Making your home more dog-friendly

Taro_the_Shiba_Inu,_curious_dogOwning a dog doesn’t only come down to petting it and walking it. It is crucial to have your dog in a safe environment so you can avoid any potential harm done to it. If you are not sure what actually constitutes safety when it to dog-friendly environment, here are some tips to help you out.

Be cautious

Items that could potentially harm your dog are usually those you are not even thinking about. Items such as electrical wires, hanging lights, draperies, electrical sockets and similar are usually the cause of all trouble. You know how dogs are restless and go around, chewing onto almost anything they find? Well, high chances are your little doggy will be drawn to anything and everything chewable. They may even strangle themselves if they tear something and get caught in it. So, do a spot check of everything in your house that may alarm you to being a potentially dangerous item.

Have it all clean

Molting is definitely not a perk of owning a dog but it’s there. If your home has carpets, cleaning is going to be really hard. If there are wooden floors, consider your job half done. Most homes have a mixture of these two, so you need to be extra involved in the cleaning process. Regardless of what type of floors you have, you need to have your home clean at all times – for both you and your puppy. It doesn’t really matter if your pet has longer or shorter hair – there’s going to be a lot of hair so investing in a good vacuum cleaner is not an option but rather a necessity. When you are using chemicals, make sure you use non-toxic ones (you never know why your dog will want to lick that floor). Also, if your dog is still in training it is expected for it to leave “little presents” around the house that result not just in bad behavioral habits but in strong stains and odors, too! It is an ultimate must to clean after your pet each time it “leaves a present”. Always!

Is Your Home Comfortable Enough?

If your home isn’t comfortable enough, both you and your dog won’t feel good. Additionally, it is not just about the vibe of your entire home, but about parts of it that are just! for your dog to feel good in. So, even though you find it really cute for your doggy to sleep with you in the bed or on your sofa, it’s not its first choice, trust me. Dogs like to have a place that’s just theirs, like dog beds or even some home furniture that they are allowed to ‘call’ their own. This place should be comfortable, safe and at your dogs reach. Even dogs get bored some time, so they like to have their own space.

Outside Area(s)

If you live in a house, I assume you have a yard. A dog will be more than happy to run around it and play but you should know that any yard not just yours is full of potential dog dangers. Plants that your dog may want to chew on are harmful if eaten. Some of these plants are:

  1. Oleander

  2. Tulips

  3. English Ivy

  4. The Devil’s Lettuce (marijuana)

  5. Chrysanthemum

  6. Soil (if toxic)

Also, if you live in an environment that has a lot of wild animals, consider hiring an exterminator to make and have your backyard pet-safe. These animals are toads snakes, spiders, scorpions and similar. Also, it wouldn’t hurt to have garden fences (taller ones) as these will prevent your dog to run away or other animals to enter the yard. Plus, if you put fences around your flower garden, your dog won’t be as drawn to chewing anything there.

Poisonous Materials

All households have substances we use for cleaning and most of them are usually toxic. Apart from that, there also medication (syrups or pills) that, if at your dog’s reach may easily drawn its attention. Your job is to hide all that’s potentially poisonous and hide it well. Use top cabinets in your kitchen, pantry, bathroom (or wherever it is that you are keeping all potentially harmful stuff) to store all that’s potentially dangerous as dogs get curious and are able to paw open bottom drawers and cabinets.

Some items that are poisonous to dogs:

  1. Insecticides

  2. Mothballs

  3. Household cleaning supplies

  4. Fabric softener sheets

  5. Gardening products (fertilizers, supplements, etc.)

  6. Medication

Make sure all pet supplies you buy have previously been tested and are safe.

Article has been inspired by Boomerang Pet Food.

About Diana

Diana is a part time blogger interested in topics related to home improvement and home decoration. She is also a great animal lover and simply loves taking long walks with her little dog LuLu.

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