Ah, so you’ve finally decided to welcome a puppy into your family! You’ve narrowed down a list of names and have envisioned life with a rambunctious canine galloping through your living room. You’ve even decided what brand of pet food to buy, and may have already started stocking up on toys. A puppy standing on a rocking chair trying to find his indoor dog potty.

But there’s one very important thing you still need to do before bringing home your new pooch, and that is to puppy proof your place. Your curious new friend may be clamoring to inspect every nook and cranny of your residence, and he may be eager to sink his teeth into a loose wire or two, which is the last thing you’d want. It’s time to sweep through your residence and scrub out anything that would potentially be harmful to your dog, which include:

1) Loose wires! Remove these potentially dangerous chords out of sight and out of mind by bundling them away and completely out of reach.

2) Hazards come in all sizes: Peteducation.com points out to remove small items that include earrings, paper clips, and other tiny items you might ordinarily overlook. These items present a choking hazard.

3) Watch the stairs! The same website recommends keeping your pooches away from stairwells with a baby gate.

4) Liquids: Cesar Millan recommends keeping soaps out of reach, as well as any liquids in the garage used for cars – gasoline, antifreeze, oil, etc. The website also similarly recommends keeping any and all liquids that are bottled up high and out of reach. Double check all bottles are secure as well.

5) Helpful tips: Cesar Millan suggests installing child proof latches onto cupboards and wardrobes that you believe can be accessible to your pooch. Take note of any plants in or around the house as well, as some can be poisonous if ingested by your dog. Hillspet.com notes plants such as daffodils, lily, azalea, mistletoe, and poinsettia, among others, should be kept away from your animal.

And of course, it should go without saying that if you are introducing a puppy into your life, consider DoggieLawn to potty train your pooch! Our dog sod potty patches will keep him indoors for an easy potty solution. Simply place your dog sod litter box inside your apartment for an outdoor-free experience. Your outdoor dog litter box can easily be used indoors, and picking up your dog’s potty is a breeze since it’s all contained on the dog litter box. We also carry poop baggies that come in a variety of colors and fun patterns to match your stylish pooch!

Sources: http://www.hillspet.com/dog-care/puppy-proofing-your-home.html
http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+2106&aid=3283
http://www.cesarsway.com/dogbehavior/basics/Puppy-Proofing-Basics
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