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A new puppy means cuteness overload and happy and cheerful moments on a daily basis, but, it also means wreaking havoc.
To ensure that the new puppy will bring you only joy and stress-less moments in your life, the best thing to do is to puppy proof, and not only to protect your shoes, clothes, or other valuables, but to also keep your pet safe and secure.
We provide you five tips to puppy proof your house inside, and in a next article we will talk about puppy proof your home outside.
However, before we move onto our tips, we will discuss what the most common indoors puppy hazards are, how to help your puppy adjust to your home and much more.
Here is exactly what we are going to cover today:
• What are indoor puppy hazards?
• First things first: Be proactive!
• How to help your puppy adjust to your home?
• Our tips for puppy proofing your home:
• Protect Your Possessions
• Create a “Pet-Friendly” Zone
• Minimize Escape Routes
• Remove Dangerous Items
• Mount a dog door
Let’s get to it!
What are indoor puppy hazards?
Some plants in your home can be hazardous for your puppy. Your houseplants may appear innocents, but they can cause serious problems, from mild irritation and digestive issues to organ failure and even death if your puppy decides to take a nibble.
You need to identify what plants in your home are toxic and place them out of reach, or remove them from your home and replace them with non-toxic ones.
Most common toxic plants that can found indoors are the umbrella plant, Azalea, Caladium, and Philodendron.
Make sure all your medications are properly stored in a safe are where your puppy cannot reach them. Puppies can be surprisingly quick at pulling things off low surfaces. So, make sure you leave your medications where your puppy can’t access them.
In case your puppy does reach some medication and swallow them, make sure you immediately seek professional help.
Home cleaning products
Your cleaning products should be always kept in high cupboards where your puppy can’t reach them. You can also use childproof latches to securely store the cleaning products in lower cupboards.
You should also pay attention not to use any cleaning products when your puppy is nearby. You should always remove your puppy form the area where you are using liquid or spray cleaners.
The vapors from your cleaning products can be harmful to your puppy’s lungs and eyes.
Electrical installations in your home can be a big danger to puppies, who often chew on them when playing.
Electrical cords can cause burns in the mouth, electrical shock, or even death by electrocution.
You can tie up loose electrical cords, purchase spiral cable wrap, or PVC pipe to keep them away from your puppy.
Doors and windows
You should always pay attention when closing doors as you walk through as your puppy might be right behind you and get caught and injured.
The screens on your windows and sliding glass doors have to be securely fastened and in good condition in order to keep your puppy safe from falling through or escaping.
You can also use a baby gate to close off stairwells for additional protection for your puppy.
First things first: Be proactive!
Many new puppy owners make one common mistake: they wait until their puppies begin destroying items around their house before they start taking steps to protect their precious items from destruction and their puppies from injuries.
Your goal should be to keep potentially harmful or forbidden items in your home away from your puppy instead of trying to keep the puppy away from those things. You need to be one step ahead of your puppy by systematically searching and analyzing your dog’s space. Identify and remove any item that doesn’t belong to your puppy and that could cause damage or injuries.
Next, we discuss how you can help your puppy adjust to your home…
How to help your puppy adjust to your home?
Getting a new dog is a memorable experience, but just like any other pet your dog will have to go through an adjustment period.
When you get a new puppy or adopt an abandoned older dog you can expect them to take a few days to settle in and get used to their new surroundings.
To make it easier for you, we’ve come up with some tips that should help your new puppy adjust to your home:
Give your puppy some time
You can help your puppy by taking it slow for the first few days. Your puppy will appreciate if you give him some to slowly get to know his new family and surroundings. Let your puppy explore the house and the backyard at his own pace.
Don’t over stimulate your puppy in the first few days. At first, let the puppy check things out by himself and when he comes up to you for some attention be as affectionate as he seems comfortable with.
Keep your routine
The sooner your new puppy learns how your home works the more comfortable he’ll be. You can easily help your puppy adjust to your home by:
- Feeding at the same time every day
- Taking walks outside daily at the same time
- Going to bed around the same time every night
Your puppy will feel more secure once he starts understanding your routine and what is expected of him to do at any given time.
Don’t overwhelm your puppy
If you are planning on introducing your new puppy to your friends and family, make sure your puppy is comfortable in your home first. Some puppies can get overstimulated and excited and some can get extremely nervous or even afraid around strangers.
Make sure your puppy has access to his own space that they can retreat to if they get nervous or afraid.
Moving onto our tips! Here is what you can do to puppy proof your home:
Protect Your Possessions
The things in your home that you don’t want your puppy to play with or destroy should be put away from their reach.
Also, have your eye on potentially dangerous items in your home like curtain tassels, blind cords, and tablecloths.
To prevent your puppy from chewing your favorite furniture, use a no-chew spray and double check that you have blocked off those parts in your home that you have decided to be forbidden for your puppy.
Create a “Pet-Friendly” Zone
Creating a personalized space just for your pet, including toys and a bed, is probably the best way to minimize the potential damage.
This will make your puppy get the notion of its own place, and once it grows to introduce it to the other areas in your home.
Another good idea to include here is adding chewable and puppy friendly items to teach your puppy good chewing habits.
Puppy Chew Toy
Minimize Escape Routes
Puppies can sometimes be real magicians, so make sure you prevent their ways with locks on windows, deadbolts on doors, and baby gates for stairs.
You can find help in the motion sensors which will send you notifications on your mobile phone whenever your puppy is on some “forbidden” place.
Although they can’t get away through a cabinet, the puppies can easily be trapped, which is why you should secure the cabinet doors with latches.
4. Remove Dangerous Items
Your puppy would probably see the electrical cords as another chew toys. To prevent this, hide them, enclose them in PVC pipe, or get cord protectors.
Use outlet plugs to cover your outlets. Make sure that your valuable things are not on the floor. Store household cleaners such as detergent on a high shelf, or in a locked cupboard.
Moreover, trash cans can contain harmful items so make sure you have one which will remain closed even when it tips over.
Closed-lid Trash Can
Mount a dog door
Dog doors keep the harmony between you and your puppy. You can choose whatever model you like, but when it comes to security or energy efficiency, we recommend the Power Pet Door.
Power Pet Door