If you are about to bring a small fluffy bundle of puppy-shaped goodness into your life – well firstly, AMAZING NEWS! Secondly, as you may have already figured out, puppies will get into everything. So for the sake of your home and the safety of your new puppy, here’s our top tips and ideas for puppy proofing your home.
- Before you bring your puppy home, give your home the once over at pup’s eye-level. Yes you will feel like a tit going around the floor on your hands and knees, but you will also spot any dangers or hazards that you may not have noticed from a people’s eye view.
- De-Clutter – Puppies learn abound their new surroundings largely through smell and taste, and will put just about anything they can find in their mouth. Keep your floor clutter-free, especially of dangerous things like deodorant cans, lighters, sharp objects and medicines.
- If your kitchen allows, use a child gate to keep nosy pups out. The kitchen is home to things like knives, hot water and flames, and the last thing you need while you’re whipping up a Bolognese is a puppy dashing between your legs and tripping you up.
- Puppies love a good old chew while they’re teething, and wires and cords are particularly tempting. Keep pups safe from electrical hazards by running wires inside PVC tubing and fixing to the wall – it looks much tidier as well!
- Invest in a good puppy crate – dogs having a denning instinct and love to have a safe and familiar space to go. Crates work brilliantly to give a dog their own space for some peace and respite, but they also mean you can rest assured they’re out of harm’s at times when they may be able to get into strife. There are some super stylish options now available like the ones below from GO PET DESIGN! and Kooldog, as well as customised covers for standard crates.
- Be mindful of leaving foods or scraps around that could be harmful to pets. Dogs that have got the scent of something tasty will go to great lengths, including climbing onto tables and chairs, and rifling through bins to get to food. Never leave foods that are dangerous to dogs laying around – like chocolate, onions, sweets and cooked bones.
- Keep the toilet seat down! Especially when puppies are particularly small. Curious pups will stick their nose over and have been known to leap in!
- Keep hazards out of reach – it goes without saying that any chemicals like cleaning products or medicines should be kept well away from dog’s reach and locked away. Likewise, bathrooms can be home to harmful objects like razors and soaps that can be chewed and ingested, so tidy that cabinet!
- The bedroom is full of lovely little things containing your scent that dogs love to be near. Keep socks, underwear and shoes tidied away or they’ll soon become pooch fodder – which is not only embarrassing when you find them strewn across the garden, but they can also be ingested which may result in an expensive trip to the vet!