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Dog Friendly Apartment Decorating

Decorating the “Pooch Perfect” Apartment

You’ve discovered the perfect pet-friendly Harrisonburg apartment community, but now you need to include your dog in your Harrisonburg apartment décor. We have some of fur-tastic ideas to make life with Fido stylish and functional for both of you!

Double Duty

No matter what kind of home you inhabit, it can be difficult to include Fluffy in your décor without turning your living room into a kennel, but you might be surprised by the myriad ways you can address your dog’s needs without spoiling the view. Rather than placing a wire frame crate right next to the couch, try an attractive end table that doubles as a dog crate, giving Fluffy her own safe place while also creating a place to lay down your book and set down your cappuccino. Try one of many options like the Triple Door Dog Crate from or the Casual Wooden Pet Crate, available on Amazon.

Where do you display your favorite pictures, mementos, and decorative lamps without Rover’s tail clearing them from your coffee or end table? Don’t stash your favorite vintage picture frames and decorations in your closet! Put up some floating wall shelves to create a safe place for your trinkets that keeps them out of reach from Rover’s “tail trail”. We love the variety of options you can find at Wayfair and Walmart.

Dog Friendly Apartment DecoratingEverything in Its Place

Finding a spot to store all of Fido’s “goodies” that doesn’t clutter your cabinets and countertops can be a real challenge. Food and treats should be stored out of reach, leashes and poop bags must be conveniently located, and medications need to be organized. Fortunately there are plenty of stylish, functional feeding stations where you can store food and treats that also serve as an elevated feeding station and a dog walking center! Check out the attractive and useful Feeder Station from Grandin Road. If you have a small dog, try the IRIS Elevated Feeder with Airtight Storage and put up some Command Hooks to hang leashes by the door.

Piddle Protection

Even a perfectly trained dog can have the occasional accident, ruining your carpet and hardwood flooring, especially if you don’t discover it right away. Muddy paws can also stain your apartment carpet. Keep your security deposit and try a washable area rug with a non-skid rubber liner underneath to prevent the occasional “mistake” from ruining your floors. We love the Meilocar Ultra Absorbent Soft Floor Mat, a super soft machine washable rug offered in several colors to match your dog’s fur and camouflage stains.

Interactive Dog PuzzleA Busy Dog is a Happy Dog

Whether you’re at work, at the fitness center, or eating out with friends, there are times when you can’t be with Fluffy. These can be opportunities for her to decide to chew on your furniture or remove the stuffing from your throw pillows. Make sure she has lots of chews and toys to keep her occupied and store them where she can easily find them. You can also keep her busy with a puzzle toy so that she won’t get creative when she is alone. A classic Kong Toy filled with her favorite treats work well for most dogs. For more active dogs and puppies, try a Snuffle Mat to entertain while you’re away.

Stay Connected

Most of us stay connected by using our smartphones, so why not try the same thing for Rover? The Petcube Bites 2 Wi-Fi Pet Camera & Treat Dispenser uses an interactive camera connected to your smartphone that allows you to watch Rover and talk to him no matter where you are! Two-way audio lets you talk to Rover and toss him a treat up to six feet. You can also schedule treats to be given periodically to prevent him from becoming bored.

You know your pet-friendly Harrisonburg apartment community is perfect for you, now it’s time to upgrade and make it “Pooch Perfect!”

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