Home Alone: Ways to Keep Your Pets Safe

by Paula Burton 06/06/2021

Image by Lisa Simmons from Pixabay

While house hunting, it’s always a good idea to drop your pets off at doggy daycare or get a pet sitter for the afternoon. If you have no choice but to leave them at home, you can keep them safe by properly preparing the space ahead of time. Here’s a look at just what it takes to create a safe area for your pets to stay while home alone.

Always Secure Them in a Safe Area

Even if they are trained to behave while having the full run of the house, pets are best kept in a safe area while you’re away. You can put them in a bedroom, for example, or block off a section of the living room instead.

Pets that are not fully house-trained or cannot resist the urge to chew stuff up are best kept in a crate while you’re out. Either way, limit your time out to about a few hours or so to avoid mishaps as your pets grow lonesome.

Get Down to Their Level

Given just a little time unsupervised, pets can get into a lot of trouble. Chewed furniture, pilfered snacks and messes on the carpet are just a few ways pets can wreak havoc while you’re out. Thankfully, you can prevent a lot of issues by getting down to their level and looking for ways to misbehave.

While looking around, you might find:

  • Exposed cords
  • Loose shoes
  • Errant throw pillows
  • Low-lying snacks
  • Vulnerable plants
  • And more

Think like your pet and just imagine what trouble you could get into with the items you find. Then, put the items well out of reach to help all your pets remain on their best behavior.

But Don’t Underestimate Their Abilities

Pets are natural athletes who are frequently known for their incredible feats and daredevil antics. Dogs chilling on top of refrigerators and cats standing on the tops of doors are not an uncommon sight, after all.

So, as you button up the house for the safety of your pet, keep that in mind. It may not be sufficient to simply put items a little higher than they were. It’s often best, in fact, to hide the items behind closed doors and in cabinets fitted with child locks. 

Skip the Toys and Chews Until You’re Back

Although it seems wise to keep your pets preoccupied with toys and chews, most of those items are meant to be used under strict supervision. Pets can easily bite off more than they can chew and choke even while gnawing on the toughest of pet-friendly objects.

Instead, wear them out before you leave the house to encourage them to rest while you’re away. Then, give them a toy or chew when you return home to reward them for staying out of trouble. With that move, you create a positive connection with your absence and return that encourages them to behave each time you go out.By moving through these steps, you can keep your pet safe while you’re out looking for your perfect house. You won’t be distracted by worries about what they are up to or come home to disaster when you’re done.

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Paula Burton

Premier Top Agent Producer Specialties: Buyer's Agent, Listing Agent, Relocation, Consulting I have enjoyed many wonderful years working with great Sellers and Buyers in servicing their real estate needs and making their dreams come true. And I want to take a moment to thank them for their business and putting their trust in me. In 2017 so far, I have produced 29 Listings and Sales closed, the highest price being $700,000. In 2016, I produced 32 Listings and Sales with the highest priced property at $690,000. In 2015, I produced 39 Listings and Sales with the highest priced property at $530,000. In 2014, I produced 32 Listings and Sales with the highest priced property at $523,000. Over the years, Listings and Sales have been from 30-43 properties a year up to $775,000. My seasoned experience as a Top Producing Agent gives me the knowledge, understanding, and professionalism to help service my clients in the best way possible in their best interest. We've become friends during the process and we always maintain a great relationship afterwards. Because of my strong work ethic in providing the best professional service for my clients, I have been complimented by receiving many referrals from them to help their families and friends in selling their properties and buying their next home, and in making their next move an enjoyable experience. I am affiliated with Century 21 AllPoints Realty in Southington specializing in central CT and having the ability to cover the entire state and out of state. I have over 25 years of professional experience winning many awards being the top producer in Southington over the years and the Century 21 top producer in the state of CT and in the Northeast region. I am a member of the Centurion Honor Society for consistent high top production for the past 14 years. I am a member of the Greater Hartford Board of Realtors, Vice Chair in 2016 of the Legal Awareness Committee, and on the Board of Professional Standards, and Chairwoman this year in 2017. I was previously affiliated with Calcagni Real Estate, and Prudential CT Realty (now Berkshire Hathaway) also achieving top production awards, adding to my professional success and expertise. I am excited about the real estate business and find great joy in helping my wonderful clients. Century 21 AllPoints Realty has 9 offices in the state of CT with Southington being the headquarters. We have been the top real estate office in Southington for the past 14 years in production, numbers of properties listed and sold. In the Century 21 network, my company has also been the top Century 21 company in the state of CT for the past 15 years, and one of the top Century 21 companies in the Northeast Region. We are a locally owned family business for the past 30 years with involvement in the local community and state, and have the selling power and outreach of a large global company - the best of both worlds and the best advantage for our clients. I myself have resided in Southington for many years, enjoying the wonderful community in the center of the state with convenient access to all the major highways. In my free time, I enjoy getting together with friends and family and clients for a cup of coffee, glass of wine, or a leisurely lunch or dinner. I love relaxing walks, exercising, and my yoga classes! I relax with a good movie, cooking, and I love travelling, I look forward to meeting with YOU ready to help fulfill YOUR real estate needs and dreams! Please contact me at any time!