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Keeping A Puppy Safe
Puppies are adorable and entertaining; they are awkward,
playful and full of energy until they are suddenly in a deep sleep. Some puppies
may weigh 1–3 lbs, while larger ones can weigh up to 15–23 lb. All healthy
puppies grow quickly after birth, and just like a curious toddler they can get
themselves into trouble when exploring. If you are getting a new puppy, make
sure his/her new home is ready and safe before you bring him/her home.
Certain types of furniture can be dangerous to puppies. Rocking chairs can
roll on a puppy’s tail or foot, so make sure your pup isn’t sitting near the
rocker when you decide to take a break.
Puppies in the early stages of learning to walk are not steady on their feet
and are often clumsy. Slick floors, such as linoleum or hard wood, can
result in slips and falls. Cover the floors with rugs to help your puppy
with his footing. Don’t encourage running on slippery surfaces.
These can pose another risk to your puppy. Not only can they slip and fall
down the stairs but the stairs also lead to other areas of the house out of
your watchful eye. Place baby gates so that the puppy does not have access
Puppies love to chew and electrical cords need to be off limits.
Electrocution can occur easily and cause injury or even death. Tie up
loose electrical cords or conceal them in hard plastic or rubber runners
purchased at the hardware store.
Not only do puppies love to chew on cords, but small objects are also a
danger. Swallowed coins, pins, needles, rubber bands, paper clips,
staples, nails, screws, yarn, thread, dental floss, earrings and other
small jewelry, bells and small balls, left lying around can lodge in your
puppy’s digestive tract. Keep them safely out of your pup’s reach.
Children’s Toys and Clothing
Puppies love to chew and toys and clothing are typical favorites. Your
child’s bedroom and playroom should be off limits unless the puppy can be
supervised. Keep clothing and shoes safely stored in cabinets, drawers or
This area of the house poses its own risks. Bathroom trashcans, especially
in homes with women, are very tempting to puppies. Though what they choose
to ingest may not seem “choice,” remember that puppies are not too picky.
Immediately discard any bulky bathroom items, such as sanitary supplies, to
the outdoor trashcan. Dirty clothes should not be left lying around and
towels need to be kept out of reach. Medications should be safely stored
away and toilet lids down if toilet bowl cleaners are used. (Actually, keep
them down anyways – do you really want your puppy drinking from the toilet?)
Keep your dog from accidentally falling or escaping through an open window
by fastening window screens securely.
Big Bad World
Don’t leave your puppy outside unattended. Escaping from the yard, poisonous
plants and the anxiety of the being in the big backyard alone can be
dangerous. Make sure you remove or fence off all potentially dangerous
plants. Check your fence for holes and keep him company until he learns his
Pool or Pond
Your curious and sometimes awkward pup can fall into the pool and not be
able to get out. Keep the pool or pond fenced off and don’t allow
unsupervised access. Consider getting a pool alarm that sounds if something
falls into the water.
Garage or Storage Sheds
Too many dangerous items can be found in garages and storage areas,
including fishhooks, fishing lines, chemicals, herbicides and various
garden supplies. Automotive items, such as antifreeze (which dogs are
attracted to) can also pose a threat. Keep these areas closed and locked
to prevent your puppy from getting into serious trouble.
Many common household and yard plants are
poisonous. They range from lily-of-the-valley and daffodils to rhododendron
and hydrangea. Eating them causes symptoms ranging from stomach upset to
convulsions or death.
cleaning products and garden supplies should never be left out. To keep
your puppy from opening the cupboards where you store cleaning products,
attach safety latches to the cupboard doors.
Cigarettes and even cigarette ash contain
nicotine and are toxic to curious puppies if ingested. Keep all tobacco
products safely stored away and never leave cigarette butts or ashes in
areas that your puppy can reach.
antifreeze is poisonous. Even antifreeze made of propylene glycol is toxic
if your dog ingests enough of it, so keep antifreeze spills cleaned up.
counter drugs as well as prescription medicine are tempting and toxic to
your puppy. Keep all medicines out of your puppy’s reach and don’t let
your dog play with pills that might have fallen to the floor. Pick them up
and throw them away.
No house is 100 percent safe, but you can
reduce risks by creating a dog-friendly environment. Be vigilant. Keep potential
hazards at a minimum. Get down on the floor and look around at puppy eye level.
See his world as he would see it to help make your pup’s new home safe.
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Learn how to avoid accidents and keep your curious new puppy
safe by taking a simple quiz from the Puppy University. It only takes 5 minutes
or less and you might learn something that could help you with your new
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