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Boxers are an incredibly curious breed, which means that they will gladly explore their new home upon arrival.
Although it is greatly encouraged for new owners to take their Boxer for a tour around the house, it’s also important to keep safety in mind. Remember that there are some areas of the house that might prove dangerous for the dog. That being said, the following are some tips in providing a safe environment for Boxers.
The kitchen is possibly the most dangerous part of the home for Boxers. They contain cleaning fluids, soaps and other items that may prove dangerous when ingested. In order to stop this from happening, owners are advised to:
- Keep the cabinets containing these items locked
- Make sure to store it properly after every use
- Do not leave the items unattended and always keep the caps tightly sealed when not in use.
- Remove insecticides or mouse baits. If possible, try putting them in locations that the dog will never reach.
The bathroom can be a disaster area for Boxers when not prepared correctly. Although most of the harmful items are usually kept in cabinets and therefore out of harm’s way, other danger-zones must be considered:
- Put a lid on the trashcan, preferably something that can be locked. Boxers may get curious and start exploring and ingesting the insides of the garbage.
- Make sure that tampons are properly wrapped, as most dogs can smell them.
- All medications should be placed out of reach.
- Baby locks should be used for lower cabinets.
Living Room or Family Room
The living room is usually the place where the family – and therefore the dog –hangs out. In order to make it more Boxer friendly, owners must keep some of these things in mind:
- Make sure that the floor is clear of anything that the Boxer might chew or swallow.
- Be aware of the Boxer’s reach. There’s always the possibility of the Boxer reaching anything on the living room table so make sure that the pooch is not left without supervision.
- If there are any electronics in the living room, make sure that they are properly covered to prevent chewing.
Boxers love the outdoors and are always happy to explore under the sun. Prior to letting them out to the yard though, following are some safety precautions to keep in mind:
- Make sure that the fences are tightly installed. Loose boards and gaps should be fixed as the pooch can wriggle out of them.
- Punch in any protruding nails or boards that might scrap the Boxer.
- Know what type of plants is in the yard and whether they’re safe. The Animal Poison Control website by ASPCA should provide ample information about this.
- Block crawl spaces that the Boxer can wander into.
- Pools should have ample fencing to prevent Boxers from testing the waters. If no fencing is available, it’s important to always supervise the dog when near a body of water.
With the right precautions and proper training, Boxer owners should rest easy knowing that their pooch is safe.
Here’s an AMAZING video with several Boxer’s Three-day-old puppies… They’re so adorable. WATCH: