Anybody who has ever lived with a pooch knows how fast these beautiful creatures become a part of the family. As dog owners, we worry about their comfort and happiness, the way we do other family members. And we are always ready to do anything to make the house as dog-friendly as possible. After all, we do need the peace of mind that comes with knowing that our houses are comfortable and secure for our furry pals when we are at work. So here are a few easy DIY home improvement projects that your dog will love.
1. Build a Dog Feeding Station
If your unique interior décor is being compromised by your pup’s bowls and the surrounding dry drool, then you should consider building a DIY food station. Other than giving your dog a fancy place to dine, this unique feeding station will improve the overall appearance of your home. This food station will help you organize your dog’s bowls and also provide you with a unique food storage station. The elevated platform can give your dog the much needed back and neck relief. You can add a battery-powered light that turns on as soon as you open the storage door. The light will make it possible for you to feed your dog at night or early morning.
2. Build a Dog Gate
Whether it’s for keeping your dog away from the dining room or for keeping him away from the door when you are away, a dog gate can be a great home improvement. WWN advises that a dog gate can be a handy device for setting proper boundaries for our furry pals in the house. Plus, it doesn’t have to be a chain-link fence! With some simple power tools and some pieces of timber, you can build a reliable dog gate, but make sure that it doesn’t have sharp edges that could harm your pooch.
3. Build a Collapsible Dog Ramp
Your pup loves following you everywhere you go. He can follow you to the park for his walk, down your driveway and even join you in bed every night. However, if hopping onto a bed or seat with a single hop doesn’t cut it due to arthritis, or because of his body size, you need to build a collapsible dog ramp for him. Other than preventing injuries, this ramp collapses for easy storage and hides perfectly under your bed.
4. Add a Wall-Mounted Pet Organizer
Every pet owner knows how it feels when they are busy looking for a poop bag and a leash, with their dogs itching for an evening walk. And this can be even worse if you misplace your dog’s leash since you don’t have a designated place for storing them. So, instead of having to struggle looking for the leash and poop bags every time you want to leave the house, why don’t you install a pet organizer on your wall, right near the door. A well-designed pet organizer can keep your dog’s necessities in one place.
5. Build a Table Dog Crate
Even though your dog enjoys the security of his crate, there is no place for that ugly metal cage in your living room. Therefore, instead of using the metal cage, you can construct a unique table dog crate that will improve your home’s interior décor. Other than keeping your dog safe near his loved ones, this table dog crate can also serve as a side table in your home. This decorative furniture can improve the entire décor of your living room while providing your pooch with a cozy place to curl up and sleep during the day. The video below walks you through this easy diy home improvement projects.
6. Build an Agility Course in Your Backyard
Your kids have a backyard playground, and you have your media room, so what about your furry pal? Dogs are important members of our families; therefore, they also deserve a unique recreational space in your yard. Other than using your huge backyard as a nice place for playing fetch, you can build an agility course. An agility course can help him burn off some extra energy and also improve his overall behaviour, longevity and health. And since you will be running with him, it can also help you work out while having fun with your pooch.
7. Install a Doggie Door
Most of the time, dogs don’t operate with our schedules; they sometimes want to go outside on the yard and bask under the sun while we are in a hurry to leave for the office. Therefore, giving your pooch the power to let itself out into the yard can be a great idea. A doggie portal can also come in handy; if your dog’s potty area is outside. With a dog door, your dog won’t need you to open the door every time he wants to go out, and this can help minimize potty accidents inside the house.
8. A Small Wading Pool With a Wooden Patio
If your dog loves swimming or playing in the swimming pool, then a wading pool can be a great home improvement! This wading pool with a small shade can be a great playing spot for your dog during the hot summer days. For this easy diy home improvement project, you need some simple power tools to build the patio and shade before adding a kiddie pool. But, remember, your new wading pool will be coming into contact with the ground, so you have to be ready to protect your wooden structure from termites and ants.
9. An Insulated Doggie House
An insulated doggie house can be a great improvement for your dog, especially if your dog loves staying in the yard or patio. An insulated dog house can keep them warm during the cold fall and winter months. And the fact that the roof acts as an access panel to the inside means that cleaning it is quite easy. For this project, you have to be pretty handy with numerous cutting tools like circular saws, table saws, and miter saws. You can start by building the frame of the house and then add the side panels before cutting the door using a router. Remember, the exact size of the insulated dog house will be determined by the number of dogs you have and their size.
10. Dog Window Seat
Dogs love looking outside, and most of the time when alone you will find them on the seat overlooking the window enjoying the outdoors. So one of the best ways to keep them off your furniture and still allow them to enjoy the outside view is by building a dog window seat and placing it next to the window. And if your dog has arthritis or is small-sized, you can add a ramp. The ramp can make it possible for them to get on the window seat without injuring themselves.
Our canine pals are more than just our pets; they are part of the family. And that being the case, we need to do everything in our power to make sure our homes are comfortable and pet-friendly. After all, the amount of joy and love they bring into our lives is immeasurable. So why don’t you make your dog’s life easier by installing the above easy DIY home improvement projects?