The garage is the place we tend to store all of the things we don’t want to have around the house (most likely because they are too big/heavy or too hazardous). A garage can be a great place for a dog, as it can give them more room to roam around, while still keeping them in an enclosed area, however, with all the hazards that you can find there, it can also be dangerous. Follow the steps below to ensure your garage a safe place for your dog.
Move hazards out of the way
Pet owners know that dogs have a way of getting themselves into anything and everything. A garage can be a dangerous place for your pet if you don’t take proper care to keep anything potentially harmful out of the way. If you’re going to let your pet roam around your garage, it’s a good idea to get bins or cabinets that lock. Make sure to think about obvious hazards like gasoline or antifreeze, and also heavy sporting equipment or tools. Don’t forget to think about the less obvious threats as well. While something like a nail lying on the floor may not immediately scream “danger,” as we mentioned before, dogs are curious and have a way of getting into everything. Sure, a nail may not seem that dangerous, but it’s definitely something your dog could pick up and choke on. Keep things like this locked up and out of the way too.
Check the garage door
Make sure that your garage door has a motion sensor and that it’s working properly. Check the garage door springs to ensure they are functioning as well. You don’t want to take any chances of your dog somehow getting stuck under the garage door. It’s an excellent idea to call a professional who can help check this for you.
Keep them away from your car
This tip is two-fold. First, make sure you thoroughly check all around before you pull out of your garage to avoid accidentally hitting your dog. You should also ensure that your dog stays away from your car, especially right after you turn it off, as they could easily burn themselves on the engine if you allow them to sniff around too close.
Check the temperature
Even though technically the garage is inside, it can get sweltering in the summer and be freezing in the winter. Don’t keep your dog in the garage if temperatures are unbearable, as it won’t be safe for your pet. If you wouldn’t feel comfortable staying in your garage for an extended period, your dog won’t either, and the chances are that it wouldn’t be safe for them to do so.