When bringing a dog into your home, it’s important that you’re creating a safe and welcoming environment for them. Your top priority should be to make them feel as comfortable as possible as they adjust to their new space. If you want to take it a step further than just pet-proofing your home, creating a room solely for your pup is a great choice. We all need our own personal space in our homes, so your dog should be no different. Here are some tips to help you create the perfect in-home space for your dog.
Include These Necessities
When creating a dog room, it’s pivotal to create a welcoming space. The goal should be creating a space that your dog enjoys being in where they can escape the commotion in your home.
The key to creating an area your dog will want to spend time in is to fill it with things they enjoy. Make sure to include space for their favorite toys, dog bed, treats and food, as well as a designated spot to eat. Adding these things will create a comfortable environment for your dog and will encourage them to utilize it.
Just because this room is for your dog, doesn’t mean it can’t be convenient for you as well. Consider adding a dog washing station in a corner of the room. This would be a dedicated space to clean your pup after they come inside from being outdoors and would limit the dirt they spread throughout your home. Along with the washing station, be sure to include storage for things like soap and towels and some hooks where you can hang up wet towels, leashes, and collars.
Budget for the Project
Once you know what you want to include in your dog room, it’s time to budget for the project. There are a few ways that you can budget for a home project, however, it’s key to make sure that you have a budgeting plan set in place before making any purchases. This will help you stick to the budget throughout the process.
If you’ve had a dog for a while, you may already have a lot of supplies and things you’d want to include in a dog room. But if you just recently got a new pet or just want to upgrade the things you currently have, the cost of all these items can add up quickly. It’s also important to keep in mind that if you have to create a new space in your home, such as adding a small addition to an existing room, you may need a bit more money in your budget. Things like adding a new floor such as tile or hardwood floors that are easier to clean or cabinets and extra storage space to hold supplies will lead to the need for a higher budget.
If you just need to get minor supplies like a new dog bed, some storage containers for treats, food, and toys, and washing station supplies, you can likely just put some money aside from a few paychecks and use that as a “dog room fund.” This way you can control how much money you have to budget with easier, and you’ll know exactly how much you have when it comes time to start purchasing supplies.
Find the Perfect Spot
The last thing you need to do before you begin building your dog room is to find the perfect spot in your home for it. Whether it be just a small section of an existing room or an addition to the home, it’s important that the space is conveniently placed for you and your pet.
Ideally, you’ll want to find a space that’s close to the door your dog uses to go outside. Locating your dog room by where your dog enters and leaves your home can limit how often they walk throughout your home with dirty paws and create easy access for when they have to use the bathroom. It also would be ideal to find a space near your bathroom and laundry room to make it more convenient for grooming your pet from home. This way if you need to bring water from the bathroom to the washing station, you won’t need to carry it through your entire house. It would also be nice for when you have any dirty towels or anything else you may need to wash, you’ll be right next to the laundry room for easy access to the washer and dryer.
If you don’t have a space that fits this description, no need to worry! You can create a nice room for your dog anywhere in your home as long as you can access it easily and it has enough space for your dog to utilize and relax there. Obviously, If you’re looking to have a little more money to budget with to create a new room or to make a small addition, it may be smart to apply for a home equity line of credit. This allows you to use the value built up in your home to borrow money and use it for whatever you may need it for, and in this case, for creating the perfect home space for your furry family member.
It’s extremely important to make your dog feel comfortable in your home and creating a designated spot within your house for your pet is a great way to provide that through a welcoming space. Following these steps will help you create the perfect dog room in your home.