Puppy Proofing Your Home

Consider puppy proofing your home before you get your puppy.  When a puppy dog is brought into your home it is an exciting time that brings both rewards and challenges. One of the first things that you need to do is to learn a few tips that will help you puppy proof your house and make it safer for your new companion.

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Chewing Hazards

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Make it a habit to pick up your shoes, belts and other articles of clothing. If you leave these items laying on the floor then your new puppy may find the temptation too much to resist. Provide chew-toys for your dog and protect your shoes and clothes by putting them in the closet, hamper or dresser drawers where the items belong.


Electrical Shock

To avoid electrical shock keep electrical cords tucked away and out of reach. There are even some special protective devices that you can purchase that will keep these wires safe from curious puppy teeth.


safe house plants for pets


If you have any house plants it is a good idea to move them to higher shelves. Some plants are toxic to animals and puppies will chew on almost anything. Keep your puppy dog safe by removing temptation from their sight and reach.


Exchange those uncovered trash cans for containers with locking lids.  Stabilize lightweight trash receptacles by adding a brick to the bottom of the can.  This will help prevent the trash can from being tipped over by accident.  Not only will this cause a mess but puppies will eat almost anything which can result in all kinds of problems.


Bleaches, detergents, pesticides and other household chemicals should always be stored safely out of reach of both children and pets.  Be sure that any potential hazards such as these are kept on the highest shelves or behind locked doors.




Puppy Proofing the Doors and Gates

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Make it a habit to always close the door to your bathroom. Also be sure to keep the toilet lid in a closed position to prevent accidental drowning of your small and curious pet.


Decide before you bring your pet home what areas your puppy will be in and then guard against him finding a way to escape. Make sure your family closes the door to the outside securely.  Make sure all gates are latched and no holes are in the fence.  


Advanced Animal Care Richmond can answer any questions you might have about your new puppy.  Our desire is to help you and your puppy adjust to his new home!

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