How to Puppy Proof Your Home? - The Ultimate Guide 2021

How to Puppy Proof Your Home? - The Ultimate Guide 

Congratulations on the arrival of your new puppy! You've most likely done your research and have a decent understanding of how to take care of your dog at home. Puppies are naturally curious, and they can quickly find themselves in trouble. Before bringing a puppy home, you should take some basic precautions and make sure your home’s environment is as safe as possible. By puppy-proofing your home, you're trying to keep the puppy safe by preventing them from accessing anything potentially harmful to them. Here is the

ultimate guide to puppy-proofing your home.

Why should you Puppy Proof your house?

Puppies have no idea what is safe and what is dangerous, so it is your responsibility to teach them the difference and protect them from trouble. While a puppy is still learning, it will experiment with various objects, reactions, and methods to see what happens, and these experiments may put the puppy in danger. You may help avoid unwanted and dangerous incidents from happening by puppy-proofing your home before your puppy arrives, allowing you to focus on other things with your new puppy

Which parts of your home need puppy-proofing?

1. Kitchen: The kitchen is the place where many dogs are tempted because of the food. Keep the cabinets closed to avoid trapping your puppy inside as they are tiny little explorers at this age. Store sharp objects like knives or scissors safely so that your puppy does not get hurt while trying to experiment with them. Small, easily edible things which could harm your puppy should be stored beyond their reach and immediately picked up from the floor, if spilled. 

Read Food Items in your home that your dog should avoid.

2. Bathrooms: The bathroom is full of dangers. There's a lot to pet-proofing here if you have an active puppy. Store cleaning materials, bath supplies, medications, and supplements safely as they are full of harmful chemicals that can be fatal for your pup. Hair ties are another typical hazard in the house as they can be a choking hazard to puppies, so keep them up high and out of reach of pets. They can also contain metal or decorative pieces which can be harmful if swallowed. Keep your  commode lids closed so that your puppy does not fall into or drink water off it. Always keep the washing machine’s doors shut. Unfortunately, pets find these spaces to be ideal sleeping spots.

3. Living room: Wires and cords should be tucked out of sight in the living room until your puppy is trained or old enough, as teething puppies will mostly not leave them intact. Items with sharp edges, splinters or loose ends should be kept out of reach of pets. While open windows are great for letting in the breeze, don't leave them open while you're gone as puppies take some time in sensing danger. Keep an eye on your puppy when he or she is near furniture. A puppy's tail or leg can be injured by a rocking chair, and a curious puppy may climb under an open recliner or sofa bed. Any furniture with sharp edges can also hurt your puppy if they collide with it. 

4. Backyard and Garden: Your garden should be a secure environment where your dog may run around freely without any potential dangers. As a result, before bringing your new dog or puppy home, make sure you establish a dog-proof garden. Remove hazardous chemicals or plants that may harm your puppy. Look out for sharp objects in the garden, or any trash which might be poisonous for them.

Pets, however, get into anything from rubber bands to plastic bags. While these issues may not apply to all pets, it only takes a moment of interest for your pet to get in trouble.  So look for any kind of potential danger or hazard that could harm your pet and try to put it away from their reach.

Puppy Proofing for Indoor Hazards 

1. Food- It doesn't take long for puppies to figure out where the treats are kept. When you're not able to supervise, keep human foods, especially those that are known to be hazardous to dogs, and even his dog food, safely stored. This will help to avoid messes, overeating, and harmful ingestion. Read our companion article, Food Items in your home that your dog should avoid, for more information about dangerous foods and chemicals that your dog should avoid.

2. Hazardous Plants - Learn which plants are toxic and keep them out of reach, or replace them with nontoxic plants (see our article 28 Toxic Plants for Dogs in your Home and Garden). Umbrella plants, Aloe Vera, and philodendrons are all toxic plants typically found indoors.

3. Electrical cords - Puppies chewing on electrical cords is a serious hazard. This can result in mouth burns, electrical shock, or even electrocution death. To keep loose electrical cords safe from your dog, tie them up, use spiral cable wrap, or PVC pipe.

4. Medicines - Store all medications in a secure location where your puppy will not be able to access them. Puppies can take objects off low surfaces remarkably quickly.

5. Cleaning supplies - Store cleaning supplies in high cupboards or secure lower drawers with childproof latches. When using liquid or spray cleaners, keep your puppy out of the area. The fumes have the potential to harm your puppy's lungs and eyes. Toilet cleaners, floor cleaners, sanitizers, detergents, dishwashers and other supplies have chlorine, ammonia and other irritants that should be kept out of your puppy’s reach as they contain harmful chemicals which can put your pet in danger if they swallow them. In dogs and cats, detergents and fabric softener sheets can cause ulcers in the mouth, oesophagus, and stomach. Bleach, drain cleaners, ammonia, and toilet bowl cleansers, among other household cleaners, can cause stomach ulcers and other problems in dogs and cats. Use natural and pet-friendly cleaning fluids for cleaning your floors.

6. Keep trash containers in closed cabinets where your dog can't access them, or make sure the lids are securely fastened. Sharp items and toxins are just two of the dangers that can be found here. Use dustbins with lids in place of open dustbins so that your dog does not swallow anything from there out of curiosity as they contain trash and hazards.

7. Water - Your Pet can drown in water too, so keep an eye on your puppies from drowning in bathtubs or sinks or any such area that has stored water. If you can't keep your dog away from drinking from the toilet, don't use chemical toilet cleaners. Put a child-safe lock on the toilet lid to keep your puppy from drinking from it and inhaling toxins.

