Pet Guide: Dog-Proof Your House in 3 Ways
So you’re finally ready to get your first-ever dog and bring it home with you. But are you sure your home is also ready to welcome its first four-legged and furry resident? If not, here are some ways you can pet-proof your house.
To keep your dog from certain rooms or areas in your house, install barriers. You can place gates at doorways and entryways to prevent access or even use a pen to confine your pooch in just one area.
Outdoors, you should consider perimeter fencing in case your dog slips out of your house, suggests GreatFence.com. The cost, especially of aluminum fence, may be high, but you can’t put a price tag on your dog’s safety.
Keep any objects your dog might chew or swallow out of its reach. This is particularly important for objects — such as cleaning chemicals and medicines — that may seriously harm your pooch.
Additionally, you shouldn’t leave personal items like shoes, bags, or clothes lying around if you don’t want your pooch munching on them. It doesn’t really take much to avoid clutter. You just need to be organized and stow away items when they’re not in use.
Even after using barriers and avoiding clutter, your dog might still get in trouble if you don’t secure some items in your home properly. If your drawers and cabinets don’t have locks, install latches on them, so your pooch won’t be able to open them.
You should also keep the lid of your toilet closed whenever possible. Lastly, place the trash can somewhere your dog won’t be able to reach or buy one that won’t be easily toppled over and has a secure cover.
So do you think your house is truly ready for a four-legged and furry occupant? If yes, then go ahead and bring your adorable pooch home with you.