Pet ownership can bring a lot of joy into your life. However, it can also come with some challenges. These five pet hacks can help make life with your pet a little easier.
- Keep Your Lawn Pet Friendly
If you have a fenced-in yard, it can be a great place for your furry friend to play. However, you will need to put in a bit of work to make sure it is also a safe place. Always supervise your pet. Keep your lawn fenced and make sure any gates are closed.
Consider using lawn services Atlanta to keep your grass short. Tall grass is a great hiding place for snakes, ticks, fleas and other pests that may harm your pet. If you use any pesticides or weed killers, make sure you keep your pet off the lawn until they are dry and choose products that are non-toxic when possible. If you have any outdoor plants, make sure they are not toxic.
- Invest in Furniture Covers
Unless your pet is a hairless breed, you have probably had the experience of getting dressed to go out, only to end up covered in pet fur after sitting down on your furniture. Though vacuum cleaner attachments and lint rollers can be useful in removing pet fur from the furniture, it can be difficult to get rid of it all.
Try covering your furniture with a sheet or blanket or purchase a furniture cover. You can even get covers custom made to match your decor if you like. When the cover gets dirty, you can simply pull it off and throw it in the washing machine.
- Use Dryer Sheets To Pick Up Fur
If furniture covers are not your style, you can help keep your furniture fur-free by using dryer sheets. Simply rub a dryer sheet over the surface of your furniture and it will pick up the pet hair. As a bonus, the dryer sheet will help reduce static, which should cause less fur to stick to furniture in the future. Alternatively, rubber gloves also work well for picking up pet hair.
- Install a Smart Pet Door
If you have a pet that likes to go in and out of the house frequently, you may find the constant need to stop what you are doing to let your pet in or out frustrating. Pet doors provide a way for your pet to leave and re-enter your home without your assistance, but they can sometimes allow unwanted guests, such as raccoons or other wild animals, to get into your house. A smart pet door works with a signal on your pet's collar so that only your pet can pass through the door.
- Use a Crate
Crates can be a wonderful tool with many uses for dog owners. Dogs do not like to go to the bathroom in the same place that they sleep, so placing your dog or puppy in a crate during times when you can not watch him can reduce accidents in the house during potty training.
Crates are also a good place to safely confine your pet when you will not be home, or can not supervise your pet for some reason. Placing your dog in his crate can prevent him from chewing on electrical cords and other dangerous objects while unsupervised.
Many dogs like to have a safe space where they can get away from the hustle and bustle of a busy household or retreat when they are tired or frightened. A crate can serve as a comfy den and a safe spot for your pet when he needs a break. Additionally, a crate can be used to transport your dog in your vehicle and to provide a safe space for him when you are away from home.
Owning a pet is a responsibility that comes with some lifestyle adjustments. These hacks can help you make your home a happier, safer place for your pet while saving you time and effort.