Puppy Proofing Your House

Your house is going to be a source of amazing things to your puppy. Puppies explore the world with their noses, followed shortly thereafter by their mouths. Things get sniffed over really well and then, if they smell appealing, are tasted. Unfortunately, your puppy is not going to have any idea what is good for him and what isn't, nor will he know what is valuable to you, so it's up to you to make your house as safe as possible for him and to prevent these kinds of accidents from occurring. To puppy-proof your house:

♦ Put childproof latches on all lower cupboards in the kitchen, bathroom, garage, and anywhere else you have storage cupboards. Don't forget the laundry room.

♦ Pick up all knickknacks, magazines, books, and other things that can be chewed in the living room, family room, and other places where the puppy may spend time.

♦ Tuck or tape all electrical cords and cables away, out of the puppy's sight.

♦ Pick up all trash cans or put them inside cupboards. Or, use heavy, covered trash cans.

♦ In the kitchen, put away all cleaners, waxes, bug sprays, and insect traps behind latched doors.

♦ In the bathroom, put away all medicines, vitamins, makeup, hair products, and cleaning products.

♦ In the rest of the house, pick up or put away pens and pencils, computer parts, ink cartridges, felt-tip markers, craft supplies, sewing supplies, and cigarettes. Don't forget electronic devices such as MP3 players, remote controls, and cellphones.

♦ Check the doors, door latches, and screens to all outside doors. Make sure the dog can't push his way outside.

Chapter 3 discusses how to establish household rules for your new dog, including where he will be allowed to roam, investigate the world, and play, but right now, especially when your new puppy first comes home, his access to the house should be severely restricted. He should be in the room with you where you can supervise him; when you can't watch him, he goes in his crate or to a safe place outside. You can close off his access to the rest of the house by closing doors, putting up baby gates across hallways, or using X-pens to restrict access to specific areas of rooms. By supervising him closely, you can stop problem behaviors before they happen and teach him what you want him to do. Teaching him what to do is much easier than trying to correct bad habits later. This restricted access will help your housetraining efforts significantly, too.

Pit Bulls as Pets

Pit Bulls as Pets

Are You Under The Negative Influence Of Hyped Media Stereotypes When It Comes To Your Knowledge Of Pit Bulls? What is the image that immediately comes into your mind when you think of the words Pit Bull? I can almost guarantee that they would be somewhere close to fierce, ferouscious, vicious, killer, unstoppable, uncontrollable, or locking jawed man-eaters.

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