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2018-11-20 09:19:16
How to Pet-Proof Your House for the Holiday Guests

If you're hosting family and/or friends for the holidays,
bear in mind you might be greeting some furry, four-legged guests too. Like your sister's incontinent cat ... or your old college roommate's teething puppy. Brace for impact—these animals might do a number on your home!

Which means it's high time to pet-proof your house.

Pets aren't inherently evil, but having them as house guests can be tricky. 'When a dog or cat spends time in a foreign environment, they may act out due to anxiety,' explains.

To help, we've got advice from interior experts who've been on the receiving end of furry guests.

'Frankly, dogs are like toddlers, no matter how young or old they are, so supervision and containment are a must in every home' Here's how to keep the peace when hosting pets (or taking your own furry family members to someone's house).

Just as you would check traffic and weather conditions, brush up on pet ordinances.

'For example, in many places, dogs can't walk on the grass, so check out the rules.'  Other laws to be aware of include where dogs must be kept on a leash, scooping poop, and the rules on barking.

'Look for hazards on low counters, including medications on bedside tables and bathroom counters,' warns 'Keep This Toss That.' Take note of house plants that could be poisonous or entice dogs and cats to start digging.

'And remove anything under the Christmas tree that your pup might chew.' Also, be sure pantry doors are shut and kitchen counters are clear.

'A dog might be drawn to the peanut butter on the shelf, or he might not realize that plate of bacon isn't for him,' note Organizing. In case of accidents, 'keep carpet stain remover handy—or if you're the guest with a pet, bring a bottle,' an organizing pro at Reawaken Your Brilliance.

To keep furniture fur-free, 'cover with a blanket and close off the rooms where he shouldn't be at night, when everyone is a . Occupy pets so they don't wind up destroying furniture, digging holes in lawns, and more. A couple of new toys and some tasty treats are good distractions. (When the pet is done playing, corral its gear, so others won't trip.)

And since a tired dog is a good dog, get the pooch outside.

'Using up a pet's energy is an excellent way to ensure the best behavior in someone else's home.' 

A visiting pet's claws can scratch hardwood flooring and fray carpets. The fix? Put down runners or area rugs in high-traffic areas, 'And it's totally OK to ask the owner to give her pet a toenail trim before she arrives.' You can also insist that pet visitors stay in gated areas with more durable flooring, such as the laundry area or mud room.

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