Is your home ready for your new puppy? 

 

Getting a new puppy is such an exciting time for you and/or your family!  You are bringing a new member into the family and while it’s a joyous time, it’s necessary to make sure that your home is ready for this new addition.  

The best way to begin to prepare is to take a step back.  I will highlight some common things to look for when “puppy proofing” and we still suggest looking for specific hazards in your particular home.  The best way to do this is to begin to look at your home from the new puppy’s point of view.  Mentally get yourself in the mind frame of a curious little explorer and look at what might be enticing and also hazardous.  Before you do that, read on to see some of the more common dangers at your house. 

Chemicals and Medication

While it is important to keep a clean house and that can become increasingly difficult/require more cleaning with a puppy; precautions must be made with the cleaning products.  Avoid leaving them out, puppies are very curious and may eat/drink things that they are not supposed to so keep chemicals where they can’t be reached by pets.  Ideally, only purchase pet friendly, organic cleaning products.  While you still shouldn’t let your pets ingest them, they are a bit safer to have around.  The same precautions should be taken with any medicine you have in the home.  If any of these are ingested, seek medical attention immediately. 

Trash Cans

Trash cans are basically the equivalent of a treasure chest to your puppy!  They see it and it can be seen as a bin full of toys and snacks for them to enjoy.  Be sure to put trash cans win cupboards or high enough that they can’t be reached.  It will not only save you tons of headache and time, it will also keep your pup from ingesting any garbage that they should not have.

Electrical Wires and Outlets

Wires can look and feel like chew toys spread all around the house.  Avoid your dog damaging these wires and hurting themselves by properly caring for them.  Some options include tying them up and placing/zip tying them up high or you could even cover them with PVC or something like this.  Outlets should also be covered to avoid puppies licking them.

Exits

As mentioned throughout this post, puppies are natural explorers so you want to make sure to cover any points of egress.  Doors, gates, fences, and hallways are all places that puppies can escape through.  Be sure to fix any gaps, close doors tightly, and place barriers to avoid any break out attempts.  

Plants

Plants are lovely to add around the house and outside.  With that being said, puppies may also chew and eat plants so make sure that your plants won’t harm your dog.  Consult with your local nursery for pet friendly plants.  Here is also a list of common plants that may harm your puppy: https://www.ccspca.com/blog-spca/education/poisonous-plants-for-dogs/

Clothing

Clothing on floors and in low places can be your puppy’s newest chew toy.  Whether it’s socks, shoes, our your favorite dress, your puppy doesn’t care and will take it as their own.  Be sure to put away clothing to ensure that it isn’t damaged or ingested by your dog.  

There you have it, these are 6 very common things to look at when puppy proofing your home.  As mentioned at the beginning of this post, it is recommended to take a deeper look at your individual living space to spot any unique hazards.  Good luck with your new puppy! ☺  

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