When I finally got my own place, I immediately understood why many people do not allow pets on their furniture. Sure, some pet owners do not mind if their pets damage their furniture, but it is worth it to me to make a little extra effort to pet-proof my furniture. In the process, I have discovered some tricks that will, I hope, protect your furniture from all the fur and claw marks.

Teaching your pet a few rules about your furniture is also a good way to protect your stuff, but that is a topic for another day and another article. In any case, the following tips should help keep your furniture safe while making your pets happy.

Use coverings on your furniture

Pet hair not only is messy looking but also can damage your furniture – and not everyone likes getting pet hair on their clothing from sitting on the sofa. And do not get me started about the claw and teeth marks some pets leave behind.

Of course, furniture coverings sound so tacky, right? But you do not have to sacrifice fashion for function. There are, in fact, tons of fashonable couch coverings, including washable blankets, slipcovers or throws, all in a wide range of colors and styles.

And let us not forget: covering your sofa with a blanket is a lot easier than vacuuming it every other day.

Avoid wooden furniture

Do not use wooden furniture if you do not want to come home to chewed-up furniture. Although not all dogs gnaw on furniture, it can be an enormous temptation to some young pups. It may be tempting to think that you can train your pets not to chew on your furniture, but who knows how much damage they will do before they are fully trained?

Use pet-friendly materials

Leather and microfiber are considered the most popular choices for pet-proof furniture. Leather is surprisingly easy to clean, while microfiber is durable. As for the furniture you already have: You may want to consider looking for nice coverslips.

Regular grooming can reduce shedding

Regular grooming will reduce shedding considerably. Bathing can also help. Using a shedding tool – a kind of brush – is often a good idea. Regular vacuuming can also cut down on stray hairs.

In addition, nail trimming is also another way to decrease furniture scratching. Filing can also help keep your pet’s nails trim and less sharp.

Some loose pet hairs are resistant to all but the most rigorous vacuuming.

Sometimes it seems as if dog hair burrows into your furniture. That is why you might want to consider coordinating the color of your furniture with that of your covers and pets. That will prevent pet hair from standing out.

Clean Messy Paws.

Keep towels handy. If you have a mudroom, make use of it. Wiping your dog’s muddy paws can help keep the rest of your home from getting dirty. Although you do not need a fancy mudroom, a washable rug is a cheap and effective alternative.

Give your dog a nice comfy bed.

If your dog has his own comfortable bed, he will be more inclined to sleep there, rather than lying around on the couch.

There is a wide variety of dog beds, so it is nearly certain that you will be able to find one that appeals to your dog. Although some dog beds can be rather pricey, you can find a solution that appeals to both your pup and your pocketbook if you invest a little time in your search.

You can easily close doors to rooms you do not want your dog to explore.

You do not want your dog in your study? Then simply close the door.


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