When bringing a new puppy home, you need to remember that they’ll be curious – ready to explore and investigate.
While taking out pet insurance can help protect both your puppy and back-pocket should they ever get into mischief, ‘child-proofing’ your home – effectively making it safe enough for a human baby or toddler – could help keep your pooch out of harm’s way, too. Here are some tips.
Secure the perimeter
Make sure that all gates, railings and fences around your home are in good shape and free from any holes or gaps. Puppies can be very sneaky, and if there’s a gap, they may find it and escape before you even realise!
Inside the home, be mindful of keeping doors closed so your pup cannot escape outside. Perhaps even consider investing in a play pen or child-proof gates for the time being until your pup is trained.
Stash the chocolate
Puppies as well as older dogs can be quite fond of human food. However, some of it can make dogs sick, or can even be fatal for them – and unfortunately, this doesn’t make it any less delicious for them. Chocolate and cocoa products, as well as foods like sultanas, avocados, nuts, garlics and onions, are dangerous for pets. So, always keep human food securely stored out of your pup’s reach.
If you love it, put it away!
Puppies love to gnaw on things like shoes, cushions, toys, underwear – you name it! To avoid them sinking their teeth into something you love, or something that’ll cause them harm, buy your puppy a few good chew toys they can love (and ultimately, destroy) instead.
Also check that all cables, chargers, remotes, plugs and blind cords are secured and not left dangling in reach of curious pooches. Not only are they dangerous to chew, some could pose a choking hazard.
Carefully store any chemical products
Always keep your household chemicals – like cleaning products, dishwasher tablets and insect or rodent poisons – locked away. The smells can seem fascinating for a pup that has no idea of the harm they could bring if chewed or swallowed.
Scope out the garden
Other dangerous things curious puppies may accidentally gnaw on can be found in the garden. Seemingly innocuous yet toxic plants, such as Azaleas and Aloe Vera, can make your pup sick, while certain flower varieties – including Gardenias, Hibiscus and Birds of Paradise – can easily upset their tummy. When keeping any in a bouquet inside the home, place the vase up high and out of reach.
Keep an eye on kids
Kids and dogs can quickly become the best of friends, but it can often require some training on both sides. Showing kids how to handle your new family member carefully is a good place to start. Also, make sure they know to respect the dog when it’s sleeping or eating, by giving them space. Puppies and dogs can become excited by movement, so always keep a close eye on them – especially during noisy or energetic playtime.
Be prepared for the unexpected
You can go to great lengths to help keep your puppy safe, but sometimes they find a way to get into mischief. After all – they’re still learning right from wrong. And while that can be adorable, it can also wind up being stressful and expensive if it ends in an unplanned vet visit.
While keeping some money aside for whenever they get sick or in strife is one option, taking out pet insurance* could be another. That’s because it can offer peace of mind, knowing you’ll have help to give your pooch the care they deserve should the unexpected happen.
Because they’re part of your family, too.
With Bupa Pet Insurance you can cover the health care needs of your pet should the unexpected happen.
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