How to Make Your Home Pet Friendly
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Do you have a four-legged companion? It’s no secret that America loves its dogs, with thousands of dog-friendly services around the country. There’s no limit to how far we’ll go to keep our little furballs healthy and happy, from fancy canine daycares and pet spas to doggie yoga and “pawdicures.” 

Fortunately, there are several places in the United States that provide pet-friendly amenities. For example, Knoxville real estate is booming these days, whether it’s because of the economy and broad job market, low property prices and cost of living, or the best schools in the state. You’ll find welcoming signals for your dog all across Knoxville, such as fresh bowls of water just ready to be lapped, dog-friendly activities, and plenty of nearby parks where your pup may run free. Knoxville is the ideal playground for your beloved family member to explore mountaintops, trails, and splash about in local “watering holes.”

Consider your dogs’ specific demands when designing a home for both you and them. Consider whether you want to place your door-dashing dog on a busy street. Will your overprotective dog attack visitors? What can you do to make your multi-story home more welcoming to your elderly dog? What everyday objects are dangerous to pets but not to humans? Below are ways to make your home pet-friendly.

1. Dog/Mud Room

Few things are more pleasant than experiencing a dog’s genuine delight in the big outdoors. However, this happiness comes at a cost and re-entering your home without making a mess can be challenging. Adding a “Dog Room” to your home can let you re-enter your home in a clean manner. Use existing laundry rooms or mudrooms to store your dog’s supplies, leashes, and other items, or add special amenities like a dog shower.

2. Stain Resistant Fabrics

Forget silk, chintz, and velvet, which attract pet hair. Discover the benefits of Crypton, a synthetic fabric that is practically indestructible and resistant to stains, odors, bacteria, and muddy paws. Leather is a fantastic choice because it is easy to clean and long-lasting. The claws of Fido or Fluffy will only scratch most grades of leather, but hey, the scratches add patina. If you think buying a sofa made from an animal for your animal is a cruel irony, try pleather. It’s cruelty-free, reasonably priced, and timeless in appeal.

3. Pet Friendly Flooring

The flooring you choose for your pet-friendly house will be one of the most important selections you make. Flooring is a significant investment in your house, and picking the wrong type of flooring may be pricey. In terms of durability, ceramic tile or laminate flooring is a reasonable choice, and it also comes in wood-like designs to give you the classic aesthetic of wood floors but with enhanced longevity and simplicity of care. 

4. Big Window

Give your pet at least one large window where he/she can sit or stand to watch what’s going on outside. A glass door will also provide a good view for your pet. Both cats and dogs adore gazing out windows, so provide them with a space where they can appreciate the outside from the comfort of their own home.

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