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Pet Friendly Home Ideas You and Your Dog Will Love

Pet Friendly Home Ideas

Home is where the heart is, but it is also the place where you and your family live, relax, and set up to enjoy. For many of us, our pets are part of our family and we want our pets to be just as “at home” in our house as we are. If you are at a loss for how to do that, keep reading. You’ll love our pet-friendly home ideas.

Some of the best things you can do to make your dog feel more comfortable and make your dog’s presence less intrusive is to install a dog door, get a dog house, and make sure your furniture is pet-oriented by being both versatile and durable. If you’re trying to pick the perfect dog door, see that you choose the right one for your pet.

Pet Doors

The door is the pathway to coming and going freely. Unfortunately, most standard doors do not allow that freedom for your pet. A locked door is simply less welcoming. There are, however, many different types of pet doors you can have installed that are both easy on the eyes and convenient for your pet. If you need help installing a the perfect door for your pet, HTPB can help you with installation services.

Dog House

If your dog is often outside or sleeps outside at night, the most obvious pet-friendly home idea is getting a comfortable doghouse. Doghouses are not limited to the simple wood structures that they used to be. Doghouses have a variety of features including heating for cold nights. There’s even coffee table and end table dog crates available today. They can provide the same function for your pup while enhancing your décor and offering more table-top surface to go around.

Don’t have a dog?

A simple Google search will provide you with the equivalent for your furry friend. A comfortable shelter that your pet will feel secure in and love.

Pet Oriented Furniture

Think durability when picking furniture for a pet-friendly home. Don’t opt for items that will be easily damaged by pet use, hair, or dirt. Try stain-resistant fabrics (hair resistant too), leather, pleather, and Ultrasuede (microfiber that feels like suede).

After durability, think versatility. Furniture and household items can pull double duty. One of the best pet-friendly home ideas is simply to make sure both you and your pet can use different areas of the house.


  • A dog bed under a side table in your living room, so your pet has a place to lay with the rest of your family,
  • Built-in feeding area in the kitchen to keep bowls accessible, but out of sight. This keeps your home looking tidy while allowing your pets to always have access to their bowls,
  • A walk-in shower, so your pets can get in and out without needing to be lifted,
  • Pet colored carpets, so your dog’s lounging doesn’t leave unsightly messes when they move to another area of the home.

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These are just a few pet-friendly home ideas. Use your imagination and your personal knowledge of your own pet to dig deeper and really create a space that you and your pet will adore!

About the author

Ken Reusser

Ken Reusser

After taking the reins as part owner and project supervisor for HTP Builders in 2011, Ken began to use his extensive industry knowledge to meet the needs of each individual he works with. He is a certified journeyman carpenter with over 19 years of experience and holds a number of crucial industry certifications.

Ken Reusser’s philosophy is simple: Your project is as much about partnership as it is craftsmanship.