How to Dog Proof Your House
When a dog becomes a member of your household you need to dog proof your home, to protect both your pet and the items you own.
Step 1 - Covering Trash Containers
Be sure that all of the trash containers in your home have secure lids. Dogs will often get into open cans, causing a large mess and potential stomach up-set for the animal.
Step 2 – Securing Areas
Use a gate to secure areas that would not be safe for the dog, or that would be easily damaged by your pet.
Step 3 – Securing all Socks
Socks are often used in many different situations, not just too cover your feet. They are used as dusters, protectors and craft materials. Be sure you put all of your sock items in a secure location. Dogs tend to use them as personal chew toys. While they may be easily replaceable, they can cause a great deal of problems to the digestive system a dog that eats one in its entirety.
Step 4 – Raising the Blinds
Raise any blinds you have to cover your windows. Ensure that the both the blinds and the blind pulls are out of reach of a dog. A dog will often go to the windows to watch your departure and arrival, and the blinds could become easily damaged in their excitement.
Step 5 – Securing Your Plants
Place all of your plants out of the reach of your dog. There are some that could poison your pet if eaten, and there others that could make the training process more difficult.
Step 6 – Keeping Food in its Place
All food items in your home should be kept in secure cupboards, or in the refrigerator. The strong sense of smell of a dog, will quickly lead it to the edible items. Chocolate, in particular, should be kept in a secure place.
Step 7 – Storing Medicine and Toxic Products
Any medicine or herbal products that you have, should be stored in a secure cabinet. Toxic products such as cleaning supplies and toxic chemicals should be placed in cabinets that your dog is unable to reach.
Step 8 – Securing String Items
Yarn, string, rubber bands and other string items should be placed out of reach of a dog. If eaten, they can cause serious injury to the digestive system of your pet. Electrical cords should be covered or taped down, to prevent your dog from chewing them.
Step 9 – Keeping Your Dog Calm
A great deal of the battle keeping your home in order when you have a dog, is providing a calm environment. When you must leave your home, turn on your music player on. This will lessen feelings of separation anxiety, which can lead to bouts of scratching and chewing. If necessary, install protective vinyl strips to your door frame to prevent any damage. The use of a crate as a place for your dog while you are out of your home, is also a solution. Be sure to make the crate as comfortable as possible, and not a place of punishment for your pet.