Expecting a new puppy? Here’s a great video from Howcast.com on how to prepare and puppy proof your home.
A few key points to remember:
1. Keep closet doors closed to keep puppy away from shoes, shoe laces, clothes and especially socks (swallowing shoe laces and socks can block the digestive tract and be fatal!). As a backup, spray your favorite shoes with an anti-chew spray to prevent them from wanting to have a nibble if they do come across them.
2. Keep electrical cords up and off the floor if possible. If not, wrap them with cord protectors or spray them with an anti-chew spray.
3. Keep your house tidy and ensure small items are picked up and put away. Now would be the time to give your home a minimalist look – if you’re used to seeing bare surfaces, it will encourage you to pick up after yourself when things are out of place.
4. Keep a lid on your garbage can, or tuck it underneath the sink and out of sight.
5. Keep cleaning products and bathroom products stored away. Get in the habit of keeping the bathroom door closed when not in use or if you’re out of the house.
6. Look into the types of plants or flowers you have around the house and in your garden – are they doggy friendly? You can find a list of pet friendly plants and flowers online.
7. Confine your puppy to a room or a section of the house using a baby gate when you’re not watching him. This will prevent him from getting into things that he shouldn’t.
8. Get into the habit of putting down the toilet seat lid when not in use or if you plan to keep the bathroom door open, to prevent the little one from accidentally falling in.
9. Keep your dog in a crate when you’re not at home to keep him safe (but only if leaving for a few hours). If you’re not using a crate, or plan to be gone for a longer period of time, section off a safe area for him to be in and give him a cozy bed to sleep in.
10. At Christmas time, place tree ornaments on the higher branches to prevent puppy from thinking they’re a new toy and ingesting them. Also, place a barrier around your fireplace to prevent puppy from getting too close.
11. Let your puppy wander around the house while you keep an eye on him. See what types of things he finds around the house, and what he likes to get into – this will give you an idea of the things you need to look out for (possibly things you never even thought of!).
Keep these tips in mind when prepping your home and you’ll be all set when the little fur-ball arrives!