Tips on How to Puppy Proof Your Home

Posted: April 16, 2014 in Puppy Training
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Puppy’s are curious and adventuresome by nature and they want to check out everything in their environment. This is why we must be vigilant for at least 3 months, in making sure there is nothing to entice bad behavior, ie surfing for food, or accidentally hurting our pup, ie, poisons or pins and needles left out. The following are some tips to help you learn how to puppy proof your home. If you stay on top of puppy proofing you should be able to instill good behavior in about 3 months.

1-  Keep all counters, coffee tables ect, free from food or candy wrappers, books, and remote controls. If you leave even the smallest crumb, your pup will find it and be reinforced that there is rewards to surfing these areas. If you are vigilant about putting everything away, then your pup will grow up knowing that there is nothing of interest there. If you don’t want your pup in the kitchen garbage, remember to always put it away under the sink, or in a closet.

2-  Spray something that tastes really bad on all furniture legs, base boards, and the bottom areas of the wall, before your pup discovers how much fun it is to eat them. This includes electrical cords that plug into the wall, when you can fix it so your pup can’t get at them,,cause he will if he can.

3-  Chicken bones can kill a pup so make sure you get them out of the house as soon as possible. Medication should be under lock and key, and if you use toilet bowl cleaner, don’t let your pup drink out of the flush. Lock up all poisons, like weed killer, pesticides ect. Any thing that would present a choking hazard like,, marbles, small toys,peach pits, should be placed in a safe place.

4-  Keep all upstairs windows closed and make sure the basement door is secure. If you spill anti-freeze( a highly toxic substance) in the garage or driveway, wipe it up right away, this is a sweet tasting liquid and you pup will lap it up with great joy, only to wind up very sick or worse.

These are a few of the many things to consider when learning how to puppy proof your home, if you have more questions about this or any topic, please contact me using the contact form at the bottom of this post.



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