How to make your house puppy proof 

Puppy throws plant over

So you’ve got yourself a cute, little puppy! First of all, congratulations on welcoming a new, furry member to your family. Dogs are loyal and lovable companions, so you and the rest of your family will certainly develop a close bond with your new buddy. 

Now comes the time to think about more practical matters. How should you feed the puppy? When can it start to go out for walks? And how can you make sure that it’s safe in your house?  

For the first, we can tell you that there are plenty of different options of dog food specially made for puppies, with all the nutrients they need to grow strong and healthy. Regarding their walks, usually the recommendation is to follow the instructions of the vet, but consider that when it reaches 16 weeks of age it can commonly start going out. And about how you can make your house puppy proof, there’s a lot of different things that you can do to make sure that your puppy will be safe and comfortable in your house. Here we are going to tell you in detail everything you need to know about this! So be sure to read along and get the answers to your questions. 

 

Think as a puppy

In order to know how to make your house puppy proof, a good way to start is to think as a puppy. What places can a puppy reach and what places it cannot? Everything that is on top shelves or at a certain height will be out of reach for the tiny canine, but pay attention to what you have at the ground level, such as rugs, plugs or shoes.  

What do puppies like to do best? That’s an easy one: bite things! Puppies bite a lot because this is the way that they get to know the world around them and understand the environment. This is why you should pay attention to not have any dangerous items close to the puppy, nor items that you don’t want to be destroyed either. 

Last but not least, puppies are just like human babies in many senses, and also in the sense that they poop and pee several times a day. During the first weeks or even months, the puppy will not be going outside the house, so everything it does will be inside! Get ready for this by finding possible solutions and ideas that can help protect the floors and rugs of your house, such as special pads, old newspapers or paper towels. 

 

Be careful with the plants

Plants are beautiful and they fill our houses of life, beauty and joy. Nevertheless, if you bring a puppy to your house, it’s important to handle the plants that you own. This is due to several reasons. Firstly, there are some types of plants which, even though they are harmless for humans, can be very toxic and dangerous for dogs and especially for puppies.

Due to this, it’s important that you do some research to see which plants are toxic for puppies and dogs. In case you do have plants that can be dangerous for them, place them somewhere out of their reach or consider replacing them with other non-toxic plants. Moreover, many puppies like to bite and play around plants, so take this into account if there are some plants that you don’t want to be destroyed, and place them out of reach of the puppies as well!

 

Scan through your furniture

Puppies are so tiny that even a simple, everyday item as a chair can be dangerous for them. This is why we advise you to scan through your furniture before the new member arrives. 

Do you have any rocking chairs? Be careful, because they could easily hurt the puppy’s tiny paws or tail. Remember, also, to always look under the couch or the bed: puppies can easily crawl under these and other small spaces. Make sure that your decoration is safely located and that the risks of a jar falling off a shelf or a painting falling off a wall are minimum. Moreover, as we have mentioned, puppies like to bite to investigate their surroundings, so be prepared to have the legs of your table, chairs and cloth of the couch bitten or scratched.