Steps to Puppy-Proofing Your Home

Steps to Puppy-Proofing Your Home

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way people live their day-to-day lives. Many people are now working from home, which breaks down the barriers between work life and home life. It has also created distance from friends and socialization, making home a workspace, living space, and isolation area. Many people are finding the loneliness of social isolation and virtual lifestyles draining. This is why so many have turned to getting pets.

Pets are perfect little creatures who will love your work-from-home lifestyle and provide a little companionship when you need it. If you decide the right pet for you is a puppy, be sure to follow these steps to puppy-proofing your home.

Secure All Chewable Items

Anything that can be chewed, the puppy will chew on. Don’t keep anything on the ground that could entice your pup. A good rule of thumb is if the puppy can reach the item, it will end up in their mouth at some point. This includes open-top garbage cans—the puppy could ingest the entire contents if you don’t get a covered can. Do a sweep before bringing you furry friend home, and pick up anything you don’t want them to munch on. Find somewhere higher-up to store your shoes—especially those delicious leather and suede dress shoes.

Protect Your Furniture

Your furniture is also at risk of being chewed and potentially peed on. Before your pup learns how to alert you that they need to go outside to go potty, they’re bound to have some accidents. When they get too excited, they may also pee a bit. This means your leather sofa is in danger—even more so when the little fur ball starts teething. Consider investing in different ways to dog-proof your furniture, such as slipcovers, furniture covers, or Scotchgard.

Put Away Any Chemicals or Harmful Substances

Just as with a human baby who’s learning to grab and crawl, your lower cabinets are potential hazards to your dog. If you leave them open or if your dog learns to open them, all the substances inside—such as cleaning solutions, chemicals, and soap—are all fair game for eating. Be sure to store any potentially toxic items up high where your pup can’t get into them.

Getting a puppy is a great life decision, and there’s never been a better time to get one. You’re probably at home way more than normal, so you can put in the time it takes to train your new furry friend. Be sure to follow these steps to puppy-proofing your home to keep your puppy and your stuff safe.

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