We get the fact that you love your dog. But your dog wreaks havoc in your house whenever you close your home office’s door to get things done. Instead of playing and bonding, you wind up cleaning your dog’s mess. It might be time to place your dog in a new space where he or she can play without turning your home into shambles.
An alternative is to repurpose your garage into a dog shelter rather than locking your four-legged pal in a small room. If your dog has had experience in staying in a kennel, you can move that structure in the garage. But if this is not the case, a garage conversion project would have to be done so your furry pal can have a comfortable place to stay in. It will only take a few adjustments but will mostly require more patience as you transition your furry friend into his new home.
Let’s start, shall we?
- Temperature control — Just like humans, doggies also need to live in a place with just the right coldness or warmth. Check if your garage is connected with your home’s HVAC system. If so, you can easily do climate control. But if not, you can opt for more affordable methods such as putting in insulation and proper ventilation. You can install a thermometer to check your garage’s temperature in different seasons.
As a rule of thumb, your garage’s temperature should neither be too hot or too cold. Setting the temperature between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit will do. But just to be on the safe side, you should consult a veterinarian to determine a comfortable temperature range for your dog. You may find that a Golden Retriever might be relaxed in a temperature that might be too cold for a Shih Tzu.
Another thing to check is your garage’s humidity level. A comfortable humidity level should be below 50 percent. If it is too high, you can use a dehumidifier to provide comfort to your furry friend.
- Making surroundings mimic the comfort of your home — If your furry pal stayed is used to living inside your home and having access to plush amenities, then the garage should be retrofitted as such. This will make the move more bearable and will not be seen as a punishment, which might alter your dog’s behavior. Place your pet’s bedding so he can stay relaxed in his new surroundings. Another fantastic idea is to put interactive toys in the garage kennel to banish boredom. Turn on the radio to a soft volume for some background noise. Put the litter box a little bit farther from your furry friend’s accommodations.
- Always replenish food and water — You have to make sure that you will continue giving the same amount of food and water as when your furry friend lived inside the house. You might notice that there might be slight changes to their behavior with food but that is fine during the first few days. When it persists, talk to your veterinarian and ask help to improve their appetite.
- Let the sunshine in — There are controversies about the amount of Vitamin D that your dog should get. But a little bit of sunshine won’t hurt. Dogs love lying under the sun. But as much as your furry pal is a sun seeker, everything must be done with moderation. You can put windows in your garage so he or she can enjoy the sun and also see the outside world. During summer, opening your windows can act as natural ventilation. It will help relieve the air that builds inside the garage.
- Hide hazardous materials — Since your garage is going to be your friend’s new home, you might as well keel your stock of cleaning products, insecticides, paint, alcohol, and other products with chemicals out of reach. You can hide them in an overhead garage rack so they can be totally out of sight. An overhead garage rack is the perfect storage solution for the things that you do not necessarily need every day but might need in the future. With the right placement, your new garage dweller will be able to have access to harmful bits and pieces.
Show your pet some love
Even if your furry friend lives in your garage, you still need to pay visits and have bonding time. This is a special time for your pet because it releases oxytocin, a hormone that stimulates social bonding, relaxation, and relieves stress. Likewise, spending time with your dog will also improve your wellbeing says the Washington Post.