Since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, the demand for puppies has increased across Canada. If you’re like many Canadians, you may have a new furry addition to your family. If so, these projects are for you! Whether you’re prepping your home for your new four-legged friend or need some improvements, as a result, check out these home improvement projects perfect for pandemic puppy owners.
1. Pet-Friendly Flooring
From shedding to staining, your floors may be in need of a refresh. If you’re already thinking about redoing your floors, you should keep your new puppy in mind. The best flooring for pets is vinyl. This is because it’s inexpensive, easy to clean, waterproof, scratch and stain-resistant, and also comfortable underfoot. Vinyl flooring is a great choice for both you and your new puppy. As an added bonus, vinyl flooring can also look like more expensive wood or stone. Head over to HomeStars to start planning your new puppy-friendly flooring.
2. Carpet Cleaning
While your new pup will love your warm and plush carpet flooring, you might not be thrilled with the amount of pet hair, dirt and stains left behind. If you have a particularly hairy dog, you’ll want to increase your carpet cleaning appointments. Pet hair can easily get caught within carpet fibres along with ticks, fleas and other pests harmful to dogs. Be sure to connect with a carpet cleaning specialist so that you can keep your carpets fresh for both you and your new puppy.
3. Upholstery Cleaning
Much like your carpet, your new pet may have dirtied the fabric on your furniture. If spot cleaning isn’t working, you can always call in a professional to help you out. They will be able to get any pet stains out of your couch, favourite armchair, or even your curtains. Simply connect with an upholstery cleaning company on HomeStars and let them know about your situation.
4. Window Screens
Don’t let your precious puppy fall out of a window! While the thought is scary enough, the reality can be much worse. Be sure to install screens on all your windows if they currently don’t have them. This is especially important for second floors. Besides accidentally falling out, your puppy could also escape through an unattended open window. Ensure your puppy stays safe inside and connect with a specialist to install screens on all your windows.
5. Backyard Fence
Another safety precaution you should take is building a fence that your puppy can’t escape through. You want to make sure your new pup knows the boundaries of your home. This will keep them out of your neighbour’s lawn and make sure they don’t go missing! If you already have a fence, you may want to update it so that there are no gaps for your little puppy to slip through. If you don’t have a fence at all and plan on spending time with your puppy in the backyard this spring and summer, be sure to connect with a fencing specialist now before the busy season starts.
Whether you need to update your flooring or clean your current carpet, keeping your pets safe and healthy is a top priority. You can easily puppy-proof your home with the help of pros on HomeStars. Just make sure your puppy is safely out of the way when they come to do work on your home.