4 Tips to Pet-Proof Your Home Like an Expert

When you are the proud owner of a pet dog, you may feel like you will have to resign yourself to a few ragged sofas and carpets that had been damaged by your pet. However, this potential damage can be minimized with a lot of outdoor exercising. Even dogs that are older will need to get out and enjoy the fresh hair on a regular basis, even if they won’t need to exercise as much. Most pet dog owners will agree that this is preferable than taking out their boredom on your favourite couch.

Setting Boundaries

When it comes to your dog, it is generally up to you to set boundaries. Firm but gentle rule-making will let your pet know that it is not okay for him or her to go in the bedrooms or upstairs. Keep in mind that if your dog can go in all areas of the house, you will need to keep more areas clean on a daily basis. While your pet is getting used to the area, you can use makeshift barriers or stair gates to mark areas he or she is not allowed to be in. Your dog can be housetrained this way.

Which Floors are Best?

Easy to wash, hard wearing floors are best for a dog. Flooring that is vinyl, tiled or made of wood work well. For hallways, the kitchen and other areas your dog frequents, floors with mats that have rubber backs are recommended. If your dogs are allowed to go into your other rooms, carpets treated with stain resistant sprays will work well. Varieties of rugs made of synthetic fibre rather than deep shag or natural wool types are recommended for homes with a pet dog.

Using a Pet Safe Cleaner

Not all cleaners are safe for pets. When you need to clean up messes that your dog had made, ensure that you find a cleaner made to do this job that is safe for pets. Ammonia-containing cleaners are not suitable for pets. When your cleaner gets rid of the smell, your dog will not be able to associate the location with his scent and won’t repeat the mess in that area.

De-Flea Your Carpet

In the home, it is important that you de-flea all the different areas rather than just getting your pet treated for fleas at the vet and leaving it at that. To get around and in the lower parts of your carpet and furnishing, you can use a fogger. Remember that it is important to keep all the members of the family safe from the fumes. For this reason, it is important that you follow the instructions of the manufacturer. 

Mark Perissinotto has been a practicing veterinarian for over 20 years, 14 years of which he was the owner and principal of a busy multi-vet mixed animal hospital. One of the two co-founders of Vet Shop Australia, graduated from the University of Queensland with Bachelor of Veterinary Science and one of the best retailer of pet supplies Australia.

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