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Room by room guide to puppy proofing

Adopting a puppy is an exciting adventure. But adding to your family can be both thrilling and frightening, especially if it’s your first time. There are many questions to be answered. How do I housetrain a dog? How often do they need to be walked? What do I feed a puppy? Below we will cover important to-dos for one of those questions: How do I puppy proof my house?

Living room

It’s important to raise any plants out of reach, especially cacti. You can do this by using plant stands or by putting plants on higher surfaces like desks or shelves.

Be sure to tuck power cords out of reach, block them in some way, or enclose them in a chew-proof PVC tube. Remember to have extra on hand around the holidays, when there is additional lighting in use. You’ll also want to use covers for your outlets, for those curious pups who lick everything.

Put loose items like pillows and blankets away, inside cabinets or decorative bins. If you have any open storage, like baskets or crates, move them to a closed closet or a high shelf.

Secure lamps, bookshelves, and any wall decorations that may be within puppy reach.

Kitchen

Childproof latches on low cabinet doors will help keep potentially dangerous foods and cleaning supplies secure.

Hide your trashcans in a closet or under the sink, or purchase new versions with locking lids.

Bedrooms

The often-used image of a puppy chewing on shoes is no joke! Put all shoes, slippers, and loose clothing away, in a closed closet or in drawers. Store dirty laundry in a tall, closed hamper.

Small items like jewelry, hair accessories, loose change, etc., should be stored in closed containers.

Be mindful of puppies’ tendency to climb underneath and behind furniture, and block access when possible.

Bathrooms

Don’t leave a trail of products behind you in the bathroom! Put all toiletry items out of reach or inside a cabinet.

Keep the toilet lid down at all times, or keep the bathroom door closed, as even dogs who know how to swim run the risk of drowning.

Make sure the bathroom trashcan also has a locking lid or is placed under the sink. Childproof latches are also helpful on bathroom cabinet doors.

Garage

Most garages are filled with dangerous poisons and chemicals like leftover paint, cleaners, insecticides, fertilizers, antifreeze, and more. Close and secure all containers, and store them out of reach or behind locked doors.

Outside

Some plants can be poisonous to your dog, causing anything from a rash to vomiting, diarrhea, and in some instances, death. You can find a list of the most common toxic plants here. The safest bet is to remove these plants from your yard.

Puppies love to run through closing garage doors or sleep under parked cars, so always check before making any moves.

Again, it isn’t a cliché—check for weak spots in your fence, eliminating any possibility that your mischievous puppy could escape the confines of your yard. If you have a pool, please make sure it is secured! To ensure your new love’s safety, always supervise your puppy while they’re outside.