How to create a private space for your dog

This article was co-authored by Elisabeth Weiss. Elisabeth Weiss is a Professional Dog Trainer and owner of Dog Relations NYC, a dog training service in New York, New York. Elisabeth relies on science-based, force-free, and reward-based techniques. Elisabeth offers behavior training, puppy manners, body awareness and injury prevention, diet, exercise and dog nutrition services. Her work has been featured in New York Magazine and on the Dog Save the People podcast. She also trained all the dogs in the movie “Heart of a Dog” by Laurie Anderson that features Elisabeth’s journey with Laurie Anderson’s and Lou Reed’s dog Lolabelle and how her passion for playing the keyboards played a significant role in improving her quality of life after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

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Whether it’s because you want a place for your dog to rest, a safe place for your dog when you go out, or simply to give your dog a comfortable space of their own, there is often a good reason to designate a space specifically for your dog. Giving your dog a private space can help them feel secure, comfortable, and more at ease in the house. It can also give them a retreat if you have multiple dogs. Setting up a private space for your dog can be easy. Simply designate the space in your home, outfit it with a crate or bed, toys, and water, and let your dog enjoy their new private space.

Give Me Some Space! Train your Dog to Back Off

This training tip is brought to you by Aryn Hervel of Novato, CA. Aryn owns and runs Leaps & Hounds Dog Training, a behavior consulting and pet dog training business. Aryn and her All-American Dog, MACH4 Crush, are one of the top AKC Agility teams in the AKC Canine Partners program, having won the AKC Agility Invitational and qualifying and making the finals in many other national events. Crush also works as part of a team of scent detection dogs that locate wastewater leaks in northern California.

We all love interacting with our dogs, but there are times when we need a little space. Whether your dog is excitable when you come home from work, breathing a little too close to your popcorn while you watch a movie, or getting in the way when greeting guests, it would be nice to have a way to tell your dog to give you a little personal space.

For this, I teach the “back.”

If you have multiple dogs, do the initial training with each dog individually. To start, I work in a narrow area like a hallway. All you will need are some small treats that are easy for the dog to find on the floor.

Face your dog. Have a single treat enclosed in your left hand, with your left hand down at your side so your dog isn’t looking at it. Raise your right hand in a flat palm facing the dog and move it towards the dog (as though you were signaling a person to back up their car) just after he sees your hand signal, step forward towards your dog just enough to cause the dog to move back. The moment the dog make any movement away from you, mark it by saying “good” and toss the treat behind your dog.

After he collects the treat he’ll come back to you, when this happens repeat the first steps: hand signal, step towards him (gently, remember you’re only blocking his path, not bulldozing him) and when he moves back say “good” and toss the treat. Repeat until he is readily moving back when you raise your hand.

After he has a good understanding of the behavior you can add a verbal cue. I use the word “back” for this, but if you already use that for something else, like Rally, be sure to use something unique here. And I’ll also add that you should make sure your hand signal is not the same one you use for your “stay” (I add movement to my hand signal so it is unique to this behavior).

Still practicing in the hallway, with the dog in front or approaching you, say your verbal cue first and then offer your hand signal, when he backs, toss the treat. Repeat.

Now that your dog has a basic understanding of “back,” you can add duration to it. Ask him to “back,” but this time require him to hold his position for a few seconds before rewarding. From there, slowly add more duration in small increments, a few seconds at a time.

Once your dog is able to maintain some duration to his “back,” you can try this in new places and with new people. Some common areas are the front door, couch or kitchen. He may be confused about what to do in a new location (after all he hasn’t done this before), so be ready to help him out like you did when he first learned it. Start out at an easy level before making things harder.

Lastly, you should begin to fade food rewards and instead use verbal praise while at a distance and physical interaction when in close proximity. This is especially important if you have multiple dogs, as you don’t want any competition over a treat on the floor.

I hope this will allow you to have one more option for helping your dog to have excellent manners around household members and guests.

The Five Commands Every Dog Should Know

Do you want a well behaved dog but don’t know where to begin? The Basic five commands e-book is a great place to start and will give your dog a strong foundation for future training.

Just as you like your own time alone and your own space to relax in, so does your dog. Our lives can be loud, hectic, and messy—and this can create a stressful environment for your dog. So giving them a quiet retreat space in your home goes a long way in making your hound happy.

When your dog needs to be alone, or you need to be alone from your dog, converting a space in your home into a dogs-only zone is a great idea and super easy to do.

Best Spaces to Convert Into a ‘Dog Room’

If you’re fortunate enough to have enough space in your home that you can dedicate an entire room just for your dog, lucky you (and your pooch!). However, for your canine buddy to feel safe and comfortable in your home it’s not a requirement that he have an entire room to himself. These ideas work well no matter how large or small your home spaces might be. Just always make extra sure each space has been thoroughly dog-proofed!

Laundry room

When it’s not covered in clothing (ahem, like mine), a laundry room can offer a safe, secure place for your dog to retreat to. Be sure you make it extra safe by removing anything (or storing things away) not dog friendly, like clearing supplies, and keep the space more open by using adjustable gates instead of closing the door. Also make sure your dog is alright with the noises that come from your washer and dryer before you decide to make that spot into his new room.

Mudroom

Most mudrooms generally offer floors that are easy to clean and have easy access to outside, which helps keep outdoor messes from getting tracked through the rest of the house. They are also handy spots for storing pet gear like leashes and favorite toys. Make sure to add soft mats or dog beds to ensure your dog is comfy when he rests. And ensure there’s enough floor space that your dog’s special spot isn’t in a main traffic pattern where he’ll be underfoot.

Extra bedroom

It doesn’t get any easier than turning over a spare bedroom to your four-legged friend, assuming you are OK with a little dog hair on the bed. Just be sure to dog-proof the room and remove anything that might become a danger to your dog such as cords, socks and undergarments, plants, or open windows. Then, baby gate the door and done!

Extra space under your stairs

Think Harry Potter’s first bedroom, but without the sad back story. There are loads of great DIY under-the-stairs dog room ideas on the internet. Consider removing under-stair closet doors and replacing them with a baby gate. Or actually remove drywall and restructure the space into a doggie-sized room (you might need to consult with a professional contractor for this, to ensure you’re not compromising the structural stability of your stairs).

Just be sure your dog enjoys a tucked away space and keep the spot airy and cool by installing an adjustable gate as a door or leave it open without a door. Wood-frame screen doors (like the kind you might add to an exterior entrance) also make clever replacements for solid doors inside. They allow you to shut the door on your dog’s space, but still provide sight lines and air flow.

Basement

Not to be confused with a creepy location that scary clowns hide in, your basement (especially if it’s finished), can work really well as a safe area for your dog to relax in. Use the whole space or section off an area with well-placed gates, dog beds and mats, and some favorite toys. If your basement is also the place where you store cleaning supplies, tools, paints, and other home improvement materials, be sure your dog doesn’t have access to them.

Large closet

The size is important here, as no regular closet will do—even for a small dog. A walk-in closet or storage room is best. The space should be large enough that your dog can stand up in it, easily move to change positions, and lay down comfortably. You also don’t want to be able to close the door on your dog. Remove the current door and replace it with a baby gate so the space is open and airy.

Corner of living room

If you live in an apartment and are short on space, just use what you have by investing in baby gates or adjustable dog pens. Block off an area of your living room so that your dog feels like he can retreat there when needed but still be near you while you watch TV or cook in your kitchen.

Things To Add to Make any Space More Dog Friendly

Baby gates and adjustable pens

Pet gates and pens are the perfect thing to keep on hand when you have a dog, and having more than one is even better. Use them to block access to rooms and spaces you’d rather your dog didn’t venture into, and utilize them as a way to section off portions of a room that can become a perfect area for your canine buddy.

Rubber flooring

There are lots of different types of flooring you can use to make a dog space comfy. Rubber or foam flooring can work wonders in a space that doesn’t already have carpet or tile. It’s durable and easy to clean!

Many dogs find the cooling hum of a fan to be soothing. Make sure any fans you add won’t tip over easily, and keep cords tucked away from chew-obsessed puppies.

Dog bed

To make sure your doggo is extra comfy, offer dog-friendly furniture or beds and plushy mats (bath mats work great!) and rugs in their space. Just be sure you don’t have a canine that might like to “eat” a new dog bed before you add one to their doggie room.

Dog crate or kennel

If your dog is crate trained, placing their kennel in their dog space is a good idea. You can keep the crate door open and place a mat or rug inside to keep your pooch snug.

Water bowl

It’s always important that your dog has easy access to fresh, cool water all day long. Consider investing in a water dispenser and use stainless steel bowls that are a cinch to clean, prevent stains, and are rust-resistant.

Enrichment items

Chew toys, puzzles, and interactive games are all great options to offer your dog when they are hanging out in their dog room. Purchase items that are well-suited to your dog, but remember that some dogs are likely to destroy toys when you are away, especially if they might be prone to anxiety. If this is your dog, instead offer up “tough chewer” toys or Kongs filled with kibble or get creative and make frozen treats you can sprinkle about the space.

Your dog will thank you when you give him a room or space in your home just for him. With a little creativity, your home will be a safe and happy retreat for your canine companion in no time!

Do you have more property than you have time for? No time to take your dog to the park? Consider bringing the park to your pup by building a dog park or playground in your own backyard. It doesn’t take a lot of time, and you can probably use items you already have. Keep reading to learn how to create awesome backyards for dogs.

Why Build a Dog Park in Your Backyard?

How to create a private space for your dogTypically, dog parks are more than just places for your pup to run and play off-leash. Many dog parks not only provide a variety of ways for dogs to exercise, but they also encourage mental stimulation and socialization opportunities.

Taking your dog to such a park isn’t always an option, though. Your community might not have such a space. If it does, its hours of operation might not fit into your schedule. There could be dozens of things going on in your life that make it inconvenient or even impossible to load your pup in the car and chauffeur him to the dog park regularly.

Generally, public dog park rules include health, socialization and behavioral standards, and even breed restrictions that might exclude your dog from entering. Some parks set aside special areas for small breeds or elderly or disabled dogs to safely play away from larger, more rambunctious pups, but not all do, which might make the dog park unsafe for your dog.

While your dog might be perfectly happy hanging out in your backyard just as it is, transforming a section of your yard into a miniature dog park just for your pup and his friends, be they other dogs or his favorite people, will provide both him and you with the best of both worlds. Park-like backyards for dogs provide the convenience and safety of home and the entertainment, exercise and mental stimulation provided by a dog park.

