Having a pup in your home is fulfilling and wonderful, as you have a loving and loyal companion who colors your world.
With that being said, pups are also very curious creatures and often get themselves into various shenanigans if they aren’t watched 24/7. As such, it’s important that you make sure your home is as safe as possible for your pups.
If you let your pup got outdoors to your yard, garden, or garage, or if you have a pup who is particularly sneaky and always manages to find ways to slip out, then you have to ensure that the outside of your house is just as safe as the inside. Here are a few areas to look out for.
1. Make sure your pup is still contained
Even if your pup can head outside, that doesn’t mean he should be able to leave your home’s compound entirely! Make sure that a sturdy fence is in place or that a leash system is in place. If you use an electronic fence, make sure you’re around to supervise.
2. Set a time limit
Pups should not be left alone unattended for several hours without being checked on – they could get into sticky situations on their own, dig up the yard, or get stolen.
3. Watch out for grills or fire pits
Even after you’ve stopped using them, grills or fire pits could still contain embers or be hot enough to burn a curious pup. In addition, leftover sparks could even result in a fire. Many pups also just love the smell of a grill, so keep your pup away from these areas and supervise them if you have either of these in your yard.
4. Be careful with plants
Look up a list of plants that are toxic for pups, as many may be tempted to take a few nibbles out of the ones they find around while exploring. The Humane Society has a comprehensive list!
5. Be careful with chemicals, too
If you keep chemicals in your garage, like antifreeze or cleaning agents, then be sure to keep them out of reach of your pup entirely. Even so, there’s a chance that some of these chemicals may leak, so it may be safer to have a barrier that keeps your pup away from your chemical cupboard.
6. Monitor temperatures
Pups should not be left out in extreme heat or cold for long periods of time, regardless of their fur coat type. If it’s too hot or cold for you, then it’s time to bring them inside. Keep in mind that the temperatures in a garage can rise or drop to ridiculous levels during extreme climates.
A pup is, in some ways, like your little furry child – you still have to “child-proof” your home to ensure their safety! By making a little extra effort to take precautions, you can save yourself, and your pet, a lot of trouble. Don’t forget to like and share away!