How To: Dog-Proof Your Home

We're new to the dog ownership club, having just adopted our first greyhound. Otto is a retired racer with a very sweet personality. To prepare for his arrival, we had to do some dog-proofing throughout our apartment. Click below to see what we've learned so far about making our home dog-friendly...

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Finding a Spot for Your Dog: Although it's not the most stylish addition to our apartment, we bought a crate for Otto and put it in the area where we spend most of our time: the living room. Having grown up on a track, greyhounds require crate training to deal with separation issues and adjust to apartment life. All dogs, regardless of type, need a space of their own in a home, whether it's a dog bed, crate, or just a soft rug.

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Toys and Other Items: We put Otto's toys inside an Umbra trash can. This way, all his things have a place and he can fish his toys out when he wants.

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Rugs and Floors: Until your dog is housebroken, it's a good idea to roll up any rugs or carpets if you can. Once we discovered that Otto is pretty meticulous about not going to the bathroom in the house, we put the rugs back. (This is also a fairly inexpensive rug from Urban Outfitters, so it won't be a tragedy if it gets ruined.) To deal with accidents when they do happen, we stocked up on Nature's Miracle. We also moved things like shoes and laundry baskets off the floors.

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Food and Water: For Otto's food and water dishes, we chose a spot in the kitchen that's easy to clean. We also moved any food off the tabletops to keep him from counter surfing. Our dry goods are stored inside a closed-off pantry.

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Trash Cans: Even the best dogs have a hard time resisting the trash can, so we invested in a tall model with a closed top: the White Big Bin from the Container Store. We also moved our recycling bins inside our closed pantry.

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Pet Gates and First Aid: While training Otto, we're using baby gates to section off parts of the apartment and keep him in our sight. It's also very important to have a first-aid kit for your pet should anything happen to them. Click here for a good example of a greyhound first-aid kit.

For more information about making your home greyhound-friendly, see this article from Greyhounds Only. For more on general pet safety in the home, see this article from the Humane Society.

Other suggestions for dog-proofing a home? Let us know in the comments below.

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