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Brining a puppy home is an exciting time!

I mean who doesn’t love snuggles and puppy breath? But like with any baby, we must prepare our home to keep our new found friend safe. No different than a toddler, puppies are curious animals and can often find themselves in trouble if our house is not properly prepped. While I don’t condone leaving any baby unattended for even the shortest amount of time (go team crate training!). I know life sometimes has it’s own plan and leaving for even just a second is unavoidable.

So here’s a quick list of things that may need to be put away or picked up before you bring your new pup home.

  • Properly store all cleaning supplies out of reach and in an area that is secure. I suggest locking cabinets, as it has been known that curious pups can pop a cabinet door open.
  • Remove or cover all sharp objects. Puppies and even some adult dogs are not the most coordinated animal. To prevent a full fledged run in with a sharp corner, try adding cardboard to the corner until your pup learns the rules of no running in the home.
  • Pick up electrical cords or wrap them where puppy can not chew on them.
  • Hide trash can. I personally keep my trash can in a cabinet under the sink. No need to start bad habits this early.
  • Get in the habit of closing doors to rooms that you’re not in. This helps keeping wandering to a minimum and helps with housebreaking.
  • Close the toilet lid. Much like trash, no need to start bad habits early.
  • If you have kids, pick-up toys or have a designated room for your kids toys. Often kid toys end up being a choking hazard or an emergency vet visit for a blockage. Be vigilant about picking up toys or keeping them in a specific room until your puppy learns the rules that they’re off limits.
  • Keep clothes up! Puppies like to chew and anything that smells like you is typically a target. Keep your clothes put away until your puppy has outgrown the chewing phase. I also suggest providing chew toy options such as bene bones or antlers.
  • Be aware of toxic plants: Aloe, Lillies, Jade, Ivy, Elephant Ears. etc. https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants
  • Secure yard. Make sure there are no holes in fencing or that there are loose panels. Double check gates and make sure they properly shut and can be locked.