Home Alone: Dog Safety

Leaving your dog at home without supervision is a common and often unavoidable necessity, but that doesn't mean you need to spend all your time away worrying. Here are a few tips on dog safety to keep your mind at ease, your home intact, and your dog protected.

Dog Proof Your Home

Like children, pets are curious and mobile, so you'll want to take the time to remove any unsafe objects and block access to dangerous places.

  • Put away all small possessions, such as remote controls, children's toys, power cords, toothbrushes, shoes, or anything small enough to be chewed on or swallowed.
  • Block access to cabinets and drawers by either closing the doors to those rooms or securing them with child-proof latches.
  • Put away all food in the kitchen, as it may contain ingredients poisonous to pets.
  • Make sure patio doors and windows are fully closed, since your dog may break through a screen if he sees something exciting outside.
  • Keep all medications, cleaning fluids, or other hazardous substances put away.
  • Check to see if any plants you have are poisonous to animals and, if so, keep them in a blocked off room or out of reach.

Create a Safe Place

Before you leave, double-check that your dog has what he needs for the day.

  • Make sure all your pets have access to enough fresh water.
  • Give your dog plenty of chew toys to keep him occupied.
  • Close the doors to any rooms that are difficult to pet-proof.
  • If you will be using a crate, be sure to get the correct size. Put it in a place that is away from windows or other areas of the house that are subject to temperature changes. Also, be sure to remove your dog's collar so that it doesn't get caught on the crate.

Taking these precautions will go a long way in ensuring that your dog stays safe and sound while you are away.

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