You love your furniture and you love your dog. But sometimes these two don’t get along as there seems to be a magnetic attraction between them. There are some things about some of your stuff that your dog simply finds irresistible.
But suffer not, for there is hope. Your furniture and dog can both live in the same household, as long as your home is dog-proof and you leave your furniture away from them.
How To Dog-Proof Your House
Sometimes dogs can stay away from other stuff, like garbage, chewing your shoes or your bed. But more dangerously, it would be terrible if your dog were to chew on a box of Advils or on a live electric wire! Not a good thing for you is your dog eating a stack of Benjamins, now is it?
The following are some tips to restore the peace between you and your pet.
- Dogs may not be human but the same measures you take for a walking baby, you should do for a dog. If you already have little children, you are already familiar with all the measures you should take to baby-proof your home. Use the same objects for your dog:
- Safety locks for cabinets and doors.
- Containment system for your electrical cords.
- Covers for electrical outlets.
- Baby gates to limit access to certain rooms.
- Close the doors to your rooms and bathrooms. Simple, right? Especially if you are going out, you do not want to come home to shredded paper or peed beds.
- The most advisable thing to do when going out is to crate him inside. But before this, you should crate train your pup in order to have him spontaneously go inside the crate.
- Be a bit more organized, especially with stuff that you should actually put away. If you find your Prada shoes chewed on it is your fault for leaving them at the reach of your dog. So put away your underwear, your designer glasses and happy we all will be.
- Buy a trash can that your dog cannot open. Most dogs love to dig in trash cans for food. But they are not in the job of cleaning after themselves. Get yourself a dog-proof trash bin with a safety lid.
We believe that the best way to protect your stuff is to keep them away from the reach of your dog. With respect to your dog, there are some things you can do:
- Teach your dog what are the things that he has access to. For instance, train your dog to chew on the toys you give him only. Gently reprimand him if you see him going after your shoes. In this way, he will understand that there are some things that he cannot have access to.
- Get yourself a dog that is known for being calm, easy, and with a good temper. Labradoodles, for instance, are known to be pets that are easy to train and do well around the house.
- Work on an area of the house assigned for the dog’s entertainment only. Include chewing toys and other forms of entertainment for your pet. This will be for him to vent out any chewing needs.
- If you have a dog that likes to chew, he will probably aim at the legs of that cedar wood dining table. Oh, it would be a shame if that one gets gnawed away. You can spray a cleaner on the areas where your dog can reach. This will keep him outside these areas.
Remember that it is your responsibility to keep things away from your pets. They are animals after all which behave based on instincts. Hitting or displaying harsh behavior towards them might actually send a wrong message and help perpetuate bad habits.