Getting A New Dog? How To Make Your Home Dog Friendly
Before getting a dog you need to think about whether your home is suitable for canine guests. Don’t bring a new dog home until you have dog proofed your house. It’s not fair to bring a new puppy or rescue dog into a home where they might get injured, don’t have any space to run around or might be able to escape.
Get down to your dog's level and try and imagine what they might be able to get their paws on. Don’t underestimate what dogs can get hold of, if you are bring home a new dog you won’t know what they are capable of. Don’t take any risks and do everything you can to make your home safe. Go round your house and check every room for potential hazards. Here’s some tips on how to dog proof your home.
Check your home for sharp objects that might pose a risk to your dog. Check the floor for things they might walk on and look for sharp objects they may come across around your home.
Things they can swallow
Some dogs are only interested in their dog food, but other will eat just about anything you can imagine. Dogs will eat socks, money, shoes and anything that looks interesting in your home. They may just be playing with an object and accidentally swallow it. Avoid expensive and life threatening trips to the vet to remove objects from your dog’s stomach by keeping everything out of reach.
Be a detective and check your home for any potential escape routes. Look for holes or gaps in your fencing that they might be able to squeeze through. Some dogs can open doors so make sure they can’t get into rooms that aren’t safe or worse, escape out the front door.
Dangerous foods and substances
Clear your house of all foods and substances that are dangerous to dogs. For example, chocolate is very toxic to dogs and should be kept well out of reach. Make sure your dog can’t get into your cleaning cupboards and get hold of harmful cleaning products.
Check your house for fragile objects that your dog might knock over and cause a mess or injure themselves. If you have any precious objects you might want to keep them well away from your bouncy puppy or dog.
Some plants that can be found in your home or garden such as dafodil bulbs, lilies and azalea can be harmful to dogs. Discard them or put them somewhere out of reach before your new dog arrives.
Wiring and electrics
Dogs can chew wiring and mess around with electrics which is obviously very hazardous. Keep wiring out of reach and don’t allow your dog near any dangerous electrics.
If you are getting a new dog it’s definitely worth investing in a dog proof rubbish bin. If your dog gets into the bins they could end up eating all sorts of harmful foods and objects.