Moving into a larger home sometimes gets people thinking about getting a new puppy. Here are our tips to get your home properly prepared for a new pup.
Many of the strategies parents use to childproof their home come in handy with puppies too. Before puppy moves in, go through every room in the house and deal with any things that might present a safety risk. All cords should be well out of reach or firmly secured in chew proof tubing.
One of the ways puppies explore their new environment is by chewing through everything that stands in their way. They will also chew anything that smells like you, which in your bedroom is basically everything. From toilet rolls to Prada heels, TV remotes to chair legs – nothing is sacred and the damage can be devastating. Keep lids on rubbish bins & wastepaper baskets, and secure scraps of carpet temporarily around furniture legs or edges to prevent damage. Distraction such as actual chew toys can be a great help.
Choke and swallow proofing
Just as you need to remove things so the dog can’t chew them, you should remove things for their own safety too. Just like children, the list of things dogs will get into their mouths is endless and if they can’t chew it, they may swallow it instead which presents a choking hazard. Buckets of clothes pegs, remote controls with loose backs that could easily release batteries, socks, earrings, razors, light globes, dental floss, sofa cushions and more.
Start toilet training immediately. Consistency is key and establishing a routine will get you both into a good rhythm and reduce the frequency of ‘accidents’ in the home. Your puppy should be taken outside first thing in the morning, straight after eating, after playing, and last thing at night. They must be able to access an outside area regularly throughout the day. Reward outside toileting immediately with small treats and ridiculous amounts of praise.
Have a designated box with a lid for puppy’s toys. Wash soft toys and blankets regularly and get fresh air in the house to minimise the smell of wet dog/dog pee/dog food/hairy dog and so on.