How To Puppy Proof Your Home

Puppy frolicking around in grass

How To Puppy Proof Your Home

Puppy frolicking around in grassA lot of things go into a decision to welcome a puppy into a family. If you’re a new dog owner, you will want to find a veterinarian for the animal’s first shots and visit a pet store for all the necessities. But if you have ever owned a puppy in your lifetime, you know that preparing your home for one involves more than name tags, food or a leash.

Puppies are naturally curious and will tug and chew on everything they can get their teeth on. But all this pent-up energy and desire to explore can pose serious harm to your new best friend. The risks include choking, intestinal blockage, gum injury and more. In addition to the health hazards, all the gnawing and licking can wreak havoc on your house and valuables. Follow these five tips to puppy-proof your home and ensure the safety of your dog and your most precious belongings.

Stow your bags

Do not leave any grocery bags, backpacks, purses or containers on the floor or within easy reach of your puppy. Additionally, keep your trash can covered and secured.

Keep a watchful eye on poisonous plants

A seemingly inconspicuous plant in your home or a shrub in your backyard sometimes can lead to reactions ranging from mild nausea to death, if ingested. To avoid the risk of poisoning, check this extensive list of toxic plants for dogs.

Create a safe space

Since most people have to go to work and cannot supervise a puppy at all times, it’s a good idea to restrict a pup’s access to certain rooms while you’re away. Crates are not adequate spaces for long periods of time, as puppies cannot hold their bladder long enough and need room to stretch out.

Keep household cords out of reach

There are several ways to block access to electrical cords. The easiest and least expensive approach is to cover cords with wire loom tubing. Another option is using metallic braided sleeving. When running these cables through your house, try to tuck as many cords as possible behind cabinets, dressers, bookcases, TV stands and furniture, in general.

Pack away medicines and cleaning supplies

Cleaning supplies should be stored in high cabinets or secured with childproof latches if they’re stored close to the ground. Keep your medicines properly secured in drawers or mirror cabinets.

At Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation Fort Lauderdale, we’re happy to help. For additional questions and support during the homebuying process, contact one of our loan officers today!

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