Home Safe Home: Home Safety for Dogs

Your home is where your heart is. It's the one place where everyone in your family can come and feel safe, protected and loved. But are you sure everyone in your home is safe? Read up on what you can do to make sure your four-legged family members also stay free from harm.

Fix Your Fences
Your dog is in the most danger when he's not in your backyard, so make sure he stays put by checking to see if your yard is securely fenced in. Make sure he can't jump over or squeeze through any part and that all your gates are closed. If you don't have a secure fence and occasionally have to use a zip line, make sure you keep an eye on them incase they get tangled.

Prepare Your Pool
Many dogs are attracted to swimming pools. They just love to retrieve interesting buoyant objects while their owner is out of sight. To make sure your dog doesn't go for an unexpected dip, surround your pool with pet fencing. If that's not an option make sure your dog has the ability to get out of the pool if he happens to go in. Also, remember to store all pool chemicals safely out of his reach and that your electrical leads can't be found by a chewing puppy.

Beat the Heat
Help prevent your pup from getting dehydrated and being susceptible to heat exhaustion in the warmer months by making sure he always has plenty of fresh drinking water. If your dog is a breed with a thick coat, look into getting him a cooler haircut for the summer to help curb the heat. Also, see that he has at least one cool, shaded area to rest in. Patios and driveways can become scorching during the hottest time of the day and could burn your pet. A good rule of thumb is if it's too hot for you, it's too hot for him.

Curb Your Chemicals
Your dog probably enjoys all the interesting bugs in your backyard, but if you feel the need to spray for them, make sure you keep him out of the yard for at least 24 hours. Check the plants in your yard as well. Some popular plants, like the yew, azalea, and oleander can be fatal if your dog thinks they look tasty. Also, if you have a four-legged friend who likes to eat random things, try and stay away from compost, peat and red mulch. Each can be toxic if eaten in large amounts.

It may seem like making your yard safe for your dog is just as hard as making your yard safe for a child ... but in a lot of ways, it's the same thing. Your dog is a family member you love and don't want to see hurt, so take the time to make your yard safe for everyone!