A Puppyhood Series: Puppy proofing your home.

Puppy proofing is a critical step to take before you bring home your new companion. We took a few days before getting Bear to go around the house and make sure everything was safe. But we paid special attention to my bedroom. It is better for the first few days, or weeks, to keep your new puppy in one room or a squared off space so that they can adjust to their new situation and you can keep a better eye on them. However you will eventually need to puppy proof your whole home so let’s go through, room by room, to see what should be made safe for puppy.

 

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  •  All cords should be covered, or sprayed with anti chew spray, or hidden anyway possible to deter little ones from chewing and getting a shock!
  • It’s good to get on your hands and knees to see what is accessible to your dog. Any furniture in nibble range should be covered with bitter apple spray.
  • Any house hold plants should be brought up off the floor and out of range, some plants are toxic to dogs!
  • Nick knacks and anything on shelves should be moved to higher shelves that puppies can’t reach.

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  • This is obvious but make sure food is not accessible to dogs.
  • All chemical cleaning products should be safely away.
  • You could invest in child locks for the cabinets if you have a particularly smart pup!
  • Keep counters clean, you don’t want a counter surfer!
  • Make sure your trash has a tight lid, coming home to an emptied out trash can is the worst.

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  •  The toilet lid should be down at all times
  • Medicine and harmful chemical products should be out of reach.
  •  The toilet paper should be out of reach, dogs love that stuff!
  • Keep washer and dryer closed when you’re not using them.
  • Watch out for stray dryer sheets! Dogs love eating them!

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  • Again, watch out for cords. Keep them out of reach.
  • Keep closets closed.
  • Keep small objects like change, or small toys, out of reach.
  • Surfaces should be free of chewables, dogs will steal anything and chew anything!

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  • Never leave your dog unattended in your backyard!
  • Fix any holes in your fence or get a long lead for your backyard.
  • Keep trash cans out of dogs reach.
  • If you have a pool, don’t let them swim unsupervised or be in the yard unsupervised.
  • Be careful with common gardening chemicals, they can be harmful to dogs.
  • Make sure your using a mulch that isn’t toxic to dogs.
  • Make sure your plants are dog friendly!

Also, don’t be afraid to designate dog free areas of your home! Bear isn’t allowed to go in most of the bedrooms, unattended or the bathroom!

Catch up on the rest of our Puppy hood series here and here!

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  1. I feel like this is also helpful for babies haha. I have a little boy and I need to start baby proofing!

  2. I remember this when I had a dog when I was younger. Now I have three cats. It can definitely be hard having a puppy at first.

  3. Some of these are a good reminder for folks that have owned dogs as well as a starting point for that that haven’t. Interestingly, I have never had a dog that went after toilet paper, cords or dryer sheets. And part of their training was to learn where they weren’t allowed to go.

  4. We got two dogs right when we first got married, but lost them both this year. We had been in senior dog zone for so long. I had forgotten how much work new puppies are!

  5. We did not puppy proof our home. We ended up with all our mini-blinds shredded and a full tub of butter eaten. (Yes, we forgot to put up the butter.)

  6. I wish I had a spray for when my dog was a pup. He chewed my couch. We kept the bedroom and bathroom doors closed as well.

  7. I am totally bookmarking and pinning this!! My hubby and I have been talking about adopting a puppy soon, so this will truly come in handy!!

  8. Aww these are great! My kids have been so interested in getting a pet one day and if we can with allergies and all..these will be remembered. 🙂

  9. Oooo so many great tips!!!! Puppies are definitely a lot of work since they get into everything! Puppy proofing is a must!

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