How to Puppy Proof Your Home

Two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels sitting on indoor stairs.

Bringing home a new puppy is much like bringing an infant into your home for the first time. A new atmosphere for your new puppy will not only be intriguing and spark interest, it can also be damaging and harmful to his health and the condition of your home. Check out some of the latest tips and tools you can use to ensure that you and your house are ready when you’re bringing home a puppy for the first time.

Simple Steps to Getting Your Home Ready for Your New Puppy

Electrical Cords & Wires

With their vast source of energy and playful disposition, puppies find pleasure in chewing, eating, and pulling various household objects, especially dangerous wiring and cords throughout your home. Viewing these objects much like large chew toys, new puppies will tug and chew through these cords, causing a possible jolt of electricity or sparking a fire. In order to secure wires found along your home, it may be necessary to purchase a cord conceal kit in which cords are placed in a protective cover and pulled tight along the baseboards of the wall, out of the grasp of your precious pup. Other cable covers have sharp slits and can be rough on your hands, but this unique Cable Management system comes with a cable-grip tool that clips around all the wires. Just slide the cable-grip tool, complete with all your cables attached, through the Cable Management Kit all in one swift movement.

Garbage & Discards

Rambunctious and nosy pups will investigate their new surroundings, often sticking their nose where it does not belong, literally. Their intrigue, coupled with their elite sense of smell, makes trash cans and garbage bags a playground of scraps and goodies. Unfortunately, however, these “goodies” often include ingredients that can harm and shock their sensitive systems, such as chocolate wrappers, chicken bones, and coffee grounds. Whether you place your garbage under the kitchen cabinet or beside the garage, make sure it remains locked and out of reach of young pups. Make sure you hide your trash out of the way with an Outdoor Trash Receptacle with a hinged lid that can be locked closed.

Hazardous Materials & Chemicals

Cleaning detergents, paints, antifreeze, medications, and even plants should be considered when bringing home a puppy for the first time. Various common household and outdoor plants, such as daffodils, rhododendrons, and hydrangea can pose a harmful threat to a puppy’s digestive system. If ingested, these plants could cause serious injury, including stomach upset, convulsions, or even death. To create a puppy-friendly environment, it may be helpful to view the world from a dog’s perspective on the carpet. This way you can clearly see all the “toys” at his paws.

One way to help keep your puppy away from hazardous areas is to use Dog Gates, that are available in a variety of styles and sizes. Dog Gates are available with (or without) pass-thru doors so you and your cat can still go into areas that are “out-of-bounds” for your dog.

Outdoor Pools & Open Areas

Because your backyard is the central hub of family activity during the summer, it is important to safeguard this area when bringing home a new puppy. Young puppies, often clumsy and uncoordinated, may jump or fall into an unattended pool. If you cannot fence in your pool, try investing in an outdoor playpen for your dog so that he too can enjoy the fresh summer air. Additionally, check all fencing for any possible escape routes and place children’s toys out of his reach. When playing with your puppy in the pool, make sure you train him to use a pet water ramp to exit the water, that way if he ever ventures in alone, he’ll have a way to climb out.

To give your new puppy a spot of his own to relax, purchase an Indoor/Outdoor Dog Bed that will keep your puppy cool while he lounges around outside waiting for you to finish your outdoor chores.

Good Puppy Manners

When your new puppy comes home, chances are he’s going to bark a lot until he gets used to his new surroundings. Add a cute Outdoor Bark Control Birdhouse to your outdoor decor, and when it detects barking, the birdhouse sends out a safe, high-pitched sound that will irritate your dog. Although you might want your puppy to bark at strangers when they approach your house, chances are you might not want him barking at every single person who passes by. If that’s the case, simply set an Indoor Bark Control unit on a nearby table or shelf and it will automatically activate when your puppy barks within a 25-ft range.

Many dog trainers will tell you that crate training is ideal for a balanced, stable dog. Sleeping in a crate can help a dog to feel safe and secure and you will find that over time, your puppy will actually prefer the safe feeling of being nestled in a crate oversleeping wide open on the floor. Dog crates come in a variety of sizes and styles and some will even expand as your dog grows. Although dog crates are vitally important to helping your dog feel balanced, they can unfortunately make your room look un-balanced and just plain ugly. The innovative Dog Crate End Table is made of solid wood with a Chestnut finish. The Dog Crate End Table can be set up next to a sofa or a bed and will blend in beautifully into your home’s decor.

When you’re ready to tackle the toughest puppy task at all, check out our article on Simple Steps to Puppy Potty Training.

Please share your own puppy training experiences in the comments section below.

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