19 Drool-Worthy Spaces Just for Your Dog + 5 Dog Treat Recipes
It’s National Dog Day! Don’t miss an opportunity to pamper your pup.
Nothing compares to the love of a furry friend, and National Dog Day is the perfect occasion to show your pooch just how much you love them back. Maybe it’s time you build the doghouse or feeding station you know they dream about. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite dog-friendly spaces for inspiration, plus a few of our favorite dog-friendly bites. Put your pup on your lap, scroll through and see which space perks up those adorable ears.
Shared Doggy Bedroom
Toy + Treat Station
Hip Hound House
Mudroom With Canine Kennel and Spa
Mudroom With Dog Kennel and Spa
No need for a trip to the kennel. Constructed by Washington, D.C.-based Four Brothers Carpentry, this built-in dog kennel and spa is located in a spacious mudroom that includes the family’s laundry facilities. Two comfy cages hold large dogs. A bottom drawer reveals a hide-a-way bed for a tiny pooch.
Sophisticated Dog House
Fido’s Feeding Station
Contemporary Neutral Dining Nook for a Dog
A nook in a small contemporary kitchen serves as a family dog's eating area. A tall shelf provides storage space, with the bright blue feeding stand, crisp white shelf and green artwork adding nice touches of color to the neutral room.
Built-In Doggy Dining
Cute + Cozy Dog House
Double-Dog Dare You
Red Master Bedroom with Dog Bed at HGTV Dream Home 2011
In the master bedroom at the 2011 edition of the HGTV Dream Home, black furnishings and menswear fabrics pop against walls painted in a vibrant cranberry shade. The "Doggie Dream Home," a miniature replica of the actual HGTV Dream Home constructed by carpenter David Brown, features space for two small dogs.
Comfy Pup Nook
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Pet-Friendly Entryway Storage
Pet owners can make their walks much more efficient by outfitting their entry as a pet station. Here a shallow console table is used to keep framed photos of the family dog on display along with a crate to hold essentials neatly and within arm's reach.
Flynnside Out Productions
Pup's Porch Getaway
Keeping in mind their love of kayaking and entertaining winery guests, Kim Lewis Designs fulfilled the clients' desire for an indoor/outdoor space. The porch features a place for the pooches! Built-in benches offer lounge seating, but space underneath is super valuable, so built-in dog beds were added.
Molly Winters Photography
DIY Outdoor Pallet Dog Bed
Make It: Wood Pallet Dog Bed Tutorial
DIY Mobile Pallet Dog Bed
Make It: Mobile Dog Bed Tutorial
DIY Doggy Digs
Make It: Easy Dog House Tutorial
5 Homemade Dog Treat Recipes
Wrap up National Dog Day by whipping up a batch of homemade treats for your BFF. Here are five of our best, pup-approved recipes:
Dog Biscuits With Cream Cheese Frosting
Make Them: Dog Treats With Cream Cheese Frosting
PB&J Dog Treats
Make Them: Doggy PB&J Poppers
Strawberry Shortcake Dog Biscuits
Make Them: Strawberry Shortcake Dog Treats
Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits
Make Them: Peanut Butter Dog Treats
Peanut Butter Dog Ice Cream
H. Camille Smith
Make It: Peanut Butter Dog Ice Cream
If human desserts look just as good as they taste, why shouldn't pet treats? Spoil your four-footed friend with treats from online bakeries like Two Tails Dog Bakery. Since the long-lasting goods don't usually require refrigeration, you can keep them out so they're easy to grab when your best friend needs a nibble.
Make a Statement With Mats
Instead of basic rubber mats designed only to protect the floor from splashes, opt for indoor/outdoor 2x3 patterned rugs. Many styles are made from recycled materials which breathe and are easy to clean with just a garden hose.
Couches for Canines
Sofas for dogs? Yep! For decades, furniture manufacturers have been offering everyday furniture scaled down to toddler scale, a size which is also ideal for small and medium breeds. So hit your local thrift store or consignment shop for an inexpensive, secondhand kids' sofa then have it reupholstered with pooch-friendly fabric.
When it comes to pet-proofing in style, indoor-outdoor products are always your best bet. This kid-sized sofa was reupholstered using a Trina Turk indoor-outdoor fabric from Schumacher. Made to resist moisture, UV rays and most stains, this sophisticated fabric turned a juvenile piece of furniture into a showstopping conversation-starter.
Go Zen for Your Best Friend
Buck traditional dog bowls for something more on-trend. Many pet supply manufacturers have created high-end lines for every type of product from blankets and bowls to collars and coats. Zen-inspired feeding bowls with simple, Asian lines are both sculptural and utilitarian. Sites like Pet Squared offer modern Zen and Asian styles sure to please both man's best friend and their master.
Same Old Food, New Tricks
Interior designers often choose furniture with metal legs for homes with teething puppies or scratch-obsessed kittens, but the same principle can also apply to their feeding station. Industrial dog bowls mix materials like natural wood with durable steel, aluminum and other metals — all certain to stand up to even the most chewy of teething pets.
Squeaking With Style
Rubber squeaky toys are 100 percent fun for pets, but 50 percent eyesore and 50 percent annoying racket for pet owners. Instead, opt for fabric pet toys, made from natural materials like cotton, wool, linen, felt or hemp. They're machine washable and cute enough to hang out on the sofa instead of being hidden away in the toy box. Etsy favorite Wags and Wiggles is a great online source for affordable fabric pet toys.
Most everyday dog treats aren't much to look at. Instead of storing them in clear jars or stashing them away in boxes, store them in graphic ceramic canisters featuring colors and styles which complement your kitchen. The Newport Collection from Unleashed Life is an online favorite.
Outdoor Toys Head Indoors
While Frisbees aren't exactly something you and your pet typically play with indoors, knit versions may change that. Many pet boutiques carry knit Frisbees for doggie roughhousing that won't break a window — or the bank. These can be found online affordably through Pocket Disc, or learn how to make them yourself at Worth A Knit's blog.