So, you’ve decided to get a new puppy! Congratulations, it’s such an exciting time bringing them home, but before you do, there are some important things you will need to organise around the house to ensure you have created a safe environment for them.
Puppies like to get into anything and everything, including the rubbish bin, however, some foods in the bin may be toxic to your pooch, so be cautious. Make sure all bin lids remain closed and even have the bin behind a closed door.
Puppy proofing your house can be likened to child proofing it. After all they are fur babies.
Cleaning chemicals, certain medications and pesticides are poisonous, so make sure they are up high on a shelf and secured behind closed doors.
There are also a range of plants that are toxic, it is important to know what they are to ensure your puppy is safe. Click here for a detailed list of all the common toxins and poisons your pet can be exposed to.
Cords and electrical wires may seem like a fun thing to play with or chew on, however, this can be dangerous, not only to your puppy’s health, but also your house. Make sure all cords and loose wires are covered and out of reach from your puppy.
If you have any valuable ornaments, it’s best to secure them up high or in a room your puppy doesn’t have access to. A bouncy puppy with a wagging tail is no match for your valuables!
Although it may seem funny to see your pooch drinking from the toilet, it’s not really ideal. It’s best to keep the lid closed, especially if there is a chance your pup will fall in, which could result in them drowning. If you have indoor cats, it’s also wise to ensure your puppy doesn’t have access to their litter tray, they are known to steal special presents left behind from their feline friends.
Puppies like to investigate everything, handbags and bags included! Make sure you keep the zips done up so they can’t get into anything they shouldn’t. Also beware of plastic bags, they can be dangerous and become a choking hazard.
If your puppy is outside, make sure you keep your garden nice and tidy to prevent snakes and spiders hiding in your yard. If you have a swimming pool, make sure it is securely fenced and that your puppy can’t fit through any gaps. They may not be able to get out of the pool if they jump in which will result in them drowning. Also, make sure they can’t jump any fences (remove any objects they could climb onto to jump over), or dig under any.
If you have trouble keeping your puppy out of rooms they shouldn’t be in, consider the use of a baby gate to section off certain areas of the house. Make sure you provide plenty of good distractions such as dog friendly toys and treats when they are left home alone.