Wagging tails, paws moving here and there, small jumps and cute puppy eyes are just so precious. Puppies are excited little creatures, and watching them play is super joyful. However, as puppies aren't aware of their surroundings, and haven't learnt what is and isn't edible, it's important that you puppy proof your home to make it safe for your new furry friend.
A quick look around your home will likely reveal some potential dangers to your new puppy. Fortunately, with a little bit of preparation and common sense you can make sure your home is safe, and there won't be any unwanted and expensive visits to the vet.
Without further a do, here are 10 tips for puppy proofing your home.
1. Get organised
Once you get a dog, it's important that you keep everything more organized and clean. This is because, in case of clutter, your dog can be exposed to sharp objects, harmful chemicals, medication, cleaning essentials or other objects that may be harmful to their developing bodies.
Decluttering and keeping everything more organized will prevent your dog from accidents. We recommend keeping any such items in closed cabinets, and out of reach of your puppy.
You will also want to be extra careful when using cleaning products, and keep your puppy out of the cleaned area until the products have dried or been washed away. This is also important for any chemicals or fertilisers you use in your garden.
2. Keep the electronic items well organized and out of reach
In the living room, tv lounge and even your bedroom, there may be wires leading to TV, laptop or other electronic devices. If the wires are not well-arranged the dogs can pull on them or even chew through them. This is obviously an accident waiting to happen, so all cords should be neatly organised and tucked behind other furniture to ensure your puppy can't get to them.
Any remotes should also be stored away when not in use, as these can make a tempting chew toy for puppies, and a potential choking hazard.
3. Install childproof latches on the cabinets
You might be surprised what puppies are capable of doing when unattended, and it's not unheard for them to work their way into cupboards. A new puppy is going to be naturally curious about its new surroundings, and you will find them sniffing around the house, following their nose into every nook and cranny. To prevent them from injury, sharp objects or other items, it is best to install childproof latches on cabinets that are close to floor level. This will prevent your puppy from getting into the cabinets and give you peace of mind.
4. Install a doggy door
Installing a dog door will make your life with a new puppy easier. A doggy door will give your puppy access to the outside or inside whenever they want, and can also be locked off to prevent outside access when required, such as at night. A doggy door can make a great training tool as your puppy develops, and you can teach them how to use it.
5. Prevent valuable items from being chewed
If your valuables or personal items are within reach of your puppy then they may end up becoming a chew toy. Make sure that your favourite pair of socks, heels, or any other item is safely put away. Places like a laundry basket or bedside table are a tempting spot for puppies to find a new toy, so consider moving personal objects to higher places or into cabinets, and always keep your spaces clean from clutter.
6. Get rid of poisonous plants
Certain plants can be harmful to dogs. They may cause allergies or are potentially toxic if eaten. So make sure that there are no poisonous plants in the house and in the backyard as well. A quick google of the plant type along with adding "+ dogs" will likely reveal whether or not they are safe for dogs. This helpful article details 10 common plants that are toxic to dogs. Also if you are an avid collector of succulents, consider if these are potentially poisonous or harmful to your new puppy.
7. Put trash in an unreachable area
There's nothing worse than coming home to find your puppy has found it's way into the trash bin and made an absolute mess of your kitchen. Trash is like a playground for the puppies. Being super curious, puppies will sniff in the trash and they may end up ingesting or swallowing something harmful. So, it is extremely important for you to keep your trash away, specifically somewhere where the dogs cannot easily access it. Also when you put the trash out, don't leave bags lying around outside.
8. Make sure human food is not accessible
Puppies will not hold back from sniffing or even eating any human food within their reach. Certain human foods can be poisonous to dogs, so it's important to ensure any food is well out of reach of your puppy, and that you also aren't tempted to feed you new leftover scraps or leftovers.
9. Create a designated play area
Puppy can get bored easily, and have a lot of energy that requires stimulation. Giving them a space of their own with some toys and dental chews will keep them busy for quite some time. There are a number of products available on the market that can create a puppy play space, or if you have the space, you can just designate one room to your puppy.
10. Get an in-ground fence for your backyard
Along with the rest of the home you will also need to puppy-proof the backyard. Check your fence line for any spots that may need repairing, or present a possible escape opportunity for your puppy. Also check for any sharp objects or dangerous chemicals or plants that should be removed.
There you have it, 10 Tips For Puppy Proofing Your Home. Being a dog owner is a responsibility, and it's up to you to ensure your home is a safe and secure place for your puppy to grow up in. Unfortunately accidents do happen, but with a little forward thinking and preparedness, you can ensure your home is safe, and your puppy can explore their new world. If you have some further suggestions or ideas, let us know in the comments below!
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