Decorating the Perfect “Dog House”

Decorating the Perfect “Dog House”
The Scoop - Charlottesville Apartment Living

You’ve chosen the perfect pet-friendly apartment community, but have you done your part to include your dog in your Charlottesville apartment? Check out some of these great ideas to make life with Fido fun and functional for both of you!

Double Duty

No matter what your apartment looks like, it can be a challenge to integrate Fluffy’s things without making your living room look like a kennel, but there are a surprising number of ways to include Fluffy in a stylish way. Rather than installing a wire frame crate right next to the sofa, place an attractive end table that also serves as a dog crate, giving Fluffy her own safe place while also creating a place to set your book and a cup of tea. Try the Triple Door Dog Crate from or the Casual Wooden Pet Crate, available on Amazon.

It’s difficult to find a place for your favorite mementos, pictures, and lamps without worrying that Fido’s tail will clear them from your coffee or decorative table. Don’t hide your vintage picture frames and lamps in your closet! Mount floating wall shelves to create spaces for your trinkets that are well above Fido’s “tail trail”. We love the many options you can find at Wayfair and Walmart.

Everything in Its Place

Pet Friendly Charlottesville Apartment DecorationWhere can you store all of Rover’s “goodies” without cluttering your cabinets and countertops? Food and treats need to be kept in a place where he can’t reach them, special toys need to be stashed, and medication needs to be organized and stored out of reach. Fortunately, there are plenty of stylish, functional feeding stations that not only store food and treats, but also double as an elevated feeding station and a dog walking center! Check out the attractive and well-equipped Feeder Station from Grandin Road. For smaller dogs, opt for the streamlined feeding/storage option provided in the IRIS Elevated Feeder with Airtight Storage.

Piddle Protected

Even a well-trained dog occasionally has an accident – a disaster for carpet, and even for your hardwood surfaces, if not discovered promptly. Muddy paws can also damage your apartment carpet. A washable area rug with a non-skid rubber liner underneath can help keep that occasional “mistake” from being a threat to your security deposit. We love the Meilocar Ultra Absorbent Soft Floor Mat, which is machine washable and comes in lots of colors to match your dog’s fur and hide stains.

A Busy Dog is a Happy Dog

Interactive Dog PuzzleWhether you’re at work, working out at the fitness center, or celebrating with friends in the community center, there are times when you can’t keep an eye on Fido. These are the moments when he might consider chewing on your furniture or pulling all the stuffing out of your throw pillows. Make sure he has lots of toys and chews to choose from instead, and store them in a basket where he can find them. You can also keep him occupied with puzzle toys to prevent him from getting creative when he gets bored. A classic Kong Toy filled with his favorite treat is a sure hit. For more creative dogs and puppies, try a Snuffle Mat to keep them busy when you’re away on longer excursions.

Stay Connected

We all stay connected and in control of everything in our lives thanks to technology, so why not do the same thing for Fluffy? The Petcube Bites 2 Wi-Fi Pet Camera & Treat Dispenser uses an interactive camera that connects to your smartphone so you can keep an eye on Fluffy and talk to her no matter where you are! Two-way audio lets you tell Fluffy you miss her and allows you to toss her a tasty treat up to six feet, or schedule treats to be given periodically to prevent boredom.

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