When adopting a puppy, your main worry is to make the home safe for him. But, if this is the first time you get a dog, then you may not know how sneaky they can be. A dog can easily escape your house and get into a dangerous situation. If you allow the dog to spend time in the yard then you have to double-check the fence, because you want to avoid the dog getting into the street. The persons who have a fence around their house can have a false sense of security because they do not know that dogs have the tendency to create openings. Once the dog is out of your yard, he is at risk, because he can encounter aggressive animals, can be hit by a car, or he can encounter predators. In addition, dogs can eat toxic plants and substances. When you adopt a dog, you should not simply assume that your house is safe you should do some checks.
Verify the condition of the fence
Before allowing your puppy to go outdoors, you should walk around the perimeter and check the condition of the fence. Pay attention if it features openings because your dog can use them to escape the yard. Even if they are small ones, they can be broadened, because dogs have the tendency to dig. Check the state of the fence monthly and in case the dog creates openings, fix them ASAP.
Safeguard the pool
If you have a pool in the back of your house, it can become a danger for a puppy. In case you adopted a puppy that will grow large in size when he will become an adult, you will have to safeguard the pool, only until he will reach maturity. Check a swimming pool fence catalog to see what model will help you prevent accidents. Depending on the breed of the dog, you may have to use a swimming pool even after he will reach adulthood.
Remove the toxic plants
Numerous plants from your garden are toxic for pets. It is advisable to check the list of plants that can damage the health of your dog. Talk with the veterinary to find out what plants you will have to remove, before allowing the puppy to get out. Dogs have the habit to chew things, and this includes plants. Get rid of tulips, mums, peonies, apples, carnations, ivy, daisies, hydrangeas, wisterias, lilies of the Valley and geraniums.
Make sure local predators do not enter your yard
Depending on the geographical area where you live, local predators can become a danger for your dog. Birds like eagles, hawks, and large barn owls are dangerous for puppies and small dogs. Bears, mountain lions, and coyotes are dangerous even for an adult dog, so make sure you protect your furred-friend from them.
- You should never let food outdoors because it will attract predators.
- Also, you should keep the trash cans in your garage, secured.
- You should check daily if your doors and gates are latched and closed because animals can easily slip inside.