As an artist, it’s important to protect your workplace. You don’t want any furry friends running around and messing up the paintings or sculptures that you’re working on. The best way to do this is to dog proof your home by installing a gate at the top of the stairs, getting rid of clutter (dogs like hidden spaces), and making sure there are no cords for them to chew on. We’ll go over all these tips in detail below!
Install a Gate on the Way of Your Work Place
You can purchase a gate for this, or you can use a baby gate. The important thing is that it stands between your work space and the stairs to block the way for dogs. It doesn’t matter if they can see them – because as soon as they become taller than a certain height, anything above their head will be off limits!
Remove Clutter from Your Work Place
Dogs love hidden spaces. This means that they will try to go underneath things like your table or couch so they can get access to the underside of it, where there’s more room for them! Before you know it, your dog might be digging away at something important (like one of your sculptures). Make sure that all areas are clearly visible so your dog knows they are not allowed to get underneath things.
Cords for Your Art Work Place
Dogs love cords (and chewing on them) because it gives them something interesting to do! Make sure that any and all cords in the area where you’re working is out of reach or well hidden – otherwise, you risk having a chewed up cord and a destroyed piece of art.
Don’t Forget to Train Them!
No matter how hard you try, accidents do happen. If this happens to you (or even if it doesn’t), make sure that your dog is trained before they start running around freely in the house! You can train them by rewarding good behavior with treats and withholding toys or attention when they’re bad – but only use these methods under supervision. When they do something good, make sure you let them know by giving him a treat. If they’re doing something bad and not getting caught (like chewing on your art), withhold their toy or attention and ignore him until he stops the behavior.
It’s important to talk to your vet about crate training as well if this is an option for you.
After years of working in the fine arts industry, Douglas Fisher decided to start his own gallery and give all artists a chance at having their work shown. He provides an outlet for painters, sculptors, and more to show their work and get noticed by the public.