It’s January now, and chances are you are reading this because you have a new puppy gifted over the holidays. And quite honestly, is there anything more thrilling than a new baby dog? We here at Doggy Brace think not. While getting a new pup over the holidays is wildly exciting, it can also be incredibly stressful.
Puppies are just babies—meaning that they do not know much about the world just yet. Potty training and training in general is a must if you want to live in peace at home. Depending on the breed of puppy, you might need to hit the training extra hard if you don’t want your baseboards chewed to bits or your bed peed on. Maybe these things might happen either way, but ahh, aren’t they cute though?
In earnest of your new prized puppy, we’ve put together a list of must-haves for this new chapter in both of your lives. SInce must-haves include safety, we’re starting out this series with puppy proofing your home. Making sure your house is safe for your new baby dog is definitely at the top of the list. We want these tiny doggos to live to be old girls and boys, and they can’t do that unless they are safe.
First Things First: Puppy Proof Your House
Puppy-proofing your house will save you monumental headaches. Store any loose items like your shoes, clothes, toys for kids, and plants. Consider putting up rugs with tassels if you’ve got a breed of dog that likes to chew.
Cords, Furniture, Low Hanging Items
Make sure to get cords from blinds up and off of the floor. Chords from window treatments are incredibly dangerous for puppies (and small children!). Both can easily strangle themselves when you aren’t looking and suffocate to death. It is a horrible, heartbreaking event that is 100% preventable. Order some cord cleats for less than $3 and save yourself a tragedy.
Is there anything dangling that can cause chaos? Consider low hanging tablecloths, dish towels, or table runners. If your puppy loves to chew, you may need to wrap the legs of your furniture. Secure anything that is hanging low such as table cloths and dish towels. Wrapping cables and other chords, or getting them up and off the ground, might be necessary as well.
Do you have a pool, water fountain, or a pond in your yard? If so, make sure to block access to these areas. Puppies, especially very little ones, are not good at controlling their bodies. If your dog is outside running and playing and tries to dodge the water, he or she could easily roll into the pool or pond. New puppies are not good swimmers. Avoid this at all costs.
And finally, check your yard for any holes that the dog could get through. When we say ‘holes’, we are referring to any open spaces in the fencing around your outside space. Consider spaces under fences or through fences. This applies to dirt holes and small tunnels, like groundhog tunnels, too.
If the hole is the size of your first or larger, chances are the puppy may get through it. And if they won’t get through it, they might still try to get through it. Skip all the nonsense of a stuck puppy or a lost one and simply cover up the holes.
This might seem redundant, but checking for open spaces inside of your home is important, too. Consider crawl areas underneath your house, open spaces of drywall, or small areas under your bed or closet. Block these areas off.
Puppies are incredibly curious creatures. Everything is new to them and they are ready to see, touch, and taste anything they can get their little paws on. Anticipating this level of curiosity can be challenging, so try to get ahead of danger when possible.
Your puppy will get used to stairs at some point — but be careful with your introduction. Depending on the kind of stairs you have, stairs can be incredibly dangerous. Consider steep, winding stairs like spiral staircases. If the staircase is not completely walled off, your puppy could tumble off the sides of the staircase, or roll down the stairs themselves.
Think of puppies like toddlers, because they practically are. Just in doggy form.
Until Next Time
This first part of the series covered everything you needed to know for puppy-proofing your home. The next segment will cover items that you’ll need for a new puppy, too. Items that made the list are practical, everyday go-tos that are intended to make life easier, not harder. Keep a look out for the next blog so that you can snag the listed items and enjoy life with your new pup.