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10 Point Checklist for Puppy Proofing Your Home


Congratulations on welcoming a new puppy into your family! As the owner (or soon-to-be owner) of a new puppy, you’ll start preparing for your new puppy by finding a veterinarian and purchasing all the necessities. But, after the fun part of choosing a cute collar and getting a name tag engraved, it’s time to get down to business by puppy proofing your home. Make sure your environment is as safe as possible by reviewing our new puppy checklist for bringing a puppy home.

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Topics: Dog Safety, pet safety, Children, Puppies, Children and dogs, Pet Proofing, preparing for a puppy, puppy proofing, new puppy checklist, bringing a puppy home checklist

5 Lessons All Children Should Be Taught – and Shown – About Living With Dogs

There are many well-documented benefits of children growing up with dogs. They include a greater sense of empathy, better social skills, and a lower risk of allergies – all showing that growing up with dogs can be great for your children. Along with all of the benefits though, come some dangers – both for the children and the dogs.

Awareness and vigilance on your part – whether you’re a parent, aunt/uncle, grandparent, or just a friend to someone with kids – can go a long way. Staying aware can help prevent problems and ensure that the balance stays on the side of the benefits. Here are five crucial lessons that all children should be taught about living– or even just interacting– with dogs.

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Topics: Dog Training, Dog Safety, Children, Child Pet safety, Dog Bite, Children and dogs, Dog Body Language

Top 10 Pet Proofing Tips for Puppies and Dogs

Congratulations! You’re bringing a new dog into your home. This is an experience that I believe everybody should have at least once in their lifetime. It’s important to remember during all the excitement, to take some time and follow these simple steps to pet proof your home. This will go a long way to help ensure that your new pup stays with you – and stays safe and healthy – for many years to come.

If you already have young (human) children, you may think you’re already mostly pet-proofed. You’re right, but there are some important differences in home safety needs between young children and young (or even older) dogs. After all, we don’t expect too many infants or toddlers to chew on electric cords or eat the dirty laundry, but give a puppy the chance to do either and, more often than not, he’ll do so happily. So invest a bit of time now to evaluate (or reevaluate) the safety of your pup’s environment. Then you can focus more on the fun and excitement in the days, months, and years to come.

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Topics: Dog Safety, Children, Puppies, Children and dogs, Dogs, Biting, Pet Proofing, Safety, Family, Kids, Parents

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