Bringing home a new puppy is a joyous moment for every dog lover. It is like bringing home a new child. But before you do that, you should keep in mind that there are some preparations that you should do to make sure that your home will be safe for your new furbaby. If you are new to pawrenthood, maybe you have no idea where to begin and what you should do. Before you freak out, we are here to give you some pointers and tips on how you can puppy-proof your home. Here are some of them:
Establish a puppy safe area
This means that you have to limit the places that your puppy can reach. Some of the danger zones for your puppy are the stairway, the bathroom, kitchen and the laundry area. With this in mind, it is important that you place some baby gates in the doorways leading to those areas. If you do not have that much budget, the best thing that you can do is to keep all those doors closed all the time. In addition to that, you should also try an effort to close all exits in your home, from the doors to the windows, so that your puppy will not accidentally get out.
Place poisonous substances on the top shelves of cabinets
Anything that you would like to keep out of reach of your children must be kept out of reach of your puppies too. Because of this, it is important that you keep all laundry detergents, household chemicals and toxic substances off the floor. You should also keep in mind that there are other substances that may be poisonous for dogs but not for humans. Do some research about what these items are and protect your puppy against them.
Cover electrical plugs
Your puppies are also at risk of electric shock when they place their paws or face near the electrical plugs. Because of this, make sure all electrical outlets come with covers. You should also remove any frayed electrical outlets.
Put away clutter
In addition to protecting your pup from the dangerous elements in your home, you should also protect your home from your puppy too. When he starts teething, there is a chance that he will chew, bite and scratch on the different parts and items in your home. To avoid that, make sure that you put away any scattered items on the floor.
Think about the heat and water hazards
Anything that emits heat can be dangerous for your dog so make sure to put a blockage between your dog and the fireplace or the heater. In addition to that, you should also the water hazards like the sinks, bathtubs, pools, and toilets. Make sure that all these places are secure and your puppy will not easily gain access to them.
Many dog owners think that there is no need to make their environment safe for their puppies. However, it is always better to be safe than sorry, right? When you invest time and effort in puppy-proofing your home, you are minimizing the dangerous situations that your puppy might be in.