How to make your kitchen dog friendly
We always want to keep our pets safety at the forefront of everything we do and this week are focussing on how to make sure your kitchen is safe for your four legged friend. There are plenty of practical ways you can adapt your kitchen to make it more dog friendly. Here are just a few:
Whilst the kitchen is often the room of choice to place your dog’s bed and belongings, it can also be an area of the house where you need to take caution with what your pet can access. For example, certain human foods can be harmful or dangerous to dogs (onions, chocolate and raisins, to name a few), so pet-proofing is key. A simple solution to this is safety latches for cupboard doors to stop your dog being able to access stored food.
In addition to this, think about where you will store your dog’s own food. Bags of dog food are large, so a cupboard that is low to the floor can work. However, your dog might be able to smell their food and persist in trying to get into that deliciously smelling cupboard. Instead, you could store bulk food in a utility or garage space - then keep a sealed box in the kitchen with topped up food. This minimises the overwhelming scent of food for your pet.
There are smaller details that can be included in a designer kitchen, like bins built into the cupboard (instead of stand alone bins). This can prevent your dog from potentially raiding your bins when their sense of smell takes hold. Again, there could be hazardous foods or products that you’ve chucked into your bins that you wouldn’t want your dog to access.
Cleaning products are, of course, toxic if consumed. A latched or locked kitchen cupboard can be appropriate, or you could consider placing these types of items in high-up spaces, out of reach of your dog.
Work surfaces are another area to think of. What sorts of objects do you keep on your worktops, and if your dog was to suddenly jump up at the side, what might be unsafe? Knife blocks, boiling kettles and hot hobs are all things to watch out for. Anything that can be moved or covered, out of harm’s way, will give you peace of mind.
Additionally, durable work surfaces will help avoid any pet scratches showing up, and hard-wearing materials on kitchen doors and cupboards will also keep scratches at a minimum. When it comes to your kitchen flooring, look at non-slip options to prevent any furry paws from sliding around, too.
In terms of your pet’s comfort, do aim to cater for their mental wellbeing as well as physical aspects. Separation anxiety is common amongst dogs, and there are ways to adapt your kitchen to try and keep your pooch content.
In an ideal situation, open plan kitchen living allows your pet the space to enjoy freedom, as well as provide you with an area that you know is secure and comfortable. Especially if you work longer hours (or will be leaving your dog at home for a few hours), then a bespoke open living area may make your pet feel more relaxed and at ease when you’re not around. Even when you are at home, an open living space is good for your dog not to feel cooped up, which can cause distress.
If you don’t have this type of room, then there are space-saving tips you could look to achieve. You could create a space under one of the kitchen worktops for your dog’s bed. Dog beds can be large, so this could be one way to save on floor space, whilst designating your dog a cosy area to sleep. (This will give them a bit more room to play with their toys on the floor, too!)
We hope this advice and tips have been helpful, many thanks to our guest blogger Ella Hendrix and Stonehouse Furniture for this pawsome article!
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