The American Dog Trainers Network

PUPPY PROOFING

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How To Puppy-Proof Your Home

Instead of constantly reprimanding a young puppy for getting into things, puppy-proof any areas of the house to which your puppy will be given access, in much the same way one would child-proof an area for a baby:

 

     

  • Temporarily take up any throw rugs.

     
  • Place all plants, poisonous substances, household cleaners,  trash receptacles, paper products (such as tissue and toilet  paper), shoes, and any small chewable objects out of reach.

     
  • Either remove, cover or tape down all accessible electrical  wires. Wires can also be sprayed with Bitter Apple.

     
  • Remove or secure heavy objects which could fall or be pulled  down and cause injury to the puppy.



[Please Note: Puppy-proofing is not a substitute for proper supervision. Crate training or area confinement is recommend whenever your puppy cannot be closely supervised. See: "How To Sucessfully Crate Train Your Puppy".]

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Robin Kovary is the American Dog Trainers Network helpline director
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