Certain breeds of dogs are nosier than others, but all of them will get into something they shouldn’t sooner or later! As a dog owner, it’s your responsibility to make your home a dog-friendly space where your pup can be safe and comfortable, whether he’s feeling like causing trouble or not. Dog-proofing your home should be a top priority!
Whether you have a new dog or you’ve had one for a while, it’s good to regularly check how safe your house is for your pet. It only takes one accident for your pup to eat something he shouldn’t or hurt himself! Read on for some tips that will help you when dog-proofing your home.
Seven Tips for Dog-Proofing Your Home
Get doors that automatically close behind you.
If you’re in a rush and don’t close the door all the way, your dog may see it as an invitation to go for a little run around the neighborhood alone! Having a screen or storm door that latches shut behind you is an easy way to avoid this.
Keep decorations on high tables that your dog can’t reach.
A sweet-smelling candle or bowl of potpourri could seem like an inviting snack to your dog, as they don’t know any better! Decorations should all be plenty high enough so that your dog doesn’t stand a chance in reaching them, as they can be dangerous if ingested.
Get a trash can with a lock.
Yes, it’s true – many dogs love getting into the trash. Luckily, many brands have realized this issue and designed trash cans with simple sliding locks that help prevent nosy dogs from knocking the can over and digging through for a treat.
Store everyday objects and medications in a drawer or cabinet with a child lock.
Batteries, rubber bands, paper clips and more can cause serious damage to your dog if they chew or swallow them. Not to mention medication meant for humans can be extremely dangerous to an animal. Make sure to keep these items in a secured space!
In the garage, put any chemicals on high shelves.
Cleaning products, liquids used in your car such as antifreeze or oil, gardening products, and more must be kept away from your pet. It’s easy to overlook this in a crowded garage, but it will give you peace of mind to have them stored properly!
If you have a deck, balcony or fence, make sure your pet can’t fit through the slats.
Dogs love to explore, and they may be tempted to stick their head through slats to see what they find. If your dog can fit its head or entire body through, put up mesh to avoid an accident or a backyard escape.
Make sure you don’t have any plants that are poisonous to animals.
It’s best to keep plants up and away from where your dog can get to them anyways, however ensuring that none of the plants in your home could poison your dog is a good next step. Check out the ASPCA’s list of toxic and non-toxic plants for more information.
It doesn’t take much effort to follow these simple tips for dog-proofing your home, and your pet will certainly thank you for it! You’ll be content knowing that your dog can live a long, healthy, happy life in a safe home.
Tell us: what’s a lesson you’ve learned in dog-proofing since getting your pet? 🐾