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Keeping your dog safe at home when you’re away

It is very difficult, if not impossible, to unwind and have a good time when you are away from home. What you are afraid of is the fact that your dog is not safe. Sure, you will not be missing a great many hours but still you cannot calm down. What if something bad happens to your best friend? Your pet is so curious and they do wicked things when they are all alone. If your home is not dog-proof, then you should better make sure that it is. You will not be able to take the pooch everywhere with you, so you have no choice but to take safety measures. Protecting your furry friend from harm is easy to do, as long as you follow these steps.

Keep the outside doors closed

There are many benefits to having a well-insulated home. Besides the fact that you do not pay a great deal on electricity bills, your home does not overheat in the summer. However, people do not keep everything shut in the cold months of the year. They strongly believe that air circulation is necessary, especially to feel cooler. Are you one of these people? If the answer is yes, then you need to know that it is not a good idea to throw open the doors and windows to the breeze. Do you know why? Because your dog may wander off without you even knowing. As you can imagine, it is not safe for pets to wander and roam. What can happen is that your best friend can get hit by a vehicle or contract an infectious disease. That is the last thing that you want. When you leave home, make sure that the doors and windows are closed tight.

Make the pool safe

Generally speaking, swimming pools are not bad for dogs. Hounds love to swim and they are actually good at it, so you do not need to worry that your pooch will drown. Nonetheless, if you are at the office or running errands, you will not be able to supervise Fido. This is the reason why it is a good idea to cover the pool. Okay, okay, the pool cover is kind of old. Well, if you need a replacement, go online and order a new safety cover. The safety cover will prevent the animal from falling into the water and get trapped, not to mention that it will protect your swimming pool. Attention needs to be paid to toys and devices. Do not leave them in the water, as your pup may be tempted to jump in. Even if your pet knows how to swim, it is better to be safe than sorry.

Another thing that you need to do is to inspect the fencing. If there are gaps, that is a big problem because your furry friend can slip through. As surprising as it may seem, animals are capable of slipping through the tightest gaps and spaces. If you want your pooch to be safe around the swimming pool, then you should mend the fence or have a new one installed. There are plenty of fencing options available and the good news is that they do not compromise the look of the swimming pool. On the contrary, they will fit right into the décor. The thing that you need to remember is that you need both a pool cover and special fencing. You cannot have one without the other.

Child-proof the home

A common complaint among dog owners is that their pets are disobedient. You could qualify your dog’s behavior as being naughty. Really? If this is the case, then you have to child-proof our home. What you have to do, basically, is make the environment safer for your pet. Your pup may not be human but this does not mean that they do not need protection. Animals are just as vulnerable as children, no matter the age. If you do not have small kids, then chances are that you are not familiar with the objects dedicated to child safety, like gates that limit access to certain rooms in the house or power-strip covers. Although these things were not developed for pets, they do work in your situation. What are you waiting for? Do your research.

Most importantly, you have to put yourself in your dog’s place. What do you think that is most tempting? Small objects and items like batteries and buttons certainly fit the bill. But what about food? If you do not keep food in closed containers, then your furry friend will surely get to it. Taking into consideration that certain foods are toxic to dogs, you should make the effort to put leftover food away. Another thing to pay attention to is medications. Do not leave medicines, not even vitamin supplements, lying around the house. There is no way of knowing how your dog will find them and, if swallowed, they are incredibly dangerous. Make your home safer for the dog. If you had a child, you would have done it without asking questions.

Install a webcam

Why would you even need a webcam? It is not like you can keep in touch with the dog. No, but what you can do is to is see what the pet is up to. A webcam is not exactly a substitute for direct supervision yet it is better than nothing. Thanks to the surveillance camera, you can monitor your best friend at all times. You will know if the animal has misbehaved or, on the contrary, if they are anxious and need your help. Nothing ads peace of mind like a webcam, so make sure to buy one. When in the market for a webcam, you will see that there are devices especially created for pet owners like yourself. The footage is so good that you can share it with friends and family on social media. The point is that you will not regret having invested in a webcam. The only thing that you will regret is not having it done sooner. 

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