Home safety for dogs

Just like babies and young children, new puppies and even older dogs can get into dangerous situations at home. We often think that our most important task when it comes to home safety for dogs is to stop them from chewing on furniture, but there are other significant safety hazards that should be avoided at all costs. While dogs do have an innate sense that keeps them away from danger, there are a few problems that owners can take measures to guard against.

Following are some tips on home safety for dogs

During bath time

Bathing your dog should be a time of bonding and fun for you and your best furry friend. Make sure to keep the water at the right temperature to avoid burns, and never leave your dog alone in the water.

Chemicals and other dangerous substances

There are many items in our homes that are safe for humans to use but not ingest — cleaners, medications, and lawn chemicals, are good examples. However, dogs explore the world by closely sniffing and tasting what they find, and they do not know what is harmful. Even sugar-free gum is a hazard if it contains xylitol, which, taken in small amounts, can be fatal to dogs.

Be sure to keep these and other substances out of reach of your dog, in high cupboards or locked closets. Secure their packaging by tightly screwing lids on bottles and jars, pack any items that come in bags (which dogs can chew threw if they are interested) into tough plastic totes or pails — better yet, the kind that have locking lids.

Chewing:

Dogs, especially young puppies, like to chew on everything. This can include electric cords, sharp objects, your mouth guard left on your bedside table, and even small game pieces. All of these items can be dangerous for your pet. Secure these items from reach while keeping a variety of safe chew toys easily accessible around your home. Additionally, spend time working with your pet to ensure they know what is safe.

Outside:

Most dogs love to spend time outside exploring in your yard. However, danger can lurk at every turn. Carefully lock down your grill, tools, lawn chemicals, and fire pit, as these are all could be dangerous to your pet. Also take note of any lattice around your deck and fencing in your hard, which could be hazardous. While some dogs like to swim, be careful that they only have supervised access if they are allowed in the water.

A final tip on home safety for dogs

Dogs can get into every nook and cranny of your house. It is often hard to know what new interesting smell they will go after, and how they will try to maneuver around your home in dangerous areas. Your garage is another area to look over and ensure everything in it is no danger to pets. A few cabinet locks and some other basic precautions will do the trick. When it comes to home safety for dogs, it’s better to be safe than sorry.