21 Jul 2017 10 Puppy Proofing Essentials for a Safe Home
The day is finally here! It’s time to bring your fluffy bundle of joy home, and you cannot wait! After finding the perfect fit for you and your family, it’s time to provide your puppy with a home that fits their needs as well.
Puppies have a lot of energy. They’re curious about everything in their new home, and love to explore. While it’s great for your dog to become accustomed to their new home, it can also lead to some harmful situations. Puppies tend to see everything as a toy—and therefore havoc may arise. Before you go to pick up your puppy, make sure you take the following precautions to ensure a safe environment.
- Keep all medications in a safe area that the puppy cannot reach. Even in a container, dogs can chew through and get access to them.
- Keep bathroom trash bins closed and stored safely. Used razors and sanitary supplies are a large hazard for dogs.
- Tie up electrical cords and keep them out of sight. Many dogs try to chew on these, which could lead to electrocution or death. Chew-proof cord protectors can be applied to wires.
- Use a baby gate to close off stairwells and doorways.
- Secure cabinet doors with latches to prevent your puppy from getting in, and possibly getting stuck inside.
- Keep laundry hampers closed and jewelry in a closed container. You don’t want your coziest socks or your new pair of earrings to be swallowed up!
- Be careful about the food your dog eats. Keep dangerous foods like chocolate, onion, and grapes (to name a few) in high storage places, and clean up any spills immediately so the dog cannot eat it.
Puppies love to play outside too, and part of your job as a puppy parent is to take them outside for walks. When people think of puppy proofing their home, they often think about inside the home. Keep in mind, there are precautions that should be taken for outdoors as well!
- Know which plants and trees are toxic (this applies to indoor plants as well).
- Keep fertilizers, auto supplies, and poison in a secure area. Dogs surprisingly enjoy the taste of some of these, and they are very deadly if consumed.
- Safeguard water and fire areas. Make sure pool and fire pit areas are fenced in to prevent potential drowning or burns.
Now that your home is ready, enjoy the adventure of bringing home a puppy! (And don’t forget to call your homeowners insurance agent so they can make sure your insurance policy is puppy-proofed as well!)