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3 Ways to Pet-Proof Your House

If you’re exhausted with your dog raiding the trashcan or eating your couch, check these tips out to restore order using pet-friendly solutions inside your house.

Baby-Proof your Home

If you do not have children, visit the baby store or Target in your area and check your options out:

  • Baby gates which restrict accessibility to frequently used rooms
  • Electrical outlet covers
  • Covers for your power strips
  • Safety locks for the bathroom and kitchen cabinetry
  • Containment system for electrical cords

Purchase a Garbage Your Pet Cannot Open

Many dogs like to root around inside the garbage for delicious snacks, such as used tissues, fast-food wrappers, and pizza crust. This behavior, unfortunately, has two consequences: garbage that is strewn all over the floor and/or a dog that is who vomits, leaves diarrhea piles in unexpected areas or develops a costly intestinal blockage the vet is going to charge a ton of money to remove.

The more effective option would be a pull-out garbage can, yet they might be awfully expensive, and you will require enough under counter space in order to install one. However, if you have an extremely, large food motivated pet, one who’s obsessed with digging through your garbage (like a Labrador retriever), a pull-out trashcan may be the best bet.

For smaller pets or the ones who are not as curious about plowing through the trashcan, a solid metal trashcan that has a step-on lid will be the way to go. Even though these handy cans may run you $150 and up, discount stores, such as Target, TJ Maxx, or Marshalls oftentimes have them for a lot lower prices.

Shut all Doors

If the dog urinates on your bed, shreds the linens or otherwise behaves poorly in the bedrooms, bathroom, or any additional rooms, keep your doors to these rooms shut when you are not inside them.

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