Puppy Talk – Tips For Puppy Proofing A Home
Just 10 days till I officially give Paisley a “furever” home so now I’m looking for help puppy proofing my home. Got some good responses on Facebook when I asked for help and found some online to share with you.
Here are some of your suggestions from Facebook
Other things I’ve read to help puppy proof a home, courtesy of Cesar’s Way.
In the Kitchen…
The kitchen contains all sorts of interesting drawers, cabinets, and cords, not to mention smells and tastes. So childproof latches can help prevent curious pups from investigating, while keeping potentially dangerous foods and cleaning supplies out of their reach.
Power cords look like chew toys to a teething puppy so enclosing them in a PVC tube will hopefully divert your pup’s attention.
In the Bathroom…
Family members need to be conscientious about cleaning up after themselves. Put shampoos, soap, tissues, and accessories out of reach or inside a cabinet or drawer – especially make sure all razors and pills are out of their reach. And make sure the toilet lid is down or your puppy could be drinking on nasty water. It’s funny that all my friends have always thought I was well mannered because my lid was always down. Nope, it’s just because I was trained by my dog.
Another thing I’ve personally learned the hard way is to always make sure the toilet paper is out of reach…. puppies and kitty cats seem to love chewing them to shreds.
In the Bedroom…
Dogs are scent-oriented, so they gravitate toward anything that smells like you. Shoes, slippers, and clothing will quickly become toys if you don’t safeguard such items behind a closed closet door. Keep clothing picked up, store shoes out of reach, and put laundry in a tall, closed hamper. My pup PJ had a love affair with swallowing my socks whole so when she was around I didn’t have to blame the washing/drying machines for their disappearance.
In the Garage and Yard…
When you look around your garage and yard, you’ll see many obvious and not-so-obvious dangers to your puppy: Paint, cleaners, insecticides, fertilizers, antifreeze, and gasoline represent a handful of poisons and chemicals that you may have in your garage. Secure all bottles, boxes, and containers of these substances inside a locked cabinet, or store them on high shelves that your pup can’t reach.
Also, make sure to be aware of plants, such as daffodils, foxglove, bird-of-paradise, and lupine, which can be poisonous to your dog and cause varied reactions like rashes, vomiting and diarrhea. ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center website.
So the countdown continues till Puppy Paisley comes home and we get some quality cuddle time. I’m excited and nervous all at the same time.
Next Week’s Blog: Where are the good dog parks in the area?