Pet-proofing your home

We all know how hard it is to resist a puppy-face; it’s even harder when you have a wife and children also pulling the puppy-face.

Before you bring home your new companion or newest addition to the family there are a few things you should do to pet-proof your home.
Puppies and kittens are adorable little mess-monsters that just want to explore their new surroundings. Beyond the damages that they may cause to your home, their careless wanderings might also land them in some serious dangerous predicaments.

“People that consider having a pet should get their home ready long before the pet arrives,” said Danielle Winterbottom a local agility competitor.

She also shares some tips that will help you get your home ready for the pet in no time. She advices that we should remember our pets have a list of sinful temptations.

“Get lots of stimulation and toys to keep your pet busy so that they won’t have the need to chew other things.”

“Another great invention to consider is the “Leave It” spray that you can purchase from any local pet-store.” This spray prevents pups from chewing on things.

She makes it very clear that you should never ever smack a puppy for chewing on the wrong things.

“Just say “NO” and redirect them to their toys.”

Danielle also stated that it would be a good idea to use baby gates to block off areas in your home that is off-limits for your pet such as the kitchen or pantry.

Local dog trainer Michelle Meyer also have a few tips and tricks that will make pet proofing your home a whole lot easier.

“Starting at the front of your property make sure there are no holes or gaps where your pet might possibly squeeze through.”

Michelle recommend that you should make a sand-pit somewhere in your yard for the puppy to dig all they want.

“This way they will avoid making holes in your garden. Speaking of your garden you should make absolutely sure that there are no flowers or plants that could be dangerous or hazardous to you precious pet.”

“You must consider where the pup will be sleeping; remember where he sleeps now he will be sleeping for the rest of his life. Avoid beds made from wool. Chances are your pet will chew it and choke on the wool,” advised Michelle.

“Keep all sorts of house-hold chemicals and poison out of the reach of your pet.” Another useful tip from Michelle is to keep your swimming pools and ponds covered with a net to avoid unnecessary accidents and tears. “Lastly under no circumstances is it ok to give your dog chocolates! It is highly poisonous to your dog.”

If you make use of these tips and tricks your house will be safe and ready for the new pet in no time.

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Jessica-Lee Smith
Journalist/Photographer

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