One of the most important steps in preparing for your new furry friend is puppy-proofing your home. Golden retriever puppies are curious and energetic, and they love to explore their surroundings. It is important to take the necessary steps to ensure your home is safe and free from potential hazards.
Here are some tips for puppy-proofing your home:
- Remove any hazardous objects: The first step in puppy-proofing your home is to remove any hazardous objects from your puppy’s reach. This includes cleaning supplies, chemicals, and medications. These items should be stored in a secure location that is inaccessible to your puppy.
- Cover electrical cords: Electrical cords can be dangerous if your puppy chews on them. To prevent this, cover electrical cords with cord covers or place them behind furniture. This will also help keep your home looking tidy.
- Secure loose items: Puppies love to chew on anything they can get their paws on, including shoes, clothing, and children’s toys. It is important to keep these items off the floor and out of reach. You may also want to invest in a toy box to store your puppy’s toys. I had a friend once staying at my home while I had a young pup. I told him to make sure his shoes were put away. Let’s just say my golden retriever pup found them. Also don’t forget your phone. They will find them, and in one bite crack your screen.
- Install baby gates: Baby gates are a great way to block off areas of your home that are not safe for your puppy. This includes staircases, rooms with fragile objects, and areas with potential hazards. Baby gates can also be used to keep your puppy contained in one area of the home while you are away. I still use baby gates in my home to this day. We recently got a Maine Coone, and he likes to get into areas and make a mess. So we use they for him too.
- Use a trash can with a secure lid: Puppies love to rummage through the trash, and they can easily ingest harmful items such as bones, plastic, and other items. To prevent this, use a trash can with a secure lid or store your trash in a cupboard that is inaccessible to your puppy.
- Secure your backyard: If you have a backyard, it is important to secure it to prevent your puppy from escaping or coming into contact with potential hazards. This includes installing a fence or using an invisible fence system. You should also remove any toxic plants or substances from your yard. Fill in holes that you may have especially those that connect to a neighbors yard.
- Block off small spaces: Puppies love to explore small spaces, including under furniture and in tight corners. To prevent your puppy from getting stuck or injured, block off any small spaces with furniture or barriers.
- Provide a safe space for your puppy: It is important to provide a safe space for your puppy to rest and relax. This can be a crate or playpen that is free from any hazards. This will also help your puppy feel more secure and comfortable in their new home.
- Protect Furniture: Your puppies will begin to teeth. I’ve lost many barstools to a pup chewing on the feet. Find ways to prevent them from chewing on your sofas. Usually that means they have things like toys to divert their attention.
In addition to these tips, it is important to remember that every home is unique, and you may need to take additional steps to puppy-proof your home. It is also important to monitor your puppy’s behavior and make adjustments as needed.
As a breeder, I always recommend new puppy owners to take the time to thoroughly puppy-proof their home before bringing their new furry friend home. This will not only ensure your puppy’s safety but also provide you with peace of mind.
Puppy-proofing your home is an important step in preparing for your new golden retriever puppy. By removing hazardous objects, securing loose items, using baby gates, securing your backyard, and providing a safe space for your puppy, you can ensure your home is safe and free from potential hazards.