I just adopted a dog. How can I dog-proof my Orlando Apartment?

Congratulations on your new furry friend! Adopting a dog in a pet-friendly Orlando apartment may require some work in order to make things safe for your dog and prevent your dog from ruining anything. There are several things you should do if you're worried about your dog getting into things they shouldn't be. Of course, you should work on training, but in the meantime, your dog will still be roaming your apartment and might break a few rules. They should be supervised until you understand their habits, but there are some simple things that can be done to ensure their safety, cleanliness, and to prevent them from doing significant damage. 

Encase any electrical cords. 

The last thing you want is for your dog to electrocute themselves. Make sure to in case any electrical cords so that your dog doesn't even get the chance to nibble on them. Not only will the chewing damage the cords but it could be very dangerous for your dog. If you're worried that your adopted dog has a tendency to nibble on things or if your dog is teething you definitely need to be on the lookout for them biting things that they shouldn't be. 

Put a cover on the couch. 

Similarly, you might want to consider putting a cover over your couch. Whether your Orlando apartment is furnished or not, don't risk your dog chewing up the couch without a protective cover over it. The cover doesn't have to be plastic. It can be comfortable fabric, but at the very least it provides a barrier between your dog and the actual couch which you might be thankful for in the long run.

Put any toxic items out of reach.

Another dangerous problem that an unsupervised dog might run into is ingesting toxic items. Things such as sugar-free gum or the more obvious ant traps are poisonous to dogs and should not be within their reach. Dogs don't seem to understand what's poisonous to them and what's not so it's better to be safe when it comes to toxic items. Put them away make sure your dog is unable to reach them. Storing these items on the upper shelves of your kitchen pantry in your apartment in Orlando is ideal.

Close the toilet. 

Many dogs are interested in toilet water. From sniffing to drinking, your dog might try it. For this reason, it can only work in your favor to put the toilet seat lid down after any use. This way your dog will be unable to stick their head into the bowl and do things they're not supposed to do.

There are many other ways to ensure that your pet's safety, general cleanliness, and the state of your belongings maintains well in your Orlando apartment. These tips just scratch the surface of things you should do to dog-proof your apartment if you believe your dog will be particularly rowdy. A daily trip to your apartment's dog park might be a good idea to help tire your dog out and help with socialization. Remember to be patient with your new pup and give them time to learn and adapt to how things are done. Good luck with your new best friend!

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