How to Dog Proof Your House
Dog proofing your home is a great way to prevent harm to your puppy and your valuables. Ideally, dog proofing should occur before you bring your dog home. If you don't like to be disappointed (who does?), then consider this a fact: everything that can be chewed will be chewed. That being said, get down on the floor at your dog's level (feel free to close any shades so your neighbours don't think you've lost your mind) and crawl around your house. Is that a dangerous electrical wire on the floor? How about your autographed sneakers ? Remove all valuables and dangerous items and keep them out of your dog's reach. Closets are convenient for storing these precious valuables, but you may want to consider having one room with a "no dogs allowed" sign on the door. If you have a lot of valuables, keep them in a safe room with a door that can be shut. If you want to limit your dog to only part of a house but closing doors off isn't an option, try getting a few doggy gates . These are great for puppies and dogs that are not yet housebroken and are considered a more humane alternative to crates and cages. You may want to restrict your pooch from entering rooms with carpets .
Dog Proofing Checklist
- Keep plants out of reach. Many plants are dangerous, even fatal, to dogs. Even if a plant won't hurt your dog, there is a good chance your dog will hurt the plant!
- Hide, cover, or roll up electrical cords to prevent electrical shock.
- Keep cords from blinds out of reach. Watch out for anything that dangles, like cords from blinds or shades . Dogs can strangle themselves if these are left unattended.
- Make sure medicine is locked up. One of the leading causes of accident-related deaths for pets is ingesting medicine meant for humans.
- Keep food out of reach. Obviously it's alright for your dog to eat out of his own dish , but watch out for that roast you left on the counter to cool.
- Keep string ,thread ,yarn ,ribbons ,rubber bands , and dental floss far, far away from dogs. If ingested, these items can block the intestines.
- Make sure fragile items, like glass and lamps , are out of your dog's reach. If knocked over, not only will you need to replace something and clean up a mess, but your pooch could get seriously injured. Be careful Fido!
- Keep chemicals and cleaners out of reach.
- Make sure all trash cans have lids ! Digging through the garbage may just be a mess in the movies, but in real life your pooch can get into harmful foods and products in the trash can!
- Keep socks out of reach. Dogs love to chew on socks and shoes , so make sure all footwear related items are locked up!
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