Any dog owner knows that ‘man’s best friend’ is very much a member of the family, so it’s important that your own little four-legged friend has his own, clearly-defined area within your home.

A place to lay his head

Much as your dog loves you, he will – at times – also want to have his own little den to which he can retreat for a nap. This is especially true if you have kids, who want to play with him constantly during the day! Pets, like people, need some down time, so appoint a particular area in your home to accommodate this.

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If space is a luxury for you in your urban home, then you need to think creatively. Fortunately, most dogs don’t require a large area and so you could, with a little clever thinking, position your dog’s bedding within an existing cupboard in a utility room or in the garage.

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If you can’t afford to go for a purpose-built cabinet, why not utilise empty under-cupboard or under worktop space?

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Feeding areas

Nobody really wants to see pet food bowls sitting on the kitchen floor where they’re not only aesthetically displeasing, but can be easily kicked over. Try to incorporate your pet bowls into the décor of your home by placing them on under-cupboard shelving or – better still – placing them in specially appointed low-lying drawers.

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Easy access for toileting

City living usually entails having a small, enclosed back garden or paved area, so it’s a good idea to give your dog a bathroom spot where there is a bit of privacy. If it’s possible, provide your pet with outdoor access to the garden or yard with a doggie door.

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This will prevent you from having to run back and forwards to the back door to allow your pet out to go to the toilet and also allows your pet to come and go as he pleases. It also means you’re not under pressure to always let him out!

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