As with young children, it is a safe bet to close the stairs with a door. Blocking any type of entryway with stairs will ensure that your puppy is not secured. Doors are also a great option when you want to contain your dog in a specific room. You can reuse the ones you already have or just buy new baby safety gates.
Puppy proof outside
When you are puppy-proofing your home, don’t forget the outdoor areas. Protecting pets on your balcony or in your backyard is an essential step not to forget. Puppies can get into all kinds of conflicts when left alone, especially outdoors. Avoid using insecticides and fertilizers once you have a puppy and make sure you have shady areas and plenty of water available for them when they spend time outdoors.
Place plants out of reach
You may be a plant lover, but do you know which ones are safe for puppies? There are quite a few plants that are poisonous to your dog. The peace lily, daffodils, and tulips are some of the plants that are toxic to dogs. If you have them around the house and want to hold onto those plants, make sure they are out of reach of your beloved dog by placing them on the shelves.
Hide electrical cables
Puppies love to explore their surroundings; They can get into all kinds of trouble, especially when squeezed into nooks and crannies. To make sure no electrical cords are bitten, it’s a good idea to use wire protectors or block wire-heavy areas, like behind your TV, with furniture that your dog can’t move or walk past.
Keep food hidden
Whether it’s dog food, human food, or food waste, puppies can sniff out any type of edible. Therefore, be sure to store any type of food in a safe place. Make sure your trash area is locked too. Puppies can create a big mess if they get a chance to search through the trash. They could also get sick depending on the type of food scraps they find. If the waste area is difficult to block, there are dog-proof trash cans available.
Now that your home is puppy-proofed, you can welcome your new family member into your home and into your life without having to worry too much about whether your home is safe enough for them. It goes without saying that you should still supervise your pup as much as possible, especially in the beginning. As with young children, the calmer they are, the more havoc they are likely to wreak.