A new puppy or dog can bring a lot of new challenges into a pet owner’s life, especially if they’re not used to thinking the way an animal might. From cords to plants to valuables, even one accident can have serious consequences. To protect the dog and the pet owner’s home, keep the following tips in mind to get everything ready for your new pet’s arrival.
Pack Up the Decorations
From candles to potpourri to tinsel, some dogs will ingest practically anything they come in contact with. (Or at least give it their best try.) Picking up these items and removing any snacks a pet owner may keep stashed around the home is a good way to remove the temptation from the dog’s life. This tip actually extends to the bathroom as well, because dogs may find a shampoo bottle or toothpaste tube a little too intriguing to leave alone.
Lock Up the Chemicals
Most dangerous chemicals come in some type of child-proof container, which can lure pet owners into thinking their dogs can’t get into anything they shouldn’t. However, to be on the safe side, experts recommend putting toxic materials into a locked location so there’s no chance of a dog’s sharp teeth tearing into a cleaning solution or a bottle of antifreeze.
This tip has to include utilitarian spaces, like the garage, basement, or attic too. Even if pet owners may not plan to spend much time in these places with their pups, it’s a smart way to get in front of the problem.
From the toilet to the window, dogs being anxious and often curious, usually find a way into practically anything. Toilet water may not seem like a safety hazard to a dog, but it can be if there are any residual cleaning materials left in the bowl. Pet owners should also do their best to monitor their dog’s habits in detail.
A larger dog may be able to get a cabinet or a toilet lid up if they work at it for long enough. Once a pet owner knows what their dog is capable of, they can purchase safety latches and strategically place them around the home.
Button Up the Backyard
The backyard can be a great place for a dog to spend a lot of time, which is why pet owners should make it as safe as possible:
- Keep the backyard free from debris: A stray trash can or box of stored supplies can become the means for a dog to hop a high fence. Dogs are curious and motivated to explore the outside world, and it’s better to be safe than sorry.
- Locked pool cover: Most dogs can swim, but that doesn’t mean that every dip in the pool will go well. A locked pool cover cannot be moved out of place, giving the dog no reason to go near it in the first place.
- Check the Flowers: Some plants are poisonous to dogs. To avoid accidents, do some research and remove any shrubs that could potentially make the dog sick. Pet owners should also skip the pesticides so their pup doesn’t ingest harmful chemicals by accident.
Having a dog can be a truly rewarding experience, but the benefits do come attached to a lot of responsibility. The key to dog proofing a home is to understand the animal and to err on the overprotective side of the equation.