Is your home puppy proof?
Congratulations on bringing your new puppy home! As the owner of a new puppy you will experience tremendous amount of energy and happiness in your house. Before you get down on exploring the world with your pet, you have to puppy proof your home to keep your puppy safe. The below mentioned tips work for adult dogs as well.
What does puppy proofing actually mean?
When you puppy proof, it is worth doing it well
A puppy has the right to play and chew everything they can get their little paws and teeth on. Puppy proofing can have two meanings in our day to day life:
- The process of putting yourself in the little puppy’s shoes and viewing the entire home and yard from its point of view. This helps anticipate any possible mishaps from happening.
- It is also about protecting your possessions. There are items in your home that are precious to you. You need to safeguard them as everything is either a toy or food to your little pet.
The puppy proof checklist
We are quite sure that you are already aware that you now have a rambunctious pooch that will probably play with everything imaginable. That’s why we have the following guide to puppy proof both indoors and outdoors-
Indoor hazards to puppies
Keep the trash wrapped up
The puppy’s nose finds the smell from the trash cans interesting and exciting. If left uncovered, your baby pooch may consume something toxic or swallow objects that can cause food poisoning or other illnesses. The puppies can even get their head caught in a discarded trash bag which can put them at a risk of suffocation.
Medication free zone
Store all of your medications in a safe location like cabinets or drawers. Medications for humans happen to be the most common source of poison for dogs. Make sure they are not lying around on countertops or nightstands. Be careful to store the pet medicines separately from yours.
Dogs are curious by nature. They explore as much as possible but you wouldn’t want your puppy getting hurt in their adventures. So set up baby gates or kennels and ensure that you close all doors to keep the puppy from escaping out on the street.
Watch out for the house plants
Houseplants can cause problems ranging from mild irritation to serious indigestion or even organ failure if your puppy takes as much as a nibble. Some of the commonly found plants that can be harmful for dogs include Sago palm, Aloe Vera, Asparagus Fern and many more.
Cover the cords
Protect your dogs from accidental shocks and burns by using electrical cords with sturdy casings. Your young furry child has to be supervised continuously whenever not in the crate or pen.
Outdoor hazards to puppies
Garden toxins and chemicals
Grassy areas and plants may have fertilizers, toxins, and chemicals or weed killers. Proper care should be taken as to what you use in the garden. Bark chippings are also potentially toxic to the puppies. Keep an eye on everything that is used in the garden and elsewhere on the ground.
Most dogs can swim. But if it is the first time that your puppy decides to launch itself in a pool of water, it might not be able to get out easily. Walk your puppy around water and see how it reacts to it. If it shows any interest, take it for a dip in your presence.
Heat can be dangerous to small puppies. Close-shaven, short haired and light colored pets are more prone to sunburns. Their tender eyes, ears, nose, snouts and tails are exposed to harmful UV rays in extreme heat. After consulting a vet, rub some doggie sun block on your puppy about 15 minutes before taking it out for a stretch in the sun. Ensure that your outdoors have a shady place for your pooch to hang out. The outdoor bowls should be filled with water that doesn’t tip.
Some of the poisons used to kill rodents, slugs, moles and snails are so strong that they can even harm your puppy. The best idea would be to buy pet-proof bait traps and keep a watch to prevent it from digging up any buried hazardous poisons.
Look for the miscellaneous hazards in your property. Walk around the house and carefully dispose of anything that could be harmful to your puppy like exposed nails, broken glass and any other sharp objects.
If there is trouble to be found in your home, you can bet that your puppy will be the one to find it. They are mischievous by nature and that is what makes them so cute. When you bring home a new puppy it is your responsibility to keep it safe inside and outside. It seems like hard work in the beginning but once you get the hang of it, it isn’t difficult to keep up. Puppies enjoy being loved and praised for doing the right things. Create an environment where the puppy can thrive.