Dog Safety on Elevators: Tips and Considerations

For many years I have been training my golden retrievers as therapy dogs. We’ve been doing dog therapy ever since we trained our first golden retriever. My wife and I bring them to nursing homes and hospitals to visit with the patients. The dogs always brighten up the whole building. Everyone is happy to see them. I realized something recently after reading an article online about dog safety. I didn’t think much about it before, but I take my dogs on elevators whenever we make a therapy visit. Elevators can be very dangerous for dogs! Their leashes can get caught in the door which would result in a disaster. It’s the owner’s responsibility to know how to keep their beloved pets safe on elevators.

The aforementioned article from listed these important tips for people who might find themselves on an elevator with their dog:

  • When you get on and off the elevator, keep your dog right beside you on a short leash, gripping it tightly.
  • Do not push a floor button until your dog and his leash are completely inside the elevator.
  • Stay in the rear of the elevator, with your dog sitting beside you.

Keep these tips in mind when you travel with your dogs! It could save their lives and protect them from injury. Also make sure that the buildings you bring your pets to are up to code and safe. Reading articles like this makes me proud to represent a product like Smoke Guard. Smoke Guard systems protect buildings from dangerous smoke that can spread up elevator shafts in the event of a fire. It’s not a fun thing to think about, but pets are the most at risk in the event of a fire. They wouldn’t know what to do without you. If you haven’t already, take a look at our Smoke Guard products. I believe it is the best option for smoke protection in buildings with elevator shafts.

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