The tap-using dog who cost his owner £4,000 by flooding the kitchen

The tap-using dog who cost his owner £4,000 by flooding the kitchen

March 10, 2022

The tap-using dog who cost his owner £4,000 by flooding the kitchen as Avivia reveals canines were behind more than 800 insurance claims last year

  • Each of these claims can cost on average £1,100, the insurance provider said 
  • In one Whiskey, a Labrador/Great Dane cross, turned on a cold tap in his kitchen
  • The dog, caught on camera, caused flooding damages of £4,000 to the home

Whiskey the Labradane turned on the kitchen tap, causing £4,000 in damage as Avivia reveals dogs were behind more than 800 insurance claims last year. 

Dog related claims can cost on average £1,100 each in the UK, the insurance provider has said. 

In one of the 800 claims involving dogs a year, Whiskey, a Labrador/Great Dane cross, turned on a cold tap in his kitchen, while his owners were out briefly. 

The dog caused around £4,000 of damage by flooding the room, with the incident caught on the house’s security camera.

In one case, a young Labradane (a Labrador/Great Dane Cross) named Whiskey turned on a cold tap in his kitchen, while his owners were out briefly. The dog caused around £4,000 of damage by flooding the room, with the incident caught on the house’s security camera.

Aviva also dealt with another claim involving a customer cleaning out her fish tank while her laptop was plugged in charging nearby on the arm of a chair and buckets of water on the floor.

Her dog ran past, caught the charging cable and pulled the laptop into a bucket.  

The insurance provider’s customer was going to a meeting and put his laptop on top of the vehicle while he put the dog inside, who had been refusing to get in the car.  

He then drove off with the laptop still on the car roof.

One owner’s dog got excited when he saw another dog on TV and jumped up at the screen and knocked the set off its stand. 

In another case, a dog tripped up his owner who was carrying a drink, which landed on his electric keyboard.

Yet another carpet was damaged when an excited puppy got its lead tangled around an ironing board. 

The puppy managed to tip the board over, pulling the hot iron plate onto the carpet.

Dog related claims can cost on average £1,100 each in the UK, the insurance provider has said

Kelly Whittington, UK property claims director for Aviva said, as Crufts returns this week: ‘Dogs are beloved members of millions of UK homes. 

‘They get involved in all aspects of family life – and our possessions are sometimes on the receiving end.

‘Most home insurance policies have exclusions for damage caused by chewing, scratching, tearing or fouling by domestic animals, so we’d urge customers to check their cover. 

‘Accidental damage cover is a useful addition to home contents insurance, in case of unexpected breakages and spills in the home. If customers would like to make sure they have the best cover for their needs, we’d urge them to speak to their insurer or broker.’

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