Tips on how to puppy-proof your house
We are so excited about your family growing! Puppies are like children, they are very curious and need protection. Especially during the first 30 days in the new home. Make sure your environment is as safe as possible by reviewing our useful check-list for bringing a puppy home. You should remember all the often not so obvious hazards in and outside of the home. To give the information some structure, we divided them into two groups: indoor and outdoor dangers.
- Medications. Put all of your medications in a special organizer and keep them in a safe place. Many of us are guilty of laying our pills on the table or in the corner of the windowsill. It’s important to get rid of this habit because your puppy could get to them before you. After all, puppies are extremely quick at pulling things off. The best decision is to store your pills on a high shelf so that the dog does not have access to the meds.
- Poisonous houseplants. Avoid keeping toxic plants at home. Make sure that all plants you have in your home are not harmful to dogs.
- Trash cans. Puppies find the smell of garbage quite attractive. If you don't have an opportunity to keep a trash can out of puppy’s reach, just cover the top, so it doesn’t open.
- Toxic cleaning supplies. Cleaning products are toxic to both animals and people because they contain harsh chemicals. It’s a good idea to use childproof latches to securely cut the access to them.
- Small objects. Be tidier than ever and stay vigilant! Remove all small objects out of your pup’s way — it’s time to pay attention to details. Please remember, seeing an x-ray of your puppy's abdomen full of coins and jewelry is not so pleasant. Let alone the surgery.
- Electrical cords. All owners are aware of the dog's passion for chewing. Electrical cords are especially dangerous as they can cause electrical shock, burns in the mouth, or even death by electrocution. Make the space safer by removing all electrical cords.
- Fences and gates. First of all, a fence should be without any holes to crawl through. Also, try to make it high enough.
- Toxic plants in the yard. Remove all outdoor plants and trees that are toxic to puppies.
- Pools. Pools should be covered or fenced off. It will be extremely dangerous if the puppy accidentally falls in. Another solution is to teach your pup to swim in the pool safely.
- Devices. Keep away dangerous objects like barbecues, grass-cutters. Store them somewhere away from puppies.
- Ticks. Cut your lawn regularly to reduce the likelihood of ticks. They like to live in tall grass.
We hope that our tips will help you carefully protect your four-pawed friend. Your pup’s safety is our priority!
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