Having a puppy is one of the greatest joys we know, especially because of their insatiable curiosity and unparalleled cuddliness. However, training puppies is a bit of a different story. So if you want to puppy proof your home, take to these tips to get started.
These types of gates (typically called puppy gates for good reason) are wonderful for your home when you don’t have a specific designated area that can be closed off otherwise. These typically can fit in your kitchen, which is almost always linoleum, hardwood, or tile, so if your puppy does make a mess, it’s easy to clean up and won’t soak into carpet or other hard-to-clean flooring.
Additionally, these gates can extend or shorten depending on the gap the gate needs to fit to. It’s perfect for any type of room that needs it, and puppies typically don’t think about charging at the gate to knock it over (or aren’t big enough to push it over anyway).
Put up your valuables and shoes.
We all know puppies are teething fiends. And they really can’t help it considering their teeth are growing in, which may cause them discomfort. So, to avoid your new friend chewing up your shoes (a favorite because of the softer, yet firmer material, put up your shoes or block off your pup’s access to these sorts of things. And don’t leave other things lying around the house, even if they’re on a coffee table or end table. Don’t underestimate a puppy’s ability to snag something off a table, because they’ll be sure to surprise you.
Close the doors to your bedroom (and other rooms).
This one is a no-brainer. If you don’t want your puppy wandering in your bedroom or other rooms that may have carpet or nice hardwood floors, just close the doors to these rooms to keep the curious youngster out of the rooms. You’ll at least be able to “dictate” where your puppy will have a mess, if that happens in the house.
Use cardboard in a pinch.
If you have some cheap moving boxes lying around from your last move, laying these on your hardwood can help protect it when you’re away from the home and your puppy is learning to A) potty train and B) have a little bit of freedom in portioned off sections of your home. If you’re choosing to use a puppy gate in your kitchen but still don’t want a mess on your nicer flooring, your puppy may choose to use the bathroom on the cardboard. A few cheap moving boxes may seem like it won’t cover your flooring, but your puppy may catch on that this is “different” from the rest of the flooring and use the bathroom there.