Dog-proofing Your Home Tips

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Every dog owner must learn about dog-proofing. Dog-proofing means making your home a safer place for both you and your pet. Here are some tips:

Use doggie doors and gates (with security) for entrances or spaces that you want to block off.

Make sure that there are no choking hazards (screws, paper clips, rubber bands, coins, needles, and other small things) lying around on the floor especially if you have puppies. If you have a lawn, make sure that there are no hazardous chemicals or materials on the ground or within reach.

If you’re going to have a party at home, don’t forget to consider both your guests’ and dog’s safety especially if there will be kids. You may want to confine your dog or hire a dog sitter for the day.

Give your dog his own toys that he can safely play with.

If your floor is carpeted, vacuum daily to get rid of fur and dander.

Groom your dog regularly.

For furniture, choose materials that are durable and easy to clean. Use slipcovers that are stain-resistant and easily washable.

Ceramic tiles are ideal materials for flooring because they are scratch-resistant, stain-resistant, and easy to clean.

Don’t leave your personal belongings on the floor or within your dog’s reach. These things carry your scent which makes them doubly appealing to your dog.

Tip: If your dog grabs one of your things, don’t try to chase your dog to get it back. Instead, let your dog chase you by offering a toy to exchange for your stuff.

Never leave food on tables or countertops.

Make sure that the garbage can is securely closed and out of your dog’s reach. Dogs have a natural tendency to raid the trash bin because of the smell from leftover foods.

Tip: If your dog happens to be raiding your trash, make a sharp, sudden sound to stop him. However, never punish your dog or inflict pain as this can cause behavioral problems.

Train your dog from start. Teaching your dog about good behavior is important not just for your safety and convenience but for your dog’s safety as well. Teaching your dog about boundaries is the best way to protect him from possible harm and health hazards.

For more tips and guide to dog-proofing, check out Shop Wiki, a search site that can also help you find specific products on dog-proofing.

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