If you’re like many parents, you know that your dog’s favorite place is by your side – it doesn’t matter whether you’re at home, in the car or anywhere else. But what you may not have considered is that there are a few things your dog probably hates about your home… even if he’ll never say anything about it out loud.
5 Things Your Dog Probably Hates About Your Home
First things first: The most important thing to your four-legged family member is that she’s with you. Your dog can find happiness just by looking at you, so don’t stress if your home has any of the following features – just keep them in mind as you look for a new home in Boca Raton:
- Hardwoods without rugs
- Chain-link fences
- Scented items (including cleaning products)
- Dark spaces
Here’s a closer look at each.
Feature #1 Your Dog Hates About Your Home: Hardwood and Tile Floors Without Rugs
Walking barefoot on hardwoods is no big deal for the bipeds in your family, but they’re tough for dogs to walk on because they offer no traction. You’ve likely seen your dog scramble with his paws remaining in place when the doorbell rings – and that’s frustrating.
Vets say that older dogs and those with arthritis shouldn’t be forced to live on hardwoods or tile without rugs. It’s hard for them to get around, and slipping is a real hazard that could cause your dog a lot of pain.
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Feature #2 Your Dog Hates About Your Home: Fireplaces
Many dogs don’t mind the warmth of a fire, but they’re not necessarily fans of the sounds the fire makes. Some may also be scared of the fire itself.
Feature #3 Your Dog Hates About Your Home: Chain-Link Fences
Chain-link fences can be frustrating for dogs because they can see everything happening on the other side – but they can’t get to any of the fun. Some vets liken it to dieting adult humans looking at desserts through a window; you can look all you want, but you can’t touch.
Experts suggest that if you’re building a fence on your property, choose one with solid panels that block your dog’s sight.
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Feature #4 Your Dog Hates About Your Home: Scented Items and Cleaning Products
Dogs’ senses of smell are much stronger than humans’ are, which means that all the scented cleaning products in your home will powerfully affect your dog. Strong odors can irritate your pooch’s nasal passages, which means it’s best to aim for all-natural cleaning products or odorless cleaners rather than those that smell harsh (like bleach).
Feature #5 Your Dog Hates About Your Home: Dark Spaces
Dogs need plenty of vitamin D, just like people do, so they need some time in the sun. If there’s no place for your pooch to stretch out in a sunny spot, make sure she’s getting plenty of time outdoors. Vitamin D helps protect dogs against conditions like respiratory infections, poor dental health and osteoporosis, as well as a host of other health issues.
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