Building Your Own Dog Park

There are a number of things you should consider beforehand when it comes to building a dog park in your backyard. Installitdirect.com advises planning your DIY dog park according to the following criteria:

    Location. Consider your space and the layout of your yard. You probably don’t want the recreation area to include your flowerbeds or the patio where you do all your grilling. At the same time, it should be in a location where you can keep an eye on him if you let him go out alone, preferably in easy view of a door or window. The play space should also offer plenty of room for a game of fetch. After evaluating your space, you might find that a side yard, accessible but set apart from the outdoor family living area, is the best location.

It’s a good idea to think about the space from your dog’s point of view, advises Dogtipper. There should be plenty of space for him to run, jump and play. Obstacles and equipment shouldn’t be placed too closely together. Consider whether there is anything in the space that might be dangerous to your dog, such as poisonous plants he might be tempted to nibble, or something that might tempt him to get into mischief, like an off-limits spot where he might be tempted to dig. If your dog has a high-prey instinct, it’s probably not a good idea to install his park near your bird feeder.

  • Amenities. Your backyard dog park should be fun, safe and comfortable for your pup. With that in mind, here are a few amenities you might want to include:
    • A dog house or a shaded area where he can escape the elements.
    • An outdoor dog bed for lounging.
    • A water feature in which to splash around and cool off.
    • Food and water dishes, and a mat, platform or small patio on which to place them.
    • Comfortable paths for walking and patrolling. Cesar’s Way recommends using materials that will be comfortable for your dog’s paws, such as smooth stones, bricks or concrete.
    • A designated restroom and a cleanup station. Consider using artificial turf here for easy cleanup and to protect your lawn from browning or retaining bacteria.
    • An obstacle or agility course.
    • A designated spot for digging, such as a sandbox.
  • What to avoid. When building a dog park, knowing what to leave out is as important as what to put in. Here’s a list of things that could spoil the fun if allowed into the play area.
    • Toxic pesticides or herbicides. If you spray these in your garden, then your dog park should be placed well away from the garden.
    • Toxic plants or flowers. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals offers a list of plants that are potentially toxic to pets. Ensure that none of these plants grow within the confines of your pup’s play space.
    • Spiny cacti or any plants that have thorns, burrs or needles.
    • Sharp edges, hot surfaces, or objects that might be a choking hazard.

    Additionally, make sure the fence surrounding your park is in good condition, without splinters, broken pieces or gaps through which he might escape. Avoid cluttering the area with too many obstacles or toys. In small spaces especially, less is more.

    Using What You Already Have

    Creating fun backyards for dogs doesn’t have to cost a lot. Chances are, you already have most, if not all, of what you need to build your own dog park, especially if you have kids. An unused kiddie pool can become a splash pool for your dog, or set up your backyard sprinkler for his enjoyment. Have your kids outgrown their sandbox? Fill it with dirt and invite your furry pal to dig to his heart’s content. Assemble a dog obstacle course out of a plastic backyard slide, empty boxes, old tires, rain barrels and cast-off hula hoops. Get creative! Just be sure that any items you use don’t have sharp parts, splinters or small pieces that could detach and pose a choking hazard.

    With some careful planning, a little sweat and a lot of ingenuity, you can transform your backyard into a dog-friendly playground where your pup will be happy to spend his days — no travel required. It will also give you more time to spend playing with your lovable pooch, and you can customize your DIY dog park to suit your personal needs and his favorite activities.

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    How to create a private space for your dog

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    Jean Marie Bauhaus is fiction author and freelance writer and editor living in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She writes frequently about pets and pet health in her home office, where she is assisted by a lapful of furbabies.

    How to create a private space for your dog

    Having a dog-friendly backyard is part of the fun for both you and your canine friend. Even if your backyard is small, it can be a pleasant place for him to play with his toys, sleep in the sunshine, and enjoy safe plants and pleasant smells. And yes, going potty is going to happen there, too!

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    A dog potty area is a great idea for a backyard, because dog pee and poop is hard on grass. I Heart Dogs explains that it’s the nitrogen in dog urine that turns grass yellow, and it only takes one time to end up with a dry, yellow spot on your lawn. You can create a dog potty area with some simple items, and with some training, you can reduce the damage to your lawn by having your dog do his business in one area set aside just for him.

    Dog outdoor potty

    The Canine Training Center had a simple solution for a dog outdoor potty. Their solution is to designate an area in your yard as the potty area. The area does not have to be large, but should be roomy enough that she can sniff around, circle, and have room to pee and poop. You could add some landscaping or something for visual interest such as a dog potty rock for your dog to enjoy.

    If there is any grass or plants in that area, dig them up with a shovel. Replace the grass or plants with a one- to two-inch layer of cedar mulch. To keep the mulch contained, and to allow you to easily replace the mulch later on, consider building up a small raised area, similar to a raised garden bed.

    Dog Tipper had a similar simple idea for a dog outdoor potty, but they use pea gravel. Building an outdoor dog potty area can be as simple as nailing a few boards together, placing a screen in the bottom, and filling the frame with pebbles and pea gravel.

    Den Garden took things to a whole new level by building a “dog patio,” which included a plywood platform and PVC pipe for drainage. Once you get the platform ready, the actual surface where your dog will do her business can be either sod or Astroturf. A real grass dog potty box would mean that over time, the sod would need to be replaced with new sod to keep everything green, but at least your dog would enjoy going on a real grass surface. Astroturf can be sprayed off with a hose and washed.

    Training your dog

    Training your dog to use the outdoor potty is the part that might take the longest. If your dog is used to being able to go anywhere in the yard that he wants to, limiting him to one area might be tricky. The Canine Training Center offered some key points for training, which, as you might expect, include lots of praise when he goes where you want him to.

    When it’s time, take your dog to the potty area, on a leash, and keep him in that area until he goes. If he doesn’t go right away, take him back into the house, then return again to the potty area. While in that area, say “go potty” or whatever your normal verbal cue is. When he goes, praise him as if he is just learning what to do; and, in a way, he is!

    Do you want to start a dog park business and you want to know the cost? If YES, here is an estimated cost breakdown to build and open a dog park. The cost of building and maintaining a dog park can be daunting. These costs typically include fences, garbage removal, lawn maintenance, drinking water, field drainage, lighting, benches and a dog waste station.

    Some cities are willing and able to finance a dog park; others would rather share the cost with a group committed to maintaining the park and ensuring that park rules are followed. However, depending on your situation, you will have to determine how you will generate revenue for your budget.

    Note that one possibility to consider is user fees—requiring all park users to pay an annual or daily fee. Permits could be obtained from the city or town or through the park association. Fundraisers such as a dog wash or concession sale at a local dog show can also help to generate money to cover expenses and maintenance costs.

    Maintenance will be another crucial consideration. In some areas, park associations’ work in conjunction with local kennel club’s and parks department officials to organize volunteer “park clean-up” days. Kennel club’s and other dog organizations can also be willing to donate funds for future supplies of dog waste bags, trash bags, dispensers, stations and cans.

    Estimated Cost Breakdown for Building a Dog Park Business

    As households in the United States continue to adopt dogs at an amazing rate, the need for public and private dog parks grows. Neighbourhoods, towns, and apartment complexes are building dog parks to improve their local amenities and encourage community growth. However, dog parks can be relatively inexpensive to wildly luxurious. Below is the estimated cost of building a dog park in the United States:

    1. Location: $42,000 – $180,000

    When building a dog park, the first thing you should consider is the location. If you have an apartment building or complex, dog parks can fit anywhere within the land you’re building on. If you’re a neighbourhood association or local government park employee, finding the location might be a little tougher. Howbeit, in public dog parks, the location is expected to be an easily accessible place.

    Pedestrians should be able to walk to it or it would have a good sized parking lot for cars. Note that the average dog park is located on 1 acre of land surrounded by a 5ft chain link fence, although there are dog parks built within city parks which are already owned by the city. People also donate tracts of land for public dog parks.

    2. Utilities and Amenities: $29,000 – $131,000

    Basic necessities to construct a dog park would be a 5ft fence and a double – gated enclosure to be able to introduce dogs into the environment well. You will also need a dog and human water fountain along with dog waste stations.

    After that, you can start getting extravagant with dog wash stations and custom designed benches and leash poles. Some high – end dog parks even have rubber surfacing in certain spots. You can also consider developing a partition that will separate the enclosed dog park into two sections, one for large dogs and another for small dogs.

    There should be sufficient bags dispensers and trash cans to encourage owners to pick up after their pet. Generally, you just need a safe, accessible location with adequate drainage and a grassy area that is mowed routinely, and signs that specify park hours and rules.

    3. Business Registration and Licensing: $2000 – $5200

    You will also need to register your business and select a business structure. Most often, a limited liability company is far more advisable. It gives you some personal protection from your company in the event that you have debts or get involved in a lawsuit, with less paperwork than what is needed for a corporation.

    You will still need to look into business insurance, including liability insurance. It’s pertinent you understand the registration and licensing requirements for your business from the state and local government. You will also need to ensure that zoning laws make your dog park permissible at your desired location. In most cases, dogs are allowed indoors provided that food is not being served. However, local laws can vary.

    Owing to the above factors, the cost to start an indoor dog park can range between $10,000 and $20,000 in addition to the cost of leasing a property, while a very simple dog park on donated land could cost as little as $15,000 where a luxurious dog park could cost up to $750,000.

    Conclusion

    Once you’ve built a dog park, your local community will start to see the long term benefits of the park. There will be less aggressive dogs in your community because they have a space to be socialized. Members in your community will have a public space to meet and mingle and develop trust. Developing a central place for a dog and their owners to play and exercise helps improve the inherent value of the community.

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  • What is the PrivateSpace? How to use it?
    PrivateSpace means creating a new system space on your phone, and then putting your private information (such as contacts, images, messages) here, so that you can hide the information that you don’t want others to see.

    1. How to enable PrivateSpace?
    Open Settings > Security & privacy > PrivateSpace, follow the prompts to set a privacy password and fingerprint to create a private space.(Note: Only one PrivateSpace can be established)

    How to create a private space for your dog

    2.How to enter PrivateSpace?
    1) In the lock screen interface: Use the exclusive fingerprints or passwords which were set before.
    2) On the main space: Open Settings> Security & privacy> PrivateSpace>Log in

    3. How to quite PrivateSpace?
    On the PrivateSpace, open the setting> Security & privacy> PrivateSpace, then choose to exit.

    4.How to delete PrivateSpace?
    Deleting PrivateSpace will delete all apps and data stored in this space and is unrecoverable. You can choose any of the following methods to delete it:
    1) In the main space, open Settings > Security & privacy > PrivateSpace and click the three dots at the upper right corner, then choose to delete.
    2) In the PrivateSpace, open Settings > Security & privacy > PrivateSpace and choose to delete directly.

    5.How to switch quickly between main space and PrivateSpace?
    In the lock screen interface, you can quickly switch by fingerprint or password. After restarting the phone, you must first enter the main space through password verification, and then switch the space from the lock screen interface.

