If you are contemplating bringing home a puppy, you will want to secure a safe environment for your new best friend. The best time to begin puppy proofing your home is before you bring your canine companion into his new environment. There are many hidden dangers in the home that one might not think of as being a potential risk to a young and curious dog. Your pup’s natural curiosity could get him into trouble, therefore it is best to eliminate those risks in every way possible.
Begin dog proofing your home one room at a time. Starting with the kitchen, secure that garbage pail and make it accessible to Fido. Your trash may contain items that your dog may choke on or even poison him. Never leave plastic containers anywhere your pup can wriggle his head into. In addition, you might want to install locks on your cabinet doors, especially where you store cleaning items and other hazardous chemicals.
Check that tablecloth on your kitchen or dining room table. Your curious pet may easily pull down the entire contents of the table with one forceful tug. You might want to consider using placemats instead, at least until your pet grows a little older.
Every other room in the house poses a potential threat to your new pet as well. Cover all electrical outlets in the house before bringing home your new pup. Never leave the electrical cords and wires plugged into the wall outlet and easily accessible to your pet. If you use your fireplace, keep it secured with a screen. Remove heavy or sharp items from low shelves. Be extremely careful about dropping loose coins, marbles or small toys on the floor.
Your puppy is a very curious creature, and investigating his surroundings is part of his natural instinct. It only takes a split second for that natural curiosity to lead him into mischief for a very hazardous situation. During busy times when constant supervision is not always possible, it is best to confine your pet in a secure area. You may do this was a play pen or some other type of restraining gate.
Very importantly don’t forget to inspect your fencing. Small puppies can squeeze through gaps in fencing easily. Make sure you have all potential escape routes blocked.
Last but not least, consider the garage a potentially hazardous area for your new pet. Fido may find the garage a warm and cozy place to snuggle, and you might not see your sleeping dog behind your park car. Play it safe and keep the garage off limits to your pet. Following these simple guidelines and your own good judgement can ensure a long and happy relationship with your new best friend.
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