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Dog-proofing Your Las Vegas Home

Dog-proofing Your Las Vegas Home

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When welcoming a new pet to your family, you need to provide a safe environment to get rid of any dangers. Keeping your dog safe and maintaining your belongings intact are the top priorities when it comes to dog ownership. Dogs are inquisitive by nature, so it is up to you to make sure that your home provides a safe place for your cherished pet. Below is a guide to help you dog-proof your pet-friendly Las Vegas home
 

Living room 

The family room contains items that could be dangerous to your dog. Consider the following when dog-proofing your living room:
  • If you have house plants, make sure to move them out of your dog’s reach.
  • Make sure that any air or heating passages are properly covered.
  • Avoid dangling wires from lamps, televisions, and other appliances.
  • Put away fragile items that your dog can knock over.
  • Hide toys that contain small pieces. These can be a choking hazard to your pet.
  • If you have a fireplace, make sure that it is covered with screen. Your dog can be harmed by flames and flying ashes.
  • Lastly, make sure that your front door is properly closed every time you enter or exit.


Kitchen

Dogs are smart and they will learn quickly that your kitchen is where you hide all your goodies. Here are few reminders when dog-proofing your kitchen:
  • Keep all food out of reach of your dog as some items can be dangerous of consumption. The best-known problem food is chocolate, but other toxic foods include grapes, avocados, raisins, nuts, onions, garlic, and coffee.
  • Install latches on cabinets because dogs are not only curious but also intelligent.
  • Block small spaces such as holes in cabinets, washers, and dryers.
  • Make sure that your trash cans are sealed in case your dog manages to knock it over.


Bathroom

Your bathroom has an array of items that are dangerous for your new pet so it is imperative to dog-proof it. Not all bathrooms are the same, but here are a few common things to consider when you have a dog in your home:
  • Place cleaning supplies, medication, and soaps on high shelves.
  • To avoid getting your dog into the garbage, keep your trash cans securely covered.
  • Sinks and tubs filled with water and left unattended can pose a drowning hazard for small dogs.
  • Dogs love to drink directly from the bowl so close the toilet properly. Cleaning chemicals can also make your dog sick.
  • Put your electrical appliances in safe cabinets to ensure that all cords will not be nuzzled by your pet.
  • If you have a low window in your bathroom, close it so your dog will not be able to reach it.


Bedroom

Not a lot has to be done in dog-proofing your bedroom, but here are a few things that can be considered to make it safer for your new dog.
  • Keep lotions, medicine, cosmetics, and other bedside table items out of reach.
  • Make sure pets are not inside your closets or drawers before shutting them.
  • Put away decorations that can be swallowed easily.
  • If you have low windows, make sure they are securely closed.
  • Pick up electrical cords and place them in an area where your pet cannot access and chew on them.
 

Garage and backyard

Your garage can be storage to a number of dangerous items for your dog. It can be a rabbit hole of troubles so if your pet will spend time in the garage or backyard, consider doing the following:
  • Keep pesticides, gasoline, solvents, coolants, and oils in a high or closed cabinets.
  • Always clean the floor to ensure that chemicals are nowhere to be ingested.
  • Make sure that plants in your backyard are safe for pets.
  • Keep the garage door closed so your dog would not escape.
  • Check if there are holes or spaces in your backyard where your dog can squeeze through.

The first few days of owning a new dog can be very stressful. It will take some time before you and your pet get to know each other, so make sure to have fun in the process!

If you are living with your dog, it is best that you buy Las Vegas properties for sale that are fit for dog-proofing. Do not hesitate to ask for help and assistance from a Las Vegas NV real estate professional.