How confident are you that your home is safe for your dogs? Most people think that since their homes are human-friendly, it is automatically dog-friendly too. But that is where most people are mistaken. You will be surprised to know just how many potential risks your dogs are exposed to.
A dog-friendly home is easy to make but it requires a lot of thinking. While most people train their fur babies, equipping your home with dog equipment such as gates for dogs is more reassuring as they can definitely give you more security.
Now, let us discover how you can create a safe space for your dogs.
Consider the Room You are Going to Use
First of all, you have to consider which room you are going to use. You have to pitch in light source, ventilation, furniture, and some home decors to make sure that that they get enough light & air to breath and that they are safe from potential hazards.
You should also think about which types of furniture(s) you are going to put in that space or room as your fur babies might destroy them.
Pay Attention to Where They Rest Most of the Time
If you notice that your dog has a specific spot wherein they rest most of the time, that is probably the best place for you to make a safe space for them. If you have already found that specific spot, you have to make sure that it is:
- Free of potential danger or hazard
- Makes them feel safe and familiar
Check Every Nook and Cranny for Potential Hazards
Small things such as corks and bottle caps can choke your dogs to death. So you should really clean your room and check for small things that your dog might eat and choke on. Here are the 5 most common things dogs choke on:
- Plastic wrappers and caps
So, you better check every part of the room and make sure that there are no choke-hazard items to be found.
Introduce and Let Your Dogs Feel Comfortable In Their New Space
Keep in mind and ensure that the space you have provided for them is clean and has all the things that they need: a comfy bed, toys that are not hazardous, and a food & water bowl that is tip-proof.
It is recommended that you slowly introduce them to their space multiple times before leaving the house alone so that they would not feel awkward with the new space.
You can do this by resting near the space or safely confining them in the space while you are cooking or cleaning the house for about 20 minutes, maximum.
After doing all of those, you can then slowly try extending the amount of time they spend in their safe zone up until the actual time you will be gone. Then you can give them praise or rewards for the good behavior when you return.
But remember, it is recommended that you leave your adult dogs no longer than 6 hours.
Being prepared in giving your dog a safe space is vital to your dog’s well-being. By following the steps mentioned above, you can just sit back and relax because your dog will absolutely love it.