How to Create the Perfect Bathroom for Your Dog
People who don’t own a dog probably consider the bathroom not to be a room where dogs should spend their time. However, most dog owners would say that their dogs would respectfully disagree with that opinion. Every dog owner that has ever been followed to the bathroom by their furry companion knows that there’s something about bathrooms that dogs find fascinating.
Part of the reason is that dogs naturally want to be close to us, and some of them don’t react well to closed doors. Many dog owners who initially try to keep their dogs out of the bathroom learn that particular lesson and eventually give in. We work so hard to make our bathrooms comfortable for us, but since our dogs also spend time there, shouldn’t we try to create a perfect bathroom haven for them too? If you agree, here’s how you can do that:
Keep Them Warm
Tile flooring is a great style choice for a bathroom and a staple of bathroom design. However, tiles can be a little cold to the touch, which poses no problems for us and our sock-covered feet, but it could be uncomfortable for our dogs to walk, sit or lie on. Dogs will naturally gravitate towards rugs as they are both warm and comfortable, but if you want to make your bathroom into a doggie haven, consider a ceramic and stone tile with an electric floor warming system. These tile floor installations will keep both your feet and your dog’s paws and belly warm.
Put Away Any Hazards
For your bathroom to become a doggie haven, they must not have access to any potential hazards. That means keeping the detergents, cleansers, and fabric softeners safely out of your dog’s reach. However, there are some less obvious dangers, such as vitamins, dental floss or medications, which you can’t leave lying around where your dogs could find them.
Another potential hazard comes from hair accessories: bobby pins can quickly end up on the floor, as well as hair clips or elastic bands. Make sure to always keep hair accessories in dog-proof containers, preferably out of reach. When it comes to toilet paper or clothes from the hamper, it might be more challenging to keep your dog from chewing on those, but training or other distractions should ultimately work.
Keep a Toy or Two in the Bathroom
What’s a doggie haven without toys? When your dog is in the bathroom with you, the odds are that it has some downtime that can be spent in relaxation with a chew toy. It also distracts them from other things to chew on, which is a win-win situation. And if you have a big bathroom, maybe a session of playing fetch could make an extended bathroom break more interesting.
Your pet will naturally want to be where you are. While some dog owners do their best to keep their companions out of the bathroom; it could also be an opportunity to spoil your dog, if you’re so inclined.