Creating A Safe Home & Environment For Your Dog

Posted on: 10-Dec-2014

Creating A Safe Home & Environment For Your Dog

Creating a comfortable, cozy and safe environment at home for your dog will help ensure they remain happy and healthy.

“Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home.” That age-old proverb applies to both humans and dogs. Just as your home is your heaven, so it is for your dog.

But just as you put effort into making your home safe and comfortable for the human members of your family, you can do the same for your pets

INDOOR OR OUTDOOR

Where is your pet going to stay? Inside or outside your home?

Most dogs thrive in an indoor environment. Dogs are pack animals, and you are a member of your dog’s pack. So it can be stressful for your dog to be separated from you for long periods, as outdoor dogs tend to be.

But sometimes it just doesn’t work for the dog to live indoors. If that’s the case with your dog, make sure that its outdoor home consists of a structure that is dry and comfortable. The structure should be shaded from the sun, and sheltered from wind.

And keep an eye on the environmental temperature.

Too hot or too cold weather is uncomfortable for dogs, just as it is for humans. The ideal situation for your outdoor dog is to provide it with a proper shelter. If you can’t do that, then consider bringing the dog inside during cooler or hotter time of the day. Watch for excessive panting on hot days. Panting is an indication that the dog is feeling too hot. It regulates its body temperature by panting as they do not have sweat glands like  humans. Provide plenty of water and cool air. If you are keeping your dog in an airconditioned room see that the temperature is between 22 to 26 degree Celsius.

Providing proper shelter is very important.

Indoor dogs don’t have to face the same temperature extremes as outdoor dogs, but they still have specific needs. Your dog should have it’s own space, whether that’s in the form of a crate, a kennel, or a bed.

Both indoor and outdoor dogs need to have boundaries.

Eg. No digging in the garden, should not allow to enter your kitchen, etc.  Physical barriers such as fences can help to enforce boundaries. But for indoor and outdoor dogs, boundary training can also be an effective means of control. For outdoor dogs, boundary training supplemented with physical restrictions like fencing will minimize the possibility of your dog venturing beyond its permissible bounds. And indoor dogs can very effectively be taught to remain clear of ‘forbidden’ areas with boundary training.

 

WATCH OUT FOR ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS

Whether your dog lives inside or outside, it likely shares its environment with many hazards that could threaten its health, or even its life. Be alert for potential pitfalls such as:

•    Human medication

 Some common medications can be very dangerous for dogs. So be sure to keep all forms of medication physically out of reach of your dogs. Eg. Ibuprofen

 

•    Plants and flowers

Some of the plants and flowers that grow in your yard or decorate your house may be poisonous to your pet. Be aware of the plants that are within your dog’s environment, and do a bit of research to assure that they aren’t hazardous to your dog’s health.

 

•    Food

If your dog lives indoors, it may occasionally have access (or may constantly be attempting to GET access!) to people food. But there are foods that – though scrumptious to you – are deadly poison to your dog. Preventing all unintentional access to food will obviously eliminate that concern. But if you occasionally like to treat your dog with people food please take your vets advice first. Eg. Grapes, onions, chocolate, etc.

 

•    Toxic chemicals

Housecleaners, detergents, fertilizers, insecticides, pesticides, etc whether inside or outside, there’s a chance your dog could have a fatal encounter with a toxic chemical unless YOU make certain it can’t happen.

 

BE IT EVER SO HUMBLE

There really is no place like home. With a bit of effort and knowledge, you can make certain that that’s always the case for your furry friend – and in a good way.