Your first couple of days with your German Shepherd puppy are going to be a real learning experience for both of you. They’re going to get to know the home, and you’re going to get to know their tendencies, while you build good habits and boundaries.
But there are certain things you can do before you even pick up your new puppy, to puppy proof your home.
Here’s a room-by-room breakdown:
Puppy Proof Your Living Room/ Family Room
This is the excuse you needed to finally clean up all of those loose cords hanging behind the television set. You will definitely want to keep them out of reach.
Next, take a look at your plants. The first step is to make sure they don’t pose any sort of poisoning thread for your little friend. Even if they’re safe, you will still want to keep them out of reach.
And finally, make sure that any air or heating vents are properly and securely covered; Both on the floor, and in the walls.
Puppy Proof Your Bedrooms
This is going to go a bit beyond hiding your favourite pair of slippers… But you should probably do that.
Put away any lotions or cosmetic products that you may keep on the bedside table. Tuck them away in a drawer when you’re not using them.
You should also think about getting a sealable laundry hamper, so you’re curious puppy can’t get into your clothes, or any of the choking hazards that buttons may pose.
Puppy Proof Your Bathroom and Kitchen
The first thing you’re going to want to do is to make sure all of your harsh cleaning products and chemicals are out of harm’s way. I’d recommend moving them from an under the sink location to someplace higher. And obviously behind a door that closes tightly. You should also consider childproof locks on cabinets.
You also need to get food out of your puppy’s reach. That means off of counters, and out of the lower level cabinets, unless they’re protected by some sort of childproof lock.
You will also thank us for keeping your dog’s water dish full, and the toilet seats down at all times.
Don’t Forget the Backyard
Give your backyard a good scan and cleaning before bringing your puppy home. Make sure there is no little paw hazards like broken glass, or little pieces of metal that may have fallen off a child’s toy.
Also, take care of any small holes, nooks or crannies in the fence that your young puppy may fit through.
The Best Puppy Starts With the Best Breeder
Of course, the very first step is making sure you choose a German Shepherd dog breeder that takes this as seriously as you do.
We are committed to the rules and regulations set out by the Verein für Deutsche Schäferhunde (SV) in Germany. The SV established guidelines for good breeding over 100 years ago, standards we believe are essential to healthy and happy German shepherd puppies.
We’re located in Cookstown and we’re short a drive from Barrie or Toronto, but we have satisfied clients from all over the world.
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