If you have dogs, rubber backed throw rugs are a MUST have. They are extremely portable, easily washable and quite simply, versatile.
Consider the following uses.
- For dogs with mobility issues, these rugs can be used to provide traction on hardwood or tile floors, or areas where slipping is likely to occur. Providing traction for an injured or aging dog with mobility issues, can help give your dog confidence and make navigating the home easier.
- We use the “Place” command in our home. When we eat dinner, the dogs are supposed (Oh, Delilah!) to lay in one place while we eat dinner. To make this easier for the dogs, we use mats. But rugs work just as well. Plus, as I mentioned previously, there rugs are portable, and can easily be packed for use in traveling. So when you’re trying to eat dinner at your sister’s house, your dog will not be begging at the table.
- Speaking of traveling, having a special rug in the car for traveling can make a trip more comfortable for an anxious pet. Having something that is familiar to them and smells like home can help ease that anxiety.
- Because these rugs are so easy to wash, you can use them on areas where you don’t want pet hair. Do you have a dog that likes to climb on the couch? Use a rug on the favored spot, and help save on your vacuuming.
- Urinary incontinence can affect older dogs, especially spayed females (watch for our upcoming post on our struggles with it.) A rubber backed rug in the spot your dog likes to lay can be used to protect bedding, furniture and dog bedding. A throw rug is far easier to wash than say…a couch, or…a mattress.
- Speaking of easy clean up, I use throw rugs for when the dogs are snacking. Every night my guys get a frozen Kong stuffed with pineapple and applesauce. And let me tell you, devouring this Kong can get very messy, which is why I use the throw rug. Besides it being easily washable, the rubber backing keeps the rug in place and helps keep the dogs in a spot where they make the least amount of mess.
- For drying or grooming purposes. My dogs will walk in the rain, but it comes with a price. They expect me to dry them off when we get back inside. Training your dogs to stand on a throw rug after a rainy (or muddy) walk, while you dry them off will save your carpet or floor from muddy paw prints.
These are some of the ways we use throw rugs in our home, where/how do you use them?