    6.How to transfer files between the main space and the private space?
    1) In the Private Space, open Settings > Security & privacy > PrivateSpace
    2) Choose “MainSpace to PrivateSpace” or “PrivateSpace to MainSpace”
    3) Choose the file you need to transfer.

    How to create a private space for your dog

    Note: Memory cards cannot be used in the privacy space, so only files stored on the phone can be transferred from the privacy space to the main space. In addition, transferring files stored in the cloud between the main space and the private space is not supported.

    Finally, how to hide the privacy space entry? Following the below steps:
    In the PrivateSpace, open the Settings > Security & privacy > PrivateSpace, then choose Hide PrivateSpace.

    Did you get it? If you have some private information on your phone that you don’t want others to see, creating a private space is a good idea.

    Last updated on February 11th, 2021

    If you own a dog, you already know the joy a four-legged friend can add to your life. Chances are, you are also familiar with all the dirt and fur they lovingly leave behind. From muddy pawprints to spilled water dishes, pets always seem to find a way to make their mark. To help contain the mess and make your pet more comfortable, give your furriest family members a special space of their own.

    Read on for five ways to create a space for your pet that your furry friends are sure to appreciate.

    1. Pet Room

    An unused office or vacant bedroom is the perfect place to convert into your dog’s favorite space. Having a dedicated room where they can play, sleep, and eat keeps a lot of mess out of your family room. Just make sure it is a place that you don’t mind getting a little dirty. Include a comfy bed or crate, personalized food and water bowls, and some favorite toys. Keep the room organized with stylish storage cabinets and bins. Complete the look with some dog-themed decor.

    2. Pet Nook

    If you don’t want your pooch to take up so much space, you can always create a dog nook. You can build a nook for your dog basically anywhere, from under the stairs to that awkward corner you have been hopelessly trying to fill. You can even create a special niche in a recessed wall. It’s smart to keep your dog’s space close to the rest of the family as they will love going to and from their nook. Also, consider keeping your dog’s special space near a window so he or she can always enjoy watching all the activity going on outdoors.

    3. Pet Spa

    When your dog comes to your door after a day of rolling around in the mud, save yourself time and hassle by installing a convenient dog shower in your mudroom. Toll Brothers offers an optional dog washing station in many of its homes, which makes it easy to bathe your pet and quickly clean muddy paws.

    4. Beds

    When it comes to dog beds, there are tons of creative and fun beds for pets of all shapes and sizes. You can give your best friend a bit of elegance with a sofa bed or spice up any space with a modern, stylish bed. If your dog loves being outside, you can also make this DIY dog bed from a recycled tire!

    5. Dog Gates

    Should your pup have a tendency to get into things when you’re not looking, a gate will help keep your pet–and your favorite items–safe. Simply section off a specific area with a stylish gate that matches your decor, like this mahogany gate from Chewy or this steel version from Houzz.

    Whether you’re able to give your pet an entire room or a special nook, they are sure to enjoy having their own space and appreciate the care you took to make them comfortable and happy.

    written by Toll Brothers

    Toll Brothers, an award-winning FORTUNE 500 company founded in 1967, is the nation’s leading builder of luxury homes. Embracing an unwavering commitment to quality and customer service, Toll Brothers currently builds in 24 states nationwide, and is a publicly owned company with its common stock listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: TOL). 2021 marks the 10th year Toll Brothers has been named to FORTUNE magazine’s World’s Most Admired CompaniesВ® list. Toll Brothers also has been honored as national Builder of the Year by BUILDER magazine, and was twice named national Builder of the Year by Professional Builder magazine.

    How to create a private space for your dog

    With a survey showing that millennials are buying houses with their pets in mind, it’s no surprise that people want to make their yard a pet-friendly place as well — especially since our dogs spend a lot of time outside sniffing, exploring, and often getting into things they shouldn’t.

    Creating a pet-friendly space doesn’t mean you have to do a complete overhaul of your yard or spend a lot of money. In fact, simple additions like outdoor toys can provide enough activity to tire your dog out. And by making your landscaping and fencing pet-safe, you’re already off to a great start. Whether your entire yard is a designated pet area or you want to create a space that’s all their own, here are ideas of things you can do to create spaces that both pets and their humans will be proud of.

    Pet-Friendly Gardening

    How to create a private space for your dog

    Dogs love to sniff and explore, so a garden can easily become a fun place for them to hang out or take a short snooze while the family enjoys time outside. To prevent accidental poisoning, only plant pet-safe flowers and plants, and avoid potential toxins by opting for eco-friendly garden and lawn care. If you have concerns about your curious pup trampling plants or munching on garden goodies, construct a small fence around the perimeter of your garden or use raised garden beds.

    Give Your Pets Their Own Space

    Do you have a dog that likes to dig, or have a yard so big you feel like you’re on a scavenger hunt when it’s pet waste pickup day? Consider designating an area of your yard as “dogs only” by creating your own private dog park. You can keep the area grassy or fill it in with pet-safe wood mulch so they can dig to their heart’s content.

    When you’re fencing in an area, it’s recommended that you bury the bottom of the fence at least a foot into the ground to prevent them from digging their way out of the yard, especially if the rest of your yard isn’t fenced in. Also, make sure the area is large enough to allow your dog to run and get sufficient exercise. You want it to be a space that they will enjoy, not one that will cause stress by making them feel too contained.

    A Shady Spot to Hang Out

    If your yard doesn’t have any shady areas, create a place where your dog can escape the sun when they’re playing outside. You can purchase outdoor pet cots that have a canopy, a large sunshade, or use a patio umbrella. Just like people, pets can suffer from heatstroke that can cause seizures or even death. Always keep an eye on your pet during the summer months to make sure they’re staying hydrated, and keep outdoor time to a minimum on extremely hot days.

    Backyard Games

    How to create a private space for your dog

    If you have an active dog, they could benefit from having a small agility setup in your yard. You can also make your own outdoor game by filling a bowl with water and bits of pet-safe fruits and vegetables and then freezing it, creating a fun enrichment activity that also keeps them hydrated. You can also make homemade puzzle toys or scatter treats throughout the yard and let your dog “hunt” for them.

    Kiddie pools are also a fun activity for dogs that enjoy the water. Add a few water-resistant dog toys and you have something that will keep them entertained for hours. Water is a precious resource, so be conscious of how often you’re filling the pool and running the sprinkler.

    Keep Them Safe

    How to create a private space for your dog

    Inspect your fencing regularly to see if any areas are in need of repair, and make sure gates are securely latched to prevent escapes. Some dogs are also excellent climbers, so it’s important to keep an eye on them. This is especially important with foster dogs or newly-adopted dogs that are unfamiliar with the neighborhood and could get lost and scared if they escape.

    Always monitor your pets and never leave them outdoors for an extended period of time in extremely hot or cold weather. And never keep your dog chained or tethered in the yard. It’s not only cruel but can place them at risk of being injured or attacked by other animals.

    Dogs are social animals, so spend time with them when they’re out in the yard. A game of fetch or Frisbee is a fun way to get in some exercise while spending quality time with your canine companion. If lounging is more your style, a nap in the hammock with your pup is always good, too.

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    Things You’ll Need

    Fabric of your choice

    Sewing machine or needle and thread or fabric glue

    Ribbons or Velcro

    Piping or other decoration (optional)

    In warmer climates you can make the back piece of your crate cover roll up like the front piece for better ventilation.

    How to create a private space for your dog

    Crate-trained dogs feel comfortable in their own space. However, the average crate does nothing to improve the ambiance of your home with its stark wire or plastic appearance. A homemade crate cover can be made to match your decor and will protect your pet from light when he wants to sleep. A crate cover also is useful to keep a dog calm while traveling.

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    Step 1

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    Wash and dry your fabric to prevent shrinkage later.

    Step 2

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    Measure the top, sides, back and front of your dog crate. Add 2 inches to each measurement to allow for 1-inch seams and hems and write down these measurements.

    Step 3

    Cut the fabric according to your measurements. Face the wrong side of the fabric towards you, fold over 1 inch on each side then press with the iron. Pin the sides, front and back to the top using the ironed over seam. Put it over the crate and make any adjustments to make it sit correctly. Remove from the crate and sew or glue the other panels to the top. You can add piping into the seam for decoration if you choose. Sew or glue the sides of the back piece to the two side panels. Sew or glue the turned over seams at the sides of the front piece, but do not join it to the side pieces so that it can be rolled up.

    Step 4

    How to create a private space for your dog

    Place the cover back on the crate and check that the hem is even where the cover reaches the bottom of the crate. Make any adjustments and use pins to make everything level. Remove from the crate and sew or glue the bottom hem.

    Step 5

    How to create a private space for your dog

    Place the cover back on the crate and roll up the front piece. Work out where to place Velcro or ribbons so this can be tied up and sew or glue the fastenings into place. Alternatively you could just place it flat over the top piece.

    Step 6

    How to create a private space for your dog

    Add decorative items such as bows and appliques. If you will be taking your crate to a dog show, you can use fabric paint or embroidery to put your dog’s name or your business name on your dog crate cover.

    Every dog deserves a loving home. Most of us would like to adopt every dog that we meet until we snap back to reality and realize that it is impossible to do. But there are still many ways to help! Whether it’s promoting a rescue shelter, volunteering, adopting a dog or donating items, every little thing helps a dog in need of a forever home.

    What all goes into running a dog shelter anyway?

    How to create a private space for your dog

    What Does it Take to Run a Shelter?

    To better understand what it takes to run a shelter we reached out to shelters that are featured on Sponsor.Dog. Fur Kids located in Georgia, 4 Luv of Dog Rescue in North Dakota and Homeward Animal Shelter in North Dakota gave us an amazing insight to the work and dedication it takes to run a shelter.

    Here is what we learned!

    On average how many dogs do you take in monthly?

    How many dogs do you have to turn away?

    One shelter said 5-10, another said 200 and the third said that rescuing pound dogs is a priority and they will have to turn away owner surrenders on occasion.

    What’s generally the reason a dog must be turned away?

    Lack of space at the shelter.

    How much does it typically cost to care for one dog?

    Before each dog is listed as available for adoption they are fully vetted. They receive vaccinations (Distemper/Parvo, Rabies, Bordatella), a wellness exam, and spay/neuter as age appropriate. They also receive a 4DX test to check for heartworm and tick-borne diseases as well as heartworm preventative and flea/tick treatment. For a normal healthy dog without any other medical issues, this veterinary care costs around $200.

    In addition, dogs at the shelter need to be fed, entertained and trained. That requires dog food, treats, toys, beds and more.

    What are the typical expenses of caring for a dog?

