A Ruff Guide To A Dog-Friendly Home
Your dog isn’t just a family pet, they’re another member of your family. And just as you would take measures to child-proof your home, it makes sense to do the same for your beloved canine companion.
Making small changes to your home and family life can make a big difference to the well-being of your dog and ensure wags all round.
Check out this graphic from AXA It gives us top tips on how we can make your home a little more dog-friendly
Dog-proofing Your Home
Everyday household items can be hazardous for dogs. Dogs are naturally curious creatures and their inquisitive noses will investigate every nook and cranny of your home. Make sure to keep medicines, detergents and cleaning products out of reach as they can be highly poisonous to dogs. Don’t leave plastics lying around as they pose as a choking and suffocation risk. On those cold winter nights, it’s always a good idea to have a fireguard in front of the fire if you’re leaving your dog unattended in the room.
Dog Days of Summer
With the summer officially here (and hopefully some good weather to follow!), prevent your dog from overheating by leaving a bowl of fresh water out to avoid dehydration. Give your dog access to shaded areas or have a wet towel for them to lie on. And just as we love nothing more than a swim at the beach followed by an ice cream, why not set up a dog pool in the garden or make a frozen treat by freezing toys and bones? You can transform your garden into a puppy paradise by installing a water feature or by creating dedicated areas for digging and rolling.
Your dog should have a dry and quiet sleeping area in your home – check your dog’s bedding regularly to make sure it’s comfortable and replace it as necessary. If your dog experiences separation anxiety, put an old item clothing in their bed so that they can be comforted by your scent, or even better, create a pet pillow by recycling an old pair of jeans. Have a specific place for your dog’s food and water bowls or install a dining station that can be easily accessed when needed.
Safety for You and Your Dog
We all like the idea of having a guard dog to protect us but don’t rely on your pet as the first point of security. Make sure you lock your doors properly and secure all windows at night to both prevent your dog from escaping as well as keep out unwanted intruders. A safe home is a happy home for both you and your dog.
You can safeguard your home for many dog years to come by having a home insurance policy in place that can protect your property, its contents, or both. Talk to your insurance provider to discuss the best options to suit the needs of the whole family.