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How to Make Your Kitchen Dog Friendly

Pets become an important part of our family, but without a good routine they can quickly take a toll on the cleanliness and integrity of our kitchen. It’s important to make sure that your pet has the best life possible, and that your home remains as clean and functional as it can be, so here are a few measures to ensure that your canine companion and cosy kitchen co-exist together in perfect harmony.

Special Areas

Creating special designated areas for your pooch will keep your kitchen space organised and functional. Consider integrating their food bowls into the side of a unit, or utilise any large spaces under countertops for their beds (though make sure they’re clear of any food preparation areas, you don’t want to be tripping over your furry friends while carrying hot pans). Giving your dog their own cupboard or set of drawers allows you to keep all their essentials like food, medicines and toys in one easy to reach area.

Food

There are certain everyday foods that we don’t normally think twice about that are harmful to our dogs, so food storage and separation is essential to make sure they don’t get their paws on anything they shouldn’t. Food such as chocolate, coffee, grapes and onions are dangerous for dogs to eat, so keep them in sealed containers and out of reach in high or locked cupboards.

Puppy-Proofing

Probably one of the most important steps that needs to be taken when you have a curious canine running around. It’s about ensuring that your kitchen remains as safe as possible for your dog, so this means that any low cupboards, drawers and cabinets have childproof locks to keep things like hazardous cleaning products. Also consider what’s out on your countertops, whether they’re knife blocks, glass containers or anything that can be easily knocked off,
making sure they’re away from the edge and out of reach of wandering paws. Even replacing a standalone bin and integrating it into a cabinet door can help to avoid your pup’s curious instinct to investigate its contents and scatter them across the floor, or worse, eat them.

Cleaning

Keeping your kitchen clean with your furry friend running around can be a challenge, so try and keep them out of the room if possible. A good cleaning routine is little and often, which can help to avoid big arduous deep cleans. Laminate flooring is probably the best choice for a pet-friendly kitchen as it’s super easy to clean, and consider tiles or a good water resistant paint for the walls. (Check out our post about all-natural cleaning hacks to eliminate any toxic substances from lingering in your home.)

Dog Friendly Space

Durable work surfaces and hard wearing materials for your doors and cabinets will keep scratches to a minimum, and reduce any need for repairs or maintenance. Dogs need plenty of  space to keep them happy, so open plan kitchen living is perfect for them to run around and stop them from feeling cooped up.

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