Puppy-Proofing Your Home
Posted by Lu
Puppies are naturally curious and full of boundless energy and this combination can lead to trouble. There are many hidden dangers inside your home. It is up to you to puppy-proof your home so that it is a safe environment for your dog.
1. Put all prescription and over-the-counter medications in a location that your puppy can not possibly reach. Good locations are behind a closed bathroom door, inside a closed and latched kitchen cupboards, or inside a chest of drawers. NEVER leave these items on kitchen counters or table.
2. Keep bathroom doors closed (even when not in use). Dangerous items in bathroom include:
- Sanitary napkins
- Empty pill bottles
- Empty shampoo containers
- Toilet bowl cleaners
- Spray cleaners
- Floor waxes
3. Screen off all fireplaces.
4. Pick up laundry. Socks, underwear, and bras are all choking hazards. Keep the laundry basket where the puppy cannot reach it.
5. Put the cat litter box in an inaccessible location. Many puppies will eat cat poop. This is not only disgusting, it can kill your puppy. Many cat litters contain ingredients poisonous to dogs.
6. Never leave your puppy alone with the trash. Your trash may contain chicken bones (choking hazard), coffee grounds, tea bags, plastic wrap, raw meat, strings, empty cleaning bottles. All of these items may make your puppy sick and some can even kill them.
7. Tie up all drapery and blind cords. Both present a strangulation hazard.
8. Check all doors and windows. Make sure they can all be secured. Puppies are excellent escape artists.
Your puppy depends on you to provide a safe environment. So read these tips and remember that this to shall pass. Most puppies outgrow the “getting into the trash stage.”