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Puppy Proof Your Home

By: Sandy Bolan - Updated: 28 Aug 2015 | comments*Discuss
 
Puppy Proof Your Home

Puppies are toddlers with fur. And we all know how inquisitive they both can be. Which means, prior to bringing the new fur ball home, it is important to do a clean sweep of everything that lives at puppy level.

How exactly do you puppy-proof? Get on your hands and knees - puppy level - and crawl around the house. You never know what you will find - like that long-lost earring or a fortune in lose change.

Pick up every small item. "Swallowed coins, pins, needles, rubber bands, paper clips, staples, nails, screws, yarn, thread, dental floss, earringsā€¦ small balls left lying around can lodge in your puppy's digestive tract" and cause an expensive vet bill for removal, according to PetPlace.com.

Electrical cords are among the favourite of puppy snacks. While it may not be attractive, tape cords to the wall, then spray the tape with bitter apple or some other bad tasting dog chewing deterrent. This should not be forever, just a few months until the puppy learns what is his and what is off limits.

The basic rule of thumb is this: if you need, love or value an item, take it out of puppy reach. As you know, the first thing a puppy will turn into a chew toy is your brand new pair of Jimmy Choo shoes, which were not on sale. And remember, as puppies grow, so does their reach. So what may have been safe on the counter at 10 weeks becomes fair game when the puppy is four months old.

Once the floor is clear of all stray objects, scatter dog toys all over it and praise the puppy when he chews on them, versus something of yours. If the puppy does happen to get something of yours, trade it for one of his toys and load on the praise for giving up the shoe and taking the bone. This brings about another general rule: if it's on the floor, it belongs to the dog. Keep this in mind when guests come over and leave their shoes by the front door. They may very well go home with one shoe.

Have a Crate for Your Puppy

Puppies should never be left to their own devices - inside or outside. See above for possible results. If you cannot be in the same room as your puppy, then he should be in his crate or some other enclosed safe area.

Crates are designed to be happy, safe and secure places for a puppy. Not a place of punishment or banishment. A crate should have a bed or blanket for him to lie on as well as a few favourite toys. It is as much a place for you to put him when you can't watch him, as it is a place for puppy to go and be by himself. Always leave the crate door open - unless you are containing him - so he can go into and out of it whenever he wants to take a nap. This helps ensure he views the crate as a safe and pleasurable spot.

Puppy Proof Your Garden

Not only are there puppy hazards indoors, but also outdoors. Before planting your flower and vegetable gardens, consider which plants and fertilizers are toxic to dogs.

Potentially toxic plants include Philodendrons, Azaleas and Honeysuckles. Other hazardous plants include Cactus, Dumbcane, Mistletoe, Poinsettia, Cherry Seeds, Daffodil blooms, Horse Chestnuts, Holly, Lily of the Valley, Morning Glory, Rhubarb, Skunk Cabbage, Tulip bulbs and wild mushrooms, according to the American Kennel Club.

Other things to avoid in the garden are slug/snail killing pellets and cocoa mulch. Cocoa mulch is made from cocoa beans, which contain theobromine - the ingredient in chocolate, which is toxic to dogs.

Common symptoms of poisoning include vomiting and diarrhoea. A dog's central nervous system can also be adversely affected, resulting in convulsions or loss of consciousness.

Pressure Treated Wood

A sure sign of summer is a dog peacefully sleeping on the porch, soaking up the sun. However, if they are lying on unsealed pressure treated wood, dogs are also soaking up some unfriendly chemicals. The very chemicals used to treat pressure treated wood, can be toxic to dogs, which is why it is important to seal the wood. The pressure treating chemicals can leak into the soil, therefore, pets should never be allowed under the deck to sleep or play, according to BellaOnline's Sandy Moyer.

Keep dogs off chemically treated/fertilized lawns for 24 hours. It may be best to not allow them on anyone's lawn, unless you know whether or not they use lawn chemicals. Keep sheds and garage doors closed. "It's easy for dogs to nose their way into [open garages and sheds] and for their paws to become contaminated with garden chemicals," according to petplanet.co.uk.

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Please can you tell me how long it is reasonable to leave a small pet dog in a cage while at work?Is it ethically right?Is it legal? what would you recommend?I have had conflicting advice.Many thanks for your help. Kind regards Christina Lindsay
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