May 1st •
Fortunately, you can get your house fully puppy proofed in a few simple steps. Here, we’ll show you how to protect your home from your Maltipoo, and protect your Maltipoo from your home.
Many of the most common hazards to dogs are found inside the home. Here are a few of the things you should look out for when puppy proofing your house for your Maltipoo:
Maltipoo puppies are curious, and tend to stick their heads anywhere they can. That’s why you need to make sure they can’t get their nose into any cleaning supplies around the house.
Make sure that all cleaning supplies are in locked cabinets, or in areas that are out of reach of your puppy.
Always keep food out of reach of your Maltipoo. If you have space, store your food in cupboards or on pantry shelves that your puppy can’t access.
Also make sure that they can’t get into their dog food. Keep any dry dog food in airtight containers with lids that can’t be opened by your dog.
Medicine is one of the most common dangers to dogs. That’s why you should keep all medication stored away.
And never leave medicine bottles sitting on the counter, even if your dog can’t reach them. They often get knocked over and find their way onto the floor, and into your Maltipoo’s mouth.
Make sure plants won’t topple over
Maltipoos run around a lot, and will often bump into furniture. That’s why it’s important that you secure any plants you have in the house. These can fall over, possibly injuring your puppy.
And some plants may toxic to dogs. If you’re not sure whether a plant is toxic, keep it out of reach of your dog.
Puppies like to chew just about anything they can find. Make sure that all electrical cords are properly tucked away so that your dog can’t reach them.
Loose change and other nicknacks
Puppies often end up at the vet with random objects stuck in their digestive system. Keep all loose change in a place that your Maltipoo can’t reach, and try to also keep other objects that your dog could swallow on high counters.
Dogs like to stick their nose in garbage. Get a garbage can that has a secure lid that can’t be lifted by your Maltipoo. You can also consider getting baby locks, if you really want to make sure that your Maltipoo never gets into the trash.
There may be some rooms in your house that pose a threat to your dog. In this case, you should consider gating off these rooms so that your puppy doesn’t wander in.
Fireplaces and heaters
If you have any open fireplaces in the house, try to block them off so that your Maltipoo can’t access them. Heaters can also be dangerous, so consider gating off areas if you are concerned that your puppy could get burnt.
You’ll also need to make sure that your puppy is safe whenever they are outside. This is a step many dog owners don’t take, but a lot of the objects and chemicals that are hazardous to your dog are outside.
If you have any extermination products lying around outside, make sure that these are all properly stored, preferably in high places with locks. And don’t spray any of these products before you bring your puppy home.
Gardening tools and products
Some of these products may not seem like a threat to your dog. But even fertilizers can be hazardous to your dogs.
Keep all fertilizers in containers, and make sure that your dog also can’t reach any toxic plants in your yard.
Make sure that all pool supplies are properly stored, as these can be highly toxic to dogs.
Debris from construction
If you have recently had any work done at your house, make sure that there is no debris, such as glass or nails, in your yard. It’s worth doing a careful inspection of the yard before your puppy arrives. You may be surprised at what you can find in the yard.
Puppies can often get into more areas than you may think. That’s why it’s important to take extra caution whenever you puppy proof your home. As your dog grows older and becomes better behaved, you can slowly open up more of the house to your dog.
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