    Medical care, food, housing costs, costs for trainers, hiring staff to care for them, cleaning supplies and toys. Those costs can really add up.

    What resources do you use if your shelter becomes full?

    Fostering is a great option if people are willing to open their homes. Generally, the rescue or shelter will provide the foster family with supplies for housing the dogs.

    Paid boarding facilities are another option but at the cost of around $20/day, this can add up quickly.

    What are the expenses of actually having the shelter space?

    Monthly lease, utilities, cleaning supplies, all run around $2,250/month.

    What are the most expensive supplies that you need?

    Veterinary care, flea/tick treatment/heartworm prevention, food, and training care.

    What are you most in need of?

    4 Luv of Dog Rescue said, “Volunteers! As for material supplies, durable chews and toys are always appreciated by our building dogs.

    The other shelters that we spoke with said monetary donations and donated vet or training care!

    Does fostering cost the foster parent anything?

    No! 4 Luv of Dog Rescue provides veterinary care, crates, food, toys, etc. for the fostering family. They also provide behavioral help if needed and have a weekly foster training class that fosters can attend. “Our fosters are an integral part of the applications process and are able to visit and get to know adopters as well.”

    A lot of money, time, effort, passion and love goes into running a rescue shelter and saving dogs. Every donation helps. New leashes mean more dogs to walk. New treats can help with training. And every pup loves getting a new toy! Everything helps and everything is appreciated! We thank you for what you do for all the pups out there! We hope you found this post helpful and informational.

    Want more information on how to give back to a dog in need? Check out these blogs.

    About Hannah Savoy

    Hannah used to be the Marketing Manager at dogIDs before heading on to new opportunities. She spends most of her time focused on emails, digital ads and social media. Hannah is a dog lover and can talk for hours about her furry nephews and nieces. She hopes to have a furry friend of her own very soon!

    Have you ever wondered why your dog spends so much time hiding under the bed or a table? There are several reasons why this common dog behavior might be happening, and some of which are more concerning than others. If your pup insists on scurrying under the bed or a table to hide, there are a few likely explanations.

    1. They Love Private Spaces

    For many dogs, hiding under a bed or table out of sight can feel like a personal safe space.

    “That’s their fun little fort to relax in,” says Jessika Jake, a CATCH Canine Academy certified dog trainer based in San Diego, California. “They like the little den environment.”

    Jake says her Pomeranian is always searching for new hiding spaces around her home. However, she adds that there’s also a permanence in a bed or table that a dog might find comforting. Unlike a mat or a chair that might often be moved, dogs can depend on certain locations to remain unchanged.

    2. They’re Afraid

    “If there’s something scary going on, dogs love to find a hiding spot,” says Jake. “A bed or table might be a great spot where they like to go hide.”

    Anything from a loud car alarm to fireworks might scare your pup. Jake’s dog was fearful of fireworks, so to help ease his worried mind, she gave him treats every time she heard fireworks. After enough repetition, her dog eventually learned to expect a treat whenever he heard loud noises.

    Jake recommends using a soft voice to help calm your dog when they’re afraid. Next, try removing them from the environment. Ideally, get them somewhere safe and far away from whatever is scaring them.

    3. They’re Physically Ill or Injured

    “If they’re not feeling so well, they might find a place to hide,” affirms Jake.

    When Jake’s dog was stung by a bee, he hid behind the toilet as a way to cope. If your dog is hiding and it’s not typical behavior, take a closer look to ensure they’re feeling well. At the first sign of any symptoms of illness or injury, visit your veterinarian to assess the situation.

    4. They’re Looking For Food

    There’s often an easy explanation for why dogs spend so much time under the kitchen table in particular. That is, they know they might find food there.

    “If you have a dog that likes to supervise what you’re cooking and eating, they know they’re going to get it. Things like that hold their interest,” says Jake.

    To keep them from loitering or begging, train them to stay out of the room while you are cooking or eating and reward them with treats for doing so.

    5. They’ve Found Something They Shouldn’t Have

    Your dog may have found a treat or food that fell on the floor and they’re trying to hide it under a bed or table. Some dogs will eat such foods alone to have it all to themselves

    According to Jake, her dog once hid under a coworker’s desk after finding a normally-forbidden blueberry to eat off of the floor.

    6. They Sense a Change in the Environment

    If your home is normally fairly quiet and you have people over, your dog might hide to find a quiet place. Often, dogs used to quiet homes find themselves surrounded by other dogs and people, and just need a break from the commotion. Dogs hiding under beds for these reasons will often come out when the environment has returned to normal.

    “They often don’t want any social connection,” says Jake. “It can be a way of saying, ‘I’m done playing.’”

    How To Get Your Dog Not To Hide Under Things

    To get your pup to stop spending so much time hiding under things, one approach is to train them to perform a different behavior. If your dog is hiding under the bed, ignore it. But when they’re laying on a mat or a rug, give them a treat. Keep at it and eventually, your dog will likely learn to change their behavior.

    “Reward what you want. Ignore what you don’t want. When they know you like something, they like to show it off,” states Jake.

    Know Your Dog

    “Get to know your dog and know what’s normal and not normal,” says Jake. If they suddenly hide under tables and that’s a new behavior, take note. It could be a sign of a stressed dog or a warning that’s something’s wrong. If you suspect your dog isn’t well, then head to vet to have them checked out as soon as possible.

    Need some help training your dog? While you may not be able to attend in-person training classes during COVID-19, we are here to help you virtually through AKC GoodDog! Helpline. This live telephone service connects you with a professional trainer who will offer unlimited, individualized advice on everything from behavioral issues to CGC prep to getting started in dog sports.

    Published January 18, 2022 by DFG Staff

    Figuring out how to bury a dog legally can require some research. Beyond just exploring where you can bury your dog (e.g. at home, in the backyard) or how deep you should dig your pet’s grave, it’s important to learn about the best way to prepare the body to avoid disease and any local laws regarding a proper dog burial.

    All this can be frustrating to think about when you’ve lost a beloved pet. Even if it’s something that you’ve prepared for, a dog’s death is not an easy thing to deal with. Just as with loved ones who have passed on, we often want to hold a burial for our pets. As a dog owner, this is an eventuality that you need to be prepared for. Check out our guide below to answer all your questions when wondering how to bury your pet at home, in your backyard.

    How to create a private space for your dog

    Can You Bury Your Pet At Home?

    If you own your own property and have a private backyard, burying your dog at home may be your best option. It is a way of always having your pet close to you, even after they have passed away. You will need to make sure it is legal to do so in your area. If you rent your home, it is also critical that you get your landlord’s permission to avoid the risk of eviction and/or litigation.

    If you do choose a home burial, make sure that the grave is not too shallow, not in a flowerbed that might be dug up, or near any gas lines. Below, we’ll discuss in more detail the best way to bury your dog and a few other factors to consider.

    How to create a private space for your dog

    How To Bury A Dog Legally

    There may be a special place that you would like to bury your dog, such as your backyard, in a garden, the special spot in the sun he used to lay out, or next to his favorite tree. Before you can do this, you need to check with your municipality to see if it is legal to do so. The regulations for burying pets at home can vary, depending on the city, as well as the zoning areas within cities.

    You will need to investigate your area’s ordinances, and you can usually find what you are looking for under “Animal Ordinances” on most city government websites. Here you will find the information you need to be able to legally bury your dog.

    How to create a private space for your dog

    Please not that the burial of any pet outside of your home or a cemetery is typically illegal so don’t expect to be allowed to dig a grave in a public location. The reason behind this is primarily health risks for the community. As your dog’s body decomposes, disease and bacteria become a possibility as well as soil and water contamination.

    How Deep Should You Bury A Dog?

    Once you know for certain that you can bury your dog at home, in the backyard or a specific area, you can begin to prepare the grave. When digging a grave, one of the most important facts is depth. It is recommended that you dig at least 4 feet deep to ensure that the grave is not going to be dug up by animals or your children when playing. But remember, be careful not to dig the grave around gas lines, sprinkler hoses, water sources, places that flood, or other hazards.

    How to create a private space for your dog

    Furthermore, as a body decomposes, it can create various health risks, especially if your pet died of a disease. The body should be contained or wrapped to lower the risk of contamination. You may want to consider a biodegradable pet casket or, if you’re on a budget, double wrapping the body in two heavy-duty plastic bags should do the trick.

    Other Ways To Treat Your Pet’s Remains with Dignity

    A funeral is a way of having some closure after the death of a loved one, including your pet. This is the last loving thing you will be able to do for your dog. To be able to say goodbye is important, and often, people have funerals so they are also able to view and touch (after special professional preparation) their beloved pet one last time. Ask your vet if there are any pet funeral services in the area, and if so, find out what your various options are so you can be prepared.

    How to create a private space for your dog

    Pet Cemeteries

    If you want to bury your pet but don’t own your own home, another option is to use the services of a pet cemetery. While having the discussion about the death of your dog, be sure to ask your veterinarian if there are any pet cemeteries and services in your area that she would recommend.

    Cremation

    Another option for your dog is to have her remains cremated. After, you will have her ashes, and can choose to keep them in an urn, or even place some of the ashes inside cremation jewelry so you can always feel close to your pet. Similarly, you can spread the ashes in the yard or bury the urn, with a marker at the grave site.

    How to create a private space for your dog

    Burying A Dog In The Backyard

    If you’ve decided that you wish to have a home burial for your pet, you need to make sure that you do it legally. Find out if there are any regulations in your municipality about pet burials, such as mandatory grave depths, what materials can be buried, etc. The laws regarding pet burials vary from region to region. You can get the information you need from your city or state’s Board of Health or Animal Control.

    T here are many benefits to spaying your dog. With this procedure done, you won’t have to worry about your pup going into heat every three weeks. All the complications of spaying that may present, are minimal compared to the possibility of puppies, and the increased risk of diseases.

    Furthermore, studies have shown that you can increase her life expectancy by spaying and decreasing her chance of future diseases, including breast cancer and uterine infections.

    With all of the benefits of spaying your female dog, it’s essential to consider the possible complications once you have decided.

    Typically, the potential issues after the surgery include infection, spay incontinence, opening an incision, seromas, and hernia.

    How to create a private space for your dog

    1. Infection

    How to create a private space for your dogYou should check your female pup for infection no less than twice each day.

    A condition will make the incision site red and hot to the touch. It could also cause the incision site to ooze blood or puss.

    An infection could occur if your dog excessively cleans or chews at the incision site. Do not allow any other pets in the home to lick the incision site either.

    Follow your veterinarian’s instructions on keeping the incision site clean to help minimize the possibility of infection.

    Usually, internal sutures, or stitches, are used to close the opening from spay surgery, so you will not be able to see visible stitches. Still, if infected or bothered, the sutures could open.

