Top Tips For Puppy-Proofing Your Home

Every parent knows that a home has to be baby-proof, especially when young ones become mobile. The same applies to your puppy.

Puppies are like little kids; they are energetic, curious and love to explore but can get into all sorts of trouble. Remember there are plenty of hazards in your living environment that can harm your puppy.

Here are some safety measures you can take to puppy-proof your home.

  • Cover Wires, Cords and Cables: Electrical cords, wires or cables may look like attractive chew toys for your puppy but this is destructive and dangerous behavior that could potentially start a fire in your home. Stop by your local pet store or hardware shop and look for cord covers designed to help you keep your cords organized and help keep your puppy from chewing.
  • Plug Unused Sockets: Reduce the risk of an electrical shock. Cover your electric sockets so they can’t be licked.
  • Mind Your Window Blinds: Window blind cords are very dangerous. Your puppy could get caught up and tangled. Be sure to secure all cords with a rubber band up high and out of your puppy’s reach.
  • Secure Bookcases: A bookcase, mirror or any tall upright object that is unattached to the wall can be a real hazard to your puppy if he happens to pull it down on himself. Be sure to take the time to secure these items to the wall with the appropriate anchoring hardware.
  • Latch Your Cabinets: In many homes, kitchen cabinets are used for storing cleaning products and dangerous chemicals that your puppy could lick or eat. Child-proof latches work wonders to keep little paws out. The same rule applies to medications, which should be stored in a secure cabinet.
  • Keep Small Items Out of Sight: Jewelry, coins, paper clips and other small items are all hazardous to your puppy if swallowed. These things should be stored away too.
  • Stash Your Trash: Your puppy should not be able to poke around in the kitchen garbage. Decayed food scraps, bones and used aluminum foil and plastic wrap could be swallowed. Be sure to cover your waste containers.
  • Look Before You Open the Oven Door: Try to avoid cooking with your puppy underfoot. Oven doors can be hot to the touch and a saucepan’s handle is an invitation to be pulled off the stove.
  • Think Twice About That Tablecloth: Your tablecloth can be pulled down along with everything set on it. It is wise to remove the tablecloth from your dining table.
  • Screen Heat Sources: If you have a fireplace, woodstove or space heater, make sure that a secure screen is in place to prevent inquisitive puppies from being burned.
  • Contain Climbing Areas: Your puppy might be too small to navigate steep stairways and steps. A baby gate in the stairwell can help keep your puppy from a fall until he’s ready for climbing.
  • Pick Your Plants Carefully: Remember that household plants can be poisonous to your puppy. Familiarize yourself with plants and flowers that could be dangerous to your dog.

By following these steps, you’ll be doing your best to make sure your puppy stays out of trouble while providing a safe environment.

For more tips on getting ready for a new puppy, view our Guide to Preparing for a New Pet. To learn more about preventive health care designed especially for growing puppies, visit our Optimum Wellness Plan® for puppies page.