Dog Health & More
Thursday May 10th, 2012
If it's been a while since you lived with a puppy, you'll undoubtedly have forgotten how much damage can be done with 28 pointy baby teeth that a vampire would envy. But you will quickly remember. Life will be far easier if you puppy-proof the house before your curious newcomer sets a paw inside your home.
Like human toddlers, puppies will put anything into their mouths that will fit, and sometimes things you'd swear couldn't fit. For items that won't go in, chewing is a normal response. While it probably won't matter too much if he swallows a button, the battery from a remote control is another matter. In between puppies, most of us forget just how quickly they can get stuff off the end tables, chairs, counters, and other areas we think are safe.
A crate is a big safety boon during this stage of life. It's best not to leave your puppy unsupervised while he's still trying to explore the whole world with his jaws.
First, take care of the easy stuff: lie down on the floor and look around for nails, decorative items, buttons, needles, socks, craft items, and anything else that a puppy might swallow or chew. Put all of these items someplace he can't reach.
Next, tackle the bigger issues:
Consider using safety gates and/or childproof latches to prevent access to:
Sure, it can feel overwhelming to look around and notice all the potential hazards, but with a little foresight on your part, and judicious use of a crate and safety gates, your puppy should make it to adulthood without any frightening or expensive incidents. Relax! His puppyhood will be over all too soon, and you'll be surprised at how much you'll miss being able to truthfully tell the kids to pick up their toys or the puppy will destroy them.