Puppy Proofing 101

Welcoming a new puppy to the family is an exciting time! You get to watch your new little friend grow, learn, and play – developing their own personality along the way. Providing a safe environment for your puppy to thrive in is so important.

That’s why you need to make sure you puppy proof your home – even before you bring them home. Puppies are naturally curious – they don’t know what you haven’t taught them. You can’t expect your puppy to understand the rules and stay away from harmful things before they’re used to their new home.

Spending some time and a few extra dollars to make your home a safe space can help avoid any accidents or injuries. Here are a few things you can do to puppy proof your home!

Remove Temptation 

Puppies are small, making squeezing into small spaces very easy for them. It’s best to get ahead of their curious nature and remove any temptations ahead of time. In the kitchen, focus on any floor-level cabinets that don’t shut properly. Using rubber bands to keep the doors closed, or even buying child-proofing clips from the hardware store, can help keep food motived puppies from raiding your pantry!

All dogs are attracted to scents. The scent of their “pack” is even stronger. Since puppies are so young, they often find comfort in the things that smell like you. They naturally try to chew or burrow with things that smell comfortable. Make sure things like clothes, socks, shoes scarves, and jewelry are put away in the bedroom. You’ll save yourself the headache of replacing your favorite pair of shoes!

Secure Harmful Objects

Your puppy will go through lots of stages before they make it to adulthood. As they get more comfortable in your home, they’re more likely to push the limits. It not uncommon for puppies to crawl behind desks or TV stands to chew on electrical cords. This is just one more thing for them to get into that could be potentially harmful. Organizing and storing all of the cords in your home will help keep them safe.

Don’t forget to puppy proof your bathroom too. The bathroom is one of the most dangerous rooms in the house for your new family member. Make sure all medications, cleaning products, small hair accessories, razors, and more a stored up and away. It’s easy to drop a pill on the floor without knowing it – you can bet your puppy will find it. If you have any doubts, close your bathroom doors so the puppy can’t even enter.

Look Outside

You can spend a lot of time and energy puppy proofing your bedroom, kitchen, and bathrooms, but totally overlook your backyard! Your puppy should be spending as much time outside going to the bathroom and playing. Your yard needs to be cleared of any dangerous objects ahead of time.

First off, you need to keep your grass mowed lower than usual – this will help you keep a better eye on your puppy and anything they’re getting into. Look for new John Deere lawn mower parts to get a good, close mow. Remove any mushrooms or other growths in your yard – these can be very harmful to a puppy’s little system, even in small amounts. Also, don’t forget to remove weeds and wild flowers, just because it looks safe doesn’t mean it is.

When you welcome a new puppy into your family, you need to make sure you’re creating a happy and safe space for them to grow. Removing harmful or tempting objects can head-off any issues before they happen. Remember, keeping a close eye on your new puppy is also important. All of these things can help your puppy grow into a happy family member!