Sharing the House With Pets

Girl and the dog on the bed.

Sharing house with dogs

You’ve decided to share your house or flat with your dog. What you already know is that keeping the dog inside means changing how you clean the house to some extent, and also, it raises a bunch of questions in regards to which parts of the house should be available for the dog and how to limit the access to the places you don’t want your dog to go. Your dog will have to be trained in a specific way – arranging toilet outgoings, to start with. Sensible rules help pets feel secure in their environment. Being consistent with training, helping pets understand what behavior you want and providing a solid routine is good from a pet’s point of view. They become more confident when they know their role and what you want them to do.

The resting spot
Resting spots give your pet a place to sleep. Dogs like beds and crates, and you can train your dog to be comfortable going there whenever he needs a break. You might place a couple of toys in his area, along with an old t-shirt that smells like you. He should be able to stretch out comfortably in his bed, and it shouldn’t make any noise, as waterproof liners or covers sometimes do.

Dogs love toys. They help them release extra energy – it is advised that your dog always has a plastic toy he can chew on, especially if he’s still a puppy. In this way, it is less likely that he’ll find the lovely pair of shoes you wore only once and destroy them.
You might want to avoid toys that have pieces that resemble the plastic on common electrical cables and cords. In case you catch your pet chewing on a cord, be sure to offer up appropriate toys after offering discipline.

Caught in act
Always correct the behavior when you catch them in the act. If you find your dog chewing on a cord, use your disciplinary word of choice. (No, hey, and stop are all behavior words we use with our pets.) Then, next time your pet is near cords and he or she doesn’t chew them, reward that behavior. This is basic training, but disciplining when caught in the act is the most effective way to change habits.

Sharing the bed with your pet
If you are not allergic, there’s no big issue about sharing the bed with your dog. It is fine as long as it doesn’t disturb you sleep. According to a recent survey of pet owners by the American Pet Products Association, nearly half of dogs sleep in their owner’s beds. The survey found that 62% of small dogs, 41% of medium-sized dogs and 32% of large dogs sleep with their owners.
Some dogs don’t like sleeping in the bed. For heavy-coated dogs, sleeping in bed with you will probably be too warm. Maybe you’re a restless sleeper and keep waking him up. Maybe he likes to change sleeping places a couple of times over the course of the night. Either way, it does no one any good to force the dog into bed with you.

Give your pet some space
Your pet is happy to be home, but he might want to take a rest from all the attention. And you might sense that he needs a break, even before he does. Designate a safe place where he can be away from the action — by his choice or by yours. He should be able to access the place himself. You can also put him in there and close the door. It might be a crate or even a whole room.
Dogs sometimes need their space to be all by themselves, just make sure they are in no one’s way so that the dog can rest undisturbed by other people skipping him the whole time. Set it up in a place that is not in anyone’s way.

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Lenka Laskova

Lenka usually spends her time reading and writing. She loves animals and nature. In spare time, she translates poetry.