If you have ever had a room painted, you know what a disruption that is to, well, just about everything. So, when I scheduled a painter to paint my great room, I was worried about how Tippy would handle all of the changes. My original plan was to have her stay with our trainer, but she was out of town. I had no choice but to keep her here and hope for the best.
I put her crate and the furniture that could easily be moved in another room. Once the painter got here, the rest of the furniture was moved to the middle of the room where it, and the floor was covered with drop clothes.
When Tippy came inside, I just let her explore at her own pace. To my pleasant surprise, she walked right in, not worrying about all of the different textures on the floor or the fact that the furniture was out of place.
She got along well with the painter too. She did bark at him when he came, but quickly warmed up. By the 3rd day, she just ran to the door when he got here, excited to see him.
At the end of each work day, we would clean up the biggest part of the mess and I would take the drop cloth off of the couch. We had it set up so that I could still watch TV from there in the evening. I wasn’t sure where Tippy would want to sleep, since she normally goes from the couch to the loveseat during the night. I expected her to sleep in the bedroom with me, but this is where I found her every morning.
It turned out I had no reason to worry, as Tippy just went with the flow. However, I think we were both glad when the project was complete.