How To Create A Dog Friendly Home

The modern day dog is a meant to be a family companion, but that wasn’t always the case. Most breeds were used at one point for a job, whether that means herding, retrieving or guarding. The transition into domestic life can be difficult for some pets. That’s why it is important to build a dog friendly home – an enriched environment that takes your canine’s health and welfare into consideration.

Interactions With You

You may have been at work all day and feel exhausted when you get home, but it’s important you spend time playing with your dog. He or she has likely been napping all day and needs and outlet for built up energy.

There are several easy ways to give your dog much needed exercise. The obvious opportunities include taking a brisk walk or playing fetch. You can also set up a game where your dog must seek out and find hidden treats in the house or backyard.

If you know you will be leaving your dog alone for a long workday, it’s also advised that you play and exercise with him or her before leaving for the day.

Interactions With Objects

Give your pet “food puzzle” toys for meals and treats. These types of toys are made specifically for dogs. The toys force the dog to use his or her body and mind.

Provide plenty of toys. You’ll want to give your dog objects to chew on. This helps them practice acceptable chewing behavior, rather than chewing on furniture.

Interactions with Other Dogs and People

There are many great activities you can help get your dog involved in, where they can interact with other dogs and humans. Many of these activities can be great ways to exercise your pet’s mind and body.

  • Organized sports
    • Agility
    • Flyball
    • Musical freestyle
  • Therapy dogs
  • Care & compassion jobs
  • Doggy daycare
  • Puppy play dates

Purchases for Your New Puppy or Dog

When welcoming a new canine friend into your new home, you’ll need to do a little shopping. Here’s a list of the items you’ll want to buy before bringing home your new dog.

  • Food
  • Bowls
  • Leash
  • Treats
  • Kennel
  • Collar & ID tag
  • Chew toys
  • Grooming aids

For more specific information on the purchases you should make for your new puppy, read the shopping for your new dog article.

Learn More

If you have questions about creating a dog considerate home, or about your pet’s health in general, contact your local Banfield Pet Hospital. Our pet experts can give you answers, or schedule an appointment with one of our Banfield veterinarians.

Ask your Banfield vet about the Optimum Wellness Plan. Each plan can be build to your pet’s specific needs. Every plan includes early testing for serious illnesses and unlimited office visits.

You can also learn more about your pet’s health by browsing the Preventive Care section of our website, or by reading these following articles.