Video:How to Puppy-Proof a Homewith Omar Saad
If you're getting a new puppy, you should take certain steps towards puppy-proofing your home before bringing it back. This is both for your sake and for the puppy's sake. Here are some tips for puppy-proofing your home.See Transcript
Transcript:How to Puppy-Proof a Home
Hi, I'm Kaytie Sproul, here for About.com, and today, I'm going to show you how to puppy-proof your home. Bringing home a new puppy is much like bringing home a new baby – they need lots of attention and to be kept away from anything that might harm them. Putting in a little work ahead of time will make all the difference when you bring Fido home, so here's what you need to focus on.
Keep Dangerous Food Away From New Puppy
Give consideration to your dog's dietary needs. Puppies need to be fed on a consistent schedule and have regular access to water. Only feed your puppy their dog food and keep them away from the following: raisins, grapes, onions, garlic, chocolate, chewing gum, coffee, and tea. These are actually poisonous to dogs and could be fatal if they ingest too much. You may also be tempted to give them a bone off of your plate, but it's not a good idea. A sharp splinter of the bone could very easily get caught in your puppy's throat, stomach, or intestinal tract, causing serious pain and damage. Puppies, and dogs in general, will eat just about anything if it's within their reach and puts off an interested odor.
Puppy-Proof Plants and Cleaning Products
They also like to dig, so a pot of dirt on the ground is an invitation for disaster. It's a good idea to move your potted plants up off the floor to keep your dog from ruining them. You should also be aware that lilies, oleanders, azaleas, and certain palms are poisonous to dogs and should be kept completely out of their reach. Cleaning products are next on our list of things to keep away from our puppy. If you keep these in a cabinet like most of us, you may want to install a child proof lock for added security, or move any chemicals to higher shelving where your dog will not be able to access them.
Don't Let New Puppy Chew on Things
Like a human baby, your puppy is going to be teething the first few months you have it, and they're going to want to chew on anything and everything. You'll obviously want to keep your shoes out of reach and anything else you don't want ruined, but don't forget about electrical cords in your home. Any electrical cords that your puppy could get a hold of need to be raised off the ground or blocked in some way. If they should happen to chew through an electrical cord, they'll get the shock of a lifetime and burns that will likely require a trip to the vet.
Keep New Puppy Away From Stairs
Lastly, if you live in a home with stairs, you need to block them from your puppy until he or she is big enough to climb them without the possibility of stumbling or tripping. Using a baby gate is a great way to block stairs, as well as blocking access to any rooms that you don't want your puppy entering. Planning ahead and preparing your home in advance is the best way to prevent accidents and make the transition to dog-owner less overwhelming. This is an exciting time for both you and your puppy, so be cautious and make the necessary changes to your living environment that will make it a happy and safe home for your new best friend.
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