Bringing home a new puppy is an exciting experience, but also nerve-racking! Your adorable, energetic bundle of fur is ready to explore their new surroundings, but before they do, it’s crucial to ensure that your home is safe and welcoming. Puppy-proofing your home is a vital step in creating a secure and nurturing environment for your new pup. Here’s some advice on how to do just that:
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1. Scan for Hazards
Start by walking through your home with a critical eye. Look for potential hazards from your puppy’s perspective. Make a checklist of common hazards to address (many are mentioned later on in this post).
2. Secure Dangerous Areas
Use puppy-proof safety gates to restrict access to rooms or areas that are not puppy-proofed. This may include the kitchen, the garage, the laundry room, or any space with dangerous items.
Puppies like to jump and explore, so make sure to secure any items that your puppy could knock over or pull down.
4. Supervise and Puppy-Proof Your Home in Stages
Puppies are like babies, you really do need to supervise them at all times. In the time you turn your head for one second, they have something in their mouth they shouldn’t have! If you can’t give them your full attention, then they should be in their crate or play pen.
Remember that puppy-proofing your home is not a one-time task. As your puppy grows, their capabilities and curiosity will evolve. Revisit and update your puppy-proofing efforts accordingly.
5. Remove Small Objects
Puppies love to explore the world with their mouths. Remove small objects like coins, paperclips, and rubber bands that your pup could swallow and choke on.
6. Protect Cords and Wires
8. Lock Away Medications and Chemicals
Store medications and cleaning chemicals in cabinets or on high shelves. Even some seemingly harmless items can be harmful to your puppy.
9. Puppy-Proof Your Home: Outdoor Spaces
When puppy-proofing your home, if you have a yard, ensure it’s securely fenced and free of hazards. Regularly check for escape routes or dangerous items.
11. Train and Teach Boundaries
Early obedience training is essential. Teach your puppy boundaries and basic commands to keep them safe and well-behaved.
Puppy-proofing your home is an ongoing process that involves vigilance and a whole lot of patience. Remember, as your puppy grows, your home may need further adjustments to accommodate their changing needs. Have a question? Leave a comment below or send me a DM on Instagram!
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