Puppy Proofing Your House and House Proofing Your Puppy: Tips from Holland Street Veterinary Services We all know that at some point in our lives we need to ‘kid proof’ our house. But what about ‘puppy proofing’ our house when we get our adorable puppy home? Puppies are full of energy and cannot always control where they are going (especially on slippery tile/wood floors). It might be a good idea to move that beautiful plant stand from the corner of your wood tiled living room to a room that has carpet or a room that puppy is not allowed in. I think that we have all seen the commercial of the little boy putting rolls of toilet paper in the corner of the kitchen to stop his adorable puppy from sliding into the cabinets whenever he ran into the kitchen to get his food. I don’t think we need to fill each tiled/wood floor room with toilet paper, just knowing where our puppies are running from and into goes a long way to protecting them from sliding into walls or cabinets. Puppies are also going to chew whatever they can get their paws and teeth on (especially in your absence).
Keeping puppy in an area where he can do the least amount of damage is the best. Puppies like to chew on cabinets, carpet, furniture and lots of other things that feels good on his gums and immature teeth. Keeping your puppy in a crate is always a good idea. The crate should be big enough for the puppy to stand up in, curl up and sleep in. But you don’t want the crate too big that your puppy decides to use part of it for his ‘business’.
Another wonderful idea is the baby gate. Find an area in your house that you can gate off and use this as puppy’s area for when you are gone. Getting down on your hands and knees and envisioning the house like your puppy is the best way. Start seeing things from their point of view! If you see something that can easily break, move it to another area of the house.
Those electrical wires that always seem to be hanging out, get them tucked away better! Teaching your puppy also goes a long way. When the puppy starts to chew on something that is unacceptable, remove the item, give a stern, ‘NO’ and replace with an acceptable chew toy.
Remember to praise the puppy when he is chewing on an appropriate item. Part of your puppy’s training could include the use of a spray that leaves a bitter taste in the mouth (but does not stain the object) when an inappropriate item is chewed on. In time and with correct firmness and praise your puppy will become house proofed! For more information go to the clinic’s website by clicking at Holland Street Veterinary Clinic