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How to Dog Proof Your Home

07/02/2015 by Colleen Williams
July 2nd, 2015 by Colleen Williams

Written by Sadie Cornelius of

Congrats on your new dog! It’s an exciting time in your life when you bring a new family member into your home. But it can be a bit overwhelming to adjust to having a new creature in your home. So we’ve got some tips to make the process as seamless and stress-free as possible.

dog proof your home

Patterned furniture can easily camouflage pet hair. Treat fabrics with a stain-resistant spray before Fido comes home. (

Protect Furniture 

Something you can do prior to bringing home your pup is to start prepping your furnishings. Everything from your sofa to your floors can be protected to survive your new canine companion. Velvet and leather are ideal for preventing scratching and these materials will hold up against wear and tear and lighter colored fabrics and duvets tend to show less dog hair than darker patterns. And if you’re one of those people who leaves the toilet seat up, you’ll want to break that habit – ASAP!

dog proof your home

Keep all food, medications, and toxic substances out of paws’ reach! Tricky pups require child locks on cabinets and drawers. (

Prep Your Pad

Dogs are active and curious creatures and you don’t want them to accidentally get into a dangerous predicament. Chewing is inevitable so start putting any plants, sharp objects, laundry detergents, children’s toys, shoes and other valuable or toxic items at least a foot above the height of your dog so they won’t be tempted to turn your treasures into toys. Or, even worse, to find themselves in a toxic situation. Install childproof latches to keep little paws from prying open cabinets and make sure all trash cans have secure lids or are in a protected area. And put all medicines in a place well protected and out of reach.

dog proof your home rug

Treat rugs with a stain guard, and keep stain-removing products on hand for accidents. (

Stock Up On Cleaning Products

It’s good to have a variety of cleaning products on standby (but out of reach, remember!) so you’re ready if and when an accident happens or if you have a last minute guest stop by. Remove any bodily fluids quickly so they won’t soak in and smell or stain your upholstery or carpet. Then treat the affected area with a stain remover. Lint rollers are a useful tool to have on hand to pick up dog hair on your clothing or seating areas. Of course, you’ll want to vacuum and/or sweep regularly to keep all that pesky dog hair off your floor and out of your nose. If you’re potty training your pet, it’s worth considering pee pads to help the process along.

dog proof crate kennel

Create a dogs-only zone with a comfy crate or kennel – your dog will dig his new den. (

Create a Designated Dog Area

Both you and your dog will appreciate having an area they can call their own. Having a special spot designated for your dog’s bowl, bed, and toys will make your dog feel at home and give you peace of mind too. A place near a doggy door, garage or mud room are good options and depending on the size and activity level of your dog, a crate might be a worthwhile investment as well. Dogs have many instinctive behaviors and their need for a den dates back centuries. So, it stands to reason that if you build it, they will come with tails wagging.

dog proof yard

Dog proof your yard with a gated fence; a rock border or bushes help deter diggers. (

Take It Outside 

If you have a yard, it is a wonderful bonus for your pet but don’t forget to prepare it before your pup comes home! Put up a gated fence that is high enough for your dog and ensure there are no holes or ways for your dog to escape. Place a barrier around your garden and flowerbeds to keep paws out. Shade is very important for a healthy pup for double check there is a sun-free area or a dog house so your dogs doesn’t overheat or suffer a heat stroke. Citronella candles can help keep bugs away but you’ll want to be sure to treat your pet with preventative heart worm, flea and tick medications also.

Keep a High-Tech Eye On Fido

Pet cams are an easy and affordable way to watch over your beloved dog while you’re away. This might be an especially nice idea when they’re young or learning to live in their new home and possibly experiencing separation anxiety. A dog cam is a great way to learn your dog’s sleeping habits and find out if they are getting into trouble. In addition to the pet cam, all you need is an internet connection and a smartphone.


Follow these simple steps and you’ll be ready to invite your new furry friend into your home and heart with the confidence to match your excitement.


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