Are you living with a dog on a high-traffic street? Do you have a puppy that gets into everything? Do you have an older animal that won’t climb the stairs? When you’re planning on a new home it’s important to consider the needs of your four-legged family members as well as the two-legged ones.
One great way to understand what might be dangerous to your pets is to do the “all-fours inspection”: literally getting down on all fours to get a “dog’s-eye view” of your home. By putting yourself in your pet’s place you will get a better idea of needs to be done to make your home more pet friendly.
Another thing to keep in mind is that cats and puppies like to hideout in confined spaces. So if you can give them small, special places of their own, they will be less likely to crawl and hide in unwanted, dangerous spaces like dryers. Also, well-exercised pets are less likely to root around the house as they will have less pent-up energy to work off.