Puppy proofing your house

Life’s better with a pet—but not if your puppy trashes your home within seconds of stepping its paw through the door! Hence, there are undoubtedly 101 good reasons to puppy proof your house before you bring home your new bundle of furry fun.

21 Mar 2016 By Leanne Philpott Comments

If you think cats are mischievous, just you wait until you see your sweet, innocent puppy in action. I’ll hazard a guess—you might change its name to Rebellious Rover…stat!

Think of your puppy as a mini adventurer; every open door is an invitation to explore, objects left lying around are there for the taking and anything new is surely in need of a chew.

However, while you’d hate to find your puppy drooling over your Jimmy Choos or wrecking your Ray-Bans, puppy proofing your house is all about the safety of your puppy—and if you can save an expensive pair of stilettos or your favourite sunnies in the process, then that’s a bonus!

How to puppy proof your house

You should start puppy proofing your house a few days before you bring your four-legged friend home as getting your home ship-shape will help reduce the stress for both of you, making puppy’s home coming a doddle.

The easiest way to make a start on puppy proofing your house is to tackle it room by room…


Living room

Make sure paper (magazines, newspapers, the favourite novel you’re half-way through) is hidden away or up high, out of puppy’s reach. Puppies make excellent paper shredders, don’t you know!

Unless you want shoes full of slobber, or worse chewed—house them away in your wardrobe.

Scatter pillows can quickly become dog’s dinner so perhaps put them out the way, at least until feisty Fido has gotten used to his surroundings.

Dogs love apples…apple iPod, apple iPad, so be sure to keep them out of sight of Rover’s roaming eyes.



Draws, cabinets and cords are super cool to explore and pull on—but also very dangerous. In the same way that you’d baby proof your house, you can use child latches to prevent Puppy PI from investigating more than he should.

Make sure dangerous chemicals (often stored under the sink) are locked away; the last thing you want to do is poison your pup.



Don’t overlook the bathroom when puppy proofing your house. Soap, bathroom cleaners, razors, sharp scissors, tweezers and a whole host of other potentially harmful objects and liquids reside here. Childproof locks can help make exploring boring and urging everyone in the house not to leave small objects (jewellery, hair grips, band-aids) lying around will not only keep your bathroom clutter free and clean, but will keep pup safe too.

Oh and don’t forget to close the toilet seat!



Finding clothes and shoes (especially slippers!) on the floor can be a whole heap of fun for your canine comrade; avoid devastation by keeping the bedroom door closed at all times.

Before you mark your Puppy Proofing To Do list as complete, pretend you’re a puppy. No really, get down on all fours and take a look around your house. You’ll be surprised by how many little (swallowable) things you’ll find within puppy’s reach.

Remember that puppy proofing your house isn’t a one-off; you’ll need to keep it puppy-proofed until Rover has graduated from his Masters Degree in Mischief!

21 Mar 2016 By Leanne Philpott Comments

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