Wellness Design Goes To The Dogs — 16 Pro Tips For Pup Safety

I love dogs, but I haven’t had one since my lovely lab mix step-dog Coco died more than 20 years ago.  They require care that I don’t always have the time to give, and secure outdoor space that my townhouse doesn’t offer. When I house shop, I’m always looking for a fenced yard that can accommodate a dog. (I’m particularly interested in fostering a military service member’s pet through Dogs on Deployment.) What about you? Are you one of the 62 million Americans with canine companions in the house?

Even though I don’t have a dog, I was among the multitudes horrified by the killing of her 14 month old pointer Cricket by South Dakota governor Kristi Noem. That ugly moment from her memoir got me thinking about the many ways that loving owners — or pet parents, if you prefer — can unintentionally harm, endanger or even kill their fur babies.

So I do what I always do when I’m curious or concerned: I reached out to experts for their advice on wellness design for your dogs to learn and share with readers like you! Here’s a link to the article I wrote yesterday on this topic for Forbes.com.  If you don’t have a dog in your home, please share this with friends, coworkers, relatives and neighbors who do. It could save a life!

Yellow lab puppy pulling throw off of couch with its teeth.

Pups can get themselves into all kinds of trouble when they’re unsupervised.
(Credit: Tanya Gorelova for Pexels)



If you want more advice on making your home pet friendly (including for cats and other critters), please check out this 2022 post and related Clubhouse conversation.



You can catch more Clubhouse WELLNESS WEDNESDAY recorded interviews on a range of safe, healthy home topics in my archives here:

  • 2023 Interviews – Allergies, Music Spaces, Dementia, Outdoor Kitchens, Man Caves and More!
  • 2022 Interviews – Noise Reduction, Work from Home, Garages, Back to School, Pets and More!
  • 2021 Interviews – Fitness Rooms, Laundry Rooms, Outdoor Living, Smart Home Technology, Self Care Spaces and More!



Book cover of Power of Bathing by Drolet and Redcross with line drawing of woman in tub

The subject of this book intrigued me when the press release came in. I admit to being more of a shower than bath gal, but I love soaking in a spa, and I’ve had clients who swear by the power of tub time. The authors are Elaine Drolet, CEO of BainUltra, therapy tub manufacturer, and board certified internal medicine doc Ken Redcross, MD. With chapters encompassing the power of senses, slowing down, aromatherapy and chromotherapy, how could I resist sharing this with you?

Here’s a link to the book on Amazon, and a link to its listing on Google Books. You can ask your favorite independent bookseller if they can get you a copy if you’d like to have a copy. Or check with your local library.



Here are a few links from around the web to enhance your home, health, safety and life:




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Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS,  MCCWC

Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC
San Diego, CA

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