Dog proofing your home with a dog friendly garden
Most breeders will ask that you wait until your new puppy is eight weeks old before they’ll let you pick them up – which might feel like an eternity! This is a great opportunity to start dog proofing your home and preparing for your new arrival, so that when you bring your puppy or new dog home, your house will be a safe and welcoming environment.
Luckily, there’s lots to do in preparing for a new puppy and you’ll need lots of time in advance to get your home and garden ready for your new arrival. Even if you're bringing home an adult dog, you’ll still need to check for hazards in the home and make sure you have a dog proof house and a dog proof garden.
Puppy proofing your home
Puppy proofing your garden
Your garden needs to be a safe place where your dog can run around freely with no means of escape. Therefore, it’s important to make sure you create a dog proof garden prior to bringing your new dog or puppy home. A few things to think about include:
Avoid using cocoa chips in the garden as an alternative to bark, as these are poisonous to dogs.
Protecting your dog when you’re out and about
Even pulling out of your driveway can be a hazard as dogs have a great knack of hiding out of view of your mirrors. Keep them away from moving vehicles – even your own.
This may sound like a daunting list, but most of it is common sense and should soon become second nature with a bit of practice. Like bringing home a new baby, prevention will always be better than cure.
If you’d like more information on dog proofing your home and garden or have any other queries, contact our PETCARE EXPERT TEAM