This checklist is meant as a guide to assist you in preparing your home as well as your yard, for your new puppy! "Puppy proofing" is very important to keep the puppy safe.
It is not necessarily all-inclusive; examine your home very carefully at the puppy's eye level. Yes, that means getting down on your hands and knees to see what your puppy sees! What will entice him? Look for any and all potential hazards!Potential Household Dangers:
Unstable furniture items, such as pedestals, which hold plants, statues, vases, collectibles, etc.
Cat litter boxes
Plug-in air fresheners
Small children's toys (choking hazard)
Trash bins (contents within, too)
Household cooking oils
Curtain and blinds cords
Medicines (aspirin, acetaminophen, antihistimines, etc.)
Household detergents and other cleaning agents
Panty hose (can cause impaction, choking)
Rubber bands, balloons
Some items that may not present a health hazard to the puppy, but may end up being costly to replace:
If you have an infant within your home, some of the baby's items can be hazardous to the puppy:
If you have a cat within the home, be sure to keep the puppy away from the cat's food. Dogs that consume cat food may end up with diarrhea due to the high protein content.
Potential Yard and Garage Hazards:
Air conditioning unit cables
Old barbed wire
Holes and weakened areas in the backyard fence