Puppy Proofing Your Home

Before even considering getting a puppy, there are a few things to think about. Things such as will he be left alone at any point, and for how long? Do I really like that couch or will I be devastated if the puppy uses it as a chew toy? Puppies, even the super cute ones, can be devious little critters at times, so it is essential that you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into before going ahead.

First of all, plan ahead; think about where you will keep your puppy when you’re not around. A cage is probably a good investment as it can double as the safe environment all puppies need to escape from the hustle and bustle of the house. Puppies have been known to chew through doors, kitchen cabinets, furniture and dining room tables. One particular concern is electrical cables; with their sharp teeth and claws, puppies could easily chew through a wire. Moving items out of reach is probably the most effective way of training a puppy not to chew, but if the inevitable happens, a sharp ‘No!’ and replacing whatever is being chewed with a chew toy. This will teach the puppy what is and isn’t acceptable to chew.

Hill’s Pets puppy treats are a great way of rewarding good behaviour and reducing undesirable behaviour. Lots of praise and fuss will encourage good behaviour too. If all else fails, a bitter apple or orange spray will stop your puppy from chewing furniture without it staining, as your puppy won’t like the taste!