ashlandkennel (ashlandkennel) wrote,

Puppy Proofing Your House

A puppy is a very welcome addition to any household. It brings a lot of joy and happy moments to the family.

However, adopting a puppy could prove to be a difficult task because of the very nature of the puppy itself. The curiosity level of a puppy is often similar, if not higher, then a toddler. This means that the puppy will get into trouble in almost every corner of the house. What are inconsequential things for adults and grown ups are in fact deadly hazards for the puppy.

The puppy is curious and unafraid of new experiences. On top of that, nobody has trained it to avoid the hazards strewn around the house. This means that no matter how much you care for the puppy or how careful you are, the puppy is bound to hurt itself. Like a little child, a puppy could hurt itself in ways that are often beyond the comprehension of dog owners.

This is why experts and kennel owners recommend that you puppy-proof your property before you bring it home. This will ensure that the puppy has a safe environment to grow up in.

Food is a big No-No

Puppies should not be encouraged to snack, particularly not on people food. In addition to behavioral issues, some types of food could downright make your puppy sick. This is why it is important that no food should be left in any part of the house. Kitchen should be declared a no-entry zone early in the training program.

Lock up all medications

First, designate a place for your puppy’s medications. This place should be as much away from the medicine cabinet of the house as possible. The best place is the upper shelves of the closet or an outside location.

Next, make sure that there are no medications lying around. Most of the pills that human cold use safely are deadly poison for the puppy. This includes, especially, OTC drugs such as Tylenol and Advil.

Install Locks on All Cupboards and Drawers

Your puppy will discover that you, like majority of dog owners, keep the dog food in kitchen. This will lead to constant attempts at forcing opening the cabinets and drawers in the kitchen. In no time, the puppy will learn how to open the doors and this could lead to disaster.

The best of averting an incident is to install baby locks on al the drawers and cabinets. This way, the puppy will have a very hard time in getting to all the dangerous chemicals stored in the kitchen.

No dangling wires

Puppy love to chew on things and they do not discriminate either. Electric wires should be put out of the reach of the puppy. This means that you have to tack the wires high enough so that the puppy could not reach them even when they jump. If this is not possible, ensure that the wires run under the rugs and that they do not offer any temptations to the puppy.
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