How To Dog-Proof Your Home

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Pets are splendid companions, but they also bring their share of accidents and messes. If you’re thinking about adding a furry friend to your family, now is the time to prepare your home for them. Pets are part of the family and deserve to live comfortably too. Before you bring home a new pup, take some time to get ready. This checklist will help ensure your home is safe for your new addition.

What You Can Do To Prepare Your Home

You can do more than a few things to prepare your home for a new dog or puppy. Some are fundamental necessities, while others may not be as important. It depends on your dog and how he interacts with his environment. Here are a few tips to prepare your home for a new pet:

1. Make sure there is plenty of space in your house for your new pet

When bringing home a new pup, you want to ensure enough room for them depending on the breed, energy levels, and other factors. A large yard is ideal, but if you don’t have one, at least give your dog access to an outdoor area or dog run.

2. Clean up any areas where your dog will have access

It’s important to clean up any areas where your pooch might have access to food, water bowls, or toys. Also, keep any potentially dangerous items out of reach. For example, remove anything they may want to chew on that may hurt them, such as baby toys and anything else small enough for them to swallow. You can also look for remote controls, common plants, and electric cords.

3. Keep all trash cans covered

It’s easy for dogs to find open garbage cans and recycling bins and eat what they find inside. Covering the containers will prevent this from happening. There are also trashcans on the market for those extremely clever dogs who know how to open a typical step trashcan. Food is a big motivator for most dogs, and trash that may have that food is no exception.

4. Remove all potential hazards from your yard

Your yard is probably the most important and overlooked place to get rid of potentially dangerous items or places for your dog to get into. Things like toxic plants or any other outdoor plants they might be interested in, pools, ponds, sprinklers, and even fences should be secure. Either making sure pools do this are covered, you’re supervising them, and that gates are locked for safety.

5. Install a fence around your property if it doesn’t already exist

A dog-proof fence is probably one of the biggest things you can do for the safety of your dog. Having a yard for them to run and play in that isn’t rife with dangers makes for a much happier dog and a happier you. There are backyard dangers that can crop up, so if you have a pool, you should limit access by placing a dog-proof fence around it or leaving it covered when not in use.

6. Buy a crate

Crates are essential for keeping your dog safe when you aren’t home. They provide a haven for your dog to sleep, rest and relax. Throwing a blanket over the crate will help it feel more den-like and provide privacy for your dog. This may seem like a bit of detail, but you’ll find your dog is much happier and less likely to form any negative feelings towards the crate or alone time.

7. Get rid of anything toxic or hazardous in your home

If you have a garage or storage room, it’s best to get rid of any chemicals or materials that could harm your dog. These include cleaning supplies, poisonous plants, paint thinner, gasoline, antifreeze, pesticides, fertilizer, and many more.

9. Don’t leave your dog unsupervised when you’re not home

It’s still worth mentioning. Dogs are naturally curious canines, and they love exploring. Leaving them alone could get injured depending on how far their curiosity takes them, posing a significant safety hazard. If they’re left unsupervised, even when you are home, there are potential dangers with anything they get ahold of to chew on. This can cause things such as intestinal blockage should they swallow anything they shouldn’t.

10. Teach your dog basic commands

This includes sit, stay, come, down, wait, no, and yes. Teaching these commands early on helps your dog feel comfortable in unfamiliar situations and can get them out of a dangerous situation. Knowing commands such as come and stay can have drastic results when you need your pup to listen to you. Drop it and leave it are good commands to train, too, as they will help with anything your dog may pick up that they shouldn’t.

11. Think of it like childproofing

Buy things such as childproof latches and other tools you can use to ensure your dog is safe. If a crate isn’t an option, there are playpens and other fence-like play area items you can use. Baby gates are a popular way to shut off rooms to a dog unless they’re good jumpers! There are taller baby gates, for that instance, but depending on your breed of dog they may still be able to jump it.

How to Prevent Chewing Damage

Chewing is one of the main reasons dogs get into trouble. There are many ways to prevent chewing damage. Some ideas include:

  • Put away items that could tempt your dog to chew.
  • Put away human food or any toxic foods (to dogs)
  • Use durable toys instead of bones.
  • Put away shoes and other items they may get to.
  • Make sure you hide all electrical cords with a cord concealer or at the very least, put them out of reach so your dog can’t get to them.

If your dog chews on something they shouldn’t, stop them immediately. You can treat this as a game by ‘trading’ them something in return for what they have. A good example of this is to smear some peanut butter on something and trade it to them for the item they have instead. The temptation of the peanut butter will, most times, get them to drop what they have in favor of your item.

Conclusion

Dog proofing your home is important because if you don’t, then you risk your dog getting hurt. It’s also important to keep your dog safe while they’re inside your home. By following these tips, you can make sure your dog is safe and happy. Did you enjoy this list of tips? What tips do you have to share? Let us know in the comments!