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Make Your Home Dog Friendly

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Dogs bring companionship, joy and even security to a home. They become a member of the family, so of course you want to ensure your home is a comfortable and safe place for you to share.

A little preparation and adjustment goes a long way and will limit the risk of the dog hurting itself or causing accidental damage to your property or belongings. Various scenarios can arise in the home where a pet can unintentionally put itself in danger or cause damage, but these can be avoided by taking some simple safety precautions.

Dangerous Objects

A little care and foresight can prevent a lot of stress and upset later on. Search your home for potential hazards such as low hanging items, e.g. electrical wires or blind cords, heavy items that could fall from a height, or anything that could choke the dog if it is chewed. Do what you can to keep your dog out of harm’s way; you can tie a knot high up in a blind cord to shorten its length, tape wires and cables out of the way, and reposition other hazards around your home to safer places.

Poisonous Materials

Dogs are curious creatures by nature and tend
to presume everything is food! Everyday household items can poison dogs; items such as medication, cleaning supplies, insect repellents, washing powder, and even chocolate. The illnesses caused vary from life-threatening to hefty vet bill, and are of course best avoided. Please ensure that these products are not left within reach of your dog.

Home Furnishings

If you have the advantage of designing your home interior with your canine friend in mind, then choices such as wooden or tiled floors instead of carpets will make your life easier. Some dogs shed hair and some don’t, but all puppies will have accidents during the training period and carpet is more difficult to clean and maintain.

When choosing furniture it is also worth considering more durable options for pieces such as sofas, which your dog might be climbing on with its sharp nails. Strategically placed throws and some training will also lessen this issue.

Dogs tend to rub against walls making paint the smarter choice for dog owners over wallpaper. It is easier to clean and refresh, and it doesn’t tear.

Outdoor Safety

Your outdoor space needs as much consideration
as inside your home, with certain elements that also need to be checked to ensure your pet’s safety at all times. Firstly, make sure there are no escape routes. Again, as curious animals, if there is an escape route they are likely to take it, unaware of the dangers and the risk of getting lost. Bearing in mind your dog’s ability to jump and dig, check fencing is high enough and deep enough in the ground, and that there are no gaps or holes.

Remember, fencing also protects your dog from other dogs or wild animals that may cause it harm.

Some plants may need to be kept out of your dog’s reach in your garden, both to preserve them and to avoid your dog having an allergic reaction. Plants including lilies, tulips and ivy can upset dogs when eaten.

Finally, garden items such as ladders, bins and heavy tools should be secured away to avoid accidents.

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