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.