15 Essential Steps To Puppy-Proofing Your Home
Got a new little furry bundle of joy moving in?
You’ve probably already splurged on your new pup getting them a collar and leash, comfy bed, food and treats and tons of toys. All the things a rambunctious little scamp needs.
But have you prepared your home for them?
Prepping your home for a puppy isn’t just about saving your shoes and houseplants from being mercilessly chewed – it’s also making sure your home is safe.
Electrical cords, household cleaners, toiletries and more all pose a threat to the little guy’s health and an ounce of prevention can help to keep them safer and you from an expensive vet bill.
So to help you welcome your new fur buddy into your home, we’ve rounded up 15 of the most essential tips to puppy proofing your apartment.
- Lock cabinets and drawers with child-proof locks
Cleaning chemicals, dish soap, detergent, toiletries, sharp or small ingestible objects all reside in the cabinets under your sinks and the drawers in the kitchen and bathroom.
Keep everything locked and away from prying noses with child-proof locks. Put them on every drawer and cabinet door.
- Hide the trash
Not only will you have a disgusting mess to clean up when your puppy gets in the trash, there are lots of things in there that can make them deathly ill.
- Conceal or cover electrical cords
Nothing besides an expensive shoe is more chewable than an electrical cord. Block cords with furniture or cardboard boxes. You can also encase them in plastic tubing like PVC or cord protectors.
Not only will you be saving your electronics devices, you’ll keep your pup from getting a potentially lethal shock.
Here’s a how-to guide to help you out.
- Put up breakables
Got anything fragile laying around? Put it up. The chances of it getting broken go up exponentially with a puppy in the house. Not only do you want to save your precious item, if the puppy does it when you’re not home they run the risk of being cut.
- Clean up
Even if you’re a clean-freak, you’re going to have to keep your home extra shiny. That means you can’t leave anything out on the floor, coffee tables – anywhere. No food, medicines, alcohol, small items, books, paper or anything can be within their reach. And don’t forget your shoes and clothing. Pups are especially attracted to these items because they smell like you.
- Move everything below four feet
Speaking of things being within reach – you’re going to need to look at everything in your home (especially the living room) that is under three to four feet and probably move it. That’s the average height most puppies can reach by jumping. A common one is books on or items on bookshelves.
- Move the rug
Yeah I know it really ties the room together but rugs are prime spots for bathroom breaks. You may want to roll it up and put it in a closet until your pup is house trained.
- Relocate houseplants
Not only will they get shredded and dug in, many houseplants are dangerous to pets. Here’s a list of 34 that are bad for your pooch. Move them to another room with a door you can lock or at least put them up out of the way.
- Move the TP
Almost as fun as chewing a shoe is tearing up the toilet paper and stringing it throughout the house. Aside from an annoying mess, if the little guy ingests too much of it you could be taking them to the vet. Put the TP up and out of the way.
- Keep doors closed
It only takes a second for your little terror to disappear and get in trouble. Keep the doors of any room you’re not in closed at all times – especially bathroom, kitchen and laundry room doors.
- Create a safe space
Creating a safe spot your puppy can call their own is vital. The kitchen is a go-to place since most kitchen floors are tiled or hardwood.
The easiest way to do this is with baby gates. You can also use baby gates to deny access to other parts of the house and hazards like stairs.
You may also want to consider crate training – this is a great way to keep them safe when you’re at work or away from the house. Here’s a crate training 101 guide.
- Buy potty pads
Avoid the mess and hassle of nasty cleanups with potty pads – they’re worth their weight in gold until your puppy is house trained.
- Keep them off the balcony/patio
It may be a beautiful day outside, but don’t leave your balcony or patio door open. In fact, until they get bigger, you shouldn’t even let them out there as they could potentially fall through the railing or escape.
- Keep the toilet seat down
What dog doesn’t love to drink from the toilet. But not only are toilet cleaning chemicals toxic, a small puppy can fall in and possibly drown.
- Block hiding places
Curious by nature and devious, puppies love to find hiding places. Use baskets, suitcases, boxes, totes, etc. to block areas under the bed or behind furniture so your pup doesn’t get hurt or stuck.
Your new pup is a baby – albeit one with sharp little teeth. And of course you want them to grow up safe – with the minimum amount of emergencies.
So spend an afternoon before you bring the little guy home making sure that the home he gets introduced to is loving, fun and also safe.
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