Have You Doggie Proofed YOUR Home?

Whether you have lived in your house for many years or have recently moved, it’s nice to know that your house and your yard are safe for your four-legged friend.  Since you already know your dog’s personality, you need to make sure that you scout out potential dangers and find out what mischief your dog may attempt to get into.  By scouting out the potential dangers, you should be able to keep your dog safe and there are a few things that you can do to insure this.

Pixabay Image 182422If you’re in a new home make sure it has a fenced in yard and there aren’t any breaches or gaps in the fence.  Dogs in general have an amazing affinity for finding the weaknesses in fences and then easily sneaking through.

One of the first things that you need to make sure of (especially during the warmer weather months) is to insure that your dog has an updated ID tag.  If your dog is not already microchipped you should make sure that you address that and get him or her chipped.

We recently added a doggy door to our doggy amenities for our house and even though we have been in our house for over 30 years a dog door really is the perfect way for your pup to come and go and to be able to relieve themselves during the day when you’re not home.  Just be aware if you have a dog that loves being outdoors (especially a brachycephalic breed like an English Bulldog, French Bulldog or a Boxer) make sure that they do not spend unlimited time outside in the heat, because these breeds in particular, over heat much more easily.

Adding A New Member – Doggy Proof Again!

Be sure that you accomplish the task of doggy proofing your home – especially if you have recently added a new four legged addition to the family.  We recently added a rescue dog to our household and she is prone to jumping on counter tops and scouting out any food or tidbits that may be left up on them.  This can be extremely problematic especially for stoves with knobs that are parallel to the ground.  And, a built-in trashcan is a must – we added one thirty years ago when we remodeled our kitchen prior to even having dogs.  The built in trashcan is an easy and sure way to keep Fido away from that half eaten pizza or perhaps the spoiled food that you threw away.  Additionally, if now is the time to renovate then it’s a perfect time to add a trashcan with a secure locking lid – this  will probably fit the bill in keeping Rover out of your trash.

 

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Comfy Beds Help….

You can keep your dog very happy by giving him a cozy soft bed in each room.  We have several beds scattered throughout the house.  If you have a room that is off-limits to your dog then utilize a baby gate or two.  Baby gates are a great way to limit access to rooms that are unsafe.  Living in our household, are a small parrot and a sugar glider – definitely not animals that we want our dogs to have access to when we are not home.  Therefore, the baby gates fit the bill perfectly for us.

Pixabay Image 608025So Does A Tired Dog!

Keep in mind that dogs, like children, thrive on structure and routine.  So, if you are in transition by a move, then by keeping your daily routine similar to what it was before the move will insure that your dog transitions much more smoothly.  Likewise, even if you are not moving, keeping structure and routine consistent will help keep your dog on a potty schedule.  And, of course a couple of brisk walks or play sessions will tire him out and keep him out of trouble!

I would love to hear your comments, feedback stories and ideas.

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