Is your new home ready to welcome a puppy?
Puppies are cuddly, adorable, and will add immense happiness to your life, but
they don’t come without a unique set of challenges. Let’s talk about how you
can puppy-proof your new home to provide the best environment for you and your
new best friend. Puppy proofing a home is a lot like childproofing a home! You
will want to have all the supplies you will need on hand for a new puppy while
also taking measures to protect them from any dangers around your home.
- Pet Crate – Enclosed spaces create a shelter
for your puppy to rest and relax. Dogs instinctively seek small spaces to
create protective shelters for themselves. A pet crate is also a major tool to
help you housetrain your puppy. Dogs don’t like to soil their sleeping quarters,
so they learn to hold their bladder while they’re in their crate. The crates
will also keep your curious puppy safe when you’re not able to supervise them.
Just be sure to include a pet bed or padding in the crate for more
- Pet Gate –
A gate can section off an entire room dedicated to your puppy. This will
give your puppy more room to exercise and explore without compromising your
whole home. It is better than closing the door in the room where your puppy is
playing because it lets you to supervise them and allows airflow between rooms.
Choose a room with dog-friendly flooring and minimal furniture to chew on or
- Pet Camera – If you are spending time away
from your puppy while at work, it can give you peace of mind to invest in a pet
camera. Some even allow you to talk to your pets or dispense treats for good
behavior while you are away.
- Keep exterior doors and windows
closed and locked to prevent your puppy from escaping.
- Make sure all electrical cords are
taped down or out of reach. There is a risk of electrocution for puppies that
chew on an electrical cord. A playful puppy might be able to pull a heavy item
on top of themselves when playing with or getting caught in a dangling cord.
- Watch out for choking hazards.
Small items like batteries, jewelry, toys, office supplies, and more can cause
your puppy to choke if they chew on them. Keep these items high enough where
your pet can’t reach them or store them in a secure container.
- The trash can is an area of
temptation for curious puppies, so it is vital to keep your trash secure. Pets
can find all sorts of dangerous objects in the trash can, such as raw or
spoiled food, household chemicals, or choking hazards.
- Store cleaning supplies and other
chemicals locked away or out of reach. Antifreeze is a particular danger
because it smells sweet to pets and is deadly to them.
- Keep over-the-counter medicines,
prescriptions medicines, and vitamins up and away from your puppy. Plus, keep
all medications in their original child-resistant containers relocking safety
caps after each use.
- Update your pet tag or pet chip
with your contact information as soon as possible. If your puppy gets lost, you
will want to be able to be contacted right away.
We hope these tips help you and your new furry friend get off to a great start in your new home! If you are planning a make a move soon, give Zippy Shell a call today! We can service moves of many sizes and even offer storage options during the course of your move. Contact us today for a free quote and see how we can make moving and storage simple for you!
Our furry family members can reduce stress,
improve health, bring joy, and lengthen our lives. But the question must be
asked, can pets and a clean house even coexist? Dog and cat lovers know that
the benefits of love, friendship, and entertainment far outweigh a little mess.
The keys to keeping your home clean with a dog or cat residing there are to be
diligent in mess prevention and cleaning up the inevitable accidents as soon as
possible. Use the following tips to create a clean, safe haven for both you and
your furry companion.
- Pet toys spend a lot of time in
mouths, in the yard, at the park, in puddles, on dog beds, and many other
places where dirt and grime can be picked up. It is best to purchase easy-to-clean
toys and won’t hold onto odors or stains. Rubber toys can be placed on the top
shelf of the dishwasher for a deeper clean, and soft machine washable toys can
benefit from a run through the washing machine. For the safety of your pet, be
diligent about throwing away damaged toys.
- Machine washable bedding is a must
to keep a clean smelling home with pets. Remove all visible hair from the
bedding with a vacuum, lint brush, or wet washcloth. Run it through the washing
machine (in a load separate from your clothing) with a mild, perfume-free
detergent adding a ½ cup of vinegar to the wash. Clean bedding will minimize
smells and eliminate all the dirt, bacteria, allergens, and even fleas that
your pet has brought into the house from the outdoors. If your pet sleeps in
your bed, wash your bedding at least once a week. The same goes for favorite
household blankets that your pet likes to snuggle with. And if your pet has a
favorite chair they like to nap in, throw a sheet over it that can be easily
- Minimize pet dirt and grime inside
your home by cleaning your pet outside before they ever get a chance to track
it in. At the very minimum, clean dirty paws before bringing them inside. If
they are a dirt roller, a full spray down may be required. Keep towels on hand
to dry everyone off before coming inside.
