How to pet proof your new home
19 September 2018
You’ve just bought the home of your dreams and are about to begin the big move with your family – including your beloved pets.
While packing your belongings and relocating is an exciting process for you, it can be quite stressful for your furry friends who are about to enter a new environment with unfamiliar surroundings, sights and smells.
Moving homes can often spur a sense of anxiety and discomfort among animals and sometimes causes them to become destructive, especially when you leave the house.
Your pets may scratch the doors, lick windows, dig holes or tear apart whatever they can sink their teeth into, causing a mess and potentially costing you a pretty penny for repairs.
But there is some good news. You can pet proof your home on a relatively low budget as soon as you move in to avoid the damage and potential repair bills. And the less time you spend on repairs, the more time you can spend pampering your beloved pooch or feline - and updating their social media feeds.
Here are five ways to ensure your dream home is protected against those paws:
1. Pave the Parameter
If your backyard is covered with Astro Turf and your pup is known to dig, do yourself a favour and pave the parameter.
You can pick up pavers for as little as 76c each at Bunnings – or even for free on some Buy, Swap, Sell pages like Gumtree and kerbside collections. Placing the pavers around the edges of the Astro Turf will prevent your dog from ripping up the corners and edges, digging a hole and potentially ruining the area.
If the backyard is covered with natural turf, you could consider buying your pup a shell pool and filling it with either dirt or sand and teaching them to dig in that area instead of your grass. You can do this by burying a treat or bone in the sand and encouraging them to dig for their treasure. This may take some time, so be patient.
2. Remove Fly Screens from Doors and Windows
This might seem a little frustrating at first, especially if it is a warmer season, but if your pet has been scratching at the fly screens on your doors and windows and ripping holes in them, then removing them might be your best option.
This will ensure the screens stay intact and you are not left with gaping holes.
Alternatively, you could replace the screens with something like CrimSafe, which is a much thicker and sturdier material than your general fly screen, ensuring those little claws can’t break through.
This upfront cost could save you a lot of money in the long run, especially if you’ve had to replace the fly screens already and need to do them yet again.
3. Add Clear Perspex to Doors
Clear Perspex is a relatively cost friendly way of ensuring your screen doors remain hole-free. You can pick up a sheet from Bunnings for less than $40 and screw it to the bottom of your doors, with the plastic facing the outside where your dog is likely to scratch.
This will save you both time and money by eliminating the chance of your pet putting holes in your fly screens or scratching doors. Some dogs have been known to stop scratching completely when Perspex is installed, as they don’t like the feel of the plastic under their claws. Wouldn’t that be a great result?
4. Wipe Apple Cider Vinegar on Glass Doors
Have you ever seen those videos on social media sites of dogs licking the windows or doors? While videos such as this one might seem funny, it can be incredibly frustrating if you have to clean the glass every time you come home and see the smears.
A quick and easy tip to stop dogs from licking the glass is to dowse a paper towel with apple cider vinegar – or any vinegar – and wipe it across the doors or windows.
The bitter taste is a sure way to stop those annoying licking habits and keep your windows gleaming, while keeping your pets safe and healthy.
5. Barricade Off-Limit Areas
If there are areas of your home that you want to restrict your pets from entering, barricading is an easy way to ensure those parts of the house remains off-limits.
For example, if your pet is known to take washing off the line and the line is located down the side of the house, propping up a baby gate between the fence and side of the house is an easy way to make sure they can’t reach your linen or hosiery.
You could also try placing outdoor furniture or larger objects in their path to stop them from sneaking into the forbidden places.