Puppy Proof Your Home

Welcome your new puppy into your home with open arms by making sure it's as safe and secure as possible.

If you're about to bring a puppy home for good, you're no doubt bursting at the seams with excitement. You'll probably have its food and water bowls prepared, a bed for it to sleep in and cute toys at the ready - but what about your home? When it comes to having pets, there are a few steps you need to take to ensure your new pooch can live with you comfortably and safely. Take a look at these interior decorating ideas to find out how to make it work.

Hide things away

Puppies are naturally curious creatures, and as such they love to get their noses and paws into whatever they can find. They also like to chew, so make sure you keep any dangerous items out of reach of your new pal.

Shoes, socks and other clothes should be kept in cupboards to avoid any nasty surprises, and all household cleaning supplies and medication should be locked away at all times. Plastic bags can also be dangerous, along with electrical cords and remote controls. Get into the habit of putting things away once you've used them and train your puppy not to chew things aside from designated toys.

Close off areas

Since puppies love to explore, they often try to get into places they're not meant to go. It's a good idea to block off balconies, stairwells and other dangerous areas when puppies are small and new to your home.

Some dogs also try to escape onto the street, so make sure fences don't have any holes and gates remain shut at all times. Take puppies out for walks regularly and teach them about traffic and safety, and in time you may be able to remove some of these restrictions.

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