A Guide to Making Your Home Safe and Comfortable for Your Dog
It is important that your dog feels safe and comfortable at the place they call home. Their comfort will make a huge difference when it comes to their behavior. As the homeowner, there are a few actions you can take that are known to help maintain your dog’s safety and comfort at home. Whether you’re looking to ensure that your dog does not lash out and bite guests or younger family members or you just want to make sure that your dog doesn’t get into anything he shouldn’t, these are some precautions you can take to help prevent an accident.
To protect your dog from harming themselves and the house, it is smart to baby-proof your home. Yes, your dog isn’t a human child, but the same devices work just as well for a dog. There are many baby-proofing items that are available to purchase for a relatively low cost and easy to install:
- Baby gates are a great way to limit access to rooms you use frequently or rooms with valuable or hazardous items.
- It is a smart idea to use covers for electrical outlets and power strips.
- Install safety locks for your kitchen and bathroom cabinets to avoid a mess or worse, your dog ingesting something extremely dangerous or toxic to them.
Getting Rid of Clutter
Try to have a place for everything and keep it tidy. Many dogs love to chew, especially in their puppy years. It is your responsibility to not allow your dog access to your belongings so they don’t have the chance to ruin them. Be sure to store all your items away when they aren’t in use. It is of upmost importance to be certain they can’t get into medication or cleaning products. It is easier to manage accidents by staying on top of decluttering and organizing. Make sure everyone in the household follows along with this.
The Garage and Backyard
The garage and backyard can be just as dangerous for your dog as the indoors. Be sure to thoroughly clean the garage floor to ensure toxic chemicals such as antifreeze don’t come in contact with your dog. It could be fatal for your dog to ingest these types of chemicals. Put chemicals on either higher shelves or in a closet that can’t be accessed by your dog. Chemicals are far from the only objects that could be hazardous to a rambunctious puppy; be sure to store all tools and other sharp objects in places where dogs cannot reach them, and check if your garden plants are toxic when ingested.
You also will want to ensure that your dog is kept in a safely enclosed space with a low probability of your dog escaping or predators coming in. Make sure there aren’t holes in your fence where your dog may be able to squeeze through. Even if they can’t fully exit, their attempt to squeeze out could be harmful for them and could lead to potentially risky encounters.
Having a dog is a fun and rewarding experience, but it is also a huge responsibility, and you should thoroughly prepare your home, apartment, or other dwelling before choosing to bring a dog into the mix.
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 (407) 865-7477, ext. 101.