Monday, May 27, 2013

Keeping Your Bichon Safe While Outdoors this Summer

Lacey and Chief

Photo Credits: By Jelene Morris

Now that the weather is getting a little warmer and more enjoyable in many locations, your new puppy or adult dog may be more eager to go outside. Puppies are usually very curious and they may have lots of energy. When someone first brings a new puppy home the puppy may want to start checking out many things inside and outside the house. 

You may be interested in puppy proofing your home to keep your Bichon Frise puppy very safe at all times. You will want to make sure there is nothing within his reach that could harm him indoors or outdoors.

It is very important to make sure the outside of your home is safe. You can consult your veterinarian about all of the specific things that can be done to puppy proof the inside and outside of a house. You may wish to read Puppy Proofing Your Home

There are so many great ideas to help keep a new puppy healthy and safe and protect him from anything that would be potentially harmful. Hopefully, you can puppy proof your backyard before your puppy goes outside. You will want to be with your Bichon Frise puppy when he is outside, so you can supervise him.

If you have any fencing in your yard, you can check to make sure there are no holes through which your puppy could squeeze through and sneak out of the yard. Check to see if all of the gates are securely closed and that your Bichon puppy would not be able to crawl underneath the gate.

It is also important that your dog gets the proper exercise for his well-being. A responsible dog owner will obey leash laws and not let their dog run loose. You will probably need to get a license, and possibly a name tag for identification for your puppy. 

It is also important for your dog to be up-to-date with his vaccinations. It is also very important for a good dog owner to keep their dog safe while riding in a car. Car safety for dogs: "Safety tips for securing your dog for car rides" is a helpful article about this subject.

Some plants and trees outside may be toxic to dogs. Many bulb plants can also be poisonous. Some mulch can be toxic to dogs. Again, you can ask the veterinarian for a complete list of plants and trees that are dangerous or toxic to dogs. You may want to read Plants Which Are Potentially Poisonous. You will want to keep your Bichon Frise puppy off of freshly treated lawns.

Keep all gasoline, auto supplies, insecticides, fertilizers for your lawn, oil, or any paint in securely closed containers out of reach from your puppy. Also, keep antifreeze out of reach from your puppy.

Swimming pools or hot tubs should be properly covered or fenced off.

For a safety measure, keep your Bichon Frise puppy away from any barbecue grills during outdoor cooking.

Garbage should be kept in closed containers that have secure lids.

It is so important to keep your puppy healthy and safe.

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