Most of us are aware that childproofing the home is essential to keeping any toddlers safe. However, have you considered that any puppies you’re welcoming deserve the same amount of protection? There are risks that you might not be considering and needs that must be addressed. For that reason, here are a few essential steps in puppyproofing your home.
Provide a space just for them
A new home takes a lot of adjustment, even for humans. Just imagine what it’s like for a pup that still misses its mother. Follow the new dog owner checklist to make sure that you have absolutely everything you need to care for your new pooch. Most important of all is their own space to relax and sleep in. Try not to disturb its space too much. As it gets used to that space, it will use it as a place to gather when overwhelmed by the new location. You can help it accommodate to you much more quickly by placing an old sock or t-shirt of yours in there with it so it gets used to your scent, too.
Watch out for escapees
Now, onto the real risks of the home that need to be addressed. Your puppy is going to want fresh air and exercise as it grows, and the garden can provide plenty of that (not to forget the walkies). However, if you have a large garden with dangerous areas like ponds or your borders aren’t too secure, getting a dog fence could be essential. Young pups are prone to getting into serious trouble when left to explore unfamiliar territory. Wandering into other dogs, onto roads, and other dangers should be avoided by any means.
What to keep out of reach
There might be a lot of things throughout the home that can cause a lot of injury or illness to your pup if they access them, as well. Consider any plants throughout the home and in the garden. Check out the list of plants that are toxic to dogs and either move them out of reach or remove them from the home entirely. Make sure that you regularly clean small objects that could prove a choking hazard from the floor and get down to the dog’s level. If there are any medications or household cleaners they could easily reach, either bar them off or move them to someplace higher.
Set some limits
There are a lot of fixtures and fittings that can’t be moved as easily. Puppies chew on things, a lot. You can help them with their chewing habit by getting them toys, ensuring they get enough exercise, and using taste deterrents around the home. However, there are some parts of the home that require a little more care. Placing a fireguard in front of any open hearths is essential. Similarly, try to block off any access to wires and electric outlets.
Welcoming a new four-legged friend to the home can be a tenuous time. There will be tears, late-night howling and more than a few accidents. Take the tips above to heart so that there aren’t any more serious incidents, too.