Just like toddlers, puppies are curious and have a tendency to find trouble in the most unlikely places.
It's always best that puppies are supervised when not in a crated area of your home but there are important additional considerations to keep in mind.
Help them play safely by puppy-proofing your home, starting with some of these tips:
Keep These Off The Floor & Out Of Reach
- Items such as any garbage or recycling, keep rubbish bins inaccessible
- Children's toys and game peices are often chewed by teething puppies, don't forget to get all of the Lego bricks
- Electrical cords can provide dangerous shocks when chewed but a puppy can also pull small appliances and lamps onto the floor if not protected
- Curtain and blinds often have cords that puppies like to chew, keep these out of reach
- Clothing that you aren't ready to sacrifice, including those tasty shoes and socks
- Crafting items such as tools, yarn, string, buttons and more that can be very harmful if swallowed
- Office items like pins, paperclips, staples and other small pieces that are easily ingested
- Potentially toxic houseplants that cause everything from stomach upset to liver failure
Secure These Additional Items For Their Safety
- Outlet covers can also help to prevent puppies from shocks as some have a tendency to lick electrical outlets
- Any medications in your household should always be kept secure and inaccessible by pets of any age
- Another reason to keep the toilet lid down at all times, it removes the temptation to drink or falling into the bowl
- Cleaning supplies can be fatally toxic, ensure that your puppy cannot open the cabinet door to get to them
- Products such as antifreeze and herbicides are extremely dangerous and should never be accessible by a pet
- If you have a fence, check for weaknesses or areas where a puppy might be able to squeeze out and escape your yard
For additional puppy-proofing tips and tricks, contact your local veterinarian today.