You’ve made the exciting and commendable decision to adopt a rescue dog and bring them home to live with you and your family. You’ve bought them a dog bed, plenty of food, and several fun toys. You’ve spoken to your kids about the responsibility around taking care of a family pet. You may think you are all set and ready to go. However, if this is the first dog that has ever lived in your current home, you might not be as set as you think. Here are three easy ways to “puppy proof” your house now and avoid incidents and damages later on.
#1 - Hide The Wires
There are two things that new puppies love to do. The first is sniff and explore every inch of their new surroundings. Since they are small and curious, they will get into spaces you wouldn’t even think about. The second thing they love to do is chew stuff. Even when you buy them a bunch of chew toys, they will still try to eat anything they find as they go through their teething phase.
The easiest thing to do is go into each room with a TV and examine where the wires are located. Could a small puppy get back there? If yes, be sure to place something to barricade that area. There is no need to make any significant changes since this is a phase they will grow out of. If you have a home office, this may be the time to designate it as off-limits to the dog. Rather than trying to change the arrangement of your whole office, simply ensure the door is closed at all times.
#2 - Move The Shoes
It’s commonplace to kick your shoes off after a long day. If you live in a dogless house, or with an older pooch who knows better, you won’t think twice about that pile of family shoes on the floor. However, this is a prime target for wondering and mischievous pup to get into trouble. All it takes is a few minutes of not paying attention to them, and your expensive shoes can be torn apart, never to be worn again.
The whole family has to commit to this lifestyle change. As we have suggested in past posts, you may want to use the week or two leading up to the arrival of your new furry friend as the time to practice your new habits and routine. Place your shoes inside a closet with a door for the foreseeable future. Ideally, place a pair of slippers out of harm’s way by the door, so you have something to slip on when the dog needs to go out for a walk or to the bathroom.
#3 - Close The Bathroom Door
Chances are the kitchen garbage is too high for your new puppy to reach. However, the garbage in your bathroom is just right. That small can that houses your used dixie cups may be out of sight and out of mind for you, but it will be found by your new four-legged explorer. The result being toilet paper everywhere and the real possibility of your new puppy getting very sick.
Again, there is no need to reinvent the wheel here. Ensure that your bathroom doors are always closed. There is no reason for your dog to go in there in the first place. Just like our first two tips, this is something the entire family must commit to doing moving forward.
There is no doubt your rescue puppy will fit in perfectly with your family and home. All you need to do is take the proper precautions and implement some basic ground rules for everyone to follow. By adhering to these guidelines, you will help prevent a number of messy and harmful issues and ensure your new puppy has a smooth transition into his new, loving, forever home.