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Tips to Prevent Pets From Damaging the Home

Written by Posted On Friday, 19 July 2019 13:02

We love our pets and consider them part of the family. But, it’s no secret that pets may also cause a lot of damage around the home that costs hundreds to thousands of dollars to repair, not to mention time and hassle. It’s like having small kids in the house, only the potential damage that they may cause is considerably worse. Rather than take these risks or get rid of your beloved pet, learn how to minimize the damage our four-legged friends cause around the home.


Train Your Dog


Obedience training is the solution most pet owners turn to when they want their pets to listen to their commands. Training schools and classes for all breeds and types of pets are affordable for most any pet owner. When your pet is trained and learns obedience, there is considerably less risk that the home gets damaged due to separation anxiety or one of the many other concerns that disobedient dogs forecast to their owner. It’s a small price to pay for the assurance that your home remains beautiful and damage-free, even with pets inside.


Pet Grooming


Regularly grooming your pet prevents allergens from building in the home, reduces allergen build-up in carpets, and reduces pet hair from accumulating all over the floors or furniture. Trimming their nails also prevents furniture damage and other mishaps that can cost you a lot of money to repair or replace. Plus, a well-groomed pet looks absolutely gorgeous and experience fewer health problems as a result of the service. If grooming your pets is not something that you’re comfortable doing yourself, professionals offer grooming service for reasonable costs.


Keep the Home Clean


Regularly clean each room and each area of the home to reduce dirt, dust, dander, allergens, and odors. A clean home creates comfort that isn't otherwise there and it keeps everyone in the home safe and feeling their very best. If necessary, hire a professional cleaning company for the chore. When the home is regularly cleaned, pets have less trash to prowl through and fewer stray items lying around within their reach which can easily be destroyed with their teeth during a friendly game of play.


Keep Your Pet Entertained


Pets cause the most amount of damage most when they are bored and have nothing to do, similar to what they say about our children when they become bored. They enjoy companionship from their owners, getting out of the house to run around outdoors the yard and stretch their legs and, of course, they enjoy the fresh air, and even to play with other pets. Don't allow your pet to get bored which causes an increased risk of damage in the house.


Pet Products


Many accessories for pet owners easily protect floors, wood, furniture, and other surfaces from scratches and other damages that pets may cause. If you want to know how to keep cats from scratching furniture and floors, check out these products and buy a few to accommodate your needs. Check the local pet supply store or online to learn more about the available products and get the protection for your home that you need.


Maintaining a clean, sanitary, damage-free home as a pet owner has added challenges that others don’t experience, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to accomplish this task. We love our pets and want them to be a welcomed part of our family. Use the tips above in your quest to maintain your home with pets inside.

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Sofia Belnap

Sophia is passionate about writing in the real estate and home improvement spaces. When Sophia is not writing she loves reading, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.

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