5 Tips for New Dog Owners: Making Your Home a Safe and Enjoyable Environment for the Pooch
Before bringing home your new dog, there are a few things you need to consider. You have probably already been to the pet-store and stocked up on all of the essentials, the comfy bed and leash, and harness, but what about improving the house itself? You have probably heard of child-proofing a home, well, pets are no different! Here are a few ways to make your home a safer space:
- Know the Poisons
One of the most common causes of emergency vet visits comes from everyday household products. Cleaning, decorating, and gardening products are all highly dangerous and should be locked up in high cupboards, well out of reach of your nosey pets. Whilst cleaning products are more obvious, food waste and medicines are also a big poison-risk. Keeping your trash secure is essential, but also keeping food and tablets out of reach too. Chocolates should NEVER be left within reach, but there are other poisonous foods too, such as onions and mushrooms. Medicines, including painkillers, must be kept inside the cabinet, not on your nightstand. It is important you keep things inside drawers or cupboards to avoid accidental ingestion.
Nature lovers may find this hard, but removing poisonous plants is a must if you are bringing home a pet. Unlike cat-lovers, you might get away with just moving your plants to a higher shelf, as long as they are out of reach from playful puppies who like to chew. There are many plants and flowers that are poisonous to dogs (and cats), so you need to be careful about what you are planting in your garden or bringing into your home.
3. Keeping Tidy
Like most of us, you will likely have lots of junk lying about the house, spare batteries, and change on your coffee table or even your keys. Leaving small items within a dog’s reach can cause choking or worse, just like children, keep small things out of reach as they pose a choking risk. This can also be followed up with remote controls, as your TV remote contains batteries and a playful dog can easily chew a remote and accidentally swallow the batteries. For the safety of your dog, as well as your much-loved TV remote, tidy away items that you don’t want to be used as chew toys.
4. Cables and Wires
Electrocution is one of the common pet-dangers in the everyday home, so how can this be managed? Having wires and cables is, unfortunately, unavoidable in a 21st century home, with technology being a big part of our lives. Phone chargers and TV cables all make easy targets for pets who like to chew. Stick to counter-top charging as much as possible and try to block off access to your tv cables. Not only does it minimize risk for your pets, but good cable management can also improve the appearance of your space and make the room look nicer!
5. Outdoor Space
Maintaining your yard is essential when owning a dog. Dogs require access to the outdoors for toilet training as well as recreation. Ensure your fences are well maintained to avoid escape, and crawlspaces are blocked off with latticework to ensure your pets don’t get stuck anywhere they shouldn’t be. If you want to add some green lawn to your garden, dogs can be a big problem. Digging holes and killing the grass through urination can make your lawn unsightly, but a solution to this is artificial grass. It is much easier to maintain and keep clean, keeping muddy footprints from trailing through your house too. Your dog will love this artificial grass as it is pet-safe and toxin-free, so you can relax and so can your dog.
Bringing home a new pet should be a lovely experience for both you and your pet, so ensure your home is pet-safe and you are fully prepared to give your dog the loving environment it needs.