Being a new puppy mom is a lot like being the mom of a toddler – you get up frequently throughout the night, your little pup solely depends on you, and you follow your pup around to make sure they aren’t getting into any mischief. The benefits far outweigh the negatives though. I mean, puppy breath… need I say more?! It’s a very good idea to puppy-proof your home before you bring your new bundle of joy home. I’m sharing all my puppy-proofing tips today!
#1. Put away all cords or hide them behind an entertainment center or bookcase.
Puppies LOVE cords, so this one is a big one. Sassy was constantly trying to chew on our phone charging cords, so we had to move them to the kitchen counter where she couldn’t reach them. She also was a fan of our lamp’s cord. We couldn’t really hide it, so we just had to keep an eye on her.
#2. Remove breakable or chewable items from lower shelves.
Sassy once decided a fake planter with fake succulents looked like a good chew toy. I had to move it to another location until she was a bit older.
#3. Install a baby gate in front of stairs and close doors to rooms you don’t want your puppy to roam yet.
While we were potty training Sassy, all the doors stayed closed to the bedrooms. We have laminate and tile flooring in our living room and kitchen so it wasn’t as big of a deal when she had an accident in there (except when she did it on the rug). It also gives you the chance to show your puppy what behavior is acceptable and what is not in a limited space. Sassy learned what she could and couldn’t do much faster and we were always able to keep an eye on her.
#4. Make sure shoes go in the closets!
Puppies are notorious shoe chewers and Sassy was no exception. She LOVED to chew on shoestrings. We made a rule that all shoes go in the closets after she chewed off one of my stepson’s laces. Learn from our mistake and put all the shoes in the closet!
#5. Put up all jackets, blankets, and pillows and keep them out of your puppy’s crate.
Sassy had access to a blanket on the floor once and she chewed that up. She was able to chew the sleeve on my coat with it hanging on one of the kitchen chairs, and she ALWAYS chewed up the crate pillows we bought her because she was bored in her crate. I hated that she had to lay on the bare plastic crate floor, but honestly, it was for her own good. Visits to the vet for ingestion of stuffings can be expensive (to the tune of $300+. I know, because it happened to us.), so just keep those items out of your pup’s way.
#5. Get a lid for your trash.
Your puppy may be tempted to trash-drive for table scraps. To prevent this, be sure to get a lid for your trash cans.
Sassy used to dig dryer sheets out of ours and shred them. Funny now, but it wasn’t then because we had to chase her around until we could get them away from her, lol.