Did you dog proof your home before you got your dog?
Puppies, with their curiosity and need to chew, are particularly vulnerable.
A dog loose in an unfenced yard is an accident waiting to happen. You can easily avoid all these incidents.
Read these pages to help and learn how to protect your newest friend, then invest some time to dog proof your home and garden.
You’ll reduce the chance of ever needing to use dog first aid. Remove or Secure Poisons. Poisoning is a very common, and very preventable, cause of harm to dogs.
Dog proof your home by simply the removing or securing all poisonous products, including toxic cleaners and batteries. Remove Toxic Houseplants. Houseplants add beauty to a home, and many help clean the air. Some, however, are toxic to dogs and other pets.
Dog proof your home by removing these toxic houseplants or placing them out of your dog’s (and children’s) reach.
Don’t Give Your Dog Toxic Foods There are foods that we all enjoy and perhaps even love but they are toxic to your dog. You can avoid canine health problems by refusing to give him "human" foods and providing a safe alternative.
Every year, many dogs are electrocuted in the home. Others asphyxiate when they get tangled up in plastic bags, or choke on small items they swallow. Some tear their skin on a loose staple under a sofa or chair, or on a nail sticking out from the wall. Many more fall down stairs and seriously injure themselves. Secure your electric cords and remove or eliminate household hazards to help keep your dog safe inside your home.
There are many plants for your garden that are dangerous for your dog. Some can result in death. Dog proof your garden by using some of the dozens of garden plants that aren’t toxic for your dog.
Many dogs become ill due to the biocides used on lawns and gardens. Some plants are toxic to dogs. There are many safe ways to control unwanted plants, insects and diseases in your lawn and garden, and many safe plants that will add beauty.
Rid your property of the dangerous ones and make your dog’s life safer.
Add Fencing or a Restraint System
A dog on the loose is a dog at risk of running onto the road, eating tainted garbage, or getting into a neighbor’s garden.
Your dog will likely be injured or become ill sooner rather than later if they are allowed the run of the district/neighborhood.
If you need to leave your dog outside, confine him to your own garden with a fence, stake and chain, or other restraint system.
There are many different types of dog containment systems on the market these days. It’s important to find the system that works best for you and your dog.
If you follow these simple steps to dog-proof your home, you’ll keep your canine companion safe, secure and healthy.
That’s definitely worth the small investment in time and energy, isn’t it?