Welcoming your puppy to their new home is such an exciting time for everyone. But, as I’m sure you are aware, your little ball of energy will be extremely inquisitive about your family and their new surroundings. They will sniff, chew and paw everything in sight. While there isn’t much you can do to prevent this – it’s their natural instinct to be curious – you can control it so that it doesn’t become destructive or dangerous. Here are some tips on how to puppy proof your home.
- I should start by saying that behavior problems in dogs is often due to careless breeding. Do make sure when you are looking for puppies for sale that you only work with trustworthy breeders. This will give you the peace of mind that your puppy has come from a good background and that they are unlikely to be aggressive towards your home or your family.
- House plants are tempting to the digging instincts of your pup. If you want your indoor plants to remain intact, it is good idea to place them up high where your puppy cannot reach them.
- Toxic cleaning products and foods, like chocolate and avocado, should be stored out of sight and in an area that your dog cannot access. Do be aware that a cupboard door, especially at your puppy’s level, will not be much of a challenge for him or her. You should keep them up high, or locked away.
- Breakables, like vases, ornaments and glasses should also be stored out of sight and access. If knocked over and broken by your puppy, this could cause upset to you and potential injury to your pup.
- Electric cabling for televisions and other appliances should be tucked away or covered appropriately. Puppies who are teething will see these cables and tempting chew toys, so it is important to safeguard against this.
- If you have glass doors in your house, your puppy may not see them during a fit of excitement. I would advise marking an X at the bottom of the doors so that your puppy understands the door is there. This only needs to remain until you are confident your pup is aware of the doors.
- Your puppy will be very curious about your toilet. Unfortunately, this can lead to devastating consequences so I would advise that you always keep your toilet lid down and your bathroom door shut. You may wish to purchase a latch for the lid, for an extra level of security.
- Gates used for childproofing a home, can also be very handy if you want to restrict your puppy from entering certain rooms.
As you can see, there are few things that must be done to ensure a safe and happy first few months of your puppies life in his or her new home. As well as puppy proofing your home, you should also invest your time in learning how to train your puppy. This will teach him or her good practices such chewing his or her toys rather than your belongings.