How to Design a Puppy Room

by Victoria Lee Blackstone

    When someone has a first baby, the common practice is to prepare a special room for the new bundle of joy, decorated to suit the baby's gender. A growing trend takes that idea, further: Designing a puppy room. This room creates and safe environment for your new pooch, as well as a puppy playroom. It's plenty appropriate: For most people, a pet is a family member.

    Step 1

    Begin with a dog bed. Find an area where your puppy will be comfortable and free from drafts. You may choose to go with a traditional dog bed or utilize what is available in the room. For example, a window with a bench ledge in front can become a dog bed with the addition of a cushion, giving your puppy a place to rest and gaze out at the yard. Otherwise you'll find dog beds in more forms than you can imagine at pet retail stores.For rooms with a staircase, that area under the stairs makes a perfect den to place a dog bed.

    Step 2

    Create a food and water station. Given a puppy’s energy level, a bowl stand, in which the bowls rest, helps to prevent accidental spills and keeps the bowls from moving around the room. For the sake of a pet's health, the water should still be as near the floor as possible.

    Step 3

    Consider bathroom options. If you are potty-training a new puppy, an indoor potty with artificial grass provides him his own personal bathroom while inside. Otherwise, use puppy pee pads. If your puppy room is on an outside wall, a dog door to the backyard is an option.

    Step 4

    Add other pieces of furniture that are dog-safe or that you don’t mind getting covered in dog hair or chew marks. A small sofa or relaxing chair placed by the window offers him an alternative resting place.

    Step 5

    Add a variety of toys, bones and other forms of entertainment. Puppies like to chew and explore, so including items in their room to keep them entertained helps prevent destructive behavior when your puppy gets bored. A puppy toy box that your little pooch can access gives these toys a place you can collect them to when he's dragged a few out. For active puppies, consider agility items such as tunnels to run through or weaving poles.

    Step 6

    Place various hooks on the wall to hang leashes or puppy jackets. Complete the room with various dog-themed decorations.

    Items You Will Need

    • Dog bed
    • Food and water bowls
    • Indoor potty or doggie door (optional)
    • Dog-safe furniture (optional)
    • Various toys or agility equipment
    • Wall hooks
    • Dog-themed decorations

    About the Author

    Victoria Lee Blackstone is a horticulturist who propagates heirloom and native plants for her nursery. She has authored research-based scientific/technical papers, plant care sheets and magazine and newspaper articles. Blackstone studied botany and microbiology at Clemson University and is a former University of Georgia Extension Master Gardener Coordinator.

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