How to Keep Your Dog Safe at Home

Our dogs show us unconditional love, so in return we should make sure they are as safe as possible in our homes. Here are some tips to keep in mind!

You’ve heard of baby-proofing your home, but what about puppy-proofing? I know from experience how mischievous a new puppy can be in your home, but aside from chewing up shoes and ripping up newspaper, failure to take proper precautions could result in your dog getting hurt. Here are some helpful tips to remember when considering your pet’s safety in the home:

1. Don’t Leave Harmful Food Within Reach of Your Dog

Food items like chocolate, grapes, and raisins, can be extremely harmful and even deadly for your dog. Check with your dog’s vet to confirm what should absolutely be avoided and make sure your dog isn’t anywhere near these items. This is especially important when you’re hosting a party, so make sure your guests know to be cautious as well.

2. Protect Your Pup: Get a Fence!

Your yard should be a place for your dog to get some exercise and play. Distractions like cars going by, other dogs walking past the house, or kids riding by on their bikes can cause your dog to take off without notice. Protect him/her by putting up a fence (regular or electric) to keep them from running into the street.

3. Monitor Your Dog With a Home Security System

With all of the smart home technology available today, keeping an eye on your dog while you’re not home is easier than ever. This doggy GPS system by Tagg is only $99 and attaches to your dog’s collar so you know where they are at all times!

4. Keep Your Home Tidy

Keeping your home neat & tidy is a great way to make sure your pet stays safe. Small items like children’s toys and bobby pins can easily be swallowed by your pet which can lead to severe internal issues. Vacuuming your floors & rugs often will ensure there is no harmful items left behind for your dog to find.

What are some ways you keep your dog safe at home? Leave us a comment below!

Alexandra is the Manager of Social Media & Content for Coldwell Banker Real Estate, LLC. She lives in Hoboken, NJ and loves taking advantage of the many local perks (read: dogs EVERYWHERE) and proximity to Manhattan. Her idea of relaxing is perusing the aisles of Sephora and proofreading copy. No, really.

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