You just came home with this adorable little puppy who is perfect…except that he has teeth. These tiny teeth can cause havoc for you, your home and especially your puppy! PuppyMatch4You.com has the best tips on puppy proofing your home to keep everyone safe and happy.
Puppy proofing is not much different than baby proofing. Babies can get in to just about anything. Puppies have one up on babies – they’re a bit smarter. Puppies seem to always know just which pair of shoes you would absolutely not want them to chew or which cabinet holds the most lethal chemicals and how to get in to them.
The first and most important step is to lock up cleaning supplies, chemicals and any other solvents your puppy could get in to. If you can’t lock them up securely, try moving them to a cabinet that is off the ground or to a different room where you can keep the door closed. The farther they are from your puppy, the better!
Second, make sure that medications, human or animal, are put away. Those child-proof caps are not always so puppy proof, especially with those teeth he has in his arsenal. Do not leave any medicines on counters or lying out. Your puppy will find them eventually.
Shoes, clothes, toys, remotes and any other tempting item should be put away and out of reach of your puppy’s paws, eyes and mouth. If he can see it, it’s going to be hard for him to deny it. Puppies can easily choke on small toys or ingest them causing intestinal blockage. The same goes for any small piece of leather, rubber or cotton that he could swallow from chewing different things.
Possibly the best puppy proofing is to keep your dog confined to one room or even a crate to ensure he cannot get in to different things throughout the house. If he has one room that is completely puppy proof, this is the best, and safest, way to keep him out of trouble.
If this is not possible, try leaving your puppy with a toy or bone that will keep his mind and mouth busy. Kongs are a great way to interest your puppy in things other than your shoes and are durable as well. Fill it with treats or peanut butter and he’s good for hours! Some rubber toys and bones are also good for distraction, especially the ones that squeak or make noise. A busy puppy is the best puppy!