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Before bringing your new puppy home you must ensure that you have created a safe, secure and happy environment. There are a number of hazards that you may not have initially recognised, especially if this is your first dog. Here is a list of the principal objects in your home that pose a great deal of danger to your new puppy and some suggestions of puppy proofing your home.

Puppy Proofing: The Home

There are a huge variety of household items that can be extremely dangerous to a new puppy. Older dogs tend to realise the dangers of some items and therefore aren’t at as much of threat, however, puppies are far more vulnerable.

Household Plants Harmful to Dogs

In the same way that young children and babies do, new puppies explore the world by having a taste of everything in sight. A lot of common household plants are severely poisonous, putting puppies and young dogs at threat. Plants and flowers may appear innocent but, if ingested, can cause serious problems; from mild vomiting and diarrhoea to fatal organ failure. Some of the most dangerous household plants for dogs include Cyclamens, Hyacinths, Hydrangeas, Sago Palm and Azalea plants. Daffodil bulbs, Foxgloves, Hemlock, Lily of the valley, Nightshade and Rhubarb leaves are just a few of the most toxic garden plants and flowers.

Make sure to do an audit of your home to ensure your house and garden do not contain any of the stated plants. If you are using any products in your garden such as fertilisers and insecticides, then always check the packet instructions to make sure they are safe to use around animals. It is a good idea to switch to organic or chemical-free products. You can also ask your local garden centre about the safety of the plants you are keeping in your garden.

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Harmful Chemicals

Kitchens, bathrooms and garages are particularly dangerous places for puppies. Household cleaning products, medications, lotions and perfumes are all hazardous, if ingested, to dogs and puppies. Ensure to store all medications in medicine cabinets well out the way of pets. Certain medication, such as Paracetamol, can cause vomiting, an increased heart rate, swelling and delayed liver failure. So, it is important not to leave pills lying around on countertops or in low places that your puppy will be able to reach.

Make sure to install child locks on low cupboards where kitchen cleaning products are kept. The ingestion of bleach, dishwasher tablets, oven cleaners, and laundry detergents can all cause stomach problems, vomiting, ulcerations and difficulty breathing. Anti-freeze is another lethal chemical if ingested by a dog or puppy. Usual symptoms will often start off as vomiting and diarrhoea, however, if untreated, can cause kidney failure. Try to keep bathroom, utility room and garage doors shut at all times to avoid any of these fatal circumstances from occurring.

Small Objects

There are an uncountable amount of small objects that could potentially be lethal to your new puppy if swallowed. Jewellery, paperclips, staples, razors, coins, hairpins, elastic bands, small toys are just a few to look out for. Jewellery and coins are especially dangerous because they’re easy to swallow and can contain toxic metals which are poisonous to dogs. Always make sure to keep an eye out for small objects that can be easily ingested by puppies.

Ensure to also keep power cables, electric cords and chargers well out the way of your puppy. Because of their love to chew, keeping cords and wires out of the way will prevent your puppy suffering from electric shocks of burns to the mouth. If you are unable to keep cables out sight, then you can cover them in a deterrent spray or sturdy cord covers. When your plug sockets are not in use, you can purchase blank socket covers. Although these are designed to keep toddler’s fingers safe from the electricity supply, they are perfect for maintaining the safety of puppies too. If your dog is provided with chewable toys, then they are less likely to chew unwanted items.

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The Garden

Your garden can be a dangerous place for a small puppy, so must ensure to puppy proof it. Good quality fencing is essential to keeping your dogs safe. You need to make sure that they cannot escape and that other dogs cannot get in. If you are installing new fencing for the purpose of keeping your new dog safe, then make sure it is tall and sturdy enough to last until your puppy is fully grown. Although puppies initially start off relatively small, they can grow quite quickly; you do not want to find yourself having to redo all the fencing in a few months time. Make sure that the foundations are also deep enough so that your dog can’t burrow out under them. If your home is next to a busy road, then we suggest installing front garden gates to restrict your puppy from running out into the cars. If this is not an available option for you, then ensuring your doors have toddler safety gates is a good idea.

Although the majority of dogs are natural swimmers, some breeds are physically unable to swim. If your garden contains a pond or you live relatively close to one, then make sure to find out if your dog is a natural swimmer or not. Bulldogs, Pugs, Staffordshire Bull Terriers and Dachshunds are all breeds of dogs unable to swim due to the shortness of their muzzles, their muscle mass and the length of their legs. If your new puppy is one of these, then you must take extra care to ensure they do not fall in.


Ensuring that your home has been puppy proofed is vital in guaranteeing the safety of your new dog. There is an immeasurable amount of hazards that exist in your home. However, if you have spotted and removed them or taken adequate safety actions, then you can drastically prevent the risk your puppy is at. As your puppy ages, you will start to notice the risks they are exposed to, will decrease. Their need to chew everything in sight will hopefully disappear; helping to reduce many of the risks. If you are looking to purchase a puppy in the area, then here at Desirabullz, we provide dogs for sale in Oxford and the surrounding areas.

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