be allowed.
If you’re looking for more tips on getting your home dog-ready, contact your local pet clinic!