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Puppy-proof your home with these easy to follow tips from Purina.
"Making the right preparations in advance can help reduce the stress for both of you."

Puppy proof your home

A puppy’s natural curiosity will delight your family. But it can also get them into serious trouble. It may sound a little silly, but it’s actually worth getting on your knees and doing a little tour of your house from puppy-height.

You’ll quickly notice the things that will get a puppy into trouble. Electrical cords and computer cables are just begging to be bitten by sharp little teeth. Puppies can also prise open bottles of cleaning fluid and other chemicals, so put these safely away. Follow this checklist to give yourself peace of mind that your dog is safe when left home alone.

Keep them safe

Puppies are naturally inquisitive – it’s one of their most endearing characteristics, but it’s also a potentially harmful one. Before you bring your new dog home, you'll want to make sure your house is safe. Follow this checklist  to keep your dog out of danger.

No-Go Foods

Apple (the seeds are dangerous), Apricot (the pit), Cherries (the seed), Onion, Peach (leaves and the pit), Avocado (especially the stone) Macadamia and Tomato (especially the green parts)

Store all poisonous items out of reach

Put household cleaners, laundry detergents, bleach, disinfectants, insecticides, cleaning fluid, fertilisers, mothballs, antifreeze, insect poisons, rat poisons and other items in cabinets or on high shelves.

Pretend you’re a puppy

Look at your house from your puppy's point of view: get down on all fours and look around. Move or remove dangling electric cords, loose nails, plastic bags or other tempting objects that are in reach. Pick up buttons, string, sewing needles, pins and other sharp objects, and anything small enough to swallow.

If your puppy swallows any of these objects, they may cause damage to the mouth and internal organs. String and other entangling objects like curtain pulls may cause abrasions or strangulation.

Keep the toilet seat down

Puppies are often tempted to play in or drink the toilet bowl water. This habit can be very hard to break. It’s unsanitary and toilet cleaner may be harmful if swallowed.

Unplug, remove or cover any electrical cords in your puppy’s confinement area

Chewing on these cords can cause severe mouth burns, electrocution and fires.

Close off balconies and high decks

Puppies – and small mature dogs – can slip through openings and fall.

Buy a book on puppy care

Place a handy reference guide on a shelf in your bedroom, den or kitchen. You never know when you'll need a quick answer.

Prepare thoroughly

In the last few days before you first bring your puppy home, give your house a good cleaning and remove breakable items from areas where your puppy will be. Also, spend some time preparing yourself or your family. Small children in particular need to know how to act around puppies.

Check your plants

Many plants in and around your house can be harmful to your puppy. For example, the seeds of apricots and peaches, as well as spinach and tomato vines, can make your puppy sick, and can even be fatal in large dosages. See below for a full list of dangerous plants.

Flowering Plants
Amaryllis, Asian Lily, Autumn Crocus, Bird of Paradise, Climbing
Lily, Cyclamen, Daffodil, Day Lily, Easter Lily, Elephant Ear,
Foxglove, Gladiola, Hyacinth, Hydrangea, Iris, Kalanchoe, Lily
of the Valley, Narcissus, Poinsettia, Rubrum Lily, Stargazer Lily,
Tiger Lily, Tulip and Wood Lily

Aparagus Fern, Emerald Feather, Lace Fern and Plumosa Fern

Aloe Vera, Anthurium, Arum or Calla Lily, Hellebore, Morning
Glory, Mother-in-law’s Tongue, Nightshade and Pussy’s Ears

Indoor Plants
Aglaonema, Arrowhead Vine, Dracaena Deremensis, Dracaena
Fragrans, Dracaena Marginata, Dumb Cane, Golden Pothos,
Massangeana, Monstera Deliciosa, Peace Lily, Heart Leaf
Philodendron, Satin Pothos and Syngonium

Azalea, Cycads (including Sago Palm), Holly, Japanese
Sacred Bamboo, Madeira Cherry, Oleander, Rhododendron,
Red Emerald Philodendron, Rosary Pea, Saddle Leaf
Philodendron, Tree Philodendron, Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow
and Yucca

Buckeye, Umbrella Tree, White Cedar (especially ripe fruit)
and Yew

Clematis, Deadly Nightshade and English Ivy

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Last updated: 19 July 2016 at 02:07 PM
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