We're dog lovers here at Morse Constructions and are happy -- and accustomed to -- renovating with dogs in the home. Just keep in mind that home renovation can be even more stressful for pets than it is for their human homeowners. Strangers in the home, noise, and changes in the living environment can be very unnerving. Here are a few tips to help your dog stay safe and a little calmer throughout the process:
- Prevent an Accidental Escape: Workers need to be able to come in and out of your home without fear that your dog will make a run for it through an open door. Keep your dog contained, ideally in a room far from the renovations. Your dog will appreciate having a calmer environment and your construction crew will be able to work freely.
- Establish a Safe Place: Construction equipment, debris, tools, paint, glass, wire ... renovation is filled with items that could harm your dog if they are swallowed, stepped on, etc. It is important to set up a safe zone for your pet where he or she can stay out of harm's way and feel safe. Acclimate your dog to the safe place before construction begins and provide all of his or her familiar toys and bedding. If all parts of your home will be under construction, you may want to consider boarding your dog or using doggie daycare during the construction process.
- Stick to a Routine: Home renovation is unsettling. Provide some stability for your dog by adhering to his or her regular routine for feeding, walking and sleeping, if at all possible. Be sure to spend lots of quality time with your pet to make him feel loved and protected!
With lots of TLC, your dog will probably do just fine during a renovation. For proof, just take a look at all these happy pets in the Houzz photo flip of dogs at home. Most of these spaces have been recently built or renovated!