So, you managed to convince your parents to get a dog. That’s a piece of great news. Many congratulations to you! However, you should also know how to make your home dog-friendly before bringing it.

We know that you are too excited to bring your new furry friend home. Aren’t you? Moreover, your excitement is legit. 

But, but, but there are a few things you should do before bringing your furry friend into your home. You need to make sure that your house is completely safe and comfortable for your new furry inhabitant. There may be some things that do not pose a threat to humans but are unsafe for dogs. Hence, you need to look for them and remove or replace them. In short, you need to make your house dog-friendly. 

No, don’t panic. It is not a very huge task. You can easily make your house dog-friendly following the tips listed below.

How to make your home dog-friendly

1. Avoid floor mats and carpets

The floor is the main thing in your house that you need to look at. Avoid putting floor mats and carpets on the floor as much as possible. Hardwood floors or textured designer tiles can be a great alternative for decorating your home’s floor. This is because they will be comparatively easy for you to clean. 

On the other hand, mats and carpets will accumulate your dog’s hair and bacteria. This might be unhygienic for your dog and you as well. Also, it will be very tough for you to get that dog hair off of your expensive mat or carpet. Hence, avoid using floor mats and rugs to make your house dog-friendly.

2. Avoid open wires

You need to make sure that there are no open wires in your house. These open wires can be a real threat to your dog. Your dog may chew on them. In fact, there is a chance that your dog will receive an electric shock. Hence, try to avoid open wires as much as possible. This will be a great step towards making your house dog-friendly. In fact, it will also ensure your safety. 

3. Put a lid on the trash cans

As the name suggests, trash cans or dustbins are filled with trash. Many of the items in the trash bins can be potentially toxic to your dog. Your dog might get into the trash can and chew on these toxic substances. Hence, make sure you put a lid on the trash cans. This will keep your dog out of the garbage.

4. Keep dog-friendly indoor plants

You may be fond of keeping indoor plants. Every room in your house may have at least one plant in it. But various indoor plants may be toxic to your dog. As a result, you must always keep dog-friendly indoor plants on hand. 

Examples of some dog-friendly indoor plants are

  • Spider plant
  • Parlour palm
  • Ponytail palm
  • African Violet
  • Rattlesnake plant
  • Areca palm 

5. Keep fragile and expensive souvenirs high

Your dog is interested in everything in your house. He tends to play with anything and everything. Due to this, you need to keep fragile and expensive souvenirs high. This will prevent your dog from sniffing them and breaking them. 

Those showpieces may contain various chemicals and substances that are toxic to your dog. Hence, it would be great if you kept delicate and expensive souvenirs out of your dog’s reach.


These are some simple yet practical suggestions for making your home dog-friendly. These tips will surely help you do the same. 

All you need to remember while making your house dog-friendly is ‘A House becomes a Home when a Dog enters it’. 

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