Pup-Proofing Your Home
Bringing a new dog into your home is exciting! Another being in your household who you can shower with love and give it right back. However, it's important to ensure your living space is safe and secure. Dogs are curious creatures and like to play, so dog-proofing your home prevents your pup from getting hurt and protects your things.
Create a Designated Doggy Space
Dogs need to feel safe and comfortable in the home, and a space of their own is pawfect for that. Many pawrents use a crate, separate bedroom, or special spot to do this. This area should contain their favorite items and blankets to keep them cozy. Additionally, give them toys to help combat their boredom. When dogs are bored, they might become destructive.
Identify and Secure Potential Hazards
Look around your home for potential hazards and remove them. Store cleaning supplies, medications, lawn supplies, etc in cabinets or on high shelves. You can even take it one step further by adding child-proof latches to keep cabinets locked. If you see any spills, clean them up quickly to prevent ingestion. This also applies to food. Dogs cannot eat everything that humans can, so it’s imperative to store food out of reach. Keeping your home clean will help prevent accidents. This means picking up items from the floor and tables like coins, knick-knacks, etc., and storing them properly.
Store Valuables and Fragile Items
Dogs are naturally curious creatures, and their wagging tails can sometimes lead to unintentional accidents. Store away any valuable or fragile items that could be knocked over and broken. This includes vases, glassware, and other delicate items. By doing so, you can prevent any injuries to your dog and avoid the disappointment of losing cherished possessions. Consider using a baby gate to restrict your pup’s access to certain areas of your home.
Protect Electrical Wires and Outlets
Electrical outlets and exposed wires can lead to shocks and injuries. Invest in cord covers, tape, or place cords in areas they cannot reach. Also, unplug unused appliances to prevent electrocution.
Secure Trash Bins
Some dogs love going through trash and recycling bins (the smells will make them very curious). They might get their paws on something dangerous, so make sure all bins have secure lids or are placed in areas your pup cannot access. Dispose of any hazardous waste properly.
Protect Your Furniture and Belongings
When puppies are teething they want to chew on things. Provide them with durable toys, and redirect any inappropriate chewing on furniture, clothing, etc. to their toys. You should also trim their nails regularly to precent scratching. Consider using pet-friendly furniture covers or blankets to protect your upholstery from fur and stains. Encourage positive behaviors by providing designated areas where your dog is allowed to play and chew.
Secure Windows, Balconies, and Backyards
Make sure all of your windows have screens to prevent falls or escapes. If you have a balcony use a safety gate so your pup cannot climb over any railings. If you have a backyard for your pup to roam, make sure it is secure and an appropriate height.
Yes, bringing home a dog can be a thrilling time in our lives, but we also need to step back and think about everything they require of us. That includes giving them a safe environment. What other tips would you give to new dog parents? Share with us in the comments.