Dogs love to investigate new items around the house. When the "new item" is a slab of freshly-poured concrete, though, your pooch's attempts to explore can be quite costly. While your new concrete is drying, keep your furry family members safely occupied and contained to prevent concrete-covered dogs, paw-print decorated areas and expensive repairs.
Keep your dogs inside the house while the concrete is drying. Prepare a room for them to hang out in with plenty of toys, bones and places to rest. Alternatively, set up crates or kennels for your pooches to relax in.
Use treat-dispensing toys, such as KONGs, West Paw Design Tuxes or Premier Tug-a-Jugs, to keep your dogs entertained and busy. Stuff the toys with kibble, wet dog food, Greek yogurt, cheese, peanut butter, shredded meat, applesauce or gravy. Freeze them for an extra challenge.
Walk your dogs on leash until the concrete is completely dry. Keep them out of the area completely to avoid mishaps.
Items You Will Need
- Treat-dispensing toys
Since 2001, Kea Grace has published in "Dog Fancy," "Clean Run," "Front and Finish" and an international Czechoslovakian agility enthusiast magazine. Grace is the head trainer for Gimme Grace Dog Training and holds her CPDT-KA and CTDI certifications. She is a member of the APDT and is a recognized CLASS instructor. She's seeking German certification from the Goethe Institut.