Bringing a new puppy into your home is one of the most exciting times! Of course, by now you would have checked off the items that The Pet Embassy have compiled on our new puppy checklist. However, before you welcome your new puppy into your loving home, there are a few things that you should consider with regards to household dangers that could potentially pose a risk to your puppies health and wellbeing.
Indeed, there are many things you need to look out, however here at The Pet Embassy we have prepared a step by step guide in order for you to puppy proof your home and ensure that both you and your puppy may have a safe and happy journey together.
The Pet Embassy’s “How to Puppy Proof Your Home For Your Newest Member”
Here at The Pet Embassy, we like to think of puppy’s as our children, and just like children, puppies can get into a lot of trouble if they are left to wonder alone. It is you and your families responsibility to protect your puppy as best as you can even if you are out of the house. Regardless of where you live, we believe it is ideal for you to puppy proof your home to ensure before you bring home your new puppy in order for them to better get acquainted to their surroundings.
The first thing we would do is to get down to puppy level (this probably will involve you getting onto your hands and knees – sorry!) and see what it is that your puppy would see. From here, you can gauge what your puppy would be curious about and what they would look to check out if they got the opportunity. Also, look for any dangerous objects that your puppy could either hurt themselves with or swallow. Please do this before your puppy has arrived as this will limit the potential for any potential hazard for your puppy.
How to Puppy Proof Your House
Puppy proofing is a very daunting task, so it’s easier to break it down room by room. So here at The Pet Embassy we will break it down by room to help you best puppy proof your household. In addition, we will also look at some of the most common dangers for your puppy in your household and ways to help avoid any accidents or injuries that could occur.
Puppy Proofing Your Living Room
Everyone nowadays have either an awesome sound system or TV, let’s face it, we all love technology and the enjoyment that it brings. However, whilst technology is awesome it comes with its drawbacks. One of them being wires and power cords. Experienced dog owners will tell you that their grown up dog likes to chew on bones/toys/couches you name it, so can you imagine what a puppy would be like? Puppies love to chew on just about anything. They have very sharp little teeth that if unsupervised can pierce the protective coating on the wires lying around your house. We don’t really want to get into the much detail, but a burn around the mouth is likely as well as an electric shock or even worse. A way around this would be to tie up any wires and cords as much as possible. In addition, we would recommend keeping your wires a little higher up if possible.
Sticking to the topic of chewing – the little buttons on your remote that you press super hard when the battery in your remote is beginning to die (we know you do it, don’t lie). They look fun to a puppy and they will try their best to chew these all day, so please keep up high. Also, we mentioned batteries, we don’t know if you ever put batteries in your mouth as a child (or adult) but the sensation is one to forget and this will be the same for your puppy!
Puppy Proofing Your Bedroom
The bedroom is a little bit less daunting than the living room. Obviously, any hair and make up products should be kept out of the puppies reach and line of sight. In addition, some of you may have plants in your bedroom. However, there are some plants that can be a little toxic to dogs and cause them to get a feel under the weather, we would recommend checking whatever plants you have online to see if this is the case.
Lastly, you might decide that you want your dog to sleep in your room, either in a crate or on the bed. If it is the former, please ensure that your puppy crate is secure and is a comforting place for your puppy.
Puppy Proofing Your Kitchen
Ah the kitchen, where all those sharp objects, burning cookers and hot ovens are. I guess it goes without saying, keep your sharp objects high up where they cannot be knocked over by a puppy or a child.
In addition, think about your waste bin. Puppies are very inquisitive and will want to smell everything and everyone and a waste bin is no different. In fact, they may want to smell the waste bin more because of the strength of smells coming from the bin. We would recommend that you do not let your dog near the waste bin for a number of reasons. Firstly, your waste bin may have food that is potentially toxic for dogs. Secondly, there my be some small objects or debris that could potentially get stuck in your puppies throat or stomach if they are swallowed.
One more thing, we would recommend keeping cleaning projects stored away in a safe cupboard or high up where your puppy cannot possible access them.
Puppy Proofing Your Bathroom
We spoke about the whole waste bin situation in the kitchen part of our article, the same thing applies to bathroom. In this case, we would recommend your waste bin having a lid as cabinet space may be a little bit hard to find. In addition, please don’t leave items such as dental floss or mouthwash laying around as we said puppies have a tendency to chew and this could be very harmful for your puppy.
Sharp objects such as razors and nail clippers should be kept up high and out of sight with medication also being kept up high.
Puppy Proofing Your Yard or Garden
When you believe it is time for your puppy to venture out of your home, it is imperative that you make the environment as safe as you could do. Please look around the garden for any sharp objects such as garden sheers or grass cutters and store them in a safe place away from your puppy. Next look at the plants in your yard, are any of them poisonous to your puppy? If so, keep your puppy away from them until you remove them. In addition, we must also think of the puppy’s health when outside. It will be their first time outside so they will be very susceptible to disease, therefore, we should consider ensuring that our puppy is vaccinated against all sorts of parasites, such as, worms, ticks and fleas, to name just a few.
Having a puppy is a daunting yet fun experience, that is filled with many benefits including love and companionship. Here at The Pet Embassy, we are devoted to helping you raise your loved one in a manner which in which you can both drive and enjoy each other’s company. Early precautions to protect puppy proof your house will ensure that you can spend as much time together enjoying each other’s company and sharing in each other’s fun.
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