The holidays are just around the corner. There is a good chance that your kids have been begging for a certain furry friend that does not require batteries, charging, or wrapping. If you are considering bringing a dog into your home, it is in your best interest to puppy proof the house as much as possible before the canine makes its grand entrance. Apply the tips below to save yourself from costly and annoying home improvement projects down the road:
1. If you have wood floors, it is imperative that you protect them from puppy scratches and accidents, which are bound to happen. Use doggie gates, or baby gates, to prevent your dog from having access to those areas.
2. Make sure that loose household items – artwork, pillows, children’s toys, decorative items, nick-nacks, books, garbage cans, clothing, shoes, etc. – are out of reach for a dog. The size of your dog will help determine that.
3. Install a doggie door so that your pup can conveniently exit and re-enter the house, whether it leads to the garage or the fenced in backyard. Installing a doggie door can be a bit tricky so if you need assistance, The Handyman Company can certainly help.
4. Take notice of electrical items, appliances, low hanging curtains, and cords, all of which could potentially cause harm to the dog, a family member, or your house. Use tape to secure loose cords, but make sure the tape type will not ruin your baseboards or the paint on your walls.
5. By nature, dogs are curious creatures, and are likely to want to look out the windows. If you like to open the windows to allow fresh air into your home, make sure the screen is secure, and the windows are kept locked when not being utilized.
6. One of the best changes you can make to a home once a dog becomes a member of the family is fence in your yard because it keeps your dog safe but also provides lots of room to run and play. Installing a fence will also add value to your home and can be efficiently completed with ease by The Handyman Company’s team of professionals.