There comes a time in every dog owner’s life when they realize that their dog is more than just a cute furry companion, but a member of the family. At which point, they start thinking of ways to celebrate and appreciate the presence of their pawed household member.
Some households make their dog feel more of their love by giving him a personalized martingale collar and other accessories that show his unique personality. Others plan trips to dog-friendly restaurants and outdoor spaces where dogs are free to run and play. Still, some take it to the next level and modify their home to make their canine family members more comfortable.
If you’re a pet parent and a homeowner who is looking to do the very same thing, then here are some ideas that your dog will love:
- Doggie Bath. Some dogs can tolerate taking a bath while others try their best to hide from one. Make bath time an easier time for you and your dog by getting a doggie bath. This refers to a half-size shower stall with a low, detachable showerhead. It’s a perfect setup for a dog who just can’t sit or stand still while wet. The glass wall will prevent messy splashing, while the lowered showerhead will make rinsing a breeze.
- Doggie closet. Everyone in the family has a closet for their clothes and accessories, so why shouldn’t your dog have one as well? A dog closet is a perfect addition to your home if you like accessorizing and dressing up your dog. In addition to clothes, the closet can also hold toys, dog collars and leashes, and dog beds. Does your pup need a special outfit for Halloween or any other special date? Just walk into the dog closet and take a pick.
- Baseboard drawers.Improve the look of your kitchen and add a bit of fun to meals by modifying a kitchen cabinet to hold your dog’s food and water bowls in place. These floor-level drawers won’t only make post-mealtime cleanups much easier, they’ll also add a bit of organization to your kitchen. Aside from food and water, the drawers can also be made to hold treats and toys for games of hide and seek.
- Porch potty.Taking your dog out to potty can be quite a chore if you’re living in a condominium or apartment. To make the task more convenient for you and your pet, you can make a porch potty out of a faux lawn with a built-in drainage system. This way, your dog can do his business anytime without making a mess.
- Dog windows.Dogs love observing the outside world through windows, but most windows aren’t made to accommodate dogs. Indulge your pup and let him take a look at the world by giving him a small window that’s just right for his height and size.
- Dog gates.This home addition is less about the comfort of your dog but more about his safety. Install strong dog gates in strategic places around your home, such as the kitchen entrance or at the top or bottom of the stairs. These can go a long way in keeping your dog safe and preventing accidents. Plus they can turn a room into a temporary ‘time-out’ area when your dog is misbehaving.
- Dog mansion.For those who want to give their dog the high life, you can always have a dog mansion: a luxurious and highly customized dog house. Be warned, though, that this type of dog accommodation costs a bit of money. Of course, if you’ve got the skills for it and the spare time, you can always just build one for your dog rather than buy it.
Which of these items will your dog love to have? Whatever you choose, you’re sure that your pup will thank you for it.