If your furniture ever became a chew toy for your pet, you know how quickly those little accidents add up. Let’s take a look at some steps you can take today to stop your pet from ruining your furniture.
Bringing a new animal into your home comes with a learning curve. If an accident-prone, curious pup like Marley from the popular story “Marley and Me” enters your home, well, you might want to get some updated warranties.
Couch cushions, table legs, and slip covers are all key targets for a new pet. Eventually, accidents will happen. Here are a few ways to prepare so that all parties involved come out alive and happy together.
1.) Train your animal not to chew unacceptable items. Like babies, puppies discover the world with all five senses. Translation: For a time, everything goes into the mouth. If you catch your dog chewing on something unacceptable, follow this advice straight from the Humane Society:
“If you catch your dog chewing on something they shouldn’t, interrupt the behavior with a loud noise. Offer them an acceptable chew toy instead, and praise them lavishly when they take the toy in their mouth.”
2.) Use anti-chew spray. By coating your furniture with something like Emmy’s Best Anti-Chew Bitter Dog & Cat Spray or some other anti-chew spray, you’re removing one more temptation from your pet.
3.) Make sure your pet gets plenty of attention and exercise. Some animals act out when they’re feeling neglected, ill, or just wound up. Shucks, my kids do the same thing. Dogs need plenty of time exercising outside and interaction with you if you want your training to be effective.
According to the Humane Society, the amount of exercise your pet should receive is based on her age, breed, and overall health.
4.) Properly potty-train your pet. House training your pet is paramount to protect the fabric, carpet, and general sanitation of your home.
5.) Pet-friendly furniture. They say adopting a cat or dog is at least a 15-year commitment. If you want to make the most of your time with a pet, then it’s a good idea to get pet-friendly furniture. Home Reserve offers stain-resistant and machine washable fabric that can help to protect your foam cushion beneath the fabric from soiling.
If your pet does tear up a cushion or stain the foam beyond repair, you can buy a replacement for just that damaged part, so you don't have to buy a whole new sofa. Pets always get a second chance after an accident. Now your sofa gets one, too. See Home Reserve’s stain-resistant fabric in action.
Pets provide such a positive presence in a home. If they can be trained to behave well around your furniture, then that makes those times in the family room together that much sweeter.
Tell us about your pet!
How did you train him or her to not ruin your furniture? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
-- Laura Harris
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