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5 Unexpected Things That Will Really Help Dog Owners Keep Their Pups Safe

published May 19, 2023
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Credit: Photo: Rikki Snyder; Props: Margaret Ward; Talent: Choco

Our dogs are family — and like family, we want to take the best care of them that we possibly can. That includes some obvious preparations to keep them safe and healthy every day: a sturdy harness and leash for walks, puzzle toys to keep their minds stimulated, and nutritious treats for when they’re the goodest boys and girls. (So, always.)

There are also additional precautions you might not think of at first that can pay off big in peace of mind. Whether you’re a first-time pet owner or an old pro, these ideas will go a long way toward keeping your four-legged bestie safe — and keeping you sane.

Credit: Photo: Rikki Snyder; Props: Margaret Ward; Talent: Choco

1. A Locking Trash Can

There’s determined, and then there’s a dog when they smell something tasty in the trash. Sure, walking into the room to find garbage strewn everywhere is no fun — but worse is the danger that your pup might choke or eat something toxic! Locking trash cans, often outfitted with step pedals and sliding locks, will keep your four-legged friend safe and your kitchen clean.

Credit: Photo: Rikki Snyder; Props: Margaret Ward; Talent: Choco

2. An Indoor Pet Camera

Whether you’re on vacation or just out for the afternoon, being able to check in remotely offers extra reassurance. Like all Ring devices, the Ring Stick Up Cam Plug-In with Pan-Tilt was designed with pet owners in mind. It lets you see what your dog is up to anytime, anywhere. For Choco, a sweet Cockapoo who loves cuddles and belly rubs, that usually means snoozing. The wide-angle view is crystal clear, plus you can use the Ring app to swivel it with a 360° pan coverage and 117° tilt. With custom motion zones, you’ll be alerted to movement in a specific area. And Choco’s human, Tiffany, can use the two-way talk feature to tell Choco what a good boy he’s being.

Credit: Photo: Rikki Snyder; Props: Margaret Ward; Talent: Choco

3. Pet Insurance

Hopefully, you’ll never need your pet insurance — but if you do, you’ll be so glad to have it. There are many options out there to choose from, so you can find a policy that meets your needs and your budget. You may still have to pay for standard expenses like annual checkups and dental cleanings, but the coverage for accidents, illnesses, and other potentially costly surprises can be life-changing.

Credit: Photo: Rikki Snyder; Props: Margaret Ward; Talent: Choco

4. An Outdoor Pet Camera

Choco loves to soak up the sunshine! Tiffany has a beautiful patio space, but she also has, you know, a job. The Ring Spotlight Cam Pro allows Choco to live his best al fresco life even when Tiffany can’t be outside with him. With 3D motion detection, Bird’s Eye View, and vivid 1080p HDR video, the Spotlight Cam Pro helps Tiffany keep an eye on Choco from her home office. The app lets her make sure he’s lounging peacefully, that his water bowl is full, and that he’s not digging up her plants. She can also adjust the customizable privacy zones so she can focus on specific areas of her property. There are even two powerful LED spotlights for after-dark visibility.

Credit: Photo: Rikki Snyder; Props: Margaret Ward; Talent: Choco

5. A Toilet Seat Lock

Another one to file under “animals getting into things.” For whatever reason, some pets — cats, too — just love to poke their heads in the toilet bowl. A simple toilet seat lock is an easy, inexpensive way to prevent slurping, splashing, or falling in. (The parents out there might have them anyway!) Especially when you’re going to be gone for a couple of days, it’s one of those tiny adjustments that can avoid big headaches down the road.