    2. Open Incision

    Even though the sutures are placed internally, there is a chance for your dog to loosen or break the sutures open. There is a greater risk for infection and a host of other problems by opening the Incision.

    Your dog may be able to open her sutures by licking or gnawing on the incision site. She may also open the Incision by tearing or breaking the sutures if she plays hard or exercises too much.

    To reduce the risk of your dog opening her Incision after her spay surgery, you may want to use an Elizabethian collar, more humorously known as “the cone of shame.”

    This dog cone-like collar attaches to your dog’s collar and will prevent your dog from licking or gnawing at the incision site even if you cannot watch her every move.

    3. Spay Incontinence

    How to create a private space for your dogThis post-spay complication does not show up immediately after your dog’s surgery.

    It might take some time for this complication to present itself. Spay incontinence happens because of the drop in your dog’s estrogen hormone levels.

    Your dog’s sphincter muscle is controlled in part by its estrogen hormone.

    By decreasing the hormone, your dog may not be able to hold her bladder. This complication is usually seen in dogs from larger breeds.

    If your dog is suffering from post-spay incontinence, talk to your veterinarian. The vet will be able to assess the animal and will potentially prescribe her medication.

    Supplemental estrogen and herbal supplements are commonly used to help the urinary health of your dog.

    Additionally, your veterinarian may suggest that you avoid certain grains, which could upset your dog’s urinary tract.

    How to create a private space for your dog

    4. Seromas

    A seroma is a lump or blister that occurs at, near, or under the incision site. Seromas are usually filled with fluid that could be watery in texture and red in color.

    If a puss emerges from the area, then your dog might have an abscess.

    An abscess is caused by a specific bacteria that has created an infection.

    Your veterinarian can adequately diagnose if your dog has a seroma or an abscess by examining the area and taking a fluid sample from the site in question.

    Often, seromas are painless and will clear up on their own. If you notice bumps or lumps with oozing puss at your female pup’s incision site, you should take her to the veterinarian.

    Generally, oozing puss indicates an abscess. Abscesses can be painful to your dog and indicate an infection that needs treatment.

    5. Hernia

    How to create a private space for your dogA hernia will look like a lump protruding from the abdomen near the incision site.

    If a hernia on a dog consists of fat only, then your puppy may not experience any pain.

    However, some hernias result from organs slipping through the abdominal wall, such as the intestine or bladder.

    If your dog has a hernia, it will most likely need surgery to correct the problem.

    Sometimes, hernias in dogs can be life-threatening, so if you suspect that she has a hernia, you should return to the veterinarian immediately.

    Other Issues to Be Aware Of

    In addition to post-spaying surgery complications, it is vital to discuss complications that could happen during the surgery itself.

    One possible complication during the surgery is that your female dog has a bad reaction to the anesthesia.

    However, there are tests that your veterinarian can do to ensure that she will not have an inadequate response to this.

    If you are worried about the possibility of an adverse reaction, or if you know that your dog has had a reaction to anesthesia in the past, it’s essential to talk to your vet before starting the surgery.

    Keep in mind that spay surgery is an effective procedure for your dog. Once the surgery is complete and your canine is back home, it is crucial to keep her calm, clean, and comfortable.

    You do not want to allow your pet to become overly excited or exert themselves. Follow the vet’s advice for aftercare to ensure that your dog is comfortable and has the most excellent chance of avoiding possible and dangerous complications.

    How to create a private space for your dogAfter the spay surgery, your veterinarian may suggest pain medication and antibiotics.

    Pain medication and antibiotics will likely decrease the potential for some of the spay above surgery complications.

    To make sure your pup gets the most of their pain medication and antibiotics, follow the dosage recommendations carefully.

    The animal may also show signs of post-surgery complications through vomiting, loose stool, panting excessively, or experiencing breathing problems.

    If you suspect that your female dog has a complication from their spay surgery, get her back to the veterinarian as soon as possible to prevent any further damage or worse issues.

    How to create a private space for your dog

    Sometimes, you have to plant a privacy screen fast. Whether you have just built a fence that the neighbors think is unsightly or your neighbor has just built a shrine to aliens, sometimes you just need plants that grow fast and can block the view. You have many options available to you if you are wondering what to plant for privacy.

    Plants That Mature Fast

    Bamboo – A fast growing plant that makes a great privacy screen is bamboo. This tall ornamental grass comes in a variety of species, one of which will fit your needs. Be careful though, some varieties of bamboo can be invasive and must be planted with this in mind.

    Thuja or arborvitae – This evergreen tree is a popular option when it comes to what to plant for privacy. Arborvitae can grow literally several feet (.9 m.) a year and many species grow in a tightly confined space, which means several of them can be planted close to each other without a problem.

    Cypress – Cypress and Thuja are often confused with one another due to the fact that they look very similar and are both fast growing plants, but they are not related. Cypress also grows very tall and narrow, meaning it can be planted close together to as a privacy screen.

    Ivy, Clematis or Hops – If you are trying to cover a fence quickly, you have many vine options available to you. Some vining plants that grow fast are ivy, clematis or hops. These plants will quickly cover a fence and provide privacy.

    Rose of Sharon – Not only can you plant a privacy screen with a Rose of Sharon, but it will provide you with plenty of lovely flowers in the summer. The plant grows lush and tall in the summer and loses its leaves in the winter, making it a nice plant if summer only privacy is needed.

    Plants that mature fast can be a boon to a gardener trying to figure out what to plant for privacy. Quick growing plants to block views will add privacy to your yard and attractive green features.

    Create your new favorite “sitting spot”

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    Creating garden “rooms”—separated areas in a garden—adds an element of surprise to your landscape, no matter what size it is. You can create distinct zones for different uses and divide them off from each other with a feature, such as a pergola, shrub, or fencing. Garden rooms also provide a way to indulge in plants that might not work well together. If you keep them in separate rooms, they will all work fine.

    What Is a Garden Room?

    Let’s start with what a garden room is not. It is not decorating your patio with floral-printed furniture and adding a couple of potted plants. An inviting patio makes a nice transition from the house to the garden, but it is not necessarily a garden room.

    Rooms, whether in homes or in gardens, are spaces separated by some type of wall. In the garden, this can be accomplished with hedges, trees and shrubs, vines, or fences and other structures. They don’t have to be 8 feet tall; they just have to give a sense of separation, to give you a defined space to design and use.

    The Sissinghurst Castle Garden was influential in popularizing the concept of garden rooms. It uses a geometric hedge to create formal garden areas, but you could use this overall concept in a more casual way as well. Instead of a clipped hedge, you could create your walls with a row of lilacs, tall grasses, or maybe runner beans trained on two trellises to create an entryway.

    When your wall or walls block the immediate view of the room so that it is isolated from the rest of the garden, it creates both a sense of enclosure and discovery.

    Why Create Garden Rooms?

    Aesthetically, garden rooms can make your landscape appear larger. When the entire yard is open, your eyes take in the whole space with one sweeping glance. When the view is obstructed, your perspective becomes more focused, and you observe your garden in much smaller chunks.

    Creating separated rooms also allows gardeners to play with different color schemes or styles without creating chaos. You can have a bright, hot, tropical space and a calming pastel cottage garden without having the plants compete with each other for attention. You can always unify the disparate sections by repeating the hardscaping or a handful of plants.

    Practically speaking, garden rooms can be used to create spaces for different functions, such as a dining area, a play area, a place for contemplation, or an edible garden. One approach is to view your garden like a house. Design the layout of a kitchen, a living room, a family room, playroom, and a place to rest, but don’t let that idea confine you. You can get away with a lot more fantasy outdoors.

    How to Get Started

    First, decide what you want to do in the room. Whether it’s to experiment with color or to create a fort for young children, the room’s creation begins with its intended purpose. Think about the paths you already take in your yard. You don’t want to obstruct the main entry, but you do want to divert travelers so that they have to go around a corner to discover the room.

    Consider the views from within the room and of the room. Will placing a “wall” in a particular location block a view from in the house or create intrigue? Would placing the wall there block sunlight from getting into the room?

    After you have the intent and the site, you can begin to consider what type of plant or structure will create the divider between it and other areas of the garden.

    Designing the Garden Room

    After the walls’ locations are planned, then the real fun starts. You get to “furnish” the room. The options are limitless. Some ideas to consider:

    • Do you want hardscaping, mulch, or a grass floor? Will there be a path to the room?
    • Will there be any structures within the room, such as a pergola, seating area, fire pit, or water feature? How about other focal points such as bird baths, statues or other outdoor artwork that will need to be placed before the plants can go in?
    • Do you need to provide electrical access for lighting, pumps, or entertainment?

    When you’re choosing plants, don’t focus only on color, height, and the smell of the plants. You can also include sound, touch, and even taste. You might also want to take pollinator attraction into account. (Think trumpet vines on a trellis for hummingbirds or butterfly bushes within sight of the seating area or as walls.)

    Most importantly, make it a space you want to discover and spend time in. You can start with a room for dining and entertaining that creates a passage from the house and opens into the larger garden, or take an already enclosed space, such as your vegetable garden, and add a table and other sensory elements to it.

    Play with creating your first secluded space, and you can easily find yourself expanding the idea further. But don’t let yourself get overwhelmed with the options. The best gardens take years to mature. You can always revise things as you go, too. It’s better to start small and add to it over time than to never attempt to create your new favorite “sitting spot.” As a bonus, you may even find that you spend more time in the garden enjoying it after the addition of a dedicated room to spend time in.

    How to create a private space for your dog

    You’ve heard the complaints from the members of the community: dogs barking, dog messes, dogs off-leash and scaring others. What can you as a Board member to do control this problem and create harmony? Do you have ample space in the community common area to develop a dog park? If so, consider establishing a Dog Park Committee to work on this problem. Here are some helpful tips on what can be done.

    Bow-Wow Benefits
    • An enclosed dog park where dogs can play together off-leash is a tremendous community enhancement.
    • The dogs have a safe environment to play (no more off-leash maneuvers on the streets or the dodging of vehicles).
    • By having dogs in an enclosed play area, this prevents off-leash dogs from chasing community residents and park users such as joggers, small children, and those who may be fearful of dogs.
    • Dogs, by their nature, help deter crime.
    • A well-exercised dog is a happier and healthier dog, making it less likely that the dog will be a nuisance to neighbors by barking or destroying property.
    • Dogs create a sense of community. People are brought together in a dog park and conversations begin, much like people with children are brought together in school and through other related activities.
    • Many public parks and public schools prohibit dog owners from exercising their dogs on private property – – – thus necessitating that citizens break the law to find a nice recreational setting for their dogs.
    Dogs Need Rules and Regulations Too

    Just as the members of the community have restrictions, so should the dog and dog owner who use the dog park:

    • Owners should make sure that puppies and dogs are properly inoculated, are healthy (have no contagious conditions or diseases), and are parasite-free (both internally and externally).
    • It’s important to encourage pleasurable time for the dogs, but dog fighting prevention is key to a favorable visit to the dog park. Owners should discuss with other owners if there is potential for discord between animals.
    • Aggressive dogs (or people) should not enter the dog park.
    • No female dogs in heat should enter the park at any time.
    • Owners must always clean up after their dogs.
    • The community must maintain open and closing hours for the dog park so that nearby residents are not disturbed by any noise.
    • Toddlers and small children should not be permitted inside the dog park.
    • Food must be left outside the dog park, as doing otherwise may encourage dogfights.
    • For safety reasons, pet owners should remove any collars or restraints that may become hazardous to dogs while they play with other dogs.

