How to puppy-proof your home: A detailed guide for prospective dog owners

Helene Aspgren

Welcoming a new puppy into your home is both exciting and a little scary. Just like small children, puppies are known for their curiosity and need to explore their surroundings. To ensure your little furry friend's safety, it's important to puppy-proof your home.

Here are some tips on how to do it:

Remove small objects:
Puppies love to chew on things. Remove all small objects that could be swallowed or chewed and cause injury.

Remove hazardous items:
Be sure to remove any dangerous objects, such as knives and metal, from the puppy's reach to avoid injury.

Safe electrical cords:
Electrical cords can be very dangerous for curious puppies. Use cord protectors or place the cords out of reach.

Install security gates:
Safety gates can help keep your puppy away from dangerous areas such as stairs or the kitchen.

Secure cabinets and drawers:
Use childproof locks to prevent your puppy from accessing dangerous objects or cleaning products.

Beware of poisonous plants:
Many indoor and outdoor plants can be poisonous to dogs. Check which plants you have in your home and garden.

Hold the toilet seat down:
Curious puppies can fall into the toilet and drown, so make sure to keep the toilet seat down.

Remove toxic foods:
Many foods that are safe for humans can be toxic to dogs. Be sure to keep foods such as chocolate, grapes, onions and alcohol out of reach.

Get a safe dog bed:
Give your puppy a safe and comfortable place to rest and sleep.

Keep medicines out of reach:
As with cleaning products, make sure all medications are stored in places where your pup can't reach them.

Secure trash containers:
Puppies may be curious about scents from the litter, which may contain dangerous objects or food scraps.

Also make sure the toys are safe:
Remove toys that you are unsure of their durability, they
should be removed immediately when play is over.

Remove all carpets:
In the beginning when the puppy is not room clean, it is common for them to defecate in places where it is a little "nicer" such as on your carpets

Remove cloths:
Be aware that if you have a long tablecloth, the puppy can pull it and any items on it off the table.

Remember, puppy-proofing your home is an ongoing process. You must constantly adapt to your puppy's growing size and curiosity. With these tips, you can ensure that your home is a safe environment for your new puppy.

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