Help keep your dog safe and yourself sane while you teach him how to behave by picking up, putting away, blocking and “bittering”. I’ve outlines some typical areas to puppy-proof below.
(Hint: Puppy-proofing is very similar to child-proofing)
- Close the bathroom door and prevent access to rooms which are out of your sight.
- Secure trash bins and cabinets. Keep food and cleaning items out of reach.
- Move plants and knick-knacks out of reach.
- Apply a taste deterrent to electrical cords or move them out of reach.
- Apply a taste deterrent to wood furniture and upholstery (if needed).
- Consider taking up area rugs until your dog has learned to chew only what he is allowed to chew and is fully house trained. The earliest I would trust a puppy as reliably chew and house-trained would be 10 months old.
- Consider covering furniture with a blanket until he is chew trained and house trained (see point above).
- Check outdoor fencing for holes and gaps.