Thursday, May 9, 2013

DoggyStyle: Creating a Dog-Specific Entry

People are always curious about owning dogs when you don't have a backyard and your pup depends on you for daily walks. We've realized all it really takes is a routine and a bit of (easy!) organization. We wrote before about how we budget our time for that before-work walk.
We also have an entry way set-up that makes things more manageable. 

Accessible Leashes, City Bag, and Raincoats:
We bought some hooks to help us organize our dogwalking supplies more easily. Each of the pups has a hook for their leashes and raincoats.  It's also nice for us to hang our dog-specific city bag with the supplies we need for our walks; we wrote more about it, here. Our hooks are the flip hook racks by umbra, and we like how they flip up when they're not in use.

Dog Boot Drying and Preventative Cleaning:
With the icy, salt-strewn sidewalks, our pups need to wear boots during the winter. Things were getting a bit messy, so we decided to add a boot drying tray filled with black river rocks. The river rocks let the water drip through and keep their boots dry.
We've also realized one way to keep our home cleaner is to take little steps each day. We use kids' hand wipes to wipe the pups' feet after each of our walks to keep floor cleaning to a minimum. We also keep towels in our umbrella basket.

The Late-Night or Unexpected Trip:
Miss M is afraid of the dark
Just so we're not fumbling for clothes if we need to make a last minute trip outside, we each keep a pair of slip-on shoes accessible by the door. I also keep a long trench coat to throw on over any night clothes which is much quicker than being fully dressed. Though we do have a neighbor who is always out in her bathrobe.

What are some other must-haves you include in your entry way for your pup?

Also: 

7 comments:

Kylie Stanley Larson said...

I like the trench coat idea! I'm also a fan of stashing treats in coat pockets or near the door in case training becomes unexpectedly necessary.

Lauren Marietta said...

We do the same thing with the hooks. Leashes, harness, poo bags, collars, etc.. for our "pitty in the city" Love what you guys display on your blogs. Not only is it positive fur the pit community, it's entertaining and informative. Thank you
Lauren, Rob and Nika♡
Detroit, MI

ohmelvin.com said...

Even though we have a yard, we are a walking family. Our mudroom is similar to your entry, all about the dogs! We also have a flashlight and baby wipes (for feet and dirty bums) and a little trashcan to put the wipes in when we are done.

Two French Bulldogs said...

We love the shoes, hilarious
Benny & Lily

yodathepitbull said...

This is awesome... I also walk my dog a few times a day since we don't have a backyard and we live in the city... I think our girl loves the walk more than the fenced in play anyhow :)

Come visit sometime: http://yodathepitbull.blogspot.ca/

adventuresofadogmom said...

Love the idea of the trench coat, I need to keep that one in mind.

We do have an area that is devoted to the dogs (one of many in the house) where the leashes are kept.

K-Koira said...

That late night unexpected emergency trip is the one that would scare me the most about having a dog with no yard, especially if there was a long hallway or walk through a building to get outside.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...