At Butternut, we love all pets, but when you bring your very first furry friend home, it can be hard to know how to prepare. We don’t just mean buying the basic supplies either, we’re talking about dog-proofing your home. Getting a pooch is always a happy event, but there's no shortage of comical stories of hysterical mishaps when new puppies and bouncy dogs are let loose in their owners’ homes for the first time There are a few basic changes that can help take the stress off letting a puppy run around your house.
Having a dog-friendly home may require a few changes, but it doesn’t mean you should lose your sense of style. In this article, the Butternut team act as your dog-focused interior designers. We’re here to be a Lawrence Llewelyn-Bowen for Labradors, a Nick Knowles for Norfolk Terriers, a Kelly Hoppen for King Charles Spaniels. We’ll let you know what it takes to create a pet-friendly pad without sacrificing your style chops.
1. Avoid chewable furniture
Wood is destruction victim number one for young dogs and puppies. For dogs who are still teething, wood is a prime target for chewing. You’ll have seen how your dog will go crazy for a chance to chomp on a stick while you’re out for a walk, so you’re probably at least a little anxious that they could do the same to your dining table – if you aren’t, you should be wary!
To free yourself from these fears entirely, why not opt for the industrial look? Fortunately for puppy owners everywhere, industrial is really popular right now. Metal features a lot in design nowadays, so incorporating it into a sleek modern look shouldn’t be difficult at all.
Of course, you don’t need to have a solid metal table or chair. Just finding furniture with a wrought iron or steel base could make all the difference. For an extra stylish addition, remember that we’re living in a copper and rose-gold renaissance, so there’s lots of warmer metal furniture filling the shops that work into industrial design. While they look good to us, we don’t think they’d be particularly appealing to any pooch, why not give metal a try?
2. The future is faux-leather
Now that you know how to avoid losing your kitchen table to your pooch’s incisors, it’s time to start thinking about general maintenance. Pet-friendly living room furniture not only needs to be scratch and bite proof, but it needs to stand up to the general upkeep. Now, not everything can be made of metal and glass, so when you do need to work some fabric into the mix, consider going for faux-leather.
Faux-leather is easy to clean, whether it’s doused in drool, mud or fur. Its wipeable quality makes it the perfect pet-friendly fabric! Your vacuum cleaner should be able to deal with any hair with ease, while a damp cloth is usually enough to wipe off any dirt that your dog might leave behind. Of course, they might still have a nibble when they’re a puppy, so training them is essential. Even so, once they understand that it’s wrong, faux-leather is the number one pet-friendly sofa material. Plus, your dog is less likely to be left unattended in your living than they are in your kitchen.
3. Dog-friendly carpets
Knowing how to get dog hair out of the carpet is important for anyone who wants to have a pooch while keeping their home looking stylish. But there’s also a lot you can consider before you even buy your carpet.
For long-haired dogs, choose a carpet that can hide any dog hair that might moult onto it, that means minimal patterns and matching the colour of the carpet to the colour of your dog. Fortunately, a lot of shorter and curly-haired breeds don’t moult as much, so – depending on the breed – you may not even need to consider their hair when choosing a carpet.
If your dog has a more rural life and loves running through the woods and getting muddy, take that into account when you think about your carpet. Materials like polypropylene are great in your carpets when there’s a chance they could be covered in mud but, in our opinion, it’s best to wash your dog off before you let them bound around the house anyway.
Alternatively, you could choose hardwood or laminate flooring for the rooms your dog will be roaming around. Pet hair shows up a bit more on wooden flooring and their nails can damage the floors if you don’t keep them trimmed, but both wood and laminate are easy to clean.
4. A little aromatherapy
People are always asking about the best ways to get dog smell out of the carpets and chairs. While we love our furry friends, they can get a little smelly from time to time, so it’s important for a lot of owners to do what they can to keep that wet dog smell at bay.
Scented candles and diffusers can be a great way to keep smells at bay, but make sure you’re aware of the dangers associated with them. Candles can be a fire hazard around excited wagging tales, so make sure you keep any open flames out of their reach. Of course, we all know to be sensible with candles and animals, but did you know that many of the essential oils used in diffusers can be toxic to our pets? For more information on which oils can be dangerous, take a look at this guide, and always keep them far away from inquisitive pups.
For any smells that have really got themselves into the cushions or carpet, there are plenty of sprays and disinfectants out there specifically designed to get rid of pet odour.
Hopefully, this guide has helped you to understand what you can do to create a stylish, yet perfectly pet-friendly, home. Check out our blog for more tips on looking after your dog. For a tasty, nutritious meal in your stylish pet-friendly pad, give Butternut a try, click here to build your first box.