    How to create a private space for your dog

    Ready to Begin the First Steps?

    If you think that a dog park might work for your community, why not look at some ways to begin? Keep in mind that you are supporting a cause for those that can’t speak for themselves.

    Begin by seeking out a space in the common area of your community. There are many websites that offer suggestions on how large a space is required for a successful dog park. Remember that key features include: (1) entry – double gated; (2) shade & water: (3) adequate drainage; (4) grass area with routine maintenance; (5) waste scooper stations; (6) benches; (7) wheelchair accessible; (8) safe location – not isolated.

    Community involvement is also a must. Organizers should post, mail, and distribute notices with relevant dog run information to encourage community members to participate. They should also prepare a list of reasons that a dog run will benefit the community (including the non-dog-owning public). It is wise to find out if other dog parks exist in the area that can be used as an example for fellow residents to visit. One can also seek out endorsements from local veterinarians, community leaders, and celebrities who support the cause. Finally, it is worthwhile to conduct meetings and events where dog owners and other dog park supporters can speak to promote the concept.

    How do you finance this project? While homeowner assessments are one method, organizers should look for ways to finance the dog park by means other than using the association’s funds. Dog park usage fees may be established that apply only to dog owners who frequent the facility. Sponsorship opportunities from local veterinarians, pet supply stores, the humane society, dog trainers, dog clubs, or other organizations which would support your efforts provide another avenue. Donations of products (doggie bags, cleanup material) are always welcome. Your homeowner group might even generate income by seeking out a dog trainer who would be interested in renting the dog facility for his/her business needs. (Note: As with any new venture, consult your insurance professional to assure adequate property and casualty coverages are in force.)

    Don’t be discouraged by initial reaction to your concept. Some members may be opposed to spending association funds for such an endeavor. Others will see this as one more future maintenance issue for the community. However, your greatest chance for success will come by having an organized plan, a charismatic spokesperson, and a positive outlook on what this can do for your community. In the end, the project will prove to be about far more than developing a dog park. It will serve as one more means to build a spirit of community within your neighborhood.

    You’re bringing home a new dog. You’ve searched for the right adult dog to become a member of your family. After careful thought and planning, the day has come.

    It’s important to recognize that, although you had a chance to think this through, your new dog has no idea that an unknown family, strange household, and different expectations are about to become his new reality. The dog will need at least a few months to develop trust, feel comfortable, and learn his role.

    Here are a few suggestions to help you make your new canine pal feel at home.

    Plan Ahead

    A dog with big brown eyes who lies quietly in the corner may pluck at your heartstrings, but try to resist until you’ve asked yourself these questions:

    • What size dog can you handle? It helps to be in good physical shape to train and control a large dog.
    • Do you want a male or female? If you have another dog, trainers suggest getting a dog of the opposite sex.
    • What is your family like? Some dogs don’t enjoy children, and some consider cats to be prey.
    • What do you want a dog for? If you’re a hiker, you want an athletic dog. If you prefer staying home, your dog needs to enjoy hunkering down by your feet or on your lap.
    • Do you have time to dedicate to your new dog? If you have a trip coming up that would force you to leave the new dog behind – wait to get a dog.
    • Is your housesafefor a new dog? Even older dogs get into cleaning products, human foods that are bad for them, kids’ toys, or poisonous plants.
    • Do you have the supplies you’ll need right away? You need: leash, collar, ID tag, dog food, bowls, training treats, dog bed, blanket, crate, gate or pen, and a veterinarian.
    • Can you get a piece of bedding or toys with the scents of the former or foster home? These may offer comfort in a new place.
    • What are the rules? Decide where you want the dog to eat and sleep, whether jumping on people or furniture is allowed – and tell everyone in the household.

    Day One

    You won’t know how your dog will act in the car, so confining him with a crate or a seatbelt harness is a good idea. Take someone else along to allow you to ride near the dog.

    • When you pick up your dog, early in the day if possible, ask when he was fed. Feed the same food on the same schedule at first.
    • As soon as you get home, take the dog to the area where you want him to relieve himself – always on a leash. If he does go, give him a treat and praise.
    • In the house, confine his space. Gate or pen him in the room where you’ll be, or use a leash or long-line to keep him close. Give him some quiet time to rest and feel secure.
    • Introduce the dog to household members calmly, one at a time. Wait to allow other people to visit. Supervise carefully when your dog meets children.
    • Start him off where you want him to be later – put his crate or dog bed in your bedroom. Put his food and water dish someplace he’ll feel safe, so you don’t stimulate guarding behavior.
    • Keep your new dog separate from other pets. You can introduce them outside on neutral ground while on leashes – for just a few minutes. In the house, use crates, pens, and gates to keep them apart.

    Orientation Period

    Continue a daily routine. Dogs are creatures of habit, and they’re most relaxed when they know what to expect of you and what you expect of them.

    • Keep the dog on the same diet for at least two weeks. If you want to switch foods, do it gradually, mixing the old food with the new one.
    • Reinforce positive behaviors. When your new dog does something you approve of, reward with praise and treats.
    • Be patient with housetraining, and treat the dog the way you would a puppy – keeping an eye on him whenever he’s not confined and giving him frequent walks outside. Just because he was housetrained somewhere else doesn’t mean he understands how that works at your house.
    • Visit your veterinarian. The first visit should be a greet and treat to get him comfortable.

    Getting Onboard

    Stay calm and patient, warm and welcoming. A dog who’s anxious and insecure in a new environment can take months to show trust and affection.

    • Continue introducing your new dog to your other dog gradually. Take them on a walk together. Keep their food dishes, toys, and treats separate.
    • Don’t take your dog many other places until he’s had a chance to adjust to the new surroundings. If you have to go out, leave and return calmly to prevent separation anxiety.
    • If the dog displays behavior issues you’re not sure how to deal with, check with an animal behaviorist.
    • Beware of the escapists who rush the door whenever someone enters. Keep the dog attached to you, confined, or supervised at all times. Register your contact information with his microchip number.

    Bottom Line

    Patricia McConnell, animal behaviorist, ethologist, and author of Love Has No Age Limit: Welcoming an Adopted Dog into Your Home, says many dog trainers and behaviorists, when welcoming a new adult dog into their household, believe in the magic of threes.

    “For the first three days, dogs are often in a bit of shock, and don’t show you too much about who they are until they’ve been there a few days. After three weeks, many dogs have settled and behave as though they feel like they are home now, but they really don’t fit into your routine until about three months have gone by.”

    Give it time. Remember, even if you’re doing everything right, a new adult dog may take a while to feel at home. But it’s worth the wait.

    by Reader Contributors

    How to create a private space for your dog

    Do you need a pet-safe dog repellent to keep neighborhood dogs off your lawn? Our frugal readers share their most effective tips for humanely keeping dogs out of your yard.

    Dear Dollar Stretcher,

    I’m looking for something that I can spray or sprinkle on my front lawn that will repel the neighborhood dogs. I have a lot of burned circles from the urine of one particular female dog and apparently her “marking” my lawn as her latrine is attracting other dogs to urinate and defecate there as well.

    I remember from my childhood an elderly neighbor who sprayed something around the perimeter of his property to stop his cat and dog from wandering to other people’s property. Unfortunately, no one bothered to ask the old man what he was using to keep the dog’s out of his yard.

    Anyway, I’m sure it was a home remedy that would be a big help to me. I’ve tried the expensive commercial products, but I haven’t had any success. Do any of your readers have any low cost home remedies for keeping dogs out of your yard?
    Charlie

    Low-Cost Tips for Keeping Dogs Out of Your Yard?

    We asked this question of our frugal readers. Here are some of the low cost solutions they sent in to us for how to keep dogs out of our yard:

    Discourage Dogs with Potatoes

    Semi-rotting potatoes repells dogs from coming around.
    Amy

    Try a Gardener’s Trick for Repelling Dogs

    You can use cayenne and red pepper mix. The strong smell deters them. I have seen the exact recipe on several gardening websites.
    A.

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    Keep Dogs Out of Your Yard with Vinegar

    I read that if you spray the edge of your yard with vinegar, it would deter dogs/cats from coming into your yard. After a few weeks, they will remember that awful smell and bypass your yard. You have to re-spray after a rain.
    Linda

    Ammonia to Keep Dogs Out of Yard?

    I know that you can use ammonia on your trash to keep nosey dogs out. Perhaps it would help keep the neighborhood animals away. I’m not sure if this is completely “harmless.” Surely the animals won’t lick at something that smells that putrid.
    C.

    Spice Deters Dogs

    I have heard that Cayenne Pepper works. You simply sprinkle the Cayenne Pepper around the area where they have gone and they won’t return to the same spot. To deter them from doing so in the first place, you could sprinkle a border of cayenne pepper to prevent them from crossing onto your lawn.
    Chris

    Send Them Sneezing

    I have used ground black pepper to keep dogs, cats and skunks away from my house and garden. One sniff of the pepper will send them running off sneezing. Next time, they will leave without marking your property.
    Dean

    A Unique Solution for Keeping Dogs Off Your Lawn

    This will sound strange, but adult male human urine has hormones in it that repels other mammals. It makes use of the fact that males mark territory with urine. Such marking is taken as a “do not trespass” message. It will also deter rabbits, deer, etc. And odds are very high that the older man you knew was well aware of this fact but was too embarrassed to share his “secret.”
    Debbie

    Scare Them Away

    You might try a motion-activated sprinkler that sprays with full garden hose pressure. It’s called the Scarecrow. Do an Internet search with the words “scarecrow,” “spray,” and “motion” and you will find several online places that sell it.

    I’m assuming you’ve tried talking with the dogs’ owners if you can identify them. I think it’s very irresponsible of them and gives pet owners a bad reputation. They should have fenced yards for their pets.
    Diane

    How to create a private space for your dog

    Call the Dog Catcher

    Isn’t there a leash law where you live? Call the dog catcher. Why should you have to put potentially harmful chemicals in your yard? It is the dog owner’s responsibility to control their animal.

