It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of getting a new puppy. However, it is incredibly important that you take precautions and prepare for their arrival beforehand.
Puppies are at their most vulnerable age and pretty much need to be protected from everything (including themselves). Here’s how you can “puppy proof” your home and keep your furry bundle of joy safe.
#1 Secure Items or Food That Could Be Dangerous To Your Puppy
Dogs are eager to sniff, touch, and taste their new world. This means that if they come across something dangerous or toxic, there’s a good chance it will wind up eaten, inhaled, or chewed.
Before you bring the puppy home, secure any potential dangers by putting them out of reach or locked away. Here’s a list of common household items/foods that can injure your puppy:
- Chewing Gum
- Cleaning chemicals or solutions
- Exposed wires
- Rat poison or other pesticides
Check out our diet guide for other toxic and unhealthy foods you need to keep away from your puppy.
Puppies are small, so just a couple ounces of chocolate or a few stray pills can land them in the emergency room or worse. If you think something might be dangerous, it’s always better to play it safe and stow it away.
#2 Hide All Your Valuables In A Puppy-Inaccessible Place
If you don’t want something ruined by your puppy, hide it. While a countertop might technically be out of reach, hiding your valuables in a closet or behind a closed door is the safest bet.
For example, you can’t teach your puppy not to love chewing on leather. If you don’t want your leather shoes, purses, jackets or wallets to become very expensive chew toys, keep them hidden away.
#3 Make Sure Your Toys Are Fun And Safe For Puppies
If you give your puppy safe toys to chew on, they’re less likely to target your belongings or furniture. They’ll be far more interested in solving their new puzzle toy than chomping on your dining room table.
Here are some of our recommended toys for curious (and most likely teething) puppies:
However, choosing the right chew toy can be harder than it seems. You can use hollow natural bones and stuff them with peanut butter or cheese to make them extra-tempting. They’re delicious and safe for your puppy to chew on.
#4 Have An Action Plan Ready For When Your Puppy Has Accidents Or Makes Mistakes
- Roll up your rugs
- Protect unattended carpeted areas
- Pre-plan steps you take when your puppy starts to have an accident.
- Keep your family & friends informed of the step-by-step plan, so they do it too.
Every caretaker of your puppy needs to know that scolding them for accidents or mistakes is never the right response. Scolding or punishing dogs for accidents can cause submissive urination and create fear and anxiety in your dog.
When accidents happen, place your puppy in their crate and don’t say anything to them while you clean up. Combine this with rewarding them for going outside, and they will quickly begin to understand the proper way to relieve themselves.
#5 Don’t Leave Your Puppy Unattended Under ANY Circumstances
Treat your puppy as you would a toddler, never leave them to their own devices. We recommend keeping them on their leash with you when walking around the house. It’s a good way to keep your sight on them at all times.
Whenever you’re not home, your puppy should be at daycare, in a closed-off area, or in their crate. Luckily, dogs are den animals and like to spend time in their crates, especially if you give them treats and feed them inside the crate. Make their crate a happy place!
However, puppies under the age of six months shouldn’t stay in their crate for more than three to four hours at a time. They can’t control their bladders or bowels very long, and that’s a mess both of you would rather avoid.
At DogBoy’s we have a pup academy that is specifically tailored for puppies to learn and socialize in a safe environment. If you’re looking for a safe place to board or train your furry bundle of joy, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.
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