Dogs, and especially puppies, explore their world by mouthing
and chewing. That means that dogs end up tasting a good portion
of your home, and very little of this environment is edible.
That can get even well behaved dogs into trouble.
It’s even more likely to happen when you first adopt a dog. New
pets won’t know the rules of the house, and new owners may not
be alert to all the ways dogs can get into trouble. These 5
tips will help you keep your dog safe around the house.
By the way, today is “change a pet’s life” day. Why not make
room in your home and heart for a new dog or puppy from your
local shelter—or give a donation so others can share the joy?
Kitchen and bathroom cabinets typically contain household
cleaners. Those work great for cleaning floors but can poison dogs when they lap up toxic
substances or walk through cleansers. Keep dangerous cleaners
out of your dog’s reach because they won’t know any better.
Child proof locks on cupboards may be necessary for some genius
Guard the garage
Your garage also contains chemicals and substances to feed the
yard, poison bugs, and keep cars running in top form. Toxic
liquids like antifreeze, for instance, taste sweet to dogs but
can kill them. If your dog spends time in the garage, make sure
all such items are locked away out of reach, or pet-safe
alternatives are used. Better yet, use pet barriers or baby
gates to keep them in the dog-safe areas only.
Puppies tend to chew anything that doesn’t move faster than
they do. Dogs might mistake swaying electric cords with tug
toys, for example, and end up burned or worse from electrical
shock. Dog proof your home by containing dangerous electric
chords in less tempting bundles or cordon off the computer room
to keep dogs out of harm’s way. Also, set out a Swizzles chew toy or a
rawhide chew to keep your dog's chewing urges satiated.
Hang drapery ties high
Puppies leaping to grab at wooden blind ties or drapery pulls
can get caught in the strings and strangle. Pull these
temptations out of reach to keep your dog safe.
Nix the poisonous plants
Holiday plants like holly and Easter lily are poisonous to dogs
and should not be in your home at all if you have pets. While
some plants won’t be dangerous, they can still get your dog in
trouble if your holy terrier digs them out of the planter. Set
them out of reach or create barriers to keep dogs at bay.
The Home Hacks That Will Keep Your Pet Safe
With Christmas and New Year’s right around the corner, the
safety of your pet should be prioritized above any celebrations
and dinner parties that you’re planning. It’s such a busy time
of the year and it’s easy for your pet to get lost. There’s
just so much chaos, noise, lights, and children running around,
that it won’t always be easy to spot a missing dog or cat. And
imagine what they must be feeling if they do manage to get
lost? It must be truly devastating for them.They are also at
risk right at home! With the holiday season right around the
corner, there’s more decorations and baking goods lying around.
It is easy for your pets to get caught up in the Christmas
lights or wander into the kitchen and chow down on some
leftover baking chocolate. Here are some home hacks that you
can use in order to keep your pet safe.
Always store the water
bowls in a plastic tray or container.Dogs aren’t the
most careful creatures. They might knock over a water bowl
every now and then. This is not just bothersome to you, the
owner, but the slippery floors could also cause injury to
both you and your pets. If there’s a plastic container under
the water bowl, it might catch whatever spills when he knocks
down the water bowl.
Hang your purses on
hooks.Bags and purses contain a lot of things that are
useful to us. But most of these things can be harmful to
dogs. Personal medications and sugar-free gum can be fatal
for dogs. Keep them out of your curious pet’s reach by
hanging them on hooks, where they can’t be reached.
Keep all electrical cords
neatly out of the way.Especially with Christmas coming
up, there must be a lot of electrical cords around the house
to power all the lights and decorations. Take special care to
keep them out of your pet’s way. Consider gathering all the
lose cords together and placing them into a PVC pipe.
cabinets.All animals are curious creatures. They might
get into the cabinets if they smell something desirable, like
chocolate in there. And chocolate doesn’t sit well with most
animals. Cabinets are also containers of medicines, cleaning
supplies, as well as garden equipment. All these things could
be potentially dangerous to your pet. Consider getting a
Child-proof lock to keep them out of potentially dangerous
Use baby gates.Use
them to keep your pets in. During the holiday season, it is
important that you always have an eye on them. For the time
you don’t, consider isolating them to one room of the house
where you use baby gates to keep them in. Also, place these
gates on top of the stairs to avoid injuries on the
There are many ways your pets can get injured in your own home.
Make sure you take care of them during this especially busy
season. Better safe than sorry.
Amy Shojai is a certified animal behavior
consultant, consultant to the pet care industry and the award
winning author of 23 pet care books.