    I have three dogs. They don’t roam around to kill other peoples’ grass, get in the trash, or possibly bite someone.
    Gregg

    Trick the Dog Owners into Keeping their Dogs Out

    I’ve got a tried and true remedy for dogs using your lawn as their personal privy. Fill gallon jugs with water. Place them around the perimeter of your yard, every 3′ or so. Your neighbors will ask you what the jugs are for and you can tell them that you’re sick and tired of dogs messing up your yard and you heard that this would do the trick. It worked for me.
    Joanne in California

    Spray Listerine on Lawn

    How can you keep dogs out of your yard? You can spray Listerine on the lawn. You can buy generic or store brand since the name brand is expensive.
    Kathy

    “Dog-B-Gone” Tonic

    According to Jerry Baker, “America’s Master Gardener,” in his book Green Grass Magic, if a dog urinates on your lawn, water it immediately to dilute the urine and minimize the damage. He also gives a recipe for his “Dog-B-Gone Tonic” which contains:

    2 cloves garlic
    2 small onions
    1 jalapeno pepper
    1 T. cayenne pepper
    1 T. Tabasco sauce
    1 T. chili powder
    1 T. liquid dish soap
    1 qt. warm water

    Chop up the garlic and onions and combine all ingredients. Let it sit for 24 hours, strain through cheesecloth, and then sprinkle on the areas that you want dogs to keep away from.
    Karen

    Get a Spray

    This reader needs to look for dog repellant spray at a home and garden center. I have used a formula for chipmunks and rabbits and I was very surprised at how well it works – without harming any animals, plants or the environment.
    Shelley

    Good Fences…

    I say get a fence. Back home growing up in NJ that happened a lot, even a small picket fence along just the front will keep them off. Might look very nice, too.
    TSM

    They Hate Moth Balls

    Animals don’t like the odor of moth balls so place a few of them especially where other dogs have done their business to keep them from marking their territory, too. It’s best if you can put the mothballs into a container that has holes so that the dogs can smell them, but where the container is too big for them to swallow. The goal is to chase them away, not to harm them.
    Angel

    Security and privacy is something very important in our mobiles and Huawei aware of this offers us in EMUI a series of options that allow us to hide applications and also photos. It is a trick based on what is known as a private space that allows us to make invisible on our mobile everything we do not want to see available to everyone.

    Regardless of what our Huawei mobile is, we will be able to use it, we only need to have EMUI 8 or a higher version and we can take advantage of it. It is a function with several ins and outs and therefore we are going to go step by step explaining how to use it. First we have to activate it and then we will continue with its options.

    How to activate the private space with EMUI

    The first thing we have to do before starting to hide everything we want on our Huawei mobile is to activate the space that Huawei enables on their mobiles.

    • To activate it we go to the Settings and tap on Security and privacy.
    • Then we choose the Private space option.
    • Now we just have to enable this function and continue the steps.

    After these steps we will be asked to create a pin or password that must be different from the one we normally use, in this way if someone can access our mobile they will not be able to access this private space as well.

    Hide photos in private space

    To hide the photographs that we do not want anyone else to see, we will have to repeat these same steps and at the top of all the options in the private space we will see the option ” Move from the main space to the private space “. Inside, the option of photos and music will appear, making it possible for us to see them in a few seconds and no one else can access them.

    Hide applications and all files

    In case we not only want to hide the photos, we can also resort to an advanced trick of the private space to hide the apps, we will have to follow some simple steps:

    • We go to the Settings and then Security and privacy.
    • Then taken in private space.
    • We select the option to hide private space.

    With this we will ensure that nobody can access our space, but we still have an important change to make it easier for us to use . Right below there is an option called “Password protection” and with this what we will do is use the pin or password that we use for this space on the lock screen. This way we will be the only ones who have access to those hidden photos and the apps that we don’t want anyone else to see.

    How to create a private space for your dog

    How to create a private space for your dog

    How to Keep Your Dog from Licking Their Stitches After Surgery

    After surgery, your dog will struggle with recovery. Even small procedures can make them uncomfortable. When dogs try to nurse themselves, they have a tendency to lick. Licking can clean an area, but it can do more harm than good when your dog has stitches. Let’s talk about how to keep your dog from licking their stitches after surgery.

    Care of Surgical Incisions

    Whether your dog has been spayed or neutered or had a cut sewed up, there are some basics to know about wound care in dogs.

    Here’s some advice from VCA Hospitals, “Under no circumstances should a dog with a fresh surgical incision be allowed to run off-leash. Restrict your dog’s activity for a period of 7-14 days, to allow the incision to begin healing. When you do take your dog outdoors, keep him on a short leash, and avoid long walks.”

    In addition to the above, don’t let your dog jump or play too forcefully with other dogs. Stretching the incision area could cause the stitch to break and cause your dog to bleed. You should not bathe our dog or allow the incision area to become wet. While you might be compelled to do so, don’t apply anything to the healing area – no ointments and no alcohol or hydrogen peroxide. These powerful liquids may damage fragile, healing cells.

    A healthy, healing incision should be normal color or slightly red or pink. You may see bruising on pale dogs. Within the first day of getting surgery, the wound may ooze a little blood, especially if your dog is more active. Once you’re home and settled, you might notice your dog paying too much attention to their stitches.

    How to Keep Your Dog from Licking Their Stitches

    Cone Collars

    Cone collars are also known as Elizabethan collars or “e-collars.” This is the most common prescription after dogs get surgery. They are designed to wrap around your dog’s neck and head and keep your dog from licking their stitches. In general, dogs dislike the collar. Some dogs take several days to get used to wearing it. Dogs wearing an Elizabethan collar bump into things, have trouble eating, etc. So, be sure to monitor them while they are in recovery to make sure they are getting to eat or drink.

    Shirts

    Onesies and old t-shirts can be used to keep your dog from licking their stitches. Just put the shirt on them to cover the incision area! Dogs may give their new outfit the “slip.” So, be sure to supervise them. Also, remember to never let your dog sleep in their crate in clothing. It can put your dog at risk of injury or suffocation.

    Bitter Tastes

    There are some products you can buy from pet stores and online vendors that are to be applied around the incision (not on the incision) on unbroken skin to deter your dog from licking the area. Ingredients like bitter orange and other natural bitter flavors are used. Of course, you should be careful of any product your pet can ingest. When it comes to these types of products, proceed with caution.

    What Your Vet Might Ask You to Do or Watch Out for After Surgery

    Your veterinarian will tell you what to expect in the days after surgery. Here are some things you may need to do depending on your dog’s procedure:

    • Take medications as directed.
    • Clean the area of any discharge at least twice a day.
    • Bring your dog back into the vet to have the stent (surgical drain) removed.
    • Confine your dog to a crate or isolated space.

    By knowing what you expect, you’ll be better able to help your dog after their surgery. Be prepared to care for your dog

    How to create a private space for your dog

    Last Updated on December 27, 2019

    I have always been a homebody. There’s nothing that quite beats the feeling of coming home from a long day, changing into comfy clothes, and relaxing in my own little space.

    Home is the place where I can fully be myself and let myself unwind. Over the years, I’ve learned that comfort is one of those things I truly value in life. I love to feel like I’m at home wherever I am, whether that’s in a hotel or spending the night at a friend’s house.

    How to create a private space for your dog

    I also don’t take for granted the fact that I have the means and ability to feel comfortable when others may not. For some, home might not always feel like a positive place. Others may not even know what home really feels like.

    However, I think we all crave a place that make us feel safe and comforted. That’s why it’s important to make the space around you as peaceful and calm as possible, even if it’s just your desk or a corner of the room. After all, if your space feels overwhelming, you’ll probably have a hard time relaxing.

    Once you know what things make you feel more comfortable, it becomes a lot easier to feel comfortable wherever you are. In this post, I’m sharing some tips and ideas for making the space around you as peaceful and zen as possible!

    How To Create A Peaceful Space Around You

    How to create a private space for your dog

    Tip #1 | Clutter-Free

    I like to say that clutter is the enemy of calm, so start out by decluttering your space. Whether it’s your living room, bedroom, desk or another space you spend a lot of time in, declutter to get rid of anything around you that doesn’t need to be there. Put stuff away and out of sight or make the commitment to permanently get rid of things. You can always check out my guide to decluttering your home for some tips!

    Tip #2 | Memories

    Spend a little time getting in tune with what makes you feel at home. Do you have any fond memories of places that felt calm when you were growing up? I remember always feeling comfortable at my grandparents house when I’d visit with my sister. Think about places that have made you feel comfortable in the past and try to infuse some of that into your current space. You could even put up something as simple as a photograph of the people who make you feel comfortable so you can remember them every time you look at it.

    How to create a private space for your dog

    Tip #3 | Life

    Are you a plant freak like I am? Although I always struggle to keep them alive, I think plants add such a calming feel to a room. Aloe, snake plant (also called mother-in-law’s tongue), and jade plant are all relatively easy to take care of, and you can usually find them at IKEA for a reasonable price. Better yet, find some realistic fake plants and let them take care of themselves.

    Tip #4 | Scent

    Scent can have a powerful effect on the way you feel about a place. I always have a selection of different candles in my room because certain smells are comforting to me, and I’ve re-purchased this Balsam & Cedar candle many times because I love the scent so much. The same goes for essential oils. I often put a few drops of lavender essential oil in my diffuser before bed to help me unwind. Adding some calming scents to your space is a great idea when you need to relax. Check out my essential oil recipe post here for some inspiration.

    How to create a private space for your dog

    Tip #5 | Color

    Color can make a huge difference in the mood of your space. I personally like a white, minimalistic look with pops of green (from the plants!) and pink because it makes me feel calmer. You might find that colors like blue or gray calm you down. On the other hand, maybe you prefer bright colors because they put you in a good mood. Think about the types of colors that make you feel good and try adding more of them them into your space.

    Tip #6 | Sound

    Music is one of the most comforting things out there. If you agree, find a great playlist that you can put on when you get home and use that as a tool to unwind. Another thing you might not recognize as comforting is the sound of other people (as long as they’re not people you don’t like. Ha!). I’ll admit that I feel comforted by the sound of people talking, so often I’ll turn on a podcast or YouTube video and leave it playing in the background if I’m home alone.

    How to create a private space for your dog

    Tip #7 | Warmth

    If you’ve been following me for any amount of time, you’ll know I’m a massive fan of tea. Not only do I drink it all the time because it tastes good, I also drink it because the act of drinking something warm is comforting to me (without the added sugar of other drinks). There’s something so peaceful about the process of brewing a cup of tea and sipping on it slowly, whether I’m at my desk, in bed, or on the go. Think about ways that you can add warmth to your space, whether it’s drinking tea or hot chocolate, or maybe even something as simple as changing into warm and cozy socks at the end of the day.

