How to Puppy-Proof Your Home

How to Puppy-Proof Your Home

Congrats on the new puppy! While puppies are adorable, you probably know that they can also wreak havoc on your home, destroying furniture, shoes, and anything else in sight. It is also quite common for the puppies to feel scared at first in their new home.

Make sure you have the right supplements to reduce anxiety in your new pup and get your place well equipped and fully prepared to house a puppy before you bring your furry friend through the door.

Remove Chewable Items

It’s normal for puppies to chew on everything they see as they’re exploring the world. It’s also a way for them to relieve pain caused by incoming adult teeth. To combat this, you should make your home environment free of any small, ingestible items that can be tempting for your pup to chew on. Keep shoes, clothing, children’s toys, and other small items put away so there’s no temptation.

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Lock up Dangerous Items

This is a given, but it’s extremely important to lock up items that could be dangerous to your dog. This includes batteries, household cleaners, laundry detergents, plant fertilizers, paints, and other chemicals. On top of that, make sure to safeguard your medication and secure any exposed wires or cords so they can’t chew into them.

Spray Furniture

When they can’t get their paws on anything small to chew on, puppies will try at other items like rugs and furniture. Not only can this ruin your furniture, but it also can be extremely harmful to your dog! To stop this from happening, spray the legs of your furniture with a natural taste deterrent. There are a number of nontoxic taste deterrents that do a great job of keeping dogs from chewing on household items that you’re unable to move out of their reach.

Dog-Proof Your Trash

Dogs love anything smelly—so they’re prone to getting into our trash! It’s not just inconvenient when dogs get into your trashcan, it can also be dangerous depending on the items in said trashcan. Before bringing your new furry friend home, make sure your trashcan is either out of reach or can’t be opened by your dog.

Remove Dangerous Plants

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There are a number of common household and garden plants that are toxic to dogs. Take a look at our list of poisonous houseplants and make sure to either remove them from your home and garden or keep them out of reach from your pets. Fortunately, there are also plenty of plants that are harmless to your pup. Make sure to do your research before getting any greenery.

Give Your Dog a Safe Space

Dogs naturally like to have a den-like space where they feel safe and secure. Give your dog a special, super comfortable space where they can fit into to feel secure. This will help with anxiety chewing, giving them a safe space they can go into instead of anxiously chewing.

Keep a Close Eye

Above all else, a new puppy needs to be watched and cared for basically 24/7. It’s important to keep them close by so you can keep a close eye on them and block their access to hazardous areas. If you need a little extra help with boundaries, or have areas of your house you rather not have your puppy in, dog gates and baby gates can easily help with that. 

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Allow Regulated Chewing

At the end of the day, puppies are meant to teethe while their new teeth are growing in. To help them relieve the pain of adult teeth growing in, allow them to chew on puppy-safe bones or hard rubber toys under your supervision. Make sure to put the chew toy away whenever you’re not keeping an eye on your puppy.

Before bringing your puppy home, make sure you’re fully prepared and ready to be a pet parent. While your puppy is rapidly growing into a full-grown adult dog, you’ll need to ensure they’re getting the right amount of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to maintain strong bones and muscles. PupGrade’s Daily Multivitamins contains a unique blend of vitamins for skin, fur, joints, and more. The chew comes in a delicious meaty flavor that your new pup will love. Click here to get a head start on your puppy’s health!

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