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Getting a new puppy can be very exciting, but it can also be a little overwhelming. Dogs — especially young puppies — love to explore, so it’s important to make sure that your house is safe before they come into it! Here is a complete house guide to puppy proofing your house for the little furry one that’s about to become a part of your family.

Kitchen

  • Turn off burners on the stove when not using them.
  • Close off kitchen when cleaning the oven — the chemicals could be harmful to your puppy.
  • Get a trashcan with a lid on it! This will keep them away from any foods or remains that are unsafe for them.
  • Speaking of unsafe foods, the ASPCA recommends to keep your dog away from these foods: avocados, bread dough, chocolate, any type of alcohol, grapes, raisins, macadamia nuts, onions, garlic, tobacco products, xylitol, moldy foods, and more.

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  • Put away sharp knives. A puppy could easily pull them down!
  • Put child-safety locks on cabinets to prevent your puppy from getting anything inside them.

Living Area

  • Tuck power cords away to avoid your puppy chewing on them. You could use a rug or PVC pipe to hide them, or there are many other tools to use.
  • Be careful of your puppy when they’re around furniture. They could get under an open recliner or sofa bed, so make sure that you know where your puppy is before you close those!
  • Also be careful when you’re closing a door behind you. Your puppy could be right there!
  • Fireplaces should ALWAYS have a screen on them, and you should never leave your puppy unattended while one is burning or when a space heater is on.
  • Keep window blind/curtain cords out of the reach of your puppy. They could become strangled if they start playing with them.
  • It’s a good idea to get an outdoor rug to keep inside for your puppy. It’s more durable and is better for their teeth if they try to chew on it.
  • Store pillows and blankets in a bin… if your puppy chews on them and gets stuffing or fabric inside of them, it can cause problems.
  • Keep plants high as your puppy gets used to their new home. Also be sure that your plants are safe. Some toxic plants for dgos that are commonly found in homes are: dieffenbachia, azalea, Calla lily, and philodendron.

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  • Keep stairs closed off with a baby gate.

Bathroom

  • Lock cabinets with a child-safety lock.
  • Keep all medications (including ones for dogs) in a safe area that your puppy can’t get to. Don’t leave any on the counter or a table! A puppy can chew through things that would surprise you — including plastic containers. They’re also surprisingly fast at pulling things off of tables.
  • Always keep your toilet lid down, in case of drowning. Avoid auto-cleaners too — if possible — because they are harmful to pets.
  • Unplug and put cords away. You don’t want your puppy getting burned from a hair tool, or ruining the cord!
  • Keep your hair accessories out of reach. A puppy could easily choke on any of them.
  • Store pills, soaps, razors, and cotton up high where the puppy can’t reach them.
  • Keep cleaning supplies up high or in a locked cabinet. Whenever you’re cleaning, keep the puppy out of the area. You don’t want fumes getting in the eyes of your curious puppy or into their lungs!
  • Never leave a puppy unattended with a full sink or bathtub.

Bedroom

  • Put a small staircase or bench next to the bed for a puppy’s safe access.
  • Be sure to have barricades to prevent the puppy from wedging himself between the bed where it could be dangerous.
  • Put shoes up on a shelf behind closed doors — or risk having them ruined!
  • Always keep dresser drawers shut and have laundry out of reach. A puppy can get internal blockage and choking hazards from swallowed clothing.
  • Keep jewelry up high or stored away to avoid your puppy choking or being exposed to metals that have toxic chemicals for them.

Outside

  • Close off balconies, because a puppy could easily squirm through the openings and fall.
  • Keep any fishing gear stored away, especially hooks and fishing line.
  • Never leave your puppy unattended outside!
  • Have a specific, closed-off play area for your puppy. This will keep them from running out into the street, attacking a stranger, or anything else that might be dangerous. (Still don’t leave them out there unattended, though.)
  • Keep tool sheds closed and locked — there are far too many dangerous things in there for your pup.
  • Poisons, paints, fertilizer, bleach, and pesticides should be put on a high shelf or locked away.

Good luck with your new puppy!