Puppy Proofing Your House and Home

Congratulations on your decision to get a puppy. You've done your research for the perfect breed that will fit your home and your lifestyle and now you've picked out the best of the litter from a breeder, you now need to start puppy proofing your home. This is when the hard work starts but if you take a few simple steps now before your puppy arrives it will save you time and your first day with your puppy will be less stressful, not only will you be happy and relax so will your puppy. Puppy proofing your home is very, very important for your well being, your puppy and family. If you take the time to puppy proof your house ahead of time will be able to rest easy when your new puppy arrives in your home.

So here are my top tips on how to puppy proof your house and home.

First you need to look around your home through your puppies eyes. This may sound strange but the only way you will see the dangers that lurk in every room for your puppy is to get down on all fours. The lower you can get the better. I would also recommend that you take with you a pad and a pen and jot down any potential hazards that you see.

If you write all the problems that you see down, as you go from room to room you will save yourself time in the long run. One of the easiest ways to puppy proof your home is to limit the area your puppy will be allowed to enter.

When looking round each room from your puppies perspective you need to take into consideration.

1 Low hanging wires ( puppy will have a lovely time chewing these A thick, cable protector can also be placed over the cables, to make them chew-proof.)

2 Potted plants (some plants can be very poisons to dogs so please take care)

3 Breakable ornaments should be put away in a cabinet.

4 Doors to the oven, fridge, microwave, dishwasher, tumble-dryer and washing machine should always be kept closed. Put notes on the doors to remind people to check inside before using them.

5 Shoes should be put away, if your puppy chews the laces this can be very harmful and it may cost you a fortune to keep replacing shoes.

6 Check the lower sections of bookshelves and replace any valuable books with telephone directories, or something you don't mind being a bit chewed.

7 Always put away your plastic shopping bags these are a real hazard.

8 Fit child locks on floor level kitchen cupboards, especially if there are cleaning materials and dried dog food inside.

9 Always close the toilet seat (many puppies have drowned)

10 Remove or shorten hanging tablecloths - puppies are experts in clearing a fully-laid table!

11 Shorten dangling blind and curtain cords, and keep them secure (your puppy could get tangled up and strangle itself).

12 Food scraps must always be cleared away promptly make sure you kitchen bin or trash can is substantial enough that your puppy can't knock it over. (Remember Chicken bones can be very dangerous, as they splinter when chewed and the string that can be found on joints is also irresistible and potentially deadly.)

13 Remember to remove cleaning materials in the bathroom put them in a cupboard.

14 Keep your kitchen counter tops clean and clear, so your puppy won't get in the habit of jumping up to inspect them.

15 One tip that I was given and it really helped, if you can take a blanket to the dog breeders before you pick your Lab puppy up and ask them to put it in the basket with the mum. This will be a familiar smell for the puppy and it will make it feel at home.

Why not include the whole family in the puppy proofing process give them a list and ask them to help prepare the home for your new arrival.

Puppy proofing is a serious issue and it pays to take the time to do it well. In short, to puppy proof your home means to make sure nothing dangerous is in reach, creating a safe environment for your puppy. It's your job as a responsible pet owner; to puppy proof your house to make it safe from them and to protect your belongings. If you take these few simple steps you will find your first day will be a real joy. Good luck with your puppy training journey.

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