If you're hosting a guest dog as a boarder, it's important to make sure your house is safe and secure for them. Here are some tips to help you prepare:
Remove any potential hazards
Walk around your house and look for any potential hazards that could harm the dog, such as loose cords, sharp objects, or toxic substances, toxic plants. Make sure these items are safely stored away or removed from the area where the dog will be staying.
Create a designated area
Set up a designated area for the dog- remember to collect her bed and toys from the pet-parent. This will give the dog a sense of security and provide a safe place for them to retreat to if they feel overwhelmed or anxious.
Remove any garbage bins
Dogs can easily get into trash cans and recycling bins, which can be dangerous and messy. Make sure to use bins with tight-fitting lids or store them in a cupboard that your dog cannot access. Trash cans should be heavy, so that they cannot be knocked over.
Lock doors and windows
Make sure to lock doors and windows to prevent your dog from escaping.
Make sure balcony grill is safe for the dog
The gap between the bars is not large enough for your dog, especially a puppy, to fit through. There could be a risk that the dog could slip through the bars or attempt to jump over the railing. Keep the main door shut at all times.
Keep toilet lid closed
Puppies and dogs can get into the bowl or start drinking water from the bowl.
Store away valuable items
Keep any valuable or fragile items out of reach, as the dog may accidentally knock them over or damage them.
Provide plenty of toys and activities
Dogs need mental and physical stimulation, so provide plenty of toys and activities to keep them occupied. This can include chew toys, puzzle toys, and interactive toys.
Have a plan in case of emergency
Have a plan in place in case of a medical emergency, such as knowing where the nearest emergency vet clinic is located.