Dog Proof Your Home
Whether you’ve just adopted a new canine or you’ve had your pup for a while now, it’s always smart to take the time to “dog-proof” your home. This is the same concept as preparing your space for a baby, only instead you’re examining every square inch of your abode to ensure that it’s 100% safe for your favorite fur buddy. While doing so may sound overwhelming, it’s a relatively straightforward process. Follow these steps and you’ll have a pooch-approved home in no time.
Invest in a Heavy Duty, Lidded Trashcan
Any dog owner knows what a delicious temptation the trashcan can be. In a pooch’s mind, it’s full of perfectly good food scraps and curious smells to dig through and figure out. In reality, the trash is actually full of potential hazards, like small bones or poisonous foods and discards. Not to mention, nobody wants to come home to all their trash strewn about. A robust, lidded trash can will save you a lot of frustration. It’s also smart to discard any temptations in this trash can while keeping paper and “non-smelly” trash in other cans throughout your home. (We’re sure your mom would tell you this is a good rule of thumb, in general.)
Screen for Poisonous Plants
Fresh flower bouquets and living indoor plants are commonly overlooked hazards. After all, if it’s natural it should be fair game, right? Unfortunately, that’s not always true. Before bringing any plants into your home, double check to see if they’re toxic to your dog. The Humane Society has created a PDF list of some of the more common household plants that are toxic to pets, and you can also search for specific plants via the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). And here are our top five toxic household plants that are no-no’s for pet parents.
Keep Toxic Items Out of Reach
On that note, it’s important to keep any potentially toxic item out of reach from Spot. Start by keeping medicine, cleaning supplies, and makeup tucked away. If you have a really curious and determined pup, keep questionable or poisonous supplies in drawers and cabinets that are either locked or high. Second, familiarize yourself with foods that are harmful to your pet, such as xylitol, chocolate, grapes, raisins, garlic, onions, coffee grounds, and alcohol. These can be kept in the house, but should be monitored and kept out of paw’s reach.
Conceal Your Electrical Cords
It’s no secret that dogs love to chew on things (that old homework excuse is proof of that). This is mildly infuriating for any owner, but it can actually be a serious hazard — especially when it comes to electric cords. Keep these concealed as best as you can, and when a cord must be exposed then secure it with a chew-proof protector, like this product from Amazon.
Remove All Possible Choking Hazards
On that note, make sure than any potential choking hazards are inaccessible. These include small objects, toy parts, bones that splinter, animal gristle or fat, fruit or avocado pits, bread, and hard candies. Anything that can be accidentally swallowed and not properly digested ought to be picked up swiftly. Make sure your pooch has something safe to play with and chew on instead, such as a durable chew toy or Kong full of natural peanut butter.
Secure Your Backyard
It’s realistic to expect that your pooch will spend a great deal of their time playing (and taking care of business) outdoors. As such, it ought to be looked at with the same sort of attention to detail as your actual home. Make sure there aren’t any choking hazards left out in the yard, uproot any toxic plants, ensure that it’s securely fenced in with no weak spots, and that any access to a pool is carefully monitored. If you really want to go the extra mile, give your pup a nice shaded spot, as well.
In the end, remember that all these efforts are completely worth the time and cost investment. Not only will your sanity be improved, but your pup’s health and happiness will be top tier, too. You’ll be happy you pup-proofed!
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