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Open House: What's Your Home's Pet Policy?

Open House: What's Your Home's Pet Policy?

My husband and I share our house with two dogs, which means a lot more vacuuming and dusting than nonpet people experience in their homes. We try to keep things tidier by keeping the pups off of furniture. However, they have full run of the house, hang out in every room, and even keep us company while we're cooking in the kitchen.

Since they have good manners, I don't mind having them underfoot, but I know that some families keep their dogs relegated to certain areas of the house or even crate them for much of the time that they're home.

So tell me, do you have dogs, cats, or other indoor pets? Do you let them up on your sofa or bed? What's your house's pet policy?

Source: Flickr User Emery_Way

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whirlygirly whirlygirly 7 years
My two indoor cats get full run of the house, except for the kitchen counters and dining table. They're members of the family, I wouldn't have it any other way!
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
The dog's not allowed in the bedrooms or the bathroom. I really don't need the dog hair in my bed. She's also not allowed on the couch...but she's well aware of the fact that I can't do anything about it while not at home. At night she waits about half an hour after we went to bed to jump up on the couch...She won that battle. I gave up...
djkatscan djkatscan 7 years
2 cats, and they are allowed wherever they want. Not like we could keep them off anything anyways! Yeah...the couch back has a dent from where they like to sleep, and they jump on the counters and the tables as well. I'm pretty much a neat freek so Im always wiping the surfaces down and I vacuum all the time. IMO cat hairs make everything extra special ;) They are my babies so they have free reign.
rach716 rach716 7 years
We have 2 cats and whether they're allowed to or not they go where they please....
mollyparnis mollyparnis 7 years
This photo is so amazing -- I wonder if it's been photoshoped? Great either way :)
lydialee_home lydialee_home 7 years
I have a yorkie, he has full access of the whole downstairs. We did not have a gate at the stair, but he did not know how to climb the stair, so he is pretty much confined on the first floor.
MuffinGal MuffinGal 7 years
We have four cats and they lounge all over with us. We don't allow them in the extra bedroom or den unless we are in there and we have also discussed locking them out of the bedroom at night. We tried it once and haven't tried it again.
ahles ahles 7 years
7 cats, 2 dogs... they go where they want. We'll keep em out of one of the guest bedrooms if someone we know is allergic is coming to visit, and they're not allowed on the table while people are eating (though the border collie does sometimes get to sit in a chair at the table for grins).
outsung135 outsung135 7 years
I have a cat and she has full reign of the house all day everyday. but she's fourteen (read as: sleeps all day), well behaved, and declawed so there really isn't much to worry about.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
Our indoor only cat has full reign of the house. (well almost, he's not allowed on the kitchen counters or dining table)
cdelaney cdelaney 7 years
we have two indoor kitties that have free reign of our home. we wouldn't have it any other way. nothing beats having kitties sleeping at your feet and purring away.
courtneyd courtneyd 7 years
I have a rottweiler/chow mix, and he's allowed anywhere and everywhere. He doesn't really like to get on the furniture though, even if he's bribed to hop up, so it's not a big deal. Roomba is definitely our friend, though.
Carrie14884290 Carrie14884290 7 years
Yeah, people who are allergic to cats are in trouble in my house. I love having them sleep on the bed, I TRY to keep them from smooshing the sofa-back cushions, but, yeah, they're cats!
Pampire Pampire 7 years
My dogs go everywhere in the house except for the bedrooms because they're carpeted and they could possibly have an accident in there and it would be hard to clean up but they go everywhere else, upstairs and down. I do allow them on the furniture they both love the couches, I've bought dog beds for them but they don't use them they think the couches are their beds! I wouldn't have it any other way they're my babies! If it wasn't for my husband minding they would be in the bed with me too! :)
BettyDraper BettyDraper 7 years
I have an indoor/outdoor cat and a Saint Bernard. He is too big to even fit on the couch! He's pretty lazy so he spends most of his time on his dog bed, which I custom made out of egg-crate foam mattress pads, 2 vinyl shower curtains (because the drool soaks through pretty fast), and a washable duvet cover to match our decor. :)
medenginer medenginer 7 years
My dog Annie (miniature Italian greyhound)usually sleeps with us under the covers. I'm her human. Fred (basset hound) usually sleeps with my son or unless it's storming then it's with us. My SO is Fred's human. Skip sleeps with my son because that's his human.
Ellenora Ellenora 7 years
Zena is allowed...everywhere. She's allowed up on the furniture, the beds, everywhere. She avoids the bathrooms normally so we have no qualms. Yes, it's a little irritating when your perfectly made bed is messed up by her but I deal.
dlc910 dlc910 7 years
My dog has the run of the house, unless my boyfriend is over, then she can't come in the bedroom at night (if he gets out of bed she'll try to phyically block him from getting back in). She doesn't get on the bed very often, lol when I'm cold I try to lure her into bed with me! On another note - if your animal is crated most of the time you are home, maybe you should get a fish instead.
sgs1 sgs1 7 years
My husband and I have a 5 month old lab. We started out with rules about the furniture/bed, but he's too cute to resist!! He snuggles on the couch, but we're working on keeping him off the bed. I'm constantly vacuuming the floors and couch to keep clean.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
My indoor cat has full reign of the house. He's a charming cat, and we wouldn't have it any other way.
kscincotta kscincotta 7 years
Our dog has full reign, but is not allowed on the furniture except very, very occasionally on the bed if we're just in there watching TV and not sleeping. We do have to vacuum a lot though because her black fur makes our light colored carpets look dingy if we don't.
Happsmjc Happsmjc 7 years
full reign...we just love them too much. but we keep the house clean with constant vacuuming, etc.
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