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Posted by Diane Horrigan on 2/6/2019

Whether youíre bringing home a new puppy or adopting an adult dog, your new 4-legged friend is sure to be a part of the family. Just as you would when bringing home a new baby, youíll want to make preparations to your space for both you and your dogís safety.  You donít want to overlook anything and then have you or your pet get hurt. As a rule of thumb: Anything that you would protect a baby from you should protect a dog from. These dangers include:


  • Chemicals
  • Prescription medications
  • Small parts that can be ingested
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Hazardous houseplants
  • Chocolate/candy
  • Steep stairways


Keep your furry friend healthy and save yourself from costly vet bills by taking precautions. Simple measures can make a big difference. Safety items that you can use to help protect both you and your pet are:


  • Gates
  • Power strip covers
  • Locks for cabinets
  • Keep pills, candy, and chemicals on high shelves that canít be reached
  • Cord wranglers


These little devices can prevent your dog from chewing or getting into hazardous things. Itís also a good idea to protect dogs from steep falls on stairways and decks by blocking certain areas off. Since many dogs donít know what to keep out of their snouts, you want to think like a dog and know that if they can chew it, they will!  


Keep Your Dog Out Of The Trash


Dogs tend to like to see what they can find in the trash. If you get a trashcan that canít be accessed by dogs, you wonít need to worry. A hidden trashcan in a cabinet or island can help to alleviate this problem. You can also get a can with a lid that canít be easily popped off.


Keep The Dogís Access To A Minimum


If your dog is home alone all day while youíre at work you may want to close doors or put up gates in order to restrict the dog to a certain area of the house. This way, the dog will know his place and wonít be able to cause any kind of damage.     

 

Keep Clutter To A Minimum


Clutter is dangerous to both humans and dogs alike. If you know a dog is bound to chew things, put it away! Keeping floors and pathways clean also protects both you and your pet from tripping. Staying organized is also a positive for everyone in the house.  


If you always think with safety in mind when you have a dog, youíll keep both you and your pet safe in your home the whole year through.   

     




Tags: Dog safety   pets  
Categories: Home Safety  


Posted by Diane Horrigan on 2/22/2017

Just as you would take certain precautions in your home if you had a new baby, you should take the same measures when you have a new dog. Without taking some steps to make your home safer for your pets, serious consequences could be suffered. Your dog could have access to things that could harm him like medicines, chemicals, and other hazardous substances. Save your pet and save on unnecessary vet bills by doing your part to keep your dog safe. A few simple precautions can go along way. The same devices that are used to protect children can be used to protect your dog as well. The best part is that theyíre easy to install and fairly inexpensive. Some of your options are:


  • Baby gates
  • Electrical outlet covers
  • Covers for power strips
  • Safety locks for cabinets
  • A device to contain electrical cords


Thereís other specific precautions that you can take to keep your dog safe and out of trouble: 


Get A Dog Proof Trashcan


Most dogs love to rummage around in the trash. Theyíre searching for food, of course! If your dog can knock over the trashcan or jump to get the lid off the can, theyíll have access to the trash. Pull-out trashcans are probably your best option. If you canít install this type of trash receptacle in your home, think about elevating the trashcan on something like a step stool. It could be multi-purpose for both storage and safety.


Limit The Dogís Access


When youíre not home, close the doors to bathrooms and bedrooms. This way, the dog cannot get into different rooms and destroy anything or eat anything that heís not supposed to.  


Clutter Is A Danger


If you have a dog that is bound to chew things, youíll want to put everything away in its place. If your shoes are put away, the dog wonít have easy access to chew them. When chemicals are kept in the cabinets, the dog wonít have access to dangerous things. Not only will putting your things away help you to stay organized, it will keep your pet safer too!


Keep Your Dog From Mischief


If a dog is left alone in an empty house, they have an opportunity to get into a lot of trouble. Youíve probably heard stories from friends where dogs have destroyed furniture, books, and other valuable things. If you keep your dog in a crate while youíre gone for long periods, theyíll learn their boundaries and stay out of trouble while youíre away. 


Dogs are a part of the family too! Itís important to do what you can to keep them safe in your home.




Tags: Dog safety   Dog Lovers   dogs  
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