Dogs 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.