A quick guide to puppy proofing your home

When you decide to adopt a dog, especially a puppy, you are agreeing to take on a large responsibility. Dogs in general require a lot of pet care and time so it’s important to understand what goes into bringing home a sweet little puppy. Many new pet owners will begin the process of visiting their local shelter to find a puppy that will be a good fir for their home and family but it is very important that the home is a good fit for the dog as well. Making sure your home is safe for a rambunctious little pup before you adopt can prevent accidents from occurring.

A great way to prevent them from chewing on items you love is by simply crouching down to all fours and checking what is close to the ground that they can reach. Puppies have a lot of energy and love to entertain themselves with new items. Unlike us, they don’t have hands that can grip items to look at them so they often inspect items with their mouths. Make sure to pick up any shoes that you plan on keeping as well as remotes, strings, cords, toys, magazines and other items that can be found near the floor. It’s also important to keep food items away and on high tables where they cannot reach them. Take special care not to leave foods like chocolate around.

You’ll often see in commercials how dogs might tear up couches if you leave home even for a little while. In those commercials, it can look cute but in real life, it’s no fun. Purchasing a crate and providing your dog with crate training will keep your furniture and your sanity intact. Make sure the crate is the right size for your pup and has the ability to expand as your doggy grows over the years. Shop around as there are many different styles of crates that can fit your home so visit Google, Yahoo or Bing to find the perfect crate. If your pup is out of their crate, make sure to watch them closely at all times until they are back in the crate or in a small secured room. If you need to go on a trip or just a short leave from the house, consider per/home care in your absence for the dog or even using a pet boarding facility. 

There are also bitter tasting sprays out on the market that help prevent animals from chewing on your items and furniture. Before applying to the desires spots, make sure to thoroughly read how to properly use it and the recommended amount for the highest effectiveness. You can find many such sprays in your local pet store or online so do some research and choose the spray that fit your pets and home best.

If you have any indoor or outdoor plants, research to see if they might be toxic upon ingesting. Both dogs and cats are unable to process certain plants such as poinsettia plants which are commonly found around the home during the holidays. Dogs like to take a sample of everything, even if it is not entirely edible so keep a close eye on them during walks and in the backyard. Keep indoor plants out of reach as well. Try to relocate house plants to areas your dog does not visit like a blocked off room.

Another important item to keep out of reach are cleaners and rat poisons. Make sure all of your household cleaners are locked up tight, keeping a lock on your sink cabinet is a good idea as some dogs figure out how to open cabinets. The last thing anyone needs is a sick puppy so this one is very important.

The main focus of puppy safety is to put yourself in their shoes. You have to think like a puppy to understand what can be a danger to them. When adopting a new pup to your home, you are adding a family member which means you want to spend many long and happy years together. Keeping them (and your stuff) safe will strengthen the bond that you will share and ensure a happy relationship between you two. 

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