If you’re hostingfamily and/or friends for the holidays, bear in mind you might be greeting some furry, four-legged guests too. Like your sister’s incontinent cat … or your old collegeroommate’s teething puppy. Brace for impact—these animals might do a number on your home! Which means it’s high time to pet-proof your house.
Pets aren’t inherently evil, but having them as houseguests can be tricky.
“When a dog or cat spends time in a foreign environment, they may act out due to anxiety,” explains Stephanie Liff, a veterinarian and owner of Pure Paws Veterinary Care in New York City.
To help, we’ve got advice from interior experts who’ve been on the receiving end of furry guests.
“Frankly, dogs are like toddlers, no matter how young or old they are, so supervision and containment are a must in every home,” says Karen Gray-Plaisted of Design Solutions KGP.
Just as you would check traffic and weather conditions, brush up on pet ordinances, advises Liff.
“For example, in many places in New York City, dogs can’t walk on the grass, so check out the rules,” she says. Other laws to be aware of include where dogs must be kept on a leash, scooping poop, and the rules on barking.
Occupy pets so they don’t wind up destroying furniture, digging holes in lawns, and more. A couple of new toys and some tasty treats are good distractions. (When the pet is done playing, corral its gear, so others won’t trip.)
And since a tired dog is a good dog, get the pooch outside.
“Using up a pet’s energy is an excellent way to ensure the best behavior in someone else’s home,” notes Gray-Plaisted.
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