Undergoing a Home Remodel? Keep your Dog Calm
Undergoing construction in your home can be a stressful experience both for you and your four-legged friends. With all the commotion, power tools, and loud bangs, it’s no wonder your dogs are probably a bit unnerved by a remodel. With that in mind, we have devised a simple list of tips to keep your dog as calm as possible during the renovation. In addition, be sure to protect your pup and your peace of mind with a Canine Liability Insurance.
If your dog is especially not fond of loud bangs and noises, it’s time to get out of the house. While the contractors are working, take your dog for a walk or to the dog park. If you have to get home, consider playing out in the backyard and relaxing outdoors until the power tools have ceased for the day.
Introduce your dog to the workers.
The more familiar your dog is with workers, the less likely he or she is to react negatively or snap at him. It’s an overwhelming process with so many new faces and items in your home, so get your dog acquainted with them. Take a moment and allow your dog to sniff and get familiar with the person before he continues on with the job. Be sure to reward your dog with a lot of praise and treats for remaining calm and happy during the introduction.
Create a safe zone.
It’s not always possible to get out of the house when you have work going on, so create a safe zone at home. Take your dog to the quietest part of the house, bring treats, water, and play the TV or music softly to keep them calm.
Distract your dog.
Create fun games to distract your dog. Let him run around with you, put treats under plastic cups, and play fetch to distract him from the noisy contractors.
According to Dogster, renovations can take up a lot of our energy, but if we’re attentive to our pet’s body language and honor our own feelings, we can tell when we need to pull our focus away from the project — for everyone’s sake. Remember, dogs are intuitive beings, so if you’re stressed out, they likely are too.
There are many reasons a dog may bite, and it’s not always 100% preventable. In addition to financially protecting dog owners from dog bite claims, our Canine Liability Policy also covers other injuries to people, including scratches and fall injuries caused by dogs and injuries to other animals. Please contact us today for more information at (855) 534-6495.