Puppy proofing your home

Puppies are naturally curious creatures and will investigate their new surroundings with their mouths and noses. They will bite and chew at items or try to play with them, and don’t realise the possible dangers lurking. As a pet owner, it is your responsibility to go through the house, preferably on your knees, to view each room from your puppy’s point of view. Here’s a list of what to watch out for.


Outside and in the garage

  • Antifreeze (highly toxic to dogs).
  • Swimming pool chemicals.
  • Fertilisers
  • Poisonous plants.
  • Garden tools.
  • Holes or gaps in the fence or wall, through which a pup could ‘escape’.
  • Open swimming pool and/or pond.


  • Beauty products.
  • Medication.
  • Supplements.
  • First aid kit.
  • Open toilet bowl. Never allow your puppy to drink water from the toilet, as it contains germs and chemicals.

Safe stairs

  • Is there a baby gate to prevent your puppy from falling down the stairs?

Cords and cables

  • Keep cables – such as those from chargers – out of puppy’s reach, as these are extremely dangerous. If you have a nest of cables in your house, ensure that puppy can’t get to it.


Make sure puppy can’t get to unsafe foods, like:

  • Grapes.
  • Raisins.
  • Onion.
  • Garlic.
  • Avocado.
  • Chocolate.
  • Xylitol.


Watch out for the following:

  • Slippery rugs on stone or tiled floors.
  • An alcohol cabinet.
  • Glass ornaments.
  • Long, flowing tablecloths.


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