Inside the doghouse: 11 ways people adapt their homes to dogs

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There is a lot to consider when buying or building a house. You want every member of your family to feel comfortable and safe, and maybe that’s why people consider their dogs when making decisions about where to live.

In fact, dog amenities are a more important factor for millennials looking to buy a home than marriage or human family plans, but people of every generation are making their living spaces more dog-friendly.

Some even make expensive choices when it comes to building or remodeling their homes with their puppies in mind. Here are eleven great ways people are modifying their homes to make them better for dogs.

1. Dog showers


Dog wash stations and showers are becoming very popular, and it makes sense when you think about it.

Homeowners often install these extra bathing stations near back entrances so they can wash up dirty dogs if they step outside or roll in somewhere. It’s better than letting them search a stinking, dirty mess around the house.

Dog showers are also great for larger dogs as getting them into human baths is often a hassle. It all makes for much easier cleanup and less stress for pups who would otherwise have to be dragged or carried around the house.

2. Fenced Gardens

Hound dog playing in the backyard enjoying the summer weather.

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Fenced yards are a big thing that dog lovers look for in new homes, and if one isn’t already installed, they tend to ask if they can install one in the future before buying.

Enclosed yards are great for dogs that need a little more outdoor time and exercise, and they’re a godsend when the weather gets too cold or wet to comfortably go outside with your dog for each bathroom break.

The added security keeps dogs safer from natural predators, criminals and other dogs that can be aggressive, while also keeping them from running away and getting hurt. Plus, the added privacy is a nice bonus.

3. Dog Supplies Storage Cabinets

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Keeping all your dog essentials in one convenient place can make life a lot easier.

People often install new cabinets near where their dogs eat so they can store extra bowls, treats, and large bags of food where they don’t have to move them too far.

Some are even made as pull-out trash cans so dogs can’t open them even though the cabinets are low to the ground.

4. Dutch doors and cat doors

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Dutch doors that open separately at the top and bottom are often easier, sturdier, and more convenient than using baby gates or other items to keep dogs from entering other rooms.

These doors also allow dogs to know what’s going on in other rooms without completely shutting them off or completely cutting them off from the family and guests.

You may be wondering how cat flaps can help dogs too. For multi-species households, it is very important to prevent dogs from eating cat food, as cat food can make dogs sick.

One solution is to install a cat flap in a room where cats can eat in peace without having to worry about dogs. The dog can’t get through it, but the cat can get to their food without any problem.

5. Anxiety Reducing Windows

A mixed German Shepherd dog sits alone on a couch in an empty room, looks out the window and waits for the master to return.

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Some dogs can become very anxious looking out the window, especially when their humans leave the house, which has led many dog ​​parents to look for solutions to prevent dogs from seeing what’s outside.

Some install taller windows that dogs can’t reach, but others just install really thick blinds.

However, the best solution may be plantation shutters that close fairly well. Dogs can’t open them easily, so they have a harder time seeing and reacting to what’s on the street.

6. Soundproof rooms

Cute little dog looks away while lying on a beige carpet in a dressing room

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New Year’s Eve, July 4, and every time a sports team wins a championship are all occasions that can be a nuisance for dog parents, as dogs are often nervous and terrified at the loud noises of the fireworks.

While many of us just sit with our dogs in a room where the television or radio drowns out the noise, some people have larger closets or small interior rooms equipped with soundproofing to keep dogs comfortable.

For example, cotton panels or polyester tiles can reduce noise by about 30 percent, making the room much quieter for scared pups.

7. Heated and non-slip floors

Adorable lazy brown dog enjoys a nap in the blazing warmth of the sun with his tongue peeking between his lips

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Many dogs have trouble walking on hardwood floors and their toenails can click and scratch. It is especially difficult for dogs with arthritis or other physical problems.

Rugs, runners and rugs can all help dogs stay upright and reduce impact on joints and bones.

Heated floors are also great for dogs with arthritis. The heat helps soothe and relax old muscles.

8. Ramps and Small Steps

MALIBU, CALIFORNIA.  June 4, 2008. Bean, the family dog ​​of Chuck and Katie Arnoldi of Malibu in the master bedroom where a dog ramp was built by Trucker Strasser, a woodworker and friend, for dogs with short legs, old or sick dogs that don't jump on the bed by themselves.  (Photo by Ken Hively/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

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Speaking of dogs having trouble walking around, some dog parents install dog ramps and shorter steps for dogs with shorter legs or difficulty climbing.

These are useful for short-legged breeds such as Dachshunds and Corgis, and they are beneficial for sore, old dogs who can’t jump as much as they used to or those with disabilities and dependent on wheelchairs or other devices.

9. Sunken Beds

An adorable British Bulldog sleeping in a dog bed.

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Another home modification that helps dogs that have trouble climbing is recessed dog beds that are built into the floor. It allows dogs to just get in or out of bed without having to step on a pillow or walk over any sort of ledge or ledge.

As dogs get older and find it more difficult to move around, they will appreciate being able to go to bed more easily.

10. Stations game

BEAGLE PUPPY STANDING ON ARTIFICIAL TURF GRASS SIDE VIEW (Photo by H. Armstrong Roberts/ClassicStock/Getty Images)

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Dogs sometimes have to go potty when we’re not at home or when we don’t feel like putting on clothes to go outside with.

Indoor pots with antimicrobial artificial grass can be installed indoors and washed if necessary, but they are often more practical for upstairs porches or patios.

They allow people to walk their dogs without having to go all the way downstairs where their neighbors might see them in their unnameable things.

11. Personal spaces

You may have seen a few personal dog rooms built into wooden bed frames or under stairs, but these aren’t Harry Potter bedrooms. They are comfortable places for dogs that can often take the place of a kennel or crate.

Dogs tend to like having a smaller personal space where they can feel safe, and these spaces often reduce anxiety.

Do you have accommodations in your home just for dogs? If you were building or remodeling a home, would you consider your dog’s needs? Let us know in the comments below!

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