So you got a new puppy | now you need some puppy proofing tips. Your home is the place where your new puppy will be spending the majority of it’s life, so it’s vitally important that you take precautions to make sure it’s a safe environment for him or her. Puppy proofing your home is just like baby proofing your home before you bring home your newborn from the hospital. To do this get down at a puppy’s level and remove or safeguard everything they can possibly see and everything for about 4 feet up, anything near chairs, tables, sofas, etc. Prevention is key.
Here are some tips to make sure your home is safe for your new puppy.
- Secure electrical outlets and cords. Everything goes in puppy’s mouth…..that’s how they learn about the world. Make sure electrical cords are inaccessible to the pup. Puppies chewing on wires can suffer electric shock burns or die.
- Keep medication bottles and house cleaners out of the puppy’s way, secured in a closed cabinets. Puppies can chew through the bottles so having child proof caps is not enough. Keep the bottles in a closed cupboard. Secure all of your cleaning supplies in cabinets as well.
- Don’t leave cigarettes or butts on the table or in the ashtrays. Puppies could eat them and can get nicotine poisoning.
- Watch out for Christmas ornaments, tinsel, and other decorations during the Holidays. Broken Christmas balls can lead to nasty cuts, and metallic tinsel can cause a blockage. Other decorations may be harmful too, so during the holiday season just be extra watchful.
- Keep the toilet lid down if you use cleaners. Toilet bowl tablets in toilets for cleaning are dangerous.
- Keep Trash cans and diaper pails in closets. Puppies get curious about the smells and will explore. Diaper absorbing material can cause a blockage in the intestines.
- Eating cooked bones can splinter and can be deadly. Dispose of small cooked bones properly.
- Don’t invite other dogs over to your house unless your puppy has had all his vaccinations. If friends do want to come over make sure your new puppy has had at least 3 vaccines and your friends dog is fully vaccinated.
More Tips to consider for inside and outside
- Keep your puppy away from toxic plants, both in and out of the house. Here’s a list of some known harmful plants that can cause illness from mild to deadly. Autumn crocus, Areca Palm, Azaleas, Bleeding Heart, Daffodil, Dutchman’s Breeches, Elderberry, Foxglove, Golden Chain, Hyacinth, Iris, Japanese Yew, Jack-In-the-Pulpit, Larkspur, Oleander, Peace Lily, Lily of the Valley, Lilies, Mistletoe, Narcissus, Oleander, Poinsettia, Rhubarb, Rhododendrons, Snake plants, Sago Palm, just about any kind of bulb and beware of apple seeds and peach, plum apricot and cherry pits!
- Use pesticides and rodent poisons with caution and make sure that the puppy cannot get to them. Rat and mouse baits are attractive to pets. If ingested these can be deadly to puppies and dogs.
- Make sure antifreeze is out of reach and spills are cleaned up immediately! Sweet tasting antifreeze is deadly to pups and dogs.
- Fence in the yard, if possible. It’s best to have a fence that is high enough to prevent the puppy from jumping over it, with no holes to crawl through.
- Be careful not to use flea collars, dips or other preparations on pups under 15 weeks. Check with and follow your veterinarian’s recommendations for flea control on young dogs
In case of an accident, have your veterinarian’s phone number posted by the phone!