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10 Ways to Puppy Proof Your Home

Toxic Plants

Find out which plants are toxic (see our article, Poisons in the Garden – poisonous plants and garden dangers) and place them out of reach

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Medications

Keep all medications in a safe area where your puppy cannot access them. Puppies are surprisingly quick at pulling things off low surfaces.

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Rubbish

Put rubbish bins up high where your dog cannot get into them, or ensure that lids are tightly secured. Sharp objects and poisons are only two of the hazards here.

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Water

Full sinks, bathtubs, or toilets with open lids can be a drowning hazard. Avoid chemical toilet cleaners if you cannot keep your puppy from drinking out of the toilet.

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Cleaning products

Keep cleaning supplies in high cupboards or use childproof latches to secure lower cupboards.

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Furniture

Be careful of your puppy around furniture. A rocking chair can hurt a puppy’s tail or leg, and a curious puppy may crawl under an open recliner or sofa bed.

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Electrical cords

Electrical cords are a big danger to puppies, who often chew on them while playing

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Fire

Screen off fireplaces and wood stoves. Never leave your puppy unattended in a room with an open flame or space heater.

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Window dressing cords

Cords for curtains and blinds can be a strangulation hazard. Either tie up the excess cords, or cut the loop in the cord.

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Clothing

Swallowed clothing may cause a dangerous intestinal blockage. Keep socks, nylons, underwear, and other clothing put away. Keep laundry baskets off the floor.

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Small objects

Keep small objects (coins, jewellry, needles and thread, straight pins, yarn, dental floss, rubber bands, paper clips, toys, etc.) out of your puppy’s reach.

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Fishing equipment

Keep fishing line, hooks, and lures stored out of reach.

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Doors and windows

Be careful about closing doors as you walk through – your puppy may be right behind you and get caught.

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