Puppy proofing your home – Expert tips
As a new dog owner you may find these expert tips useful. As an experienced pet owner you may read these suggestions with interest on how puppy proofing your home can keep them safe and healthy in their new environment.
Puppy proofing your home – Expert advice
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Puppies are a bundle of joy and brings a smile to your face. For some, a new puppy can be the greatest thing in their life. But for others, it is the worst experience they have ever had. If you are going to get a new puppy, you should take some time to prepare your home. The last thing that you want is for your new pet to be unhappy or cause problems because it is not happy with its surroundings.
Many new puppy owners may go the extra mile to get in touch with landscape architects to make their backyards the perfect playground for their new puppy to grow and exercise. But there are still a few things you may want to do to make your home truly puppy-proof. So here are four ways to puppy proof your home:
Careful with electrical cords
Puppies are curious and energetic little bundles of joy, but they also like to chew on things. Electrical cords should be given special attention. If the cord is damaged, it is a chance that it could lead to potential injury or even death of your puppy.
It’s important for you to pay close attention to the area around your electrical outlets. Watch for signs of chewing or pawing behavior that might indicate your dog is interested in exploring what’s behind them.
Keep cleaning supplies locked away
This is an essential part of puppy proofing your home. The reasons for this has to do with the possibility of ingesting or licking the chemicals, which can be toxic to the animal. In addition to this, puppies have a natural instinct to lick their paws, so keeping cleaning supplies locked away is a good idea.
This practice also prevents them from chewing on any containers of these chemicals, which can lead to stomach pain and vomiting if the puppy ingests too much. Ingested toxins can also lead to liver failure in some cases.
Keep all sharp objects out of your dog’s reach
Puppies are curious creatures. They will put everything in their mouth. This includes your favorite shoes, your favorite pair of earrings, or even a broken bottle. Unfortunately, you can’t control what they find, so you have to do the next best thing – puppy proof your home.
Start by making sure that all of your sharp objects are out of reach from the puppy’s mouth. This includes knives, scissors, and even small pieces of pottery or glassware that they might be able to break off and swallow. Next up is to remove anything that could potentially be poisonous for them to eat – including plants and medications. Finally, to ensure that your flooring is safe for pets, avoid any spots where they could fall through and hurt themselves or chew on any wires.
Fix any issues in your fencing
Puppies are often too rambunctious to be contained indoors or on a leash, which means that they will find ways to access the things you want them to stay away from. The good news is that many people already have safety measures in place for their fencing systems–and your fencing system should be no exception.
There are a few reasons you should fix any issues with your fencing when you have a puppy in your home such as safety, lack of space, and property protection. Your new puppy may not understand the danger associated with certain items around your property–especially if they seem like an interactive toy.
Final thoughts on puppy proofing your home
Do what you can to protect your puppy. Taking care and preparing your home will make it easier for them to settle into their new home and for them to feel safe and happy.
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