Bringing a new puppy home can be quite a bit of work. They need attention and plenty of time to play. You will also need to provide adequate space for your new puppy.
Before you bring your puppy home, it's important to puppy proof the home. Some plants are toxic, while other things can be left out and your new friend may get into them. Here are some of the things you can do to puppy proof your home.
Remove Harmful Plants
Some plants, such as azaleas may be beautiful, but they can harm animals. If the animal decides to eat the plant, it can actually kill them. If you own harmful plants, either put them up out of the reach of your new puppy or replace them with nontoxic choices.
Keep Medications Stored Away
Leaving medications out on a counter or in your purse may just give your new friend the access needed to get into them. Prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications can be very harmful for dogs. Make sure they are kept out of the reach of your new puppy.
Lock your Cleaning Supplies
Most cleaning supplies are made with chemicals, which can be very harmful to your new puppy. Lock them up with child-proof locks to keep your friend out of the cleaning supplies.
Secure any Loose Electrical Cords
Puppies will chew on all kinds of things including electrical cords. This can become very dangerous and you want to make sure any loose cords are secured.
Other things to do before brining your new friend home include:
- Block Doors, Stairs and Windows - You can use a baby gate to limit access to areas of the home.
- Pack Human Food Away - Some human food can be very dangerous for dogs, such as grapes and chocolate.
- Secure Trash Can Lids
- Secure Toilet Lids
If you do these things, you shouldn't have any unexpected issues with your new puppy. You may also want to put your shoes away, as puppies love to chew on shoes.