Dog-Proofing Your Home

When bringing your rescue dog home for the first time, you want to be sure that they will be safe in their surroundings. Most accidents in the home are preventable, so let’s get started!

  • Make sure that all house plants are put up out of reach as many are toxic to dogs.
  • All medications (including naturopathic/homeopathic and vitamins) are put away.
  • Lower surfaces, like a coffee tables, should be cleared of all items.
  • Trash cans should be placed in a cupboard or have a secure/locking lid.
  • Avoid using automatic toilet bowl cleaners as dogs love to drink cold toilet water.
  • Cleaning supplies should be secured in a cupboard and not left out.
  • Electrical cords should be out of sight as they are a serious hazard to dogs who love to chew. Unplug them when not in use, and tie them up, or use PVC piping to keep them safe.
  • Drapery cords should also be tied up or shortened to prevent strangulation.
  • Laundry baskets are best when hidden in a closet – dogs love socks and underwear and both present a choking hazard.
  • All small items (coins, floss, knick-knacks, rubber bands, paper clips, pins/needles, thread/yarn) should be put away in containers.
  • Cat litter boxes should be in an area that your dog cannot get to, or behind a baby gate that your cat can jump over but your dog cannot.
  • Windows should be screened and secure so that your dog cannot crawl through.
  • Stairwells should be gated to prevent your dog from falling down.
  • Don’t want your shoes chewed? Put them in a closet or a bin or a shelving unit. 

You’ll want to get down on your hands and knees and crawl around at “dog height” in order to see what they will. You’d be surprised at what they can find!

Did you know that there is a Pet Poison Control Centre? Their website is incredible – it lists various toxins as well as emergency instructions and a contact number for emergencies. 

Save this number in your phone and bookmark the link in the button below: 

24/7 ANIMAL POISON CONTROL CENTER: (855) 764-7661(there is a fee to call this number but well worth it if you’re not sure and your vet is closed!)