Puppies are a handful. They get into anything and everything they can dig their little noses into, usually leaving us with a huge mess and sometimes an even larger vet bill that could have been avoided. Dogs can find any space to make their playground, which is why it is essential to always be prepared. Before you bring your new fur-baby home, it is best to check the house and determine if there are any areas in the house that might be unsafe for the newest addition to the family.
Here are a few ways to puppy proof the house to make sure your new puppy is safe and sound even while you are away!
Puppy Proofing in the Kitchen
Puppies aren’t picky when it comes to finding things to chew on. Chewing helps relieve the discomfort of teething and is a good pastime for boredom. Be sure to place hazardous materials such as medicines, cleaning supplies, tobacco products, and vitamins out of reach.
Food can also be very tempting for your puppy. If they smell something they like, you can trust that they will find a way to get to it, especially the dog treats! Put away foods and make sure any food trash is out of reach or safely stowed away. A great way to keep your puppy out is to use child-proof locks for the kitchen cabinets. A rubber band can be an alternative to child-proof locks; simply twist the rubber band around your cabinet knobs to keep your pup out.
Puppy Proofing in the Bathroom
Often the bathroom is filled with things that our puppies can’t wait to get their little paws on. From the toilet paper roll, the toilet bowl, or searching through the cabinets, the bathroom is filled with stuff that might spike your puppy’s interest. Always be sure to put the toilet bowl seat down to prevent drinking of harsh chemicals or even drowning.
Also, we typically tend to have a plethora of stuff in our bathroom cabinets from lotions, vitamins, fragrances, and much more, all which if ingested in large amounts can make your puppy very sick. Child-proof locks are a great way to prevent your puppy from finding a way inside spaces where those items are stored.
Puppy Proofing in the Living Room and Other Living Spaces
If there is a room you don’t want your dog to access, especially when you are away, use a baby gate. A gate will limit the access to the room and only allow the dog to go in there on your time rather than theirs. Imagine your puppy taking it upon himself to use the stairs for the first time while you are away. This could be pretty dangerous if your pup is still very little. It is best to close them off so that they don’t potentially hurt themselves on an adventure. There are even baby gates out there that have doors that swing open, avoiding the whole “straddling” scenario for us humans.
Chewing on electrical cords or furniture can be dangerous as well. An electrical shock can be serious and potentially life-threatening. Use electrical outlet covers, power strip covers, and hide dangling cords out of reach.
Puppy Proofing in the Bedroom
While our bedrooms are usually a space we like to call our own, sometimes our pets like to take over. If you don’t want your puppy getting into your space, make sure always to close the door behind you, or use a baby gate. And for the times you might forget, always try to have the area cleaned up to avoid coming home to a disaster zone of chewed up clothes, shoes, or furniture.
Getting a puppy is an exciting time, but can also be a bit uneasy at first! Before the little one comes home, make sure to double check the house and puppy proof it to be as prepared as possible. Enjoy your new baby!