It’s very difficult to match the excitement of bringing a new puppy into your home. That magical feeling of welcoming a new canine chum and planning many adventures together, might be one of the most thrilling! With all the fun and playtime, it should be remembered that there are some important things that you can do to keep your dog safe and sound in the home! At The Insurance Emporium, we know that your house can be like a playground for a puppy! That’s why we put together this guide on puppy-proofing your home!
1. Shocking dangers!
We know how much dogs love to chew on things, especially when they’re teething! Using cord covers on electrical wires, or purchasing a deterrent spray, could save your puppy from a nasty shock if they decide to use them as a chew toy!
2. Medication caution
Puppies are very good at sniffing things out and won’t think twice about swallowing them! Make sure that your medications are kept well out of reach of your dog! Human medication is one of the most common sources of pet poisoning, so it’s well worth doing.
3. Put the bins out!
Unless you want to find your kitchen decorated with the contents of your bin, you may want to keep it well out of the way of your puppy! They can also represent a health hazard for your pet should they start munching their way through your rubbish!
4. The houseplant hazard…
It might surprise you to learn that a seemingly innocuous plant could pose a serious danger to your puppy. Many houseplants can be poisonous to your pets, so make sure that you do your research into which plants are safe before visiting the garden centre!
5. Fire safety solutions
If you have a fireplace or a stove, ensuring that it is well screened off could be vital. As they begin to explore, it’s incredibly important that you never leave your puppy alone in a room with an open flame!
6. Clear your clutter!
When your puppy is teething they could be tempted to chew on just about anything! Items such as mobile phones, iPads, shoes and more should be stored away and not left lying around!
7. Hang those bags up!
Whether it’s your handbag, shopping bags or gym bag, leaving them lying around on the floor is an open invitation for your puppy to have a root around! As well as the damage that they could cause, there are numerous items you might carry with you every day that could be toxic to pets!
8. Find them a space
It can be vitally important for your puppy to feel like they have their own space where they can be comfortable and retreat. Giving them a nice comfy crate or dog basket and getting them used to relaxing in it could have many benefits, not least giving you a place to put them when you’re out or they need some quiet time!
9. Use the washing basket…
Small items of clothing, such as socks and underwear could cause a potential intestinal blockage if swallowed. It’s time to stop being lazy and get them off the bedroom floor! Your mum always told you that the washing basket is there for a reason!
10. Man the blockades!
Ensuring that your puppy only stays in the areas where you want them can be a nightmare! Putting up some child-proof gates and blocking off entry to tight spaces might be the best way to stop them running amok around the house!
11. Tonnes of toys
Ensuring that your puppy has a good selection of chew toys in the home could provide a better alternative to your furniture! This could help encourage them to chew on the right things whilst they’re growing up!
Making sure that your home is puppy-proof could be important in making sure that your dog is safe as they begin to explore. It also leaves you free to enjoy watching your puppy grow up with less to worry about! Another way to alleviate worry might be purchasing some Dog Insurance for your new pet, helping to protect them should something unforeseen happen. At The Insurance Emporium, our Dog Insurance policies can cover your puppy from five weeks old and include a 20% Introductory Discount* on new policies! Check out The Insurance Emporium today to find out more!
*20% Introductory Discount is available for the first 12 premium payments on lunar and calendar monthly policies or one premium payments on annual policies.
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