Congratulations on your new puppy! The two of you are slowly getting to know each other as you live together at home. It may take a while but we know you will always have a furry bestie by your side. When you bring your puppy home, you may notice how energetic and curious they can be. Your puppy may wander into different rooms, climb over furniture, and explore your backyard. This is entirely normal! They need to get used to their new surroundings before they can become your furry bestie. That’s why it’s important to puppy-proof your home so that it’s safe for your four-legged buddy!
Here are a few ways you can puppy proof your house:
- Remove all electrical cords from your puppy’s reach. Like most puppies, your furry bestie will love to chew on anything, especially in their teething stage. Do not try to scold or “punish” your puppy for their behavior—once their teeth set in, their chewing habit will likely go away. However, there are several dangers in your home that can cause serious harm to your puppy, such as electrical cords. Keep all electrical cords away from your puppy’s sight. This means unplugging and moving them to a high location that ensures your puppy won’t sink their teeth on them!
- Keep human food away. It doesn’t take long for your curious puppy to find human food. And trust us, human food will always be “goodies” for your little buddy. Unfortunately, many human foods that we eat are extremely toxic for your puppy. For example, foods like onions, chives, and garlic can make your puppy very sick so it’s important that these toxic substances are kept away.
- Hide cleaning supplies in specific locations. Place your cleaning supplies in high locations like kitchen cabinets. If you can’t, then use childproof locks behind the doors to prevent your puppy from sneaking their way in. You should also make sure your puppy is kept away from the room when you use cleaning supplies. The vapor from these chemicals can possibly harm your pup’s respiratory system.
- Put your medications in a safe place. Medications can be dangerous if they’re ingested by the wrong patient or in large quantities. Do not keep your medications anywhere near your puppy. Even if your pills are kept in bottles or dispensers, there’s always a chance your puppy can break or chew the containers. Place all pill bottles and dispensers in a location you know your puppy won’t find.
- Make sure toilet lids are closed. It’s not uncommon for puppies to wander inside a bathroom. They’re exploring the home, and if you tend to leave your bathroom door open, they’ll likely go inside at one point. Just be sure the toilet lid is kept closed for your puppy to drink out of it or even fall inside.
- Put away small items and jewelry. Coins, paper clips, jewelry—all of these common household items can be serious choking hazards for puppies. Before you let your pup explore your home, put all small items in a drawer or a safe location where your puppy can’t reach. You can also choose to vacuum or clean up your home to make extra sure that your house is ready for a curious pup!
- Secure trash cans. Puppies are often attracted to the smells of garbage bags and trash cans. If the trash bags in your home are open, there’s a chance your puppy will eat or ingest anything in it. This can cause an upset tummy or an even more serious condition. All trash cans in your home should be closed and secure to keep your puppy safe!
Bringing a new puppy home is a beautiful and fun experience. But your puppy needs you for their safety and health. It always helps to have your house prepared so that your puppy is safe while they explore!