Bathrooms and Laundry Facilities
The bathroom is another area of the house in which cleaners are routinely stored behind cabinet doors. Other poisonous items commonly kept under the sink or in cabinets include medication, soap, cosmetics, perfume, deodorant, shampoo, hair dye, toothpaste, and other personal-care products. Unless you can guarantee that you and your family members will always shut the bathroom door, you should put all these items behind cabinet doors and use child safety locks to secure them.
Another danger in the bathroom is the type of toilet-bowl cleaner that fastens onto the inside of the bowl and releases cleaner with every flush. If you use this type of product in your bathrooms, make sure that your shepherd will not be able to get to the toilet water or be able to remove and ingest the dispenser unit.
Childproof lids on medications are not shepherd-proof. A puppy or adult dog can easily crack the plastic between his teeth and gain access to the materials inside. To prevent this, keep all medications locked up tightly.
In the area of your home where laundry facilities and products are kept, a shepherd can do a lot of damage. Soap, detergents, stain removers, bleach, ammonia, and other products are very toxic, even in small quantities. Additionally, even if your shepherd doesn't eat the product, spilling some of these products on his coat or splashing them in his eyes can be tragic. Keep these items away from your shepherd. If he does splash a product on himself, flush the area with water and call your veterinarian for advice on your way to an emergency clinic.
It is also important to keep clothing out of your German shepherd's reach. Any garments with loose straps, drawstrings, lace, buttons, or other details are likely to attract your dog's attention. Your shepherd, especially a puppy that likes to chew, will turn these garments into rags in no time. Garments that begin to unravel and expose loose strings and pieces of yarn can also pose a serious danger to canine chewers. Puppies and dogs can choke on long strands if they try to swallow them. Keeping your laundry out of sight will help protect your clothing and your dog.