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Puppy-Proof Your Home: Beyond the Basics

Klarisse Galido - Editor in chief of Knose Pet Insurance

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Klarisse Galido

As the content curator of Knose, Klarisse is all about blending vet advice, practical pet tips, and stories from the pet-loving community. Her passion for pets brings to life the everyday joys and challenges of pet ownership.

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Bringing a new puppy into your home is an exciting and joyous occasion, but it also comes with quite a few responsibilities. When you puppy-proof your home, you ensure both you and your new furry friend are safe and comfortable. 

While most guides will tell you to keep electrical cords out of reach and to use baby gates, there’s more to taking care of a new puppy. Let’s discuss some important yet often overlooked tips for creating a truly puppy-proof environment.

8 more tips to puppy-proof your home

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First experiences are always memorable, even for puppies and kittens in their new home.

1. Sensory safety

Puppies explore the world through their senses, particularly smell and taste. And there are a lot of things for them to discover – both the good and the not-so-good ones. 

For their safety, ensure that all household plants are non-toxic to fur babies. Some common plants, such as lilies and poinsettias, might look safe but can be harmful if ingested. In addition to those that can be eaten, also consider the smells in your home. Strong scents from cleaning products, perfume, air fresheners, or even certain foods can be overwhelming or harmful. Opt for natural, pet-safe products whenever possible.

2. Tech-savvy protection

In our tech-driven homes, we often overlook the dangers posed by our gadgets, not only to kids but to fur babies as well. It’s always a good practice to secure all loose cables using cord organisers and keep chargers out of reach. 

If you want to take it up a notch, consider investing in pet-proof technology like motion-activated cameras to help you monitor your puppy’s activities when you’re not around. Smart feeders and water dispensers can also ensure your pup is well-fed and hydrated throughout the day, even if you’re not home.

3. Secure the unseen

Even after you’ve locked away cleaning supplies and medications, other unseen dangers still lurk in your home. Check for small gaps or holes in furniture and walls where a curious puppy could get stuck. Don’t forget to check under furniture and appliances for small items that a puppy could swallow. 

When you’re not around to watch your new fur babies, ensure that all windows and balcony doors are securely closed. For added safety, you can install screens to prevent accidental falls.

4. Puppy-proof your home furniture

By now, there’s no denying that puppies find everything to be chewable, and your furniture is often an irresistible target. Protect these by using furniture covers or throws that can be easily washed. Consider applying pet-safe bitter sprays to deter chewing. 

Some puppies may still develop a certain attachment to your favourite furniture. In this case, provide plenty of unique chew toys to redirect their attention away from your belongings. For particularly adventurous puppies, corner protectors and edge bumpers can prevent injuries from accidents with sharp edges.

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A safe space will help your new puppy adapt easily to their new environment.

5. Creating a safe space

Even if your entire home is already safe for your fur baby, you can still designate a specific place where your puppy can feel the safest and most secure. This could be a cosy corner with their bed, toys, and water bowl. Ensure that this area is free from any hazards and is easily accessible. 

A playpen or crate can also provide a safe space while you’re not able to supervise your furry friends. This space will not only help in puppy-proofing but also in play-based training and providing comfort to your new pet.

6. Mind the floors

Small pets can be prone to slips and falls, especially on slick surfaces like tile or hardwood floors. To address this, consider adding rugs or non-slip mats in high-traffic areas to provide better traction. In addition to preventing injuries, this will also make your puppy feel more comfortable as they navigate their new environment.

7. Environmental enrichment

A bored puppy can quickly become adventurous. So, provide enough environmental enrichment to keep your puppy engaged and mentally stimulated. Puzzle toys, treat-dispensing toys, and interactive play sessions can prevent boredom and reduce the likelihood of your puppy finding themselves in an uncomfortable situation. Like us, regular exercise and playtime are also essential for their physical and mental well-being.

Labrador puppy with his family in the sofa - Knose Puppy Insurance
Puppy-proof your home to benefit not only your new pet, but your entire family as well. 

8. Educating the family

It also takes a village to raise a fur baby, so everyone in the household should be on the same page when it comes to puppy-proofing. Ensure that all family members understand the importance of keeping certain items out of reach and closing doors behind them. In particular, educate children on how to interact safely and respectfully with the new puppy, teaching them not to leave their toys or belongings within the puppy’s reach.

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Providing holistic care for your puppies

Being able to puppy-proof your home is one of the simpler ways to show your puppy that you care for them. It goes beyond the obvious steps and requires a thoughtful approach to ensure your new furry friend’s safety and well-being. 

But to ensure that your pets are safe both inside and outside the comforts of your home, you can also invest in a puppy insurance that takes care of both you and your puppies. This will not only financially help you as a new fur parent, but will also provide you with the priceless peace of mind. 

By considering these unique yet effective tips, you can create a secure environment where your puppy can grow. Remember, a little preparation now can prevent a lot of trouble later, allowing you to enjoy every moment with your puppy.

Post by Yvette Balita in collaboration with Knose Pet Insurance

Yvette Balita is a fur parent to Shinx, a 6-year old Jack Russel, along with multiple cats, and even chickens! Growing up with all kinds of farm animals in her neighbourhood, she takes pride in coming up with unique pet names. The animals around her also give her a grounded perspective on the natural cycle of pet life and pets’ needs. Drawing from her personal journey and hands-on experience as a pet owner, Yvette contributes insights for pet owners seeking to care and protect their furry family members. 

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