March 15, 2016
Puppies & new dogs
Bringing a puppy into your life and your home is a big deal. It’s the start of a beautiful friendship that will last for years to come. But it takes more than just love to raise a dog. You need to provide your new pup with a safe, puppy-friendly home, and we’ve got a few tips to help you out.
Here are three big things you want to look out for when puppy proofing your home.
1) Things that could hurt your dog
Electrical cords, cleaning chemicals and medicines are all things you want to keep far away from your puppy. Safely secure your cords and make sure your cabinets stay closed, so your dog can’t get to them or anything else that could be dangerous.
2) Things you don’t want your puppy to touch (or chew on)
Puppies are naturally curious and love to play, so it’s time to put away any valuables that could break if your dog bumps into them. The same goes for human food and human and animal medications. Keep them high off the ground where your dog can’t reach them. And don’t forget about your shoes. Your dog doesn’t just love you, he loves things that smell like you too. Don’t leave your shoes where your puppy can reach them, or he might just chew them up.
3) Areas of your house you don’t want your puppy to go
When thinking about the two rules above, it’s clear that some areas of your house just weren’t made for puppies. It’s a good idea to always close doors and help keep your pup out of any areas that are off limits. If there’s an open area in your house that you want to section off, you can use a baby gate to corral your puppy.
We hope these tips help you get your house ready for your new dog. And don’t be afraid to get down to your dog’s eye level to find any potential issues before your pup can find them.