Has your family decided that it’s time to adopt a puppy?
Rescuing a puppy or older dog from a shelter is so exciting but it’s a big responsibility! Take an afternoon and walk through your house (or crawl to get a better view from their angle) and puppy proof!
Puppy proofing is similar to baby or toddler proofing in that you are basically thinking about things that could potentially harm your puppy and removing them. Your new pup will be extremely curious. It’s part of their nature and what makes them so irresistible! Removing the temptations of things like electrical cords, shoes, and office supplies from their reach will prevent an accident and give you peace of mind while everyone adjusts.
If your family has rescued an older dog, you still may need to dog proof. A mature dog will explore his new surroundings though not as vigorous as a new puppy would. Be sure to provide numerous chew toys and a space they can call their own!
Have you checked these seven places to puppy proof?
1. In the Bathrooms
The bathroom has numerous hazards. Consider razors, electrical cords, hair dryers, chemicals, or anything in the cabinets. Ask your family to be mindful and clean up after themselves by putting things like soaps, shampoo, tissues, and cotton swabs out of reach when they leave the bathroom. Be sure to keep the toilet lids down when you have a new puppy. A curious pup could explore the toilet bowl and drown if he can’t get back out. It’s also a good idea to keep the trash in a cabinet with a child safety lock.
2. In the Kitchen
The kitchen is full of gadgets, smells, and tastes! Pups are smart and can figure out how to open cabinets. Consider putting child safety locks on all of the bottom kitchen cabinets to prevent your pup from getting into snacks or chemicals in your kitchen. Hide power cords by tucking them behind furniture or putting them inside of chew proof PVC piping. They will look like fun chew toys to your puppy!
3. In the Living Areas
Take a look at your surfaces in your living areas. Are there picture frames or decorative items that you need to remove? A curious dog (or his wagging tail) will explore or knock down anything in its path! Consider putting cozy decorative pillow and blankets in a bin for safe keeping and keep clutter like magazines, iPads, cups and snacks picked up at all times.
4. In the Bedrooms
This space has all kinds of temptations! Shoes, jewelry, clothing, cords, and phones could all be destroyed by a well-meaning and curious dog. They will be attracted to areas of the house that smell like you, including your bed. Keep your beds made to prevent them from jumping up and getting fur in the sheets. Keep closet doors shut and all your valuables out of reach!
5. Garage and Outside Spaces
The garage is notorious for harmful chemicals. Keep all fertilizers, insecticides, paint, cleaners, and gasoline up on high shelves or locked in a cabinet. Chemicals like antifreeze can cause serious harm if ingested, even in small amounts. If you keep children’s toys in the garage, make sure they are secured or out of reach. A T-ball set looks like the perfect chew toy!
Look in the yard, too. Are there plants that could be harmful if ingested? Foxtail, in particular, is a weed that can burrow into your dog’s fur then into their body causing a trip to the vet to remove! Other plants like branching ivy and lupine can also cause serious harm and reactions like vomiting or diarrhea. Check with the ASPCA for a full list.
6. In the Office
Your pup can get into all sorts of trouble in your office. Magazines, paper clips, cords, and staples all look intriguing but can be deadly if swallowed! Make sure the floor is clear of those tiny objects that could harm your dog and hide any cords.
7. Last but not least, your office outside the home!
If your company allows dogs to come to the office, make sure the space is puppy friendly. Do they have a quiet place to nap? Will there be other dogs in the office? Are snacks and a water bowl allowed? Bringing your dog to work is a new normal that some companies are embracing!
Bringing a new puppy home is amazing – and stressful. To less the heartache of ruined shoes and a potentially disastrous accident, be sure to take a walk through your home to remove any temptations for your newly adopted puppy!