Furholics: Puppy Proof Your Home

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The most important or rather a very “responsible” part of proper pet parenting involves puppy proofing your home. You may have already read the best pet vacuum cleaner reviews and found the most suitable puppy food, but now you need to make sure they can’t hurt themselves. Very simply, it means that you create an environment that the puppy will not damage or get hurt by. It also means you invest a little time in looking around your home to see that nothing will tempt your puppy right in the face!

Like toddlers, pups are always “discovering things”. These are in the form of gadgets and things around your home and also in your garden. Some of these new discoveries can be dangerous. Let us try to minimise the dangers..

The Kitchen

With all the aromas wafting out, the kitchen is among the most attractive places for dogs. Also, this is a place where we use mixers and toasters. Ensure the wires are out of reach and that any food – raw or cooked is kept away from curious noses and paws. Try and install child proof locks on all cabinets!

The Toilet/Bath

On their journey to inspect their home, pups venture into toilets. And may land in the toilet bowl! it could be chasing a cold lap of water or be curious about the smells there. So keep all doors closed.

Also, bathrooms have razors, soaps, shampoo. Never let them lie on the floor or in the tub. If you have cabinets. install child proof latches. Never leave a hair dryer or a shaver pugged in. It can be dangerous.

The Bedroom and Living Area

Anything that smells like the parents becomes a favourite. So your fluffy pillows, shoes, clothes, shoes, socks and even cellphones are great to chew up. Avoid leaving your things lying around. Or then don’t crib when they are chewed up!

The Garden

The fun of digging into potted plants, a well manicured lawn or chewing up on your treasured flowers are all just part of the growing up phase. The garden is perhaps the most inviting place for all kinds of mischief for dogs.

What you must do (besides tolerating the attempts at grading ) is to ensure there is no gap in the wall that a curious mind will happily use to escape. Also, don’t leave fertiliser and tools lying around. Fertilizer can work havoc on a pups digestive system. If it is chemical the damage will be very, very bad. Check what plants are toxic to dogs and avoid them in your garden. At the same time, plant some grass that dogs love to eat to manage a bad stomach etc.

As your puppy grows, you will both understand what is permitted and what is not, what is good and what is bad.

Just ensure you start right!

Uma Karve Chakranarayan

Uma Karve Chakranarayan

Uma Karve Chakranarayan is editor and publisher of Tell Tail, Pune’s only petzine and partner, Petsworld, a pet food and accessories store. ’Furholics’ appears every Saturday on Pune365.
Uma Karve Chakranarayan