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Dog Proof Your Home To Protect Your New Dog

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Safeguard your home

Prevent accidents by surveying you home as if your new pet were a toddler, as they will have the same level of curiosity. Explore your home on your hands and knees and see what mischief you can prevent by hiding or removing anything that can be chewed or have easy access. Secure electric cords. Put tight lids on garbage cans. Shut cupboard doors snugly. Move breakables and antiques to rooms your new pet won’t have access to. Seal the dog food. Remove poisonous plants.

The following is a list of particularly dangerous items you don’t want to expose your dog to:

  • Antifreeze
  • Candle flames
  • Christmas tree ornaments
  • Cooked bones from pork chops or T bones. Cooked bones splinter. Raw bones do not.
  • Dryers with open lids
  • Fireplaces with hot ashes
  • Halloween candy or chocolate
  • Holiday turkey carcasses
  • Household chemicals including floor cleaners not rinsed off floors
  • Human food: chocolate, macadamia nuts, onions, garlic, raisins, grapes, yeast dough, alcohol
  • Human medications: aspirin, acetaminophen, diet pills, sleeping pills, tranquilizers
  • Knives
  • Mothballs
  • Poisonous house plants: dieffenbachia philodendron rubber plant, weeping fig
  • Poisonous outdoor plants: amaryllis, azalea, bleeding heart, daffodil, Daphne, clematis, English Ivy, foxglove, holly, iris, mistletoe, morning glory, narcissus, oleander, poinsettia, potato, rhododendron, tobacco, tulip
  • Space behind the washer, dryer and refrigerator
  • Thumbtacks and pins
  • Toilet bowl cleaners
  • Windows and balconies
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