All pet lovers want to provide a safe environment for their puppy. Like bringing home a new baby, getting your home prepared for a puppy means eliminating potential dangers. These are simply the basics of puppy proofing your home.
Your puppy will be curious and will try to explore everything, including power cords, closets, and holes in the yard. Your puppy is also likely to make their own chew toys out of any shoes you leave out in the open!
So, it’s up to you to puppy-proof your home in advance.
Take some time before you bring your puppy home to walk through your house. Evaluate each room and corner for things that may be dangerous for your new little family member. Better yet, get down on all fours to see what Fifi will see.
Puppy-Proofing the Kitchen
The kitchen may seem like a goldmine for exploring to your puppy what with the cabinets, drawers, cords, smells, and potential tastes! Be sure that if your puppy manages to open a cabinet or a drawer, it will thoroughly explore its contents.
Use childproof latches to close drawers and cabinets to prevent your puppy from getting into anything dangerous or damaging your kitchen supplies.
When a puppy sees an electrical cord, they assume it’s another thing for them to chew on. It’s of vital importance that you hide cords by covering them with chew-proof PVC tubes, blocking them, or tucking them securely out of your puppy’s reach.
Puppy-Proofing the Bathroom
While it may be one of the smaller rooms in your home, the bathroom holds many potential dangers for your puppy. Just think about the razors, cotton swabs, and soap which your puppy could try to eat. That would be an immediate trip to the vet.
Make sure to remind your family to clean up especially well once your new puppy comes home. Put away or keep out of your puppy’s reach things like:
Just store them high up on shelves, in your vanity, or inside drawers.
When your puppy is still very young, remember to keep your toilet seat down or the door closed to avoid drowning. Invest in a trash can with a locking lid or hide the garbage in the cabinet under the sink. It’s a good idea to lock the bathroom cabinets and drawers with childproof latches, as well. Remember to keep any cords hidden away!
Puppy-Proofing the Bedroom
Your puppy will learn your scent and be drawn to any trace of it. That means your shoes, slippers, and clothing will seem like the perfect toys. Keep your closet doors closed to protect your belongings.
Even laundry needs to be safeguarded in a tall hamper with a strong lid. Keep your jewelry, hair ties, coins, and other small things stored safely in closed containers or drawers. And don’t forget to hide the cords in your bedroom, too.
Puppies tend to like to create den-like spaces under beds and other furniture, so block those spots off safely to prevent unwanted hiding.
Puppy-Proofing the Living Room
If you have a designated living room or family room, then you probably have things like pillows, shoes, books, and electronic devices lying around. If these things are not out of the reach of your puppy, they are fair game for chew toys!
Stay on top of tidying up and putting things away in the places where you and your family spend the most time. Make sure that any loose items are hidden away. Also, try to store blankets and pillows in closed bins when not in use. Don’t forget to do your cord and wire protection in your living areas!
Protecting Office Stuff from Your Puppy
If you have a designated office, your puppy will have yet another fun place to explore. All of your important documents and supplies like paper-clips, rubber bands, and staples will look exciting and appetizing.
These items can be dangerous and even fatal if ingested, so be sure to keep your office free of clutter and secure all wires and cords. If you have decorations that you love, make sure your puppy can’t reach them!
Dogs like to smell and eat plants, some of which are toxic to them, so put them on a high shelf or table. No spot in the room out of your puppy’s reach? Think about storing them in another room with a closed door until your puppy’s curious wears off a bit.
Garage and Yard Dangers to Puppies
Many things in your garage and yard may seem unimportant to you, but could present dangers to your puppy.
First, things like paint, cleaners, insecticides, rat, rodent and snail poisons, fertilizers, antifreeze, and gasoline are all toxins that are potentially harmful and even fatal to puppies.
Antifreeze is especially dangerous, as it has a taste that attracts animals, but is deadly when ingested. Put away boxes, bottles, and containers with any of these substances. It’s best to store them in a locked closet or cabinet, or on a very high shelf out of your puppy’s reach.
There are also some outdoor flowers and plants like daffodils, foxglove, bird-of-paradise, and lupine which can be poisonous to your puppy, resulting in reactions like vomiting and diarrhea.
Keep it Safe from the Start!
As they say, it’s better to be safe than sorry. So, take the time to start puppy proofing your home before bringing in the new member of your family. As your puppy matures, it will become more obedient and less curious, and you will be able to forgo some of the puppy proofing routines. Until that time, it’s best to remain vigilant!