Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Tips on how to build your own pet station


As much as we love our pets, we have to admit that we don’t always love how they smell. It is therefore important that not only do we pay attention to what they eat, but also to their hygiene. And in the same way that each member of your family has their own room and space, we should not forget to provide our pets their own designated place to bathe and sleep as well.

Here are some tips on how to set up your very own pet station. 

1. Pets make a mighty big mess, so set up your pet station in an area that can easily be cleaned. For example, your front yard, driveway, out in the patio or dirty kitchen. 

2. To make clean up even easier, you may want to cover the floor with tiles or laminate. Sweeping up dog hairs and cleaning up urine and feces will undoubtedly be less of a hassle. 

3. To make bath time and clean up less stressful, set up the pet station near a water source or a place that is reachable by the hose. It is also recommended that you place the pet station near a drain. To prevent possible blockage, place a filter to catch stray hairs.   

4. Bath time for bigger dogs needs more preparation so keep a shelf just above their bath area to store all your grooming supplies such as shampoo, soaps and scrubs. Hang brushes and brooms on metal rails at an accessible height for you but still beyond your pet’s reach. If you pet is a jumper and just hates baths, you can either set up a crate with sides high enough for him not to be able to escape or you can position a simple post where you can secure his leash. For smaller pets, you may want to build or bring in a waist-high table where you can perch them during bath time. 

5. In order that they are trained to not to play with their bowls and bedding, you can build a trough-like fixture for their water and food bowls. Secure the bowls so that your pets cannot pull them out. You can also separate the bedding/ sleeping area from the rest of his play area by building a doggy gate. 
 


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