- If you have a dog or cat that
sheds, then you know the necessity of having a strong, high-powered vacuum.
Stay on top of the accumulation of fur and dander by running the vacuum several
times a week. A handheld vacuum or lint roller can take care of the job in
between big vacuums. Additionally, a robot vacuum can be a game-changer when
you have pets. It can run while you are away or at night while everyone in the
Loving on your pets is a lot more important than being
stressed over muddy paws and shedding, but we hope these tips will be helpful
to you as you create a home for yourself and your pets. Zippy Shell is always
ready to partner with you if you need a storage solution or looking at a local
or long-distance move. Give us a call at 888-947-7974 or contact us online
for more information on our moving and storage options.
June is National Pet Preparedness Month and Zippy Shell knows that pets are part of the family! We have some fresh tips on the best way to keep them safe and happy all summer long.
Make a plan for
pets: This time year sees
tornadoes, hurricanes and flooding. Be sure your emergency preparedness plan
includes how you will evacuate all of your pets, including birds, reptiles,
fish, dogs, cats and rodents. Some shelters will not take pets, so plan on
where you can go or who can house your pets if the disaster strikes.
Create a first aid kit for your pets: Do you take advantage of the longer days at the park? Go hiking or camping? Then you will want a first aid kit for every type of pet that goes with you with enough items for all of your pets. The ASPCA has a checklist for a general first aid kit. Find it here.
Make a disaster
preparedness box just for pets:
If the power goes out, your neighborhood is under curfew due to disaster or if
you evacuate in your car with your pets, be sure to have a box for each of
them. Items could include litter, small litter pans, food, collapsible water
bowls, treats, pet-specific blankets or beds, medication, harnesses and
carriers (even for cats), toys, and any grooming equipment.
Probably most important
is that you should always have all paperwork available. If you camp, then a copy of all vet
records should remain in your camper. If you hike, keep a copy in your
backpack. Also put a copy in your emergency box for your pets. The records
should include vet information and all up to date shot information, especially
rabies, photos and descriptions of pets and any medication needs.
It doesn’t take much to
include your during your planning. Make sure Fluffy and Fido are ready when
You don’t want your house to smell of your pets while trying to sell your home. Use these tips to remove all unwanted pet odors from your house!
Clean off all your home’s floors
Your entire house is most likely covered in debris from your pet. Sweep and mop all your home’s hardwood floors to scoop up all the fallen pet hair and dander. Do this gently to prevent debris from getting swept up into the air. Vacuum every inch of carpet in your home, including small rugs.
Clean off furniture
If you allow your pet to go up on any of your furniture you will want to clean this off. Make a homemade mixture of equal parts water and vinegar and gently rub your leather couches with this on a cloth. For cotton couches, use a small vacuum and/or a vacuum hose to get the hard to reach spaces.
You’ll want to use a steam cleaner on any of your carpets to remove odors that have become trapped in the carpet’s fibers. Make sure the carpets are dry before allowing anyone or your pet back on them.
Wash all your linens
Put all your mattresses, pillowcases, sheets, couch cushions, etc. that could have picked up any pet odors through the washing machine. Air dry these to avoid damaging them in the dryer.
Change your home’s air filters to allow clean air to flow in and out. Open some of your windows to let the old air flow out and new, fresh air flow in.
Add a new fresh scent
Light some candles or install some air fresheners in each room to create a refreshing smell in your rooms.
Moving can be a very stressful time. When moving with a pet it can create even more havoc. Your pet will be stressed out too, and there are a few actions you can take to reduce the stress on you and your pet.
Continue reading “How to move to a new house with a pet”
We all love our pets, but we don’t love their hair. Certain breeds of dogs and cats are just shedding machines and that can’t be changed. As the pet parent to a domestic long-haired cat, I fight the same battle you do every day. Continue reading “Controlling Pet Hair in Your Home”