Optimising the interior and exterior of any home for family life is challenging to say the least. Between the unique needs for adults and the specific requirements for children of all ages, ensuring that every living space both indoors and outdoors is up-to-par can take copious amounts of time and money.
Yet all too many forget about the effects that dogs can have on the process. Bringing a new canine companion into the home can revolutionise a variety of concerns: from furniture to outdoor enclosed areas, dog-proofing the home is an essential component of home improvement that can protect your family, your valuables, and even your neighbours.
To assist with this process, let’s look at what steps dog owners can take in 2020 to dog-proof their residential surroundings.
Securing the Kitchen and Bathrooms
One of the most important steps any dog owner can take in ensuring health, safety, and cleanliness for all is to look at the kitchen and bathrooms. It is in these rooms where the vast majority of caustic, toxic or otherwise damaging products are stored. Likewise, foodstuffs are often found in the kitchen; the combination of sights and smells for your canine friend and the presence of dangerous chemicals make these rooms top priorities for dog-proofing in 2020.
Many owners put up dog gates and indoor fences to block off segments of the home when not in use. This is particularly helpful in the kitchen, as bathrooms can simply be secured by shutting doors whenever not in use.
In many ways, the same advice that helps secure these rooms from your dogs can apply to small children as well. Whether it is the risk of drowning or access to poisonous chemicals, keeping kitchens and bathrooms off-limits for dogs when not supervised is simply common-sense.
Dogs are inherently inspired by Mother Nature. A big driving force in dog behaviour is related to food: when dogs are happy and full, they’re more likely to behave appropriately. Dogs on the hunt for nutrition throughout the house can quickly become rambunctious or even downright destructive if they smell food inside or around select areas.
Storing your dog’s food in airtight containers not only will keep it fresher for longer but will minimise any chances of them tearing open the packaging when you’re not at home. Additionally, investing in a high-quality timed feeder will keep your dog on a routine without intervention on your part, ensuring he or she is fed properly throughout the day. Optimising these devices through the use of a puppy feeding guide can maximise the benefits enjoyed.
Lastly, invest in high-quality food that satisfies a dog’s needs and can improve both health and behaviour. One such example is Bella & Duke: this brand offers raw puppy dietary solutions that source ethical and nutritious ingredients. Owners seeking happy dogs should definitely consider combining Bella & Duke’s raw feeding diets with these other feeding tips to improve dog behaviour and minimise any damaging puppy incidents around the home.
Guarding the Bedrooms
Another tempting area for dogs to do damage or cause mischief is in the bedroom. Between leaving “surprises” for us in our dirty laundry and shedding hair, dander, and even fleas on our bedding, there are plenty of reasons to keep your puppies out of this room.
While many like to sleep with their dogs, this can increase the chances of a poorer quality of sleep. Even if you prefer to cuddle during evening hours, keeping these areas off-limits when you are not around can further reduce the chances of doggy mayhem in the home.
Enclosing the Lawn
How often does your puppy get to venture outside? Some people live in densely populated areas without gardens, meaning exercise consists of daily walks around the neighbourhood. If you are fortunate enough to have a garden, however, then dog-proofing it for optimal use just makes sense.
Installing a securely fenced area is the first and most obvious step: a smaller, enclosed area can be used to allow your dog to enjoy the outdoors throughout the day, as can mobile outdoor chains. If you already have a fenced yard, then reinforcing by ensuring any holes underneath (or in) the fence are filled will protect you, your dog, your lawn, and your neighbours.
Create “Time Out” Areas
Last but not least, when dogs are prone to bad behaviour, it’s important to set boundaries. Having a safe space in the home where your puppy can be temporarily left to calm down is a sure-fire way to reduce any additional damage caused by rowdiness.
Dogs are social creatures and can be prone to excessive energy. By demonstrating that a particular action is unwanted through a short “time out”, the dog will learn that this is unacceptable. Given they also don’t want to be left alone in many situations, the lesson will be more likely absorbed by your four-legged friend.
Minimising instances of bad behaviour often is the best way to dog-proof your home and prevent repeat instances of damage and recklessness.
Creating the basis for a dog-proof home involves a few critical steps. Securing areas that are dangerous for the dog is a top priority, but so is teaching the dog valuable lessons, providing them with ways to exercise without the risk of escaping, and sealing off other areas of the home where their presence can be damaging. With these tips in mind, you can build a home in 2020 that’s dog-proof throughout!
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