    What makes you feel at home?

    Use these ideas as encouragement to get in tune with what makes you feel comfortable. That way, you can make yourself feel at ease whenever you get stressed out or wound up. The next time you’re away from home or feeling particularly unsettled, remember that there are plenty of ways to create a peaceful space around you!

    To those who worry that their house or yard “isn’t big enough” to have a dog : you don’t need a big house or a big yard to have a big dog. All you need is a big heart and a big commitment

    HOW MUCH ROOM DOES A (BIG) DOG NEED ?

    by Pam Green © 1995

    As A Rescue worker for a fairly large breed (Bouvier), I am sometimes consulted by prospective adopters who worry that their apartment/house and/or their yard “isn’t big enough” to allow them to have a large dog. They assume that a big dog needs lots of room indoors and outdoors. They assume wrong.

    You don’t need a big house or a big yard to have a big dog. All you need is a big heart and a big commitment —- which you need for any dog.

    ROOM INDOORS

    Adult dogs of most of the larger breeds of dog are relatively inactive indoors. Some are positively indolent and lazy indoors, prefering to lounge around 95% of the time, and getting more active only when they percieve that something exciting (dinner, a walk, a ride in the car, etc) is about to happen. This is definitely the case for the normal adult Bouvier, who prefers to lounge around in the vicinity of the favorite person when she/he is home or in a really comfortable spot (the sofa being ideal) when no one is home. So how much lounge room does a big dog need? Well I have found that a 24″ to 28″ shoulder height, 70 to 90 lb Bouvier can stretch out fully and luxuriously on a pillow or dog-mat ranging from 24″ X 30″ to 34″ X 34″. Thus if you’ve got 3 ft X 3 ft of floor space on your bedroom floor and a similar amount in the room where you spend most of your at home time, you have plenty of room indoors. If you allow your dog to share your bed and sofa, you don’t need extra floor space at all.

    Dogs can and will pack themselves into much smaller spaces. Right now as I write this, of my current 8 dogs 5 are lying packed together like sardines on the very limited floor-space of my little office room; of the other 3, one is confined to a crate for medical reasons (recovery from an injury, requiring minimizing all activity) and the other 2 are socially submissive dogs who usually choose to stay out of the way of the more dominant ones, thus are lying on favorite pillows in adjacent rooms. At night, my bedroom floor is carpeted in wall-to-wall living fur.

    Puppies and youthful dogs of these same breeds do have periods of intense activity, indoors or out, though they too are loafing a great deal of the time. Such dogs if given plenty of outdoor exercise will be able to get along with fairly limited house-space. Whenever the pup does feel energetic, you have only to go outdoors to play with him and work the energy off.

    Many of the smaller breeds are highly active indoors. These dogs can get a lot of exercise within a fairly small home, but the activity level involved may be very hard on your nerves.

    In short, so long as you pick the right breed, preferably an adult, you can have a big dog in a small home — unless you are living in something the size of an Apollo space capsule.

    ROOM OUTDOORS

    Room outdoors serves two distinct functions : (1) the toilet, which dog people often euphemistically refer to as “exercise” and (2) real genuine physical exercise, ie activity.

    The toilet function can be satisfied in a very small area. If you have a patio or a tiny little yard, as little as 4 ft X 6 ft or (preferably) 6 X 10 ft (the size of many kennel runs), your dog can relieve himself comfortably. If this yard communicates with your house by a dog-door, so much the better as then the dog can use it whenever he needs to, without asking you to let him out. For male dogs, the addition of a small shrub or a post as target for leg-lifting will be much appreciated. Of course if your yard is this tiny, then you do have to be willing to scoop up (and, if paved, hose off) quite often. If you live on an upper floor apartment or condo, a small balcony can be used as a toilet yard if and only if it is fenced/barricaded in a way that absolutely prevents the dog from jumping off or falling off, consequences of which would be crippling or fatal.

    If you have no private outdoor space at all, then all toilet functions must be satisfied by on-leash walks, which must be provided every day regardless of weather or your health and personal wishes. The absolute minimum of walks for a healthy adult dog would be first thing in the morning, last thing at night, and twice in between. (A puppy up to a year or an old dog need more frequent toilet breaks.) If you are away from home for 8 or 10 hours at a stretch, this means finding (and usually paying) someone to do a mid-day walk. The only alternative is indoor toileting : a “litter box” or “paper training” situation, with your kitchen or bathroom floor as the victim. In this case, the advantage of a small dog, preferably female, is obvious.

    The exercise function does require more room, but it does not need to be room that you own or exclusively use. Off-leash play must take place in safe surroundings, which generally means fenced surroundings or else an area very remote from traffic and all other dangers — and then only with a very well trained dog. If you do have a large & safely fenced yard, it is possible that your dog will use it for some of his more playful exercise needs, especially if you yourself go into the yard with him and play active games (eg fetch games) or if you have another dog who actively plays with him. I have found that my own yard of roughly 75 ft X 50 ft allows several Bouvs to race and romp quite adequately. But for many breeds, the Bouvier among them, the adult dogs don’t really tend to use a yard for self exercise, though puppies do use it.

    The real exercise for an adult dog is best supplied by you yourself taking the dog out for a walk or a jog or bike ride. Now really there are few human beings whose own personal health would not greatly benefit by an hour of moderate to brisk walking every day; and this is also an excellent daily basic exercise for your dog. Just grab your leash and go for it. Of course for the usual mature healthy dog, more exercise would be even better: longer walks or some faster intervals. Avoid th heat, as dogs don’t have as good a cooling system as humans, largely because they can’t sweat. Use some care in getting your dog gradually conditioned and fit if you are already accustomed to serious jogging. If your dog is well mannered on leash, it’s fairly easy to get him to go along as you bicycle, for a longer and/or faster workout. (If your dog is not well mannered on leash, go to or go back to a good obedience class.) If you yourself are physically handicapped or infirm so as to preclude walking, consider getting yourself a motorized scooter or motorized wheelchair, so you can take your dog out (and for greater personal freedom). If your health totally prohibits any excursions, you will need to find a professional dog-walking service or choose a dog who is also older and not up to any real exercise to be your sedentary companion.

    For additional exercise through off-leash play with other dogs, look for a fenced off-leash dog park in your area; many metropolitan areas have them. Get to know the other dogs and owners who are regulars and assess the dogs for lack of dog-aggression before you let your own dog join in. (Obviously don’t join in if your own dog is at all dog aggressive.)

    In short , you can get by without a private yard or with only a very small one. You don’t need to possess vast acreage to have a happy and , in both senses of the word, well “exercised” dog. Your dog does need access to a fair amount of outdoor space however — so don’t sign up for a 5 year voyage on the Enterprise.

    How to create a private space for your dog

    Service Dogs in the Office: How to Make It Work
    Most employers are in the dark about employees who require the assistance of service dogs and there are questions such as “what if the dog bites?” or “how will those allergic to dog hair react?” to name two of the most commonly asked. There are actually ways to integrate service dogs into a workplace while protecting the legal rights and ensuring the safety of both the employers and the employees.

    One of the major concerns that an employer would have to address regarding service dogs in the office is the possibility of allergies. Although only around 10% of people are allergic to dogs, the situation should be mitigated. One airline that has done a study on air exchange and air flow has reported that service dogs aboard aircraft should be in a place that is five rows or more from the passenger who has the allergy.

    How Things Can Work with Service Dogs in the Office
    Employers should be aware that they may be held liable if an animal is allowed in the office and injures employees, customers or just about anybody who happens to be in the workplace like the pizza delivery boy or the CEO of a potential investor. The only solution to this is to ask the owner to get insurance coverage for injuries which may be caused by his/her service dog.

    In cases of damage to company property – including computers, carpets, furniture, office equipment, and even files – insurance would be one way of rectifying the situation; indemnification would be another in the form of financial reimbursement if the service dog destroys personal property of another employee that was, rightfully, in the workplace. The service dog’s owner could also cover the damages.

    An employer who is okay with service dogs in the office, but leases office space would have to ask permission from the building owner before the canines are allowed inside. If you aren’t too clear on any policy of the building owner regarding the presence of service dogs in the premises, read the lease agreement again. If there is a policy that states animals are not allowed in the building, negotiate or compromise.

    How to create a private space for your dog
    Although the jury has yet to decide whether or not an allergy to animals may be classified a disability as per the ADA of 1990, an employer has to ensure that he/she does not commit a violation of the ADA. If you are caught in a dilemma in which one employee requires the service dog and another has an allergy to dogs, it may be best to keep the dog and his/her owner far from the allergic employee.

    Conditions in Which Service Dogs Won’t Be Allowed in the Workplace
    The employer has the right to deny the request of a disabled employee to bring his/her service dog to the workplace only if any or all of certain conditions are applicable. The employer must be aware, however, that in conditions such as those below, the burden of proof is laid on the employer and not his/her employee:

    • The service animal, as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or other laws relevant to it, does not meet the definition.
    • The service animal’s presence would be an interference with the ability of the employer to conduct or transact business.
    • The employee has not been deemed qualified as an individual with disability as per the ADA, state law or the Rehabilitation Act.
    • The employer will be unduly burdened by the service animal’s presence.

    How to create a private space for your dog

    How Things Can Work with Service Dogs in the Office
    Employers should be aware that they may be held liable if an animal is allowed in the office and injures employees, customers or just about anybody who happens to be in the workplace like the pizza delivery boy or the CEO of a potential investor. The only solution to this is to ask the owner to get insurance coverage for injuries which may be caused by his/her service dog.

    In cases of damage to company property – including computers, carpets, furniture, office equipment, and even files – insurance would be one way of rectifying the situation; indemnification would be another in the form of financial reimbursement if the service dog destroys personal property of another employee that was, rightfully, in the workplace. The service dog’s owner could also cover the damages.

    An employer who is okay with service dogs in the office but leases office space would have to ask permission from the building owner before the canines are allowed inside. If you aren’t too clear on any policy of the building owner regarding the presence of service dogs in the premises, read the lease agreement again. If there is a policy that states animals are not allowed in the building, negotiate or compromise.

    Although the jury has yet to decide whether or not an allergy to animals may be classified a disability as per the ADA of 1990, an employer has to ensure that he/she does not commit a violation of the ADA. If you are caught in a dilemma in which one employee requires the service dog and another has an allergy to dogs, it may be best to keep the dog and his/her owner far from the allergic employee.

    [Editor’s Note: Please be aware that this material does not serve as legal advice . As with all blog content discussing landlord-tenant legalities, be sure to consult Federal and State laws specific to your area before implementing any of this advice into your practices.]