Is Your Home Dog Friendly?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Criado Realty 0548772

Is your home dog friendly? For some of us that is importan so here are a few things to help you make your new home comfortable. 

At first thought for this blog I thought about doggie doors to exit and enter at will, as well as pet stairs to reduce the risk of them getting hurt in and out of bed. Of course that is size and breed invovled too. But then I ran across some other interesting considerations. 

1. Vacuum regularly (with a good vacuum) - There are vacuums and then there are vacuums. While the furr may not bother you it can create health issues for others. There are some furr friendly ones starting at $99 these days. Read the information, there are some better than others for long hair vs short. 

2. Bathe and groom your pet often - This sounds like a no brainer but yes, sometimes they do smell and can be difficult to get out of furnture and such. It also depends on the breed and such.  You may even want to invest in a pet station (Amazon $489). 

4. Put washable fabrics on your bed. Those dry clean only comfortors can be expensive to clean and may not be good for paws.

5. Skip wall-to-wall carpet. I am a carpet hater anyway because I have seen far too many carpets pulled with the muck underneath the pad and the pad itself can be pretty yucky. have seen homes with carpet whereby the carpet was pulled up and so much urine had been in their favorite spot that it actually crystallized. There were several places where it was so bad that the subfloors had to be removed. That is not good to breathe for anyone.  If you are not able to replace it then consider professional cleaning with an enzyme based cleaner.

6. Choose hard surface floors - Not only do the avoid the grunginess they are easier to clean and disinfect.  If you are one of those people who like softness in the bedroom consider room size rugs that can be easily cleaned or remove. I personally use an indoor/outdoor rug in my bedroom. I spray it from time to time with OdoBan and I take it to the car wash here and there to power wash it, usually do to people stains like I knocked over a drink. 

7. Set up an animal room near an entry. This gives the pets a safe place. My dog likes to sit in his crate with the door half open. I tested this once by putting a pillow by the door and the crate with just a towel in it by another door. He chose the other crate. 

8. Give your pet tidy, attractive treats and toys. I like to use season toys that can be washed easily. These "chic dog toys" are definitely more attractive than ones I buy, but I am eclectic. I do think that rubber chickens that squeak are more my Leonard's style. 

9. Use leather, wood, or metal furniture. Its much more dog (and kid) friendly, as well as easier to clean. They typically last longer too so more economical in the long run.


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Cathy Criado President & Founder
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Comments (7)

Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ


Our home is approved by Barney and Norman!  We passed with 5 stars plus lots of treats and walks!  And rides in the car......and of course trips to Home Depot to see all their friends!!

Dec 08, 2022 02:41 PM
Cathy Criado


Dec 09, 2022 07:24 AM
Lauren Williams, CPO, CVPO
Casual Uncluttering LLC - Woodinville, WA
Professional Organizer: Puget Sound homes

Cathy Criado I've had dogs on and off for years - loved this post! Lauren

Dec 08, 2022 07:54 PM
Cathy Criado

Thanks Lauren! Maybe it will help with your pet loving home buyers too!

Dec 09, 2022 08:03 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Cathy... as a dog and cat mom, my home is definitely pet friendly. My Bingo also likes to sit in his dog bed in his crate. The minute he sees me put on shoes or pick up my handbag he goes in there and waits for me to come home. Then he runs out to greet me with a toy. The pet-friendliness of my home is further extended to my yard which is fenced... no chance of losing my fur baby.

Dec 09, 2022 05:24 AM
Cathy Criado

Excellent! Nice going! You are right about the outside. That is a whole other blog, lol! Have a super day !

Dec 09, 2022 07:25 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

These are great tips - our dog isn't allowed on the bed or furniture, but the other ones are definitely right on.

Dec 09, 2022 05:44 AM
Cathy Criado

We gotta do what's best for our family. My ex didn't let pets on the furniture. It really bothered him. It was to keep the peace. My dog likes to sit up on my pillows so when its wet outside I have footprints. I have to remember to keep my door closed on those days to keep out the mess.  Thanks for stopping by!

Dec 09, 2022 07:28 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Cathy, I have two kitties, and still find things I should have put away.  I tried putting out a few Xmas decor items, and they seem to like to tear them apart.

Dec 09, 2022 07:10 AM
Cathy Criado
Criado Realty - San Antonio, TX
Making Real Estate Profitable

Joan I hear that alot and see funny meme's. I think with pets and kids we always seem to miss something. Live and learn, right? Thanks for stopping by.

Dec 09, 2022 07:29 AM
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Hi Cathy Criado. I would say that our home is definitely "dog friendly" as we have always had them. Presently we get to baby sit our daughters two dogs on at least once a month while she goes out of town on her job. 

Dec 16, 2022 07:42 AM
Cathy Criado

Oh that's so nice of you. Thanks for stopping by and feel free to add sone dog friendly posts to the group! FURRY FRIENDS FRIDAY

Dec 16, 2022 08:28 AM