There pretty much isn’t anything more exciting than bringing your new puppy home for the first time! Unfortunately, though, it’s not all fun and games! Just like mum and dad used to tell us as we’d beg and beg for a new puppy, with pets comes responsibility.
Here are our top ten tips to puppy-proof your home.
- Get rid of toxic items
Lock up all of your toxic chemicals, far away from your pup. New puppies can be super curious, and if they really want to, they can wriggle into dangerous places. Lock your chemicals and cleaning products in a place they can’t get access to. Pups can also react badly to some plants you might have in your backyard. Read more about toxic plants to look out for here!
George The French Bulldog agrees:
“I love to play in the backyard, so it’s important that anything that I might try to eat (like small rocks or the hose) is out of my reach and that any plants or garden items used are pet friendly.”
- Keep all doors shut and secured
Trust us, there is nothing scarier than when your new pup seizes their opportunity and goes straight for the front door. It might be a bit of an adjustment, especially if you haven’t had a dog before but it is definitely worth being super careful around any doors that are used to access the big bad world.
- Puppy-proof your fence
Dogs LOVE to dig and to squirm into places they shouldn’t be, so make sure to thoroughly check your backyard. Check for any holes in your fencing, or any gaps a wriggly little pup could squeeze through!
- Use lots of towels while toilet training
If you’ve had a puppy before, then you know that toilet training can be a seriously long process! To avoid any lounge room disasters, cover all carpeted areas with old towels. Using absorbent puppy-pads will also help you avoid messy clean-ups!
- Tidy up electric cables
New puppies LOVE to chew, especially while they are teething! Clean up all electric cables, and keep them well away from your pups favourite hangout zone. Honestly, better they chew on your favourite shoes than the wifi cable, right?
6. Identify any hazards
Puppies and stairs do not mix. Block off the stairs with a child proof gate to keep them safe!
- Clean up
Puppies can be seriously curious creatures. Within minutes of arriving at their new home, they will be sniffing around to familiarise themselves with their new family! This means that any socks left on the floor, dust bunnies under the couch or food left under the oven can become a puppy hazard. Have a big clean out a few days before your pup arrives home, just to be safe!
- Keep food out of reach
Not only is human food super appetising for our fur-babies, it can also be quite damaging and even toxic. If your new pup is particularly curious, it might be best to buy some child locks for your pantry and fridge doors. Keep all food out of their reach until they learn their boundaries.
- Store away important belongings
Like we said, new puppies are extremely curious and have an affinity for chewing. Lock up all of your valuables!!
- Create a puppy-only area
If your puppy has its own area where it can sleep, eat and play safely, then they are less likely to get into trouble around the rest of the house. Creating a space that they enjoy spending time in is the best way to keep your new pup safe in your home.
As you are applying all these top tips and tricks for puppy proofing your home, it’s important to make sure that you reward your puppy for the amazing job they are doing! Frankie The Lil Sausage thinks this is very important as well!
“Give your new puppy lots of praise when they do the right thing. I always love hearing what a good girl I am!”