A Guide to Pet-Proof your Home

01 January 1970

Adopting a new dog, especially a puppy, isn’t like bringing home a baby—it is like having a curious toddler who is itching to sniff, claw, and nibble their way into every nook and corner of the house. So, it is important for you to provide them a safe space to live in.

Just like you child-proof your house once they are born, you need to pet-proof your house as well. Pet proofing is important because just like your children, they are prone to getting into danger.

Just because you pet-proof one area of your house doesn’t mean that the entire home is safe. You need to take a holistic view of the house to ensure your pet’s safety. Every room in your house offers another opportunity for dog-proofing. Pets can get into any space in the house until you train them. Thus, it is super important for you to pet-proof your house.

Pet proofing sounds a bit difficult, but in reality, it is actually not as difficult as it sounds. You just need to modify your décor and furniture so that your dog has lots of comfy room for relaxation. 

It is rightly said, "A happy home is a pet-proofed home." As a result, you must be extremely cautious about the methods you employ to pet-proof your home. As a parent to a pet, you need to be vigilant enough while you go ahead with the pet-proofing process. But it is not easy for an amateur to pet-proof the entire house. So, to help you with this, we have curated a room-by-room list of ways that will help you provide a safe environment for your pet to live in.

1. Kitchen

The kitchen is the place where we prepare our meals, and it is the same place where our pets beg for food. While "food" and "kitchen" are used interchangeably, the words "food" and "hazard" should be viewed in a similar fashion.

Some of the food items, like chocolate, coffee, and onions, can be hazardous to pets. Thus, you need to ensure that all these items are kept in a place where they are not accessible to your pets.

 2. Living room

The living room is obviously the place where the entire family gathers to relax and put their feet up. This is the same place where you can find your pet climbing over the furniture. It is hard to gauge safety concerns in our cosy sanctuaries, but there are a few potential hazards that require some pet-proofing, like furniture and carpet, which pets can damage easily.

You also need to see that all the electric cords are tucked away and placed in a way such that they are not accessible. Make sure to have a protective screen in front of your workplace. You also need to be cautious with the plants that you choose, as some of them can be harmful to your pets.

3. Bathroom

The bathroom is another place that needs to be pet-proofed. The reason is, they love to play with water and so they are prone to drinking toilet paper. There are even chances that you might find them shredding a roll of toilet paper.

Pets will not cause a lot of damage to your bathroom, but they can land themselves in trouble if they get in contact with various bathroom products like drain cleaner and potpourri. So, to avoid any kind of harm to your pet, make sure that all these things are kept in such a place that they stay out of their reach.

4. Bedroom

The bedroom is the place where you go to relax yourself. However, we do not want you to relax to the extent that it causes any harm to your pet. The bedroom is a place that can host several hazards for your pets, including the potential for exposed electrical cords, curtain cords, and medicines left accidentally on the side table. So, be cautious that you do not leave anything in the open, especially items that can be harmful to your pets.

So, the above are some easy tips that can help you pet-proof your entire house in the most comfortable way. So, stop thinking and start working.