8. Furniture - Keep an eye on your puppy when he or she is around furniture. A puppy's tail or leg can be harmed by a rocking chair or your office chair as they like curling around you all day while you work, and a curious puppy may climb under an open recliner or sofa bed. Keep an eye out for furniture with sharp edges. Sharp-edged furniture or objects like bed corners, coffee tables, chairs and sofa legs can hurt your puppy if they collide with them. Cover Sharp edges with softers or thick plastic wraps to avoid accidents. 

9. Curtain tiebacks with tassels - Curtain tiebacks with tassels can cause strangulation. Cut the loop in the cord or tie up the extra cords. 

10. Clothing, if swallowed, can result in a serious intestinal obstruction. Socks, nylons, underwear, and other apparel should be stored in safe places. Laundry baskets should not be left on the floor. Keep an item with your scent in your pet’s safe zone so that they feel your presence and feel at home. Pets can inhale formaldehyde from new fabrics so keep them out of their reach. Fabrics like Nylon and PVC can be harmful for them. Cotton is the safest fabric for dogs. 

11. Small things like, jewellery, needles and thread, straight pins, yarn, dental floss, rubber bands, paper clips, toys, and other small objects should all be kept out of the reach of your puppy as they are choking hazards.

12. Batteries The majority of typical household batteries contain compounds that might cause serious health problems in pets if consumed. Even if your pet does not swallow the full battery, the battery casing can be punctured, enabling hazardous fluid to flow out.

13. Windows and doors - Be cautious of closing doors as you move through them; your puppy could be following you and get trapped. To prevent your puppy from falling through or escaping, keep screens on windows and sliding glass doors tightly fixed and in good repair. A baby gate can be used to separate staircases.

14. Doggie Doors: For young  puppies, stairwells or balconies can be particularly dangerous. A properly sized dog fence, doggie door, or indoor kennel will keep your pet from falling. A dog door is a small doorway that allows pets to enter and leave a place without the assistance of a human.

15. Make a safe corner: Make a comfortable space or corner for your puppy that is quiet and stress free where your pet can relax. The space should be stocked with food and water and should be easily accessible to your puppy. Defining their space will be crucial, especially when you initially bring your new puppy home. Adjustable indoor cages or a decent puppy crib, as well as a good crate, are recommended so they have a place they know is theirs. They should be able to rest there comfortably. Choose a comfortable bedding for your puppy where they can sleep. Getting a raised dog bed is one of the greatest methods to keep things like dog beds and the "dog's corner" from becoming filthy on the floor. These keep the bed clean and allow you to sweep underneath it. Placing a good mat beneath the dog's feeding station (dog bowl and water) will prevent drips and make cleaning easier. Keep Litter crates away from this space if you also have a cat. 

16. Flooring: If your floors are too smooth or slippery, your pets can slip while walking on them. Make sure to lay plenty of rugs on slippery surfaces. Clip your pet’s nails to protect the flooring. It can be difficult for dogs, especially those who are older or have hip, joint, or leg problems, to maintain a strong hold on super-slippery floors. If your dog meets these requirements, you should prioritise traction when making your decision. You can also select flooring that does not retain odour. While pet-safe floor cleaners can help with odour removal, it's better to start with a flooring type that is less porous and won't retain odours or moisture. Hardwood floorings or stone tile floorings are some of the best dog-friendly floorings you can choose from. 

Puppy Proofing for Outdoor Hazards 

Unless you have a puppy-proof backyard, we recommend never putting your puppy outside unattended. These are the hazards to look for:

1. Pools, ponds, and hot tubs should all be covered or fenced in. The dog will not fall into the pool if it is surrounded by a fence.

2. Burns can be caused by fire rings, barbecues, and other heat or fire sources. Keep your puppy out of these hazards. When it's hot outside, keep your dog inside and provide plenty of shade and fresh water.

3. Hazardous Garden Plants - Tomato Plant, Daffodil, Aloe Vera, Garlic, Chrysanthemum, and other plants and trees in the garden can be hazardous to dogs.

Read our article 28 Toxic Plants for Dogs in your Home and Garden to know more.

4. Trim the grass and keep the brush under control. Ticks will hide in tall grasses and latch on to your dog.

5. Fences- Make sure your puppy has a safe and secure fence with gates that he or she cannot jump over or dig through. It's also a good idea to set off a section of your yard for your puppy to use as a restroom. Keep him out of locations where children might play.

6. The Garage - Ensure that any fuel, oil, paint, lawn fertilizers, pesticides, and auto supplies are stored safely and out of reach. Antifreeze and rat poison, both of which taste delicious to dogs but are fatal if consumed, and should be avoided.

7. Avoid leaving your puppy in your yard or garden unsupervised in the summers or on hot days as the floor gets heated up and may cause their paws to burn.  At that age and size they are also potential prey to hunting animals and birds like eagles. Snakes in the garden or outdoors can also be a threat to little puppies. 

8. Take a trip around your garden or yard and look for any potential hazards, such as broken glass, exposed nails, or other sharp things, that could hurt your puppy. Take into account how you'll keep your puppy out of these areas.

Final Words

We hope this puppy-proofing your home guide has helped you gain some clarity about puppy-proofing your home and make your home safe for your Puppy. Once your home has been puppy-proofed, you'll be able to spend more time with your new dog while worrying less about its safety.

As parents, your top priority is your pet’s safety and health, and we at want to ensure only the best for your Pet. If you are a new puppy parent, then visit our Puppy Shop for all your puppy supplies and if you have an adult dog, visit our Dog Store for all Dog supplies and products. We have over 110+ brands and over 3500+ products you can shop from and express delivery with excellent customer service. Get all products delivered safely for your adorable pets. 

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