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How to Puppy Proof Your House or Apartment

By Jarrod Heil

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If you’re lucky enough to partake in the feeling of getting and raising a new puppy, that means you’ve entered into a special part of life that many people dream of but haven’t achieved.

Let me be the first — or 50th — to tell you that caring for and raising a new puppy isn’t all peaches and cream.

It’s hard work, especially because they’re so curious of literally everything in this world!

But if you take the following seven tips to heart and implement all these things in your puppy’s life, you’ll become a great dog parent and help them lead a happy and healthy life!

1. Check Your Plants

Puppies tend to touch, smell and lick everything they can get their little paws and mouth on. That includes chewing — and potentially — eating any real or fake plants you may have in your home.

Did you know that some house plants can be extremely dangerous to dogs? Yup, they certainly can be. It’s extremely important to research all your houseplants before bringing your puppy home.

Any houseplants that are toxic need to go before your new pup arrives.

Even if they aren’t toxic, you may want to consider moving all plants to higher locations or somewhere your new pup can’t get to. Your new pup may get pretty curious and try to eat them!

2. Hide the Trash Can

Putting your trash cans inside cabinets or within rooms that dogs can’t get to can help to prevent them from getting into any trash cans, spewing trash all over the place and, potentially, eating something they shouldn’t, which could make them sick.

The alternative to hiding your trash cans is to get a get puppy-proof trash cans they can’t get into. You may consider opting for one you have to put your foot on or one that completely locks.

Those two are among the best alternatives, so you can keep the cans in the same spot and keep your new puppy safe!

3. Store Medications and Cleaning Supplies in a Safe Spot

If you regularly keep medication bottles out, including over-the-counter, you’ll want to put those in a safe place. While the containers are all child-proof, they are certainly not chew-proof.

The same can be said about cleaning supplies. Dogs can easily chew their way into them and ingest chemicals they definitely shouldn’t be consuming.

Since puppies are curious of just about everything in this world (and tend to chew on pretty much everything), it’s important to never let them have the chance to get into any meds or cleaning supplies.

It’s up to you, as the owner of a new puppy, to never allow your new pup an opportunity to get into any meds or cleaning supplies.

Consider keeping your medication and cleaning supplies in a secure cabinet, closet or somewhere high enough that it’s out of reach from your pup.

They don’t know what the daily doses are (or that puppies shouldn’t take any at all), so they can easily take way too much and become extremely sick.

4. Puppy Proof Electrical Wires

Puppies love electrical cords. Electrical cords don’t share the same love for puppies, though.

Protecting your new puppy (or grown dog) from chewing through the electrical cords throughout your home can help prevent them from potentially getting electrocuted or destroying your electronics.

Luckily for you, puppy proof cords are extremely easy to put into action and relatively cheap!

You can buy cord covers at many stores for fairly cheap and even buy deterrent spray to use on the cord, which will keep your puppy from even wanting to chew on those cords.

5. Look into Dog-Proof Furniture

Keeping puppies on the ground and off your furniture could actually be more important for your new pup than it is for your new or not-so-new furniture. Your puppy is still growing, and its bones are fairly fragile when they’re young.

That means a big spill could mean more than just claw marks on the couch. It could also mean a broken bone (or a few) for your new furry friend. That’s never a good thing.

Training your pup to stay off the furniture is the best option. The next best option is to get protective coverings that go over your furniture.

If they’re slippery, sprayed with a scent strong enough that pups don’t like, or just weird enough, your new furry pup will be more inclined to stay off the furniture.

6. Put Away All Small Objects

Your new puppy may thing small objects are their best friend, but they’re actually your pup’s worst nightmare. Like it was said earlier, puppies love chewing on everything!

Don’t let your pup get the chance to chew, and potentially, choke on something that could’ve been prevented.

7. Throw the Gum Away

Many gums nowadays are made with an artificial sweetener called xylitol, which is a sugar-free substitute. It’s great for humans because it’s taken the place of sugar and other artificial sweeteners. But, it’s worse for dogs than chocolate.

Small doses of xylitol can kill dogs. It only takes a few pieces for small dogs, and it doesn’t take too many more pieces to stop the liver of a larger dog.

To see a list of products made with puppy-toxic xylitol, check out this page.

Many people have no idea about the effects xylitol has on dogs, so it’s quickly becoming one of the most common topics during calls to the veterinarian.

All of these puppy proofing tips should be implemented, but you should also always keep a close eye on your new pup for the first few months to make sure they’re not doing anything they shouldn’t be doing!