It’s important to puppy proof your house before your bundle of joy sniffs out a bunch of trouble. Start by walking your entire house and yard and imagining what a puppy could eat, climb, or pull down, then secure those things.
We’ll take you through the basics, below, but please add to our list as you go. Every living situation is unique. And remember, anything you’d take away from a toddler, you should make out of reach from your new baby dog, too.
Hide your trashcans and diaper pails in closets or get securely-locking lids. Watch out for any trash or recycling that might be strewn around the house, such as aluminum foil, plastic wrap, cans with sharp edges, and even plastic canisters, which puppies can get their heads caught in!
Invest in covers for your outlets, which puppies can lick, and get covers for or secures your wires, especially around the holidays when you have more lighting in the house.
Secure lamps, bookshelves, and decorations that puppy can pull or knock down. Move any open storage, like baskets and crates full of craft supplies, coins, shoes, or toys to a closed closet or up on a high shelf.
Puppies have no problem chewing up child-proof lids and gobbling what’s inside. Move all medication and toiletries out of reach.
Drain cleaners can be deadly if swallowed and most other cleaners are toxic. Secure all of your cleaning supplies in cabinets and get cabinet locks if needed!
Antifreeze can be fatal, so lock it up and clean up spills using a clay based litter or by hosing the area down thoroughly. Any liquid you keep in the garage, whether a fuel or cleaning supply, is probably toxic to dogs (and cats). Make sure heavy tools are secure and that small tools like screws and nails are stored way up off the ground. Bug and rat bait and herbicides might entice your pet, but will kill them if swallowed. Don’t use them unless absolutely necessary. Most importantly: Puppies could run though closing garage doors or sleep under parked cars. Always check before operating either machine.
While you should always supervise your puppy, it’s important to look for weak spots in your fence and make sure your pool is secured. Drowning is a possibility, even if your puppy can swim. And you’d be surprised how little space they need to crawl out of a secure yard!