Top Tips for Puppy-Proofing Your Home
Wagging tails, little paws, soft ears and curious dispositions — what’s not to love about puppies? There’s a reason dogs are America’s most popular pet, and when they’re in their baby stage, it’s impossible not to adore them.
But these little rascals aren’t easy to keep tabs on! They tend to get themselves into all kinds of mischief. So, before you bring your new pup home, take time to puppy-proof. Here are some tips to get you started:
Designate their area. It’s important to set boundaries early on with your new pooch. So put together an area that’s all theirs — complete with a kennel, doggy bed and some toys — and close it off using baby gates so they don’t have free reign. It’ll make training easier, plus it’ll help you keep track of your inquisitive pup!
Consider child locks. Much like toddlers, puppies are eager to get their paws and mouths on anything and everything, and they’re constantly exploring. So prevent them from munching on what they shouldn’t by locking them out of cabinets, pantries and drawers using child-proof latches.
Put em’ up high. When it comes to cleaning supplies, soaps, razors, antifreeze or fertilizers, simply child-locking a cabinet may not be enough. Keep your more dangerous household items up high and out of reach so your puppy can’t get himself into trouble. And always be mindful to put these items right back where you found them.
Watch for wires. Cords are tempting chew toys for our furry friends, so be vigilant about tucking wires out of the way or even enclosing easily accessible ones in chew-proof PVC tubes. And remember to unplug them whenever they’re not in use.
Safeguard your things. Once your puppy is used to you, odds are she’ll find comfort in your belongings because they smell like you. So save your shoes, slippers and clothing from becoming chew toys by keeping them off the floor, stored away or kept in a tall, closed hamper.
Study up. When bringing a new pup into your home, you’ll want to be as informed as possible. Know what foods they shouldn’t eat and learn about household plants that pose a risk to their health. It’s an easy way to keep them safe and happy!
Start implementing these safety steps well before bringing your new furry family member home and make the transition into puppy ownership as easy as possible. This way you’ll get the peace of mind you need to enjoy this exciting time the way you and Fido deserve.