Dogs and puppies are curious creatures. That’s why you need to dog-proof your home to protect your pet — and your belongings — no matter how curious your dog may be may be.
It may be your best bet to protect your favorite pair of shoes in case your dog decides to explore the house and eat new things.
1. Use the closet
Your dog doesn’t know the difference between a pen, a pair of shoes or their toys. So dog-proof your room by keeping your shoes and other clothing out of reach and stored behind closed doors. Shoes with accessories like buttons or buckles can be especially dangerous for pups if they pull them off and swallow them.
2. Dog-proof by putting things away
It might be convenient for you to store your body lotions and even your medications by your bedside, however, if your pet can reach these things it could mean serious trouble.
Dog-proof your nightstand by eliminating dangerous items and instead store them in your bathroom. Keep lotions and medications in closed cabinets or drawers so they stay safely out of your dog’s reach.
The American Humane Association even suggests using childproof latches to keep your curious pet from opening up cabinets.
3. Keep plants out of reach
While plants and flowers can make a beautiful addition to your home, they can also pose a risk to dogs.
Dog-proof by moving your houseplants out of your dog’s reach of your pet by hanging them or setting them on surfaces that are too high for them to reach by jumping.
This is especially important if you have plants that may be poisonous. Not only can plants be a risk to your dog, nosy pets that may knock over vases or pots can cause a big mess and broken glass can be a hazard to their little paws.
4. Keep your dog away from dangerous food items
Even if your pet has food in their bowl, the food you’re eating and the food in your kitchen is tempting. Most foods are not dangerous for dogs. But most packaging — especially plastic or foil — can be dangerous.
Take simple precautions to dog-proof your kitchen by storing all food out of reach or in cabinets. Avocados, chocolate, raisins, grapes, garlic, onions and coffee are all dangerous for dogs.
5. Dog-proof your garage
The garage can be one of the most dangerous places for your dog. This part of your home is filled with hazards. Some of the dangers include pesticides for your garden, gasoline, antifreeze, and small items like screws, bolts and nuts. Dog-proof your garage and keep these hazards up on a high shelf. Or make the garage totally off limits to ensure your dog’s safety.
6. Block stairs or use a gate
Stairs can be a big hazard for small pups. Small-breed dogs and puppies can seriously hurt themselves if they fall down a flight of stairs. Dog-proof your staircase consider installing a baby gate or pet gate at the top or bottom. There are a variety of different pet gate styles that can be adjusted to fit any doorway, hallway or stair entry.