Congratulations on your new addition. You've picked out the perfect furry companion for your family, and it is time for the little guy (or girl) to finally come home. Your hands are going to be full as soon as they trot through the front door, so preparation is key. To ensure the arrival of your puppy is easy, safe and enjoyable for the family – pooch included, it’s important to puppy proof your home with these easy steps.
Crate training is really important for a dog, as it keeps them safe when they’re home alone. However, not every dog owner likes the idea. An excellent alternative, and one that can still be used even if you are crate training your dog, is to use some durable doggy gates. You'd be surprised what those little teeth can chew through, so many sure you get some good ones.
This is an important puppy proofing tip, as your new puppy should never be left alone at any time until he or she is fully trained and trusted. To make it easy to keep a watchful eye on him or her at all times, narrow down the space that your pooch has free roam by blocking off rooms and areas with baby gates. If you can't keep an eye on your new puppy, consider keeping them on a dog leash and collar during the training process.
This little puppy proofing tip will help avoid the puppy piddle dance inside, and it will also keep your dog in safe area while also preventing him or her from running around the entire house like a wild animal. No pun intended.
Throughout the puppy stage, it is imperative to keep all areas that your puppy has access to clean. Just like a toddler, a puppy will put everything and anything it its mouth. Unfortunately, puppies have short little teeth that will chew through a lot of things. So, a good clean prior to the arrival of your new family member is crucial.
To get you started, focus on cleaning up all wires, remotes, children toys, iPads, paper, food, drinks, etc. Your puppy will likely go after anything they can get their eyes, or rather, mouth on and with their new teeth popping through, a messy home can be a costly and potentially dangerous situation. Most 'human' things are poisonous to dogs and even if they aren’t, they shouldn’t be ingested. Plus, that brand new iPhone is much better when the screen doesn’t have tooth-marks puncturing through it.
A quick search online and you'll see that puppies and dogs have the unique ability to get into all kinds of mischievous trouble with things, even if it has a lid. While the viral videos of dogs with a garbage lids stuck on their heads are cute, they're equally as dangerous. What about those toilet bowl drinkers? Not good either. So, get in the habit of securing everything that your new puppy can get into – and trust that he or she will definitely try. For the things you can’t close or secure, store them on higher ground that’s out-of-reach or in a room with the door closed. This is absolutely imperative, especially for garbage as many items poisonous to dogs can be found in the trash. So, put a lid on all garbage cans (bathrooms, kitchens, living rooms etc.), close up those cupboards and close the doors. You might need to purchase some child-safety locks if your puppy is really persistent. Sure, it is cute at first, but this is a habit you want to nip in the butt!
Some other things you may want to remove from your puppy's area include; plants, chemical air fresheners, shoes, purses, etc. Just when you think you've removed everything that your puppy could get into, you'll find them getting into something else. You will be surprised at what your new addition finds interesting. So, have an anti-chewing spray on hand, and always take away any items that your pup has “found”. And of course, don’t forget to celebrate the new arrival with some premium dog accessories from
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