How to Design a Dog Room in My Home

Your furbaby can hang out in his special room when company comes.
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If you have the space and you're a dog lover, it makes great sense to give your pooch a comfy room all his own: He'll have a place to relax in and stay mentally active during the day, and you'll ensure he can't trash your home while you're away.

Step 1

Replace the flooring in the dog room with something that can withstand any scratching from your pooch's nails and is easy to clean if doggie accidents occur. Tile or sealed concrete works well for this purpose.

Step 2

Paint the room with a nontoxic satin or semigloss paint that's free of volatile organic compounds. You can scrub away dirty paw prints from these finishes with a sponge, unlike flat finish, and they'll produce less glare than glossy paint.

Step 3

Mount lighting on the ceiling of the dog's room so that you won't need to place lamps in the room. A rambunctious dog might accidentally knock over a lamp, causing a safety hazard. A ceiling fan with a light fixture not only provides illumination in the room but also keeps your furbaby cool.

Step 4

Decorate the room with pictures of dogs, or stencil dogs on the walls. While this won't necessarily impress your dog, it gives the room a sense of style and identifies it as pup-friendly. Plus, it makes the room a fun conversation piece to show visitors.

Step 5

Provide a space for food and water dishes in the room so your dog has access to them during the day. Raised feeders or dog-themed place mats can provide a finishing touch to the feeding area and help with cleanup.

Step 6

Place a comfortable dog bed in the room for your best friend to relax on. Beds can range from a simple pillow to a designer pet sleeper that resembles a small version of a human bed. Cover the bed with durable fabric cases that you can remove for easy washing.

Step 7

Put a crate in the room for your dog to give him a comfortable doggie den to relax in if he feels stressed. Some specialty crates look like end tables, giving the room a decorative touch.

Step 8

Provide for your dog a potty area, such as a dog litter box, so he can eliminate while confined in his room. A dog litter box may consist of a plastic tray lined with artificial grass or may simply be a potty pad that your dog can eliminate on and you can toss in the trash. You'll have to clean or replace these at least daily to keep a sanitary home.

Step 9

Give your dog a toy box or storage ottoman filled with dog toys he can access when he wants to. This helps to organize the space and gives you a simple means of straightening the room.

Step 10

Add some pooch-friendly technology to the room. Play soothing music for your canine during the day on a stereo. Securely mount a flat-screen television to the wall to entertain your dog. Install a web camera in the room to watch your dog during the day in his room and check on him.

Step 11

Store all of your dog's medications, medical records, blankets, bedding, food, clothing and any other items in an armoire or chest of drawers placed in the room, for easy access.

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