Getting a dog is sort of like having a toddler – they can get into things you never saw coming!
To prepare a safe haven for your pooch, consider pet-proofing very much the same way you’d child-proof.
Use child-proof locks on cabinets that contain cleaning agents, chemicals or even food that your dog could get into and could be potentially harmful. Make sure all medications are on high shelves or in other places your dog can’t reach.
Consider putting a latch or at least a lid on your trash can, or secure it in a cabinet with a latch. That way, your dog can’t get into it and eat something he shouldn’t!
Keep the toilet lids closed. Do you really want your pet drinking toilet water?
Secure cords that your pet could trip over, so he doesn’t knock lamps or other appliances over on top of him.
Keep children’s toys with small parts out of reach of your dog, too.
Some house plants are poisonous. Research them before bringing them into your home and around your pet.
In your garage, make sure that your car isn’t leaking antifreeze, which can cause kidney failure in your pet, or that you don’t have paint, oil, gas, fertilizer or any other chemical agent accessible to your pet.