How You Can Keep Your Dog and Your Home Safe?

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Real Estate Agent with Vision Quest Realty WV0026375

ZekeDogs can be one of life’s biggest joys. They add endless fun, energy, and excitement to our lives. However, they can also get into trouble around the home. Here is how you can avoid some of the more common pup mishaps in your house.

 

Dog-Proof the Home

Dogs can be mischievous creatures. If allowed to roam free, they can get into all kinds of shenanigans. To prevent this, restrict access to certain areas of your home. Crate them at night to give them a comforting space and prevent mayhem while you sleep. When your dog is home alone, shut all doors and use baby gates to close off stairs. Keep laundry, shoes, and knick-knacks off the floor. Hide their food to prevent them from eating entire bags at a time. Think about things your dog might find tempting, like scented candles; these too should always be out of reach. Electrical wires can seem chewable to a dog, so keep them safely hidden.

 

Potty Issues

Even house-trained dogs can have accidents. However, should they suddenly lose continence, the best course of action is to take them to a vet. If nothing is wrong with your dog physically, do not punish your pooch for making a mistake. This won't teach them not to go inside; instead, it may encourage them to hide it from you. Instead, as soon as you notice an accident, clean it with an enzyme-targeting odor remover. If you work long hours, hire a dog walker to keep Fido active and doing their business outdoors. Always give your pet a treat or reward when they exhibit good behavior. This will reinforce their desire to go outside.

 

Zeke and his torys

 

 

Furniture Destruction

Dogs learn best through positive reinforcement. If your pooch has a chewing problem, get them chew toys to gnaw on. When they use these toys, praise and reward them. This way, they associate chewing their toys with good feelings. Your dog may also be bored. Similar to having bathroom difficulties, a dog walker can keep your furry friend on their best behavior. After all, a tired dog is a well-behaved dog. Of course, this isn't always enough. If your pup has chosen your armchair, for example, as their favorite chew toy, you can discourage them. Apply foul-tasting sprays or dog repellent. They will quickly learn to leave these objects alone.

 

 

 

Zeke chewing his bone

 

Poisoning

Plenty of things we see as innocuous are toxic (even deadly) to canines. Most of us know that chocolate is poisonous to dogs, but there are other hazards. The onion and garlic families are dangerous, so keep them where your dog can't reach. Xylitol, grapes, and macadamia nuts are toxic as well. Before you give your pup what you think is a harmless snack, research what they, and its specific breed, may be allergic to. Unfortunately, it isn't just food you need to worry about. Substances such as antifreeze can taste great to dogs, but even a small lick can kill them. Keep chemicals locked away and off the ground at all times.

 

 

Escape Tricks

As a whole, the safest place for your pooch is indoors. However, all homes with a dog should have a well-maintained fence. So, check it regularly for loose or broken panels that your pup might slip through. If you have a breed that is prone to digging, be certain that your fence extends underground. However, if they are athletic, create a barrier that’s taller than they can jump. You also need to ensure that you have dog-proof latches. This way, you can play with your dog in your yard and know they will remain safe.

 

 

 

 

Zeke outdoors

 

With the right precautions, you can protect both your home and your dog. Pets are family, and sometimes they make mistakes. Prevent the worst of them with these easy steps.

 

Article provided by Medina James at DogEtiquette.info. 

 

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Ron and Alexandra Seigel - thank you. Zeke is just so lovable and always near my feet. He wants to be a lap dog, but just too big to be on my lap.

Feb 21, 2019 07:01 PM #14
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Thank you, Myrl Jeffcoat. Zeke doesn't mind having his photo taken.  

Feb 21, 2019 07:02 PM #15
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Thank you, Susan Haughton, Zeke is a great pet! 

Feb 21, 2019 07:02 PM #16
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Good morning Rebecca.  Pet owners will find this post very informative.

Feb 22, 2019 03:25 AM #18
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Rebecca, this is great information to share with pet owners. Zeke is such a handsome guy. His pictures made me smile. 

Feb 22, 2019 05:47 AM #19
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Amazing isn't it, Rebecca, how often it's the largest dogs who think they should be lap dogs!

Feb 22, 2019 09:26 AM #20
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Susan Haughton - thanks so much for the feature in the Bananatube Group.

Feb 22, 2019 03:09 PM #21
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I do hope they like this information, Gabe Sanders 

Feb 22, 2019 03:10 PM #22
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Thank you Amanda S. Davidson. Zeke is such a joy. 

Feb 22, 2019 03:11 PM #23
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I know, Nina Hollander, it certainly is amazing about large dogs wanting to be lap dogs   

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Aw, this is a great post. Some pet owners forget a big part of our job is keeping these wonderful creatures safe. First thing we did when we moved to our new place with acreage - build a fence for the dogs. 

Feb 23, 2019 08:20 AM #25
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We are not allowed to have fences in our subdivision, but we put in underground fencing for Zeke.

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Like Zeke, our boys are vey well-behaved, Rebecca. And, we do allow them on the furniture - we invite them up! They're our fur babies after all, right?! 

Great tips on the poisons too. I have such a fear of the little 'fresh' packets that come in shoe boxes and various packages. They love to grab anything we drop so, I'm really cautious with those...and especially chocolates.

Have a great week ahead!

Feb 24, 2019 08:51 PM #27
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Thanks, Debe Maxwell, CRS Our fur babies are precious and we need to keep them safe.

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Hi Rebecca- it sounds like you've written about all of our pets! LOL The last Brittany that we rescued loved to escape; one cat we had would have accidents on our dining room carpet. We had to send the cat to live with Larry's secretary who lived in the country and totally replace the carpet.    

Feb 27, 2019 07:47 PM #29
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Kathy Streib - We have never had a cat as my husband is not a fan of them. But, growing up we always had a cat or two and they were mostly outdoor cats.

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Our pets are very important members of the family and these are important tips to share with all pet owners. 

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I agree, Megan Marsh, Broker Associate, our furbabies are precious and are members  of the family.

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