One of the most exciting moments in a dog lover’s life is when they find out or decide to finally get a dog. Accompanying that feeling is also the pressure of wanting to know everything a new dog owner needs for when their buddy comes home with them. If you’re about to have a new doggo, keep reading to know how to puppy-proof your house! 

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Taking care of a dog means adjusting the way you live to accommodate their needs as well. To do so, you need to be able to know the needs, temperament, and tendencies your future pup is going to have — it helps in preparing and determining how to make your home a space they can be comfortable in. 

Do your research on what kind of lifestyle and environment your future pet needs. It is incredibly important for both the owner’s and the dog’s sake. Why? It’s because it’s a life-long commitment. 


    1. Secure all trash cans and make sure that they have lids. Puppies are attracted to the smell of garbage and will surely go through them when left alone.
    2. Keep cleaning supplies and harmful chemicals out of reach. Avoid using floor cleaners with bleach because this may irritate your puppy’s paws.
    3. Watch out for poisonous house plants. It’s best to know which ones are dog-friendly plants to avoid any unwanted trips to the vet.
    4. Organize your cords and cables. To your young dog, anything and everything is a toy. For the safety of everyone, make sure to keep your cords/cables out of your dog’s reach or sight.
    5. Don’t leave valuables within their reach. If you don’t want to say goodbye to your favorite book or keychain, keep them out of your puppy’s reach because that will surely be their new chew toy.
    6. Keep your bathroom door closed at all times. It’s a magical place for dogs and they’ll think that your toilet is their new drinking fountain.
    7. Designate an area for them to call their own. You’ll want to make sure that your dog is as comfortable as possible in the space you own. A new dog is bound to take a while to adjust to their new home, so making sure that they have their own space and little corner will make it less intimidating.

As much as it is exciting to take home a new pet, it does require a lot of responsibility to know the ins and outs of how to puppy-proof your house — that doesn’t mean that it can’t be fun! It’s a constant learning process and is something that you will get used to over time with your paw buddy. 

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