If you’ve recently brought home a new puppy, you may notice how much they love to explore. While you may be busy with puppy training or getting pet supplies, you may miss the chance to puppy-proof your home. Puppies are curious and may try to get into something they shouldn’t. For this reason, we wanted to create a guide on how to puppy proof your home. Read on to learn more about the importance of a pet-friendly home and some tips to help keep your puppy safe in the house.
How to puppy-proof your home from start to finish
Steps to puppy proof your home
You now have a new puppy, congratulations! So where do you start when it comes proofing your home? It may help to go room by room and evaluate each space. After all, pet hazards come in many shapes, sizes, and forms.
For example, consider what items can be stored away and which items need to be picked up off of the floor. Puppies can move quickly and before you know it they may have ingested one of your socks! Also, don’t forget items like cords, wires, and plastic bags. Items like this may go unnoticed easily, especially if you have a larger space.
Your puppy grows so quickly and they may need to play as a part of their development. Consider including a space that is just for your puppy. Also, pet-friendly toys, activities, and furniture may help curb unwanted behaviors. For example, activities like a scavenger hunt, snuffle mat, and slow feeder are great ways to bond and may help keep your puppy entertained indoors.
The importance of puppy-proofing your home
Your new puppy will want to become familiar with their new home. Consider giving them a chance to safely get to know their new home. After all, it’s your furry friend’s home too.
For example, puppy supplies like baby gates and a crate may help transition your puppy to your home while also giving them a safe space to retreat to if needed. Also, before your puppy can roam free make sure nothing has fallen on the floor like medication. Ingestion of a foreign object is one of the most common puppy illnesses in Trupanion’s claims database.
In addition, crate training is beneficial when you need to take your furry friend to the veterinarian. If your pet needs to seek medical care it may help to have your puppy in secure space. A puppy crate is useful from training, transport, and those adorable afternoon puppy naps.
Tips for a puppy-friendly home
It may take time to fully puppy-proof your home, so take your time. You may find as your puppy explores, you may notice your puppy likes certain objects.
Keep all medications in a cabinet.
Check with your veterinarian on which plants are safe for pets.
If there are any loose items like string, shoes, or coins your pet may want to play with them and may swallow them.
Keep all household cleaners stored away properly.
Keep bags and purses out of reach as they may contain items like gum and mints which may be toxic to your best friend.
Start with a small pet-friendly space and slowly expand your pet’s area as they become more familiar with the house.
Any pet may get into mischief, remember that no space is 100% pet proof and play should be monitored.
Puppy-proof your home with your
best friend in mind
entire family can join in on the fun and help prepare your home for your new
furry friend. By taking your time, properly storing your items, and talking to
your veterinarian your home will be pet-friendly and ready for your new puppy
in no time at all.
What steps did you take to help
puppy-proof your home?
is a digital content writer and editor for Trupanion. She spends her workday writing for the Trupanion blog. She loves writing about pets, being inspired by pets, and luckily gets to hang out with her rescue dogs all day long. In her free time, she enjoys exploring and traveling with her family. Her work has been featured on the DOGTV blog, KitNipBox blog, Get Your Pet blog, Fansided, among many others.