Puppy Proofing Your Home

At last, the puppy you’ve wanted for so long is finally here. This is an exciting time for you, but it can also be stressful. It’s a time of adjustment for your new pet as he leaves the security of his mother and experiences a multitude of new sights, sounds and smells. Here are some tips to prepare your home before the puppy’s arrival.


  • Electrical cords should be hidden or wrapped to prevent him from chewing them.
  • Items you don’t want your puppy to have should be stored in a place that he can’t access, like a closet or cabinet with a door you can keep closed.
  • Poisonous household products (like those used for cleaning or for auto maintenance, including antifreeze) should be safely stored where your puppy can’t get to them.


  • Inspect your lawn for holes or gaps in your fence where your puppy could escape, and remove all chemical fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides and poisonous plants.
  • Talk to your veterinarian for a list of plants that should be kept out of your puppy’s reach.


  • Puppy-proof your home, inside and outside. 
  • Use child locks and baby gates to protect your puppy from danger.