As you know, I’m a dog person. We currently have one dog (a Black Lab), and we are finding that we’ve had to rethink a few things in our new log home in order to accommodate our dog. Just small things… like ways to incorporate his food & water station, types of hardwood to use on the flooring, and the easiest way to bathe him.
The aim is for the dog to have a place in the house (just like he does now), while not wrecking all of our favorite features of a log home. (He’s a very big, very active dog.)
Anyway, here are some fun ways that I’ve found to include dog-friendly features into your new log home.
Some things to think about…
When it comes to having a dog in a log home, you’ll want to consider these:
- Where to place the food & water bowls — and what they’ll look like.
- Where to place the knick-knacks so little dogs won’t bump into them… and big dogs won’t knock ‘em over with their tails.
- Which type of flooring to choose — everything from hardwoods, to tile to rugs — to lessen the effects of dog claws (and muddy paws!) on the floors.
- Furniture and bed spreads that won’t attract dog fur.
- Vacuuming options — how to keep up with all the dog hair in the corners of each room (…and on the furniture).
- Where your dog will sleep, and what your dog’s bed will look like.
- A way to bathe your dog quickly and easily — without breaking your back.
- Open shelves vs closed shelves in the kitchen & bathrooms… to keep pets (and stray fur!) out of the food and dishes.
- Size and placement of the garbage cans …in each room of the house.
- Outdoor spaces to satisfy your dog and your friends. Think: dog house, porch & patio fun, water fountains, fencing.
- How your dog will enter and exit the home — either on their own (via a doggy door) or with your help (through a sliding door, or a french door, or a dutch door — where the top & bottom open separately).
Talk about a comfortable barka-lounger!
For the do-it-yourselfer… a raised feeding station for your dog.
Designate a space in the mudroom or laundry room specificly for your dog.