Bringing a new puppy home is an exhilarating experience! Whether you are a new dog parent or an old pro, there are a few things to keep in mind when bringing your new companion home. Puppies are curious and know precisely how to get into trouble, so it is imperative to puppy proof your home.
In the House
- Starting on a small puppy’s level is the best way to start preparing your home for your new friend. Try crawling on all fours! This allows you to see things from their view. Remove any small and loose items your puppy can easily try to eat. This includes bobby pins or ponytail holders, buttons, socks, empty baggies etc.
- Hide all electric cords! Puppies can chew through cables which can cause severe burns or even death.
- Watch recliners and rocking chairs when relaxing. Your puppy may try to sleep or hide underneath.
- Monitor all foods they try to eat. Puppies may act like a vacuum and “help” you clean. Unfortunately, they do not know what can hurt them if ingested. Chocolate, coffee or tea, grapes or raisins and even gum (with xylitol) can cause serious complications. If you are unsure about something, your puppy ingested seek advice from your Veterinarian or local Veterinary Emergency Clinic.
- Some bigger puppies LOVE to counter surf. Ensure items are kept at the very back of your countertops out of your puppies reach.
- Installing baby gates and safety locks prohibit them from getting into cupboards or going up and down stairs to get into trouble.
- Trash cans should be covered or put away to stop your puppy from getting into them.
- Dog-proof containers for food can stop them from helping themselves and overeating.
- Puppies can jump and scratch at windows and doors. Safety locks can be installed, so they don’t open unexpectedly.
In the Yard
Don’t forget to prepare your yard because your puppy will be sure to explore. You may need to section off a small area that is safe for the puppy to play in. As your puppy gets older gradually increase the area, they are allowed to roam. Always supervise your puppy when they are outside.
Once you are satisfied that your home is safe for your puppy, you can enjoy your time together worry-free. Remember to enrich your puppy’s life with toys and games to help distract them from destructive behaviour. This will also create a lovely bond with them, and they will grow to trust and love you!
Written by Britney Ludwig, CSR