Whether you’re adopted an adorable Cocker Spaniel or a spunky Siberian Husky, you’ll need to make some preparations for when you bring your new puppy home. Here at The Family Puppy, we get many calls from owners saying how their puppy has eaten this or chewed up that. Puppies are inquisitive by nature, so you’ll need to puppy proof your home to prevent them from getting into things that they shouldn’t.
Don’t leave items on the ground or on low tables
Puppies will eat or chew anything they can reach. Socks, electrical cords, medications, you name it, they’ll eat it. Unfortunately, many of these items can harm our puppies if they ingest them. As such, any items or food you take out should always be put away promptly once you’re done with them. For example, if you’ve just changed your clothes, put your old clothes away in a hamper rather than leaving them on the ground or on your bed.
However, there are some items you will be continually using, such as electrical cords. In these instances, find some way to keep them out of reach. For electrical cords, you can string them through cord concealers or tape them to the wall.
Secure trashcans and toilet lids
Even if you place some items away, that may not stop your puppy. They may try to tip over trashcans or get into your toilet. To prevent this, secure their lids so that your puppy cannot get into anything even if they tip it over. If your trashcan doesn’t have a lid, place it underneath your sink where your puppy can’t get to it.
Don’t forget the outside
Many owners only puppy proof the inside of their homes. However, the outside world can be just as dangerous. If you have a backyard, remove any plants that are toxic to your dog and keep your dog away from any areas that have been treated with fertilizers, pesticides, or insecticides. Additionally, install a fence around your in-ground pool to prevent your pup from falling in while you’re not looking.