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How to Puppy-Proof Your Home in 24 Hours

There are steps to take to make your house as safe as possible for your new puppy. Puppies can be adept at getting into trouble. They haven't learned the rules of the house yet, and their natural curiosity will often overpower their desires to please their owners.


Younger dogs are likely to chew on things they find around the house. It's important to keep everything that may be harmful to your puppy off the floor, like small objects that your puppy may accidentally swallow. Swallowing foreign objects can cause an obstruction in your puppy's digestive system which can be life-threatening and expensive to treat. You should clear your floors of all small objects as well as anything you don't want your puppy chew. This even includes items such as books, loose change, artificial firewood, clothing, and other objects. If your puppy can access it, it may very well be chewed.


Check to see if any houseplants that you own are poisonous to dogs. Some common plants such as azaleas, hydrangeas, daffodils, and poinsettias are toxic to dogs. Even the dried leaves which fall off may be toxic, and your puppy may eat them. To be safe, remove all potentially toxic plants from your home.


Make sure your puppy can't access any electrical cords. Not only may your puppy become tangled up in them and pull whatever they're attached to on top of him, it's not unheard of for puppies to chew on electrical cords. Make sure all electrical cords in your house are out of reach of your puppy.


Carefully check the fence in your yard for small gaps which a puppy could slip through. Puppies will naturally want to explore. Their small size and agile bodies, often allow puppies to make it through very small gaps in the fencing and escape the yard.


Puppies can sometimes crawl into small spaces and then become stuck. Check for little crevices in your home that your puppy can get into, especially those where it will be exceedingly difficult to get him out of.


Supervise your puppy as much as possible when playing. By doing this, you can correct his bad behaviors, which will help keep him safe in the future. When you're not at home, put your puppy in a crate. Crate training early makes it easier for your dog to learn and also helps to keep your puppy out of unwanted trouble when alone.


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