10 Tips on Puppy Proofing Your Home
Whether it was the kids who talked you into bringing home that cuddly new puppy they just happen to see in the pet store window, or whether it was you who thought the place needed something to make it a little livelier, owning a Pomsky or any puppy carries with it a unique set of responsibilities. For one thing, a puppy has to be house broken, and another thing is that they are constantly getting into things. So, to help get you off on the right foot and keep these rambunctious little creatures from driving you crazy, I have compiled a list of 10 tips on puppy proofing your home:
1. Don’t get your puppy hooked on people food
On the face of it, feeding your puppy from the dining room table, or sharing your snacks with him might seem harmless, but the truth of the matter is that some foods that are perfectly agreeable to us can be deadly to your puppy. For example, those grapes that you are so fond of munching on, and those chocolate bars you try to hide from the wife can be deadly for a Pomsky or any dog. Besides, once your puppy gets hooked on people food, he’ll do everything in his power to get at it when you’re not looking. So make sure you lock up your food so your puppy can’t get at it.
2. Keep dog medicines and people medicine separated
Let’s face it, a lot of families are in the habit of keeping their medicines all over the place: on the bathroom counter, in the living room on the coffee table, and even in the kitchen. The reasoning for this is that it makes them easily accessible; no need to get up and go all the way to the bathroom in the middle of a football game. This is all fine and dandy if you don’t have pets. But if you have pets, like a Pomsky, they can get into them and the result could be catastrophic. So keep your meds in the medicine cabinet where pets can’t get at them, and also remember to lock up your pet meds so the two don’t become confused.
3. Put locks on all your cabinets
Puppies are by their nature very curious creatures, and they are also very resourceful. Once they learn where stuff is, they never forget. And, unless you take precautions ahead of time, they will find a way to get into stuff. Lower level kitchen cabinets and dresser drawers are too irresistible a target for them to pass up and make easy targets. Therefore, every cabinet or dresser drawer that is within their reach should be equipped with some type of locking mechanism. This could prevent them from injuring themselves, and keep them from destroying your clothes.
4. Don’t sit your purse down where your puppy can get to it
Let’s face it, most women carry a lot of things in their purse they consider necessities, and almost all of that stuff can be harmful to pets. And a woman’s purse is designed for convenience, so they are usually easily accessible. Well, that same accessibility extends to their pets too, unfortunately, so when setting your purse down, remember to put it out of reach of your curiosity-prone Pomsky puppy. You wouldn’t want him swallowing all that loose change, or those spare car keys you have in there.
5. Put down the toilet lid after use
All of us have seen at one time or another TV shows or those cute commercials where dogs and puppies are allowed—and sometimes encouraged—to drink from the toilet bowl. And it probably seemed perfectly harmless to most of us. After all, it’s only water, right? Well, not really. If there is one place in the home where everybody is finicky about keeping clean, it’s the toilet. Consequently, the toilet bowl may be subjected to any number of toxic cleansers on a daily basis; cleaners that could prove deadly to your pet should he help himself to the water in your toilet. So, keep your puppy away from the toilet bowl.
6. Get rid of all rodent and rat poisons
Rat and rodent poisons are just that: poisons. So, before you bring that cuddly little puppy home, be sure to rid the home of all such products. Pesticides are designed to keep unwanted critters out of your home, yes, but most of them work by enticing their target to partake of their deadly cargo by being tasty. Just as rat and rodent poison seems too tasty to resist for rats and rodents, so too is it enticing to pets. So, make sure your home is free of rat poison and traps before you bring home your pet.
7. Pet proof your garage too
Most every home nowadays has a garage, and most people keep the family car in there. But sometimes the hubby likes to turn the family garage into his own little work shop. By necessity, this area then becomes home to all sorts of hazards that can prove fatal to your pets. Things like battery acid, anti-freeze, bleach, drain cleaners, and metal shards all hazards you’d want your puppy to steer clear of. However, puppy-proofing such an active and cluttered area may prove difficult. So, the best thing to do—in addition to doing everything you can do to puppy-proof it—would be to train your puppy that your personal work area is one of those places in the home that is strictly off limits.
8. Make sure your plants are puppy-friendly
Most plants are perfectly harmless to animals, but some do pose a danger. Therefore, you should educate yourself on which ones are safe to have around pets, and which ones aren’t. In addition, some plants require the use of pesticides and herbicides to keep them health, chemicals which can prove deadly to pets. So, get rid of all the plants in the home that are naturally harmful to your puppy, and keep the plants—and the chemicals that you use to maintain them—out of the reach of your puppy.
9. Keep floors clear of debris
Ordinarily, it’d be okay if the hubby acts like a slob during the big game, but once you bring home that puppy you’ve been wanting for so long, this will become a no-no. Now, everything you drop on the floor instantly becomes a hazard for your puppy. This includes coins, candy, popcorn, pizza and candy. So, in order to protect your new puppy, make sweeping and vacuuming your floors a habit.
10. Puppy-proof your trash cans
Naturally, you try to keep your home as clean and odor-free as possible, but Pomskies and other dog breeds have been blessed with an extremely keen sense of smell. Consequently, what you view as garbage is seen as a potential smorgasbord for a curious puppy. So, in order to keep your puppy from getting there and gorging himself on things like thrown-away vegetables, coffee grounds, plastic bags, and anything else you’ve discarded, replace all your trash receptacles with tight-fitting lids, both to protect their health, and to keep them from making a mess of the place.
As stated earlier, owning a puppy is a big responsibility. But adhering to the above tips can go a long way in ensuring that your relationship with your puppy is a long and enjoyable one.