How do I dog-proof my bathroom?

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When considering adopting a dog, whether a puppy or an adult, you should evaluate whether or not your home is dog-proofed.  All dogs, no matter their age, are curious. Let’s take a look at some things to look out for in your bathroom when it comes to protecting your dog.

A dog may be attracted to the smells of shampoos, soaps and lotions. You should always place these types of things out of her reach. While they may not necessarily be toxic to the dog, they will create a big mess for you to clean up later. Can you imagine coming home to a dog that has gotten into the shampoo bottle and not only spilled it all over the bathroom, but rolled in the shampoo and then rubbed it on your living room rug?

Remember to disallow access to the cleaning supplies that you use in the bathroom.  These can be toxic to pets if ingested. Always store them in a safe location, out of the reach of the dog. If you store them under the sink, it’s advisable to put a child-proof lock on the cabinet door; dogs are very good at opening cabinets.

A dog who is bored and looking for something to do may discover that toilet paper is on a roll. Many dogs appreciate that toilet paper can be grabbed with their teeth and strewn across the house. Imagine coming home to a house that has been rolled on the inside! The plunger, while a seemingly innocuous, can actually attack your dog and cause her to get their head stuck inside of it. Now imagine a panicked dog running through your home with a two-foot pole stuck on her head. It’s important to consider the damage that can be done to your home, as well as the psychological effect these types of incidents can have on the dog.

Just remember to always sit on the floor of any room in your home and take a look at it from a dog’s perspective. Ask yourself what you see that may entice the dog to play with it.

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