Toy Poodle Safety at Home

Cape Rose Toy Poodles


Dog Safety

Peace of Mind

You may think you have puppy- or poodle-proofed your home. But accidents can still happen.

That’s why two of our four toy poodles have their own “condos” for those times when we are away from home during the day. It’s wonderful peace of mind knowing that your pet is safe while you are out.

Can Poodles Climb?

Monique’s sister Yevonna certainly did. When she was a puppy Yevonna climbed a four-foot, chain-link fence, caught her foot in the fence as she was going over the top, and broke her leg. Yeah. Who would have thunk it?

Crate Training Revisited for Senior Dogs

Remember how you crate-trained your puppy? If you have a senior dog, you might need to use a crate, playpen, or condo again. Here’s why.

The condo on the left, in the photo of our laundry room above, is Monique’s. She turns 15 next week and, as a senior dog, she has vision problems. She is also starting to make “mistakes” around the house.

We suspect that, like some very elderly humans, Monique just gets confused about the appropriate place to urinate. Our floors are ceramic tile and hardwood and easy to clean but still it’s a bother and creates unnecessary cleanup.

When we’re home, Monique goes in the right place (a large wee-wee pad in the laundry room) because we are attentive and coax her to that area. When we come home from errands, though, it is not unusual to find a “mistake.” In our absence, we suspect she gets disoriented. Her condo has room for a wee-wee pad (should she need it) as well as a spot to rest and a place for her water bowl.

Why the removable “roof” on her condo? It’s is a preventive measure because some toy poodles climb.

Monique and Dibs have their own condos.

Keeping Teacup Poodles Safe

The condo on the right in the photo at the top of this page belongs to Dibs, our teacup poodle. We feel a lot better knowing that Dibs is in his condo when we are working in the yard or running errands.

Although toy poodles are not destructive chewers or “adventuresome” like some other breeds tend to be, even the most dog-proofed house presents hazards that can spell trouble for a teacup poodle because of his or her size. (Dibs weighs just three-and-a-half pounds.)

That’s why Dibs has his own condo, lined with an absorbent pad, should he need to go (which almost never happens).

Dibs’ condo also has several fleece blankets because he likes to bunch them up to nap. He also has dry kibble and water bowls in one corner of his condo. And a couple of safe, chew toys should boredom set in.

Dibs eats “ad lib” (when he’s hungry) while he’s in his condo. Our other poodles think they are Labrador retrievers and will eat everything in sight so they do not have access to food except at mealtime. But Dibs’ likes to nibble, apparently in tune with his blood sugar level.

It’s difficult to see in the photo at the top of this page, but the bottom 8 inches or so of Dibs’ condo is covered along the outside with plastic gutter guard attached with cable-ties like those you buy in garden centers or the electrical supply department at hardware stores.

We put the gutter-guard in place because, when he was a pup, we were afraid that Dibs could squeeze his tiny head through the metal bars of the condo. With plastic gutter guard we know he can’t. The diamond-grid design of the gutter guard also prevents Dibs from climbing should he ever decide to try that maneuver. Hence, Dibs’ condo doesn’t need a “roof” like Monique’s does.

What about a Safe Room?

Instead of a condo like the ones we use, you can set up a safe room in your home where your pet will be secure while you are at work or otherwise out of the house. But be sure to follow these guidelines:

  1. 1. No electrical hazards such as wires, lamps that could overturn, etc.

  2. 2. A place to relieve herself...just in case.

  3. 3. Water available at all times.

  4. 4. Food - only if your pet can control himself and eat “ad lib.”

  5. 5. A comfy blanket or towel.

  6. 6. Something to stave off boredom.

  7. 7. A barrier to keep your pet in the safe room until you return.

Keeping Your Pet Safe While You Are at Work or Away

How Common Are Household Poisons?

You probably know that chocolate is poisonous to dogs but other seemingly benign household products are toxic to pets, too. The ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center lists dozens of houseplants, foods, medications, and other toxic household products (clothes dryer fabric-softener sheets, among them) that can harm or kill your toy poodle.

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