Puppies are a wonderful, exciting, and happy time for the family. However, puppies can also be naughty and destructive. Puppy proofing is crucial to set your puppy up for success. My general rule is if I didn’t properly watch and contain my puppy when he gets into trouble, it is my fault, and I cannot correct my puppy for my mistake. Set your puppy up for success by puppy proofing your home prior to his or her arrival.
- Keep fragile items out of reach - this means moving items up high out of reach or putting it away.
- Keep toxic items safe and locked up. Puppies chew and play with anything within reach so it’s important to keep dangerous chemicals, drain cleaners, and household cleaners out of reach.
- Be careful to keep medication, vitamins, and prescription items out of reach.
- Keep cords, wires, and electronics covered and out of reach.
- Some foods are toxic to dogs - be sure to never give toxic foods to your dog.
- Certain plants are toxic to dogs. Be sure to identify and confirm plants, shrubs, and trees in your home and yard are not toxic to dogs.
- Keep dog food and treats secure and out of reach.
- Some dogs like to eat cat, small animal, rabbit, deer, horse, cow feces so be sure to watch your dog and keep animal feces out of reach. If you have a cat, keep the litter box secure in an area your puppy cannot reach.
- Automotive chemicals, yard equipment oils, antifreeze, rock salt, etc are harmful to dogs so be sure to keep them out of reach and clean up thoroughly after use.
- If you smoke, keep cigarettes, tobacco, vaporizers, lighters, and discarded butts off the ground and out of reach.
- Xylitol is extremely toxic to dogs. Keep sugar free gum, candy, and food away from dogs.
- Be sure to check ingredients in any food item you give your dog - many common foods may contain toxic ingredients that can be harmful to your dog.