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Aug 24

Dog Days of Summer: Tips for Creating a Dog-Friendly Home

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We all love dogs, but before bringing a new furry friend into your home, you’ll want to ensure a safe environment is already established. Just like people, dogs learn the routine once they get used to it, but it takes time. Until then, some patience is required while your pet learns the rules. Even after the pet is comfortable, it’s still up to the human to keep the pet safe at home. Check out the below tips that will have your pet just as happy to move into a new Trumark home as you are!

General Tips

  • Dogs, especially young dogs, like to chew. Keep anything you wouldn’t want in your pet’s mouth out of reach, such as, shoes, electrical cords, and more.
  • Know the plants in your yard and consider removing anything poisonous like oleander.
  • Keep the toilet lid down, especially if you use long-term cleaning products.
  • Secure the garbage by using cans with lids, or keep the cans inside cabinets.
  • Ensure there are no fence holes or loose gates as they provide an easy escape route.
  • If you have a pool, make sure the dog knows where to find the stairs to get out.
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  • Puppies, like toddlers, are still exploring the world. There will be mistakes, so be patient.
  • Consider using a temporary gate to keep the puppy in one room until housebroken.
  • Use bitter apple spray, available at pet stores, to create a bad flavor for anything you don’t want chewed.
  • Make sure stealth poisons like onions and chocolate stay out of reach.
  • Keep antiques, special furniture and clothing well away from any puppy, especially while teething.
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Older Dogs

  • Older dogs usually know the rules, so it’s more about making life comfortable for an aging pet.
  • Joints ache as dogs age. Consider using ramps to help your pet upstairs or to elevated spaces.
  • Minimize slipping by using plastic runners or non-slip rugs on uncarpeted surfaces.
  • Provide soft bedding to make the dog more comfortable while sleeping.
  • Keep the path between bed, food, and water clear of clutter. You’ll also want to check this often if you also have children in the home.
  • Don’t neglect exercise and play to help keep the dog’s mind and body active.
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Rescue Dogs

  • Rescue dogs often come with unknown or traumatic backgrounds. Some can suffer PTSD if they experienced abuse. It takes time to adjust, get comfortable, and recognize a safe home and family.
  • Provide a variety of toys until you learn what your pet prefers.
  • Consider crate training the dog. Many rescue dogs find comfort in a den where it can take refuge and feel safe, and it will prevent overnight destruction.
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Bringing a dog into your home is an adjustment for both dog and family. When given a proper environment and affection, your new pet will love you back with that special look in the eyes, a wag of the tail, and a lick of the tongue.