We’ve all heard stories of dogs causing mischief in and around the home, and it can be quite funny to hear. However, would it be funny in your own home? Your dog could chew your sofa beyond recognition, and that costs money to replace.
So, if a dog is on your shopping list next week, you need to start the dog-proofing process right away! There are a number of simple steps you can take to take your home from pet hell, to pet heaven. Below, you’ll find these steps – and I urge you to take action!
Step 1: Get locks on doors
If you don’t want your animal to enter a certain room, then you need to seal it off beyond possibility. Apply locks to your kitchen and bedroom doors that can be used during the day and at night. Your dog will like to explore, but don’t let them wander too far. This will make your life easier because you won’t have to constantly shepherd dogs out of rooms.
Step 2: Pretend you’re having a baby
Maybe you are actually having a baby, in which case, congratulations! But, to be blunt, it’s going to cost you a lot, for a pet or a child. The real costs of dog ownership have been well documented, and you’ve much to take into account for your furry friend.
The good news is that a lot of baby-proofing is also applicable to dogs. This includes baby gates that can stop your dog going in certain rooms, as well as covers for electrical outlets. There are other tricks too, such as sealing off any holes in the walls or fence. Above all, just be on the lookout for anything that your dog could interact with in a dangerous manner.
Step 3: Place cleaning supplies and dangerous chemicals up high
It’s unlikely your dog will want to chew and bite anything like this, but why risk the possibility? It could result in injury for the poor thing, and even death. So, any chemicals, soaps, cleaning products and pills should be stored in a cabinet that’s high above ground. If possible, get a key and lock it too. This also stops any expensive products being destroyed – we all know the costs of certain cosmetic items and cleaning items.
Step 4: Fix any dangling wires to the wall; cable storage
Dogs love to chew wires, so don’t give them the opportunity. If you have any dangling wires, either get rid of them or seal them to the wall. Instead of running cables along the floor, run them along the ceiling or walls, well out of reach. Combine all your cables into a cable storage solution, to protect four or five wires from being chewed.
Step 5: Keep all rubbish containers sealed
We all know that certain animals love to have a good root through our rubbish, and dogs are privy to this effect too. So, whether it’s your inside bins or outside bins, make sure they’re properly sealed and shut. A bin with a pedal is obviously a good way to keep pets out; they’re not exactly going to be able to make it function! A sensor bin, too, is a good dog-proof measure. Above all, keep your rubbish out of sight, and out of mind!