Puppy Proofing Your Home

When a puppy is brought into your home, it is an exciting time that brings both rewards and challenges. If you're considering welcoming a new puppy into your family, it's best to start puppy proofing your home before your new best friend arrives. Check out these tips that will help you puppy proof your house and make it safer for your new companion.

Chewing Hazards

Make it a habit to pick up your shoes, belts, and other articles of clothing. If you leave these items laying on the floor, then your new puppy may find the temptation too much to resist. Provide plenty of appropriate chew toys for your dog, and protect your shoes and clothes by putting them in the closet, hamper, or dresser drawers where the items belong.

Gif of puppy chewing a shoe

Electrical Shock

To avoid electrical shock, keep electrical cords tucked away and out of reach. You may also want to purchase protective covers to help keep these wires safe from curious puppy teeth.

Poisons

If you have any house plants, it is a good idea to move them to higher shelves. Some plants are toxic to animals, and puppies will chew on almost anything. Keep your puppy safe by removing temptation from their sight and reach.

Exchange those uncovered trash cans for containers with locking lids. Stabilize lightweight trash receptacles by adding a brick to the bottom of the can. This will help prevent the trash can from being tipped over by accident. Not only will this cause a mess, but puppies will eat almost anything, which can result in all kinds of problems. "People food" and garbage items can be toxic, and can cause intestinal blockages or mouth injuries. It's best to avoid this as much as you can!

Bleaches, detergents, pesticides, and other household chemicals should always be stored safely out of reach of both children and pets. Be sure that any potential hazards such as these are kept on the highest shelves or behind locked doors.

Doors and Gates

Make it a habit to keep bathroom doors closed. Makeup and cleaning products can be harmful to curious pups. Also be sure to keep the toilet lid in a closed position to prevent accidental drowning of your small and adventurous pet.

Puppy trying to sneak under a fence

Decide before you bring your pet home what areas your puppy will be in, and then guard against him finding a way to escape. Make sure your family closes the door to the outside securely, and make sure all gates are latched and no holes are in your fence.

Don't forget to have the phone number and address for the closest pet emergency facility too, just in case. Hopefully you'll never need it, but you'll want it close at hand should an emergency occur!

If you have any other questions about welcoming a new pooch into the family, please don't hesitate to reach out. Our desire is to make your puppy's adjustment to his new home as easy and safe as possible!

 

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