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Puppy Proofing Your Home

March 20, 2011

Today is the first day of spring. This means that puppy season is here. Shelters and rescues across the country are already inundated with an abundance of homeless baby puppies. With all of these puppies available, you may be thinking about bringing one (or a few) of these youngsters into your home. If so, be vigilant! A puppy's natural curiosity can turn disastrous if he gets into the wrong thing. Watch out for these top trouble spots (as reported by Dog Fancy magazine):

IN THE HOME:
  • Electrical cords
  • Garbage
  • People food (especially chocolate, raisins, grapes, and any type of gum)
  • Animal bones
  • Any chemicals, including household cleaners
  • Socks or other items made from fabric or string
  • Medication / vitamins

IN THE YARD:

  • Antifreeze
  • Azaleas
  • Rhododendron
  • Oleander
  • Calla Lilies
  • Hydrangea
  • Broken Fencing
  • Cocoa Mulch

Consider creating a "safe zone" inside your home or yard for times when your puppy must stay home alone. Use an exercise pen or baby gate to secure his special spot, and fill it with safe chew toys and other safe toys to keep him busy - and safe - while you're away.

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