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Dog Proofing

Pet proofing inside and out!

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One of the first steps to consider before bringing home a furry addition to the family is to make sure your garden and the inside of your home is puppy/dog proof. Following a few simple steps will give you piece of mind knowing your new friend can’t get into any danger.

Just like babies, puppies are also curious creatures so here are a few things to consider.

Kitchen/ Bathroom:

  • Any cabinets that are easy for paws to open would be best secured with baby proof latches
  • Fill in any small spaces that your little fluffer can fit in and become stuck (behind fridge, washer/dryer)
  • Make sure all chemicals are up on a high shelf or in locked cabinets i.e medications, cleaning products, any chemicals.
  • Make sure your toilet lid is put down or doors to toilet are securely closed before leaving puppy unattended for any period of time.
  • If your bin is not secure in a cupboard, make sure the lid is securely fixed shut so your curious pup doesn’t go looking for a snack that may be harmful (plastics, glad wrap around food, chemicals)
  • Any food in the kitchen needs to be placed up high out of reach of your puppy or locked behind child safety cabinets.

Living/Main Rooms:

  • Most importantly, place any exposed wires up out of reach, if this is impossible consider a child play pen fence to surround unsafe areas like your tv cabinet or computer desk where there would be a lot of exposed wires that look nice to chew.
  • Pack away all of the children’s toys and games to prevent puppy from chewing and possibly chocking on small toys.
  • Any breakable items need to be placed up high and out of jumping reach
  • Any indoor plants that may be toxic to your pet need to be removed or placed up high and out of reach of jumping puppies
  • Have a general look around in places your puppy can hide to make sure you haven’t missed any small items your puppy can chock on

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  • Make sure all cleaning/pool chemicals are locked away or placed up on high shelving
  • Always check underneath your car before turning on the engine and moving
  • Make sure you have put away any tools that may be lying around


  • Make sure all clothing and shoes are safely away in closed closets
  • Check for any exposed wires like phone chargers or bedside table lamps that can be chewed
  • Check under the bed for any loose items
  • Make sure any chemicals or liquids like cosmetics, medications and perfumes are up high and out of reach from your dog
  • Keep all bedroom doors closed if you do not want your dog to enter
  • Now that you have done the basics of pet proofing your house it would be a great time to take a look at what safety precautions can be taken for when your dog is playing outside.

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Garden Bed and Flowers:

  • All of us love to have a beautifully manicured garden with all the prettiest flowers in season. Unfortunately, many common flowers can be poisonous to dogs so best to do your research first before planting any flowers or checking to see what flowers already exist in the garden before bringing your puppy home.
  • Just like indoors, all of your bins outside need to be secured closed with the appropriate lids and placed out of reach from your dog especially while you are out.
  • If you happen to have a small garden shed that may contain any chemicals for your garden or pool, remember to have appropriate locks on the door and harmful chemicals placed up high so that your dog can’t paw open the door easily get access to any nasties.


  • If you have a pool, like for children, make sure there are no holes in the pool fence for your dog to gain access while unattended. Your dog should be taught how to safely enter and exit the pool early on.
  • Fencing around the property should be checked carefully and regularly for anything ‘weak’ palings that can come away and be an escape door for your dog.


  • Keep your lawn mown and grass short regularly as this will prevent ticks and fleas from having easy access to your dog.
  • Keep all of your outside area clean and dry where possible to again prevent fleas and ticks from hanging around.
  • Try to avoid using any chemicals on your lawn as this can be toxic to your dog if needed to use then consult your vet and keep your dog off the lawn for recommended period of time.

The Essentials:

  • Provide water and shade for your dog when you have him hanging out outside.
  • If you are wanting to keep your dog from accessing any part of your garden, then consider spraying desired plants with pungent smells like white vinegar or apple cidar. Sprinkle powered mustard or pepper flakes around the edges of your garden to discourage your dog from eating your prized vegetables.
  • Place pruned rose or holly branches around your garden or plants. The thorns and prickly leaves will discourage your dog from entering the restricted area.
  • Otherwise have a suitable sized play pen in the garden, filled with appropriate toys, chewable snacks and water to keep your pooched contained and entertained until you return.

There are lots of little things to consider to keep your dog happy, healthy and safe, after all they are one of your beloved family members.

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