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Preparing for a Puppy

Puppy Proofing Your Home

So you thought cats were curious? Wait until you see a puppy in action. They love to explore every corner of your house, and put everything in their mouths. Here are a few tips for preparing your home for your mini adventurer:

Keep poisonous items out of reach

Place all household cleaners, insecticides, fertilizers, insect poisons, rat poisons and other items in cabinets or on high shelves.

Check your plants

Some plants in and around your house can be harmful or even fatal to your pup. Learn about foods that are harmful to dogs or consult your veterinarian to find out which plants are harmful to dogs.

Remove dangerous objects

Get down on the ground and look for any dangling electric cords, loose nails, plastic bags or other objects that will be in puppy's reach. Unplug, remove or cover any electrical cords in your puppy's confinement area. And cover electrical outlets when you are not using them.

Put the toilet lid down

Puppies like toilet bowl water and toilet cleaner could harm them if swallowed.

Beware of long drops

Keep pup off balconies, upper levels and high decks where they could slip through openings and fall.

Hide sharp objects

Keep buttons, string, sewing needles, pins and other sharp objects out of reach.

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