Brian Faulkner - BSc (Hons), BVM&S, MBA, MSc(Psych), MRCVS

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How can I puppy proof my home?

Brian Faulkner - BSc (Hons), BVM&S, MBA, MSc(Psych), MRCVS
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There are lots of things to think about when you first get a new puppy. You want to make sure they feel comfortable and safe in their new home, but at the same time you also want to make sure that your possessions kept out of harms way.

Here are some top tips for puppy proofing your home.

Provide your puppy with a space of their own

Giving your a puppy a space of their own area away from the action of the household is very important. A box covered in an old duvet can make a cosy, dark space for your puppy to relax in when they just want to settle down. If you are using a crate then you can also make this their quiet cosy space.

You may wish to use a DAP (Dog Appeasing Pheromone) diffuser which mimics the hormones that a puppy’s mother would be releasing and helps hugely to relax and reassure puppies. You can buy diffusers which you plug in near your puppy’s bed to reduce anxiety and as an extra measure, you can give your puppy a DAP collar to wear too.

If you can get a blanket from your breeder or rehoming charity that smells familiar to your puppy this will help your puppy settle in.

Make sure puppy has constant access to water and give thought to where you will provide food and water as this needs to be a calm and quiet space.

A safe place

Decide on your puppy zone, you don’t need to give your puppy open access to the whole house immediately. Close off rooms you don’t want your puppy to go into and use a dog gate where needed – it is sensible to close off the stairs at first to prevent accidents.

Within the area your puppy has access to, make sure you place covers in front of fires and block up any small gaps such as along the side of the fridge so your puppy cannot crawl into them and get stuck.

Keeping your possessions safe

Your puppy will explore with its teeth so keep as many objects as possible out of reach. Valuable objects will be a priority, but anything that can break up easily, or contains batteries should also be kept well out of reach.

Give your puppy access to a good selection of toys with different textures and they will be more likely to spend their time exploring these rather than chewing your TV remote, furniture or shoes.

Other safety measures to take around the house

You should also remove any electrical wires that could be chewed. If you can’t remove them, make sure you keep them safe by closing them away or blocking access to them.

It’s also important to check that all your houseplants are safe as there are a number of plants that are dangerous and toxic for puppies.

Lastly, if your puppy has access to the kitchen, you need to make sure all cleaning products and other chemicals are inaccessible.

Key points

  • Create a quiet, safe space that puppy can all its own
  • Provide constant access to water
  • Cover fires and block off small spaces
  • Move everything you don’t want your puppy to chew out of reach
  • Remove or conceal all electrical wires
  • Check your houseplants are puppy safe
  • Make sure they cannot get into the bins and cleaning cupboards

Brian Faulkner - BSc (Hons), BVM&S, MBA, MSc(Psych), MRCVS

Brian graduated from Edinburgh Vet School in 1995 and worked in mixed practice before studying for an MBA at Nottingham Business School in 2000/2001. After setting up and developing numerous veterinary practices in Suffolk in the 2000s, Brian was awarded the Petplan-UK Vet of the Year in 2008 after having been runner-up in 2007. Brian is currently the Petplan Pet Insurance media and PR vet and works in his own small animal veterinary practice 3 days a week. During his 20 year career Brian has worked in over 250 veterinary practices as a clinician, consultant and confidence coach.

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