Dog Proofing Your Home
Whether you’re bringing a new puppy or an older dog into your home. Here’s a few house proofing tips to create a safe and healthy environment:
- Whether your dog will be inside or outside mostly, watch the temperature. Provide a warm spot in the cooler weather and a cool place in the summer. It’s also important to provide fresh, clean water daily to your dog.
- Provide your dog with his own space via a crate, kennel or dog bed. Crate training can have many benefits including aiding in house training. Training a reliable Place command helps teach your dog to relax in one place for extended periods of time.
- Create boundaries using fences and gates to create a safe and secure environment. Any time you bring a new dog into your house, it’s a good idea to supervise any free time in your house until you’re sure he won’t become destructive if left alone. A new puppy should always be supervised 100% of the time or be in a crate.
- Watch out for potential environmental hazards such as human medications, plants and flowers, various foods or toxic chemicals. Be sure there’s no way for your dog to access anything that might be harmful to him.
When bringing a new puppy or dog into your home, it’s always a good idea to start obedience training immediately BEFORE bad behaviors start to arise.
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