Puppy proofing your home
Puppy proofing your home is kind of the same as baby proofing, Now dogs are not humans, but they are as curious as infants. For example have you ever tried sticking a fork into an outlet as a child, even though your mom told you not to, still the curiously makes you want to even more. So even when you say “No” to your dog they still are going to be curious and possibly chew on that cord, even though you told them “No” 100 times. So how do you go by puppy proofing your home.
- Baby gates or doggie gates – If you have a room with a lot of clutter, items that could be dangerous, or objects you don’t want to be destroyed, get a baby gate to separate the dog from danger. Baby gates can be great to use to keep your dog away from doors that they can get outside if a door opens.
- Covers for electrical outlets and power strip covers – Most importantly get a cover for your electrical outlets so the dog won’t be able to get curious and start licking or scratching the outlet, wondering why you keep telling them to get away or no.
- Trash cans – Dogs love the trash, my old dog Trixie loved dumping the trash and chewing on chicken bones ( which is very dangerous). Make sure you get a trash can that your dog cannot open. You can pick up a pull out trashcan or metal trashcan at Target or Lowes, can be a little pricey, but a trashcan in the long run is a lot cheaper than a vet bill because your dog swallowed a chicken bone.
- Close doors – If your dog isn’t fully potty trained make sure your bed is safe, but from personal experience dogs will pee on your bed marking their territory on your personal space.
- Keep toilet lid shut – Dogs love using the toilet as their water bowl, it’s not only gross but could make your dog sick from bacteria.
- Clutter be gone – Any kind of clutter on the floor or at a dog levels, pick up because they will try to eat it, believe me Lilly will pick up invisible crumbs on the floor.
- Lock up all unsafe cleaning supplies – Make sure you lock up all cleaning supplies, your dog could get into them and become sick, or even worse it could be fatal.
Another thing you might want to take into consideration is when you leave to crate your dog so that they can’t get into anything harmful or toxic, or destroy all your valuable shoes.