How to Dog-Proof Your Home

How to Dog-Proof Your Home
Bringing a new living being into your home requires prep. It doesn’t matter if it’s a newborn baby, cats, dogs, dinner guests, etc. They all require some sort of prep work to make sure your home and spaces are ready to take on that sort of company.
Adult dogs, puppies, and other pets, just as babies are, can be incredibly curious when getting acquainted with a new home. New spaces means adventure to pups; new scents to smell, things to taste, things to grab a hold of, and other opportunities that may present hazards. So when you’re introducing a new puppy or dog into your home, you’ll want to make sure that your home is dog-proofed and puppy-proofed.
Dog-proofing your home isn’t just for the security and protection of your belongings. Dog-proofing your home can help alleviate worries or anxieties you may have about your dog’s well-being and prevent emergency veterinarian visits.
What steps should you be taking to dog-proof your home before the arrival? Especially a puppy arrival?

How to Dog-Proof Your Home

The following dog-proofing tips are organized by room/location for your easy reference!
Front Door/Entrance
  • If you’re using a shoe rack, consider moving the shoe rack to a nearby closet in case your dog becomes fond of chewing on shoes.
  • Make sure your door can’t be easily opened by your dog. This is especially important for homes that do not have a standard, round door knob.
Living Room
  • Make sure loose or dangling electrical cords and wires are out of reach. Use zip ties or rubber bands to keep excess cords and wires together and secure to avoid tripping or your puppy grabbing onto them.
  • Remove houseplants that may pose a threat to your dog’s health. If you must keep them, relocate them to somewhere out of reach. The higher, the better.
  • Put away items (kids toys, crafting materials, etc.) that don’t live permanently in the living room.
Kitchen + Bathroom(s)
  • Move cleaning supplies and medications under the sink to a higher shelf or cabinet.
  • Keep all foods out of reach even if it’s dog-safe as the packaging or wrapper may be harmful to your dog. Remember, not all human food is safe for dogs. That healthy treat for you might fall under toxic foods for dogs.
  • Close all toilet seats so your dog isn’t drinking water that has residual cleaning chemicals.
  • Use child-proofing latches for easy to reach cabinets.
  • Make sure your trash can has a lid that your dog can’t get into.
  • Make sure loose or dangling cords and wires are out of reach including phone chargers.
  • Keep your bedside table clear of loose items, medications, and cosmetics.
  • Move all chemicals to a higher shelf or cabinet.
  • Keep sharp objects and tools stowed or out of reach.
  • If you’ve used antifreeze on your garage floor or driveway, wash it off. It doesn’t take much to make your dog sick or worse.
There are other suggestions to consider as pet owners. One good idea is to utilize baby gates to limit access to different areas. Another is to extend your concerns to the backyard making sure that there is a fence and no harsh fertilizers so that your fur baby can roam freely.
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