10 Home Safety Tips for a Happy and Healthy Dog

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We are always looking for ways to make our dog’s lives better and happier!  One of the best ways to do that is to make sure that our homes are safe and secure place for our loved ones to be.  Whether you have had your dog for a long while or you are brining home a new puppy, these ten preventative measures will help ensure that they are able to carry on having a pup-tastic day! 

Install child-proof latches

Installing latches on bathroom and kitchen cupboards will help to ensure that your pup does not get in to any food or chemicals that can cause them harm.

Clear off counters and store items high

We can’t keep everything in our cupboards witch child proof latches…  But we can keep our pets from getting to things by placing them above their reach.  Medications, chemicals, old food, and trash should be cleaned up or stored high above the areas that your dog can reach.

Contain your garbage

Trash almost always contains something that will harm your pup!  Not to mention, the mess is no fun to clean up.  Find a way to secure the lid on your trash can or keep it in a cupboard, closet, or outside.

Close the bathroom door and/or lid to the toilet

Toilet water is unsafe for dogs to drink because of the potential chemicals that may be there.  Also, depending on your dogs size, there is a chance they could drown.  Keep those toilets off limit!

Hide breakable/ chewable items

Do not place knick-knacks, picture frames, vases or other dangerous items on low shelves where your pup can get at them. If your dog breaks any of these items it can lead to ingesting sharp pieces or getting them caught in their skin or paws.  Yikes!ocal trainer or behaviorist. They will be more than happy to assist you in creating a solid plan for a calm, happy dog!

Know your plants

Do your research before brining any plants into your home.  They could be very dangerous and potentially fatal to your dog! Common houseplants that are potentially harmful for your dog to ingest are Lilies, Azaleas, Oleander, Tulips, Yew, Chrysanthemum and English Ivy. There are many more!

Have appropriate chew toys available

Make sure dogs, especially puppies, have a few things that are safe to chew on!  These could be kongs, antlers, or other durable chew toys. It is important to remember that some of these items may pose a choking hazard, so make sure to do some research before you leave your pup with them.

Keep the chords tucked in

Look for any items that could cause choking, strangulation, or electrocution and make a plan to keep them out of reach. Tie up window treatment cords and unplug or cover wires and electrical cords.

Invest in a good vacuum

Pet messes and shedding are inevitable! You will most likely need to pull the vacuum out once a week at minimum.  You will want a powerful, reliable vacuum with furniture cleaning attachments to save you time and to keep a clean environment for you and your dog!

Plan to give them a designated area for when you leave

Dogs and puppies will sneak into any small, dangerous space if they have the opportunity! Give them their own space and you won’t have to worry about them getting into trouble. Gating them into a room with space to roam around, a comfy little bed, a few toys, and access to water will definitely do the trick!


By implementing these ten home safety tips, you can ensure a happy and healthy environment for your dog. From securing cabinets and keeping hazardous items out of reach to providing appropriate chew toys and establishing a designated area, these preventative measures will help keep your furry friend safe and content. Remember, a pet-friendly home is a happy home!

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Brandy Emmert

Hi! I'm the proud owner of Four Seasons For Paws, a renowned pet care company that provides dog training, dog walking, pet sitting, and home security checks. I am passionate about leading a team of certified, knowledgeable, compassionate pet care specialists and trainers who love pouring their hearts into caring for our animal companions. I love having the opportunity to provide complete peace of mind for so many pet parents in our community! And I love sharing advice and educating pet parents on any and all things that can enhance their lives, and the lives of their pets. ❤️

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