Puppies are usually very curious, and they may have lots of energy. When someone first brings a new puppy home, the puppy may want to start checking out many things throughout the house. You will be interested in puppy proofing your home to keep your new puppy safe. You will want to make sure there is nothing within his reach that could harm him.
You can consult your veterinarian about all of the specific things that can be done to puppy proof the inside and outside of a house. There are so many great ideas to help keep a new puppy healthy and safe, and to protect him from anything that would be potentially harmful. It may be helpful to try to think about a puppy’s view of a house from what he can see at his eye level.
You may want to keep all breakable items out of your puppy’s reach.
Plants: Some specific plants inside and outside of the house may be potentially harmful to the puppy. Consult your veterinarian for a complete list of plants that are dangerous or toxic to dogs.
Medications can be kept in a very safe area where the puppy definitely cannot reach or cannot access them.
Cleaning supplies can be kept in high cabinets where the puppy cannot reach, or childproof safety latches may be used to safely secure the cabinets.
Wastebaskets may be placed in an area where the puppy definitely cannot get into.
Electrical cords: People who are trying to puppy proof their house can unplug, remove or safely cover any electrical cords that would be around the puppy’s area. Electrical outlets may also be covered when they are not in use.
Bathroom: Toilet lids can be kept down. Bathroom trash cans may be put up high where the puppy cannot reach them.
Laundry baskets and soiled clothing can be kept off the floor and out of reach from the puppy.
Any possible drawstrings or cords used for draperies or blinds in the home may be tied up high enough so the puppy cannot reach them. Take proper safety precautions.
Small objects can be kept out of reach, so the puppy cannot get them. Some examples of small objects are the following:
Many children’s toys have small pieces
Crayons, pens, pencils, rubber bands, paper clips, tacks, staples, erasers
Jewelry, hair barrettes, hair pins, hair curlers, hair accessories
String, ribbons, yarn, thread, knitting supplies
Buttons, needles for sewing, straight pins and safety pins
Coins, tokens, stamps
Safety gates made for dogs may be used across stairs and other areas where the puppy isn’t allowed.
There are certain human foods that can cause problems for pets. Consult your veterinarian for the specific list of human foods that can cause problems or be potentially harmful to your puppy.
It is also very important to make sure the outside of your home is safe. Hopefully, you can puppy proof your backyard before your puppy goes outside. You will want to be with your new puppy when he is outside, so you can supervise him.
If you have any fencing in your yard, you can check to make sure there are no holes through which your puppy could sneak through and run out of the yard. Check to see if all of the gates are securely closed or locked, and that your puppy would not be able to crawl underneath the gate and escape.
Some plants and trees outside may be toxic to dogs. Many bulb plants can also be poisonous. Some mulch can be toxic to dogs. Again, you can ask the veterinarian for a complete list of plants and trees that are dangerous or toxic to dogs. You will want to keep your new puppy off of freshly treated lawns.
Keep all gasoline, antifreeze, auto supplies, insecticides, fertilizers for your lawn, oil, or any paint in securely closed containers out of reach from your puppy.
Swimming pools or hot tubs should be properly covered or fenced off in a safe manner.
For a safety measure, keep your new puppy away from any barbecue grills during outdoor cooking.
Outdoor garbage should be kept in closed containers with secure lids.
It is so important to keep your puppy healthy and safe.