Doggy Home – How To Pet Proof Your House

Hello ladies and gentle-dogs, and welcome to another River Dogs dog blog! We hope you’ve had a great week so far and that you’ve made good use of some of the dog walking rainy day essentials that we listed a couple of months ago now that the weather has turned! It’s been raining cats and dogs over the past few days (not literally of course), so make sure that you’re prepared for the wet weather! Today, we’re looking at how to pet-proof your doggy home in line with National Animal & Safety Protection Month. We like to keep both new and experienced dog owners in the know when it comes to looking after our little four-legged friends, and what better way to pass on knowledge about how to keep your dogs safe and sound than through our world-famous dog blog! So, without further ado, let’s put all four paws to the play yard and crack on with our doggy home blog!

Prepare Your Doggy Home For National Animal & Safety Protection Month!

Kitchen – Important Doggy Home Prep

The kitchen is a place that your dog will probably spend a lot of time in during his or her life. There’s something about hearing the clickety-clack of claws on the lino or wooden floor that makes you really feel like you’re at home. It’s also one of the most dangerous places for prying pups or hungry dogs to be unless you take the proper precautions. Dogs cannot tell the difference between hazardous chemical symbols and bottles of milk, but with the following tips, you can help to prevent your furry pals from getting into any trouble.

  • Childproof latches are a great way of stopping prying paws from getting into cupboards in your doggy home where they don’t belong. 
  • Store all of your cleaners, detergents, bleaches and medicines on a high shelf, and one that can’t be reached from the top of a counter or other surfaces that could be pounced upon.
  • Keep your bin inside a locked cupboard or out of sight. Chicken bones or the remnants of last nights tea could be inviting to your dog while you’re out at work, and they might end up eating something that could end up being bad for them in the process. 
  • Try to reduce the number of spaces that balls or kongs could get stuck in behind washers/dryers or other kitchen appliances. If your dog gets stuck while you are out, then they might end up getting distressed and cause themselves accidental harm. 

Living Room – How To Make It Safer For Your Pooch

We all get home from a long day at work and slob down in our favourite armchair in our cosy living rooms. It’s all we want to do after a long stint at the office, and sometimes we forget that our comfortable zen-zones might be dangerous for our long-eared friends as they bumble around in search of adventure. Take a look at some of our ideas on how to turn your living room into a safe doggy home zone; you might be surprised at how easy it can be done!

  • Zip-up cable runs are a great way of making sure that you don’t have any trailing wires from T.V’s, DVD players, games consoles and table lamps. They keep all of your cables out of reach and provide extra protection against any pups that have recently found how to chomp down on things. 
  • A lockable chest for toys and games will ensure that your pooch doesn’t swallow a Monopoly house or a piece of a jigsaw. Little things that have been left lying around your doggy home will always be enticing to a pup. They don’t know what that weird object next to the sofa is until they’ve put it in their mouth, and sometimes it’s too late to do anything about it by then!
  • If you have a smaller dog, then ornaments and nick-nacks on worktops and dressers might fall foul to their pouncing. While training your dog not to go on to certain surfaces, it might be an idea to put all of your ornaments in hard-to-reach places to avoid any accidents (and broken pottery!).
  • Periodically check the places that your vacuum cleaner doesn’t reach and make sure that there aren’t any pins or items that your pup might get stuck in his or her paws or mouth. 

Bedroom – Your Dog’s Doggy Home Away From Home (Or More Accurately Their Own Bed!)

It’s no secret that dogs will always spend more time at the foot of your bed than on their actual bed; it’s where their favourite people in the world and the ones that feed them are, after all! Depending on how tidy you are, your bedroom will wither be a relaxing haven or a make-up/sweaty-sock strewn den. Underwear, tweezers, cotton bud, face pads, candles; these are all things that could end up in your dog’s tummy or stuck between their paws. Luckily, all it takes is a few checks once or twice a week to make sure that your bedroom floor is a safe doggy home space. 

  • If you have a bin in your bedroom, then make sure that you have a lid on the top of it. Better still, keep it inside a wardrobe so your pooch can’t get to the contents inside. 
  • If you like to buy expensive shoes, then it would probably be safer to keep them inside a cupboard. Even dogs that have got out of the chewing stage can succumb to a little nibble when they’re bored, and shoelaces or metal clasps can get stuck in their system. 
  • Colourful bottles of nail varnish or prescription pill packets are all intriguing to our four-legged friends. Make sure to keep these inside a locked drawer. 
  • Apply the same cable tidy technique to any trailing wires in your bedroom to avoid any leg-tangling incidents or nasty shocks. 

Thanks for checking out these tips on how to make your doggy home that little bit safer. We hope that you might have learnt a few things along the way and that you might add some of the points above into your own doggy checklists. National Animal Safety & Protection Month doesn’t just stop with dogs; all of the points above are useful to any pets that you might have inside your home too! And remember, if you’re ever unsure about a course of action that you’re thinking about taking, then contact your vet for more information!

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