7 things to do before bringing home a new puppy

Puppy proofing your home is a necessity as puppies are curious creatures, and a new home for puppies is full of new sights, sounds, textures, and smells. In time, you will be able to train your puppy into ignoring these attractions around the house, but in the meanwhile, you need to ensure your pup’s safety and take utmost care.

Before you bring your new puppy home, anticipate the more perilous attractions for him/ her, and puppy-proof your home.

Keep your puppy’s height and agility in mind while coming up with a plan, and pay attention to what the growth will be like in the coming months – a Great Dane will gain height rapidly, as opposed to a Dachshund. It’s good to think of your new puppy as a baby with stronger teeth and a more mischievous mind and go about the process accordingly.

Here’s a list of 7 things you can do to puppy-proof your home :

1. Put electric appliances and wires away

Cords can offer a variety of textures and are inviting for puppies to chew. You DO NOT want to walk into a room with your new puppy chewing an electrical cord. A cord connected to a live switch can shock your puppy, causing severe and even fatal injuries. Puppies can even injure themselves by pulling objects down from shelves using cords.

Store all cords away from a reachable height for your puppy. If you have sockets within reach of your puppy, puppy-proof them by using socket plugs and ensuring you switch them off. Any electrical appliance on or around the floor needs to find a new place for the foreseeable future.

If you have a robot vacuum cleaner, cleaning after a puppy can be easy. However, please monitor it while it cleans around your puppy so that your puppy’s fur or tail doesn’t get caught in it. If you have an iron, immiscible heater, hair straightener, or any other appliance that heats up, store it away from your puppy.

2. Prevent access to plants

If you have plants in your home, move them out of the puppy’s reach or out of the house entirely. Common houseplants like Dieffenbachia (dumb cane), Peace Lily, Caladium, Jade, and Ivy are toxic to dogs. Even plants that aren’t toxic can cause adverse reactions such as an upset stomach. Puppies are notorious for digging soil and can cause a mess around the house.

3. Protect your furniture

Tiny teeth marks on furniture are a telltale sign of a new puppy in the house. It doesn’t have to be this way for you. Spray your furniture with neem oil to prevent your puppy from chewing it. It is necessary to do this before your puppy has had a chance to sink his/her teeth into the wood and taste it. The FluffKit for puppy biting comes with a bottle of neem oil to get you started.

4. Restrict Access

Your kitchen should be off-limits to the puppy. It is probably the most inviting room of the house, thanks to the myriad of smells originating there, but it can be a nightmare if your new puppy gets into the trash or ingests toxic foods. Your kitchen can have hot surfaces, cleaners, sputtering oil, etc., that can injure your pet. If you have an open kitchen, invest in a baby gate to control your puppy’s access to the kitchen. If you have a completely open layout, a playpen or training them to stay outside the kitchen will help.

In addition to the kitchen, you should control your puppy’s access to the toilet. If you have an Indian-style toilet, keep your puppy out completely. If you’re using the bathroom for toilet training your new puppy, ensure the toilet lid is closed at all times. Keep chemicals like toilet cleaners out of the puppy’s reach.

5. Put small, fragile, and valuable objects away

For your curious new puppy, your expensive earbuds may just as well be a crunchy snack. Keep small objects, especially medicines, out of the puppy’s reach. If you drop something, pick it up before your puppy has a chance to get to it. Small objects can pose a choking hazard, and medicines can cause adverse reactions.

Put your wallet and any loose change away safely. Your puppy won’t steal from you but may enjoy a snack literally at your expense. Store fragile and valuable things, especially glassware and china, in a stable place away from your puppy. Puppies are clumsy and have a knack for climbing around and reaching things that interest them. In a bid to explore their surroundings, they might break something and injure themselves.

6. Reduce the number of attractions

If you do not have a closed shoe rack, get one before your puppy comes home or store all your footwear in a way that ensures your puppy cannot access it. For some time, remove all doormats and carpets around the house. These are alluring pee places for puppies and can interfere with toilet training. They also pose choking hazards if your puppy gets down to chewing them.

7. Follow general baby-proofing

Look for baby-proofing products online; you’ll use many of them. Get corner protectors and edge guards for sharp corners and edges and stoppers for doors. Check your windows and balcony railings and add temporary barriers, if required. If you have a garden, make sure you fence it in so that your puppy cannot escape.

Puppy-proofing is time-intensive, but it ensures that your new puppy has a smooth transition into your home. It takes away the stress of constantly worrying over your puppy’s safety and provides your puppy with the right care while allowing you to focus on truly enjoying your time together.