Puppy Proofing Your Home and Your Self
Puppy proofing is a great way to make your puppies environment safe.
Puppy proofing your home is similar to baby proofing a house, with the exception that puppies can escape better than small children. In fact, some baby toys and accessories can be used for your new puppy but not all baby products are pet approved so make sure to check with your vet first, or at least use common sense. Some people like to use baby gates for their new puppy and they do come in handy for blocking off the kitchen while you are cooking and for when puppy is in time out or you just need your space. You should never use a baby gate when you are away. These gates were made for babies not dogs.
A dog crate that is the appropriate size for your puppy is a better idea for use when you are away. Use common sense when puppy proofing your home. If you were a puppy and liked to chew, anything at your level is fair game. Placing a television, lamp cords and any plants, etc. out of your pets reach can be one of the #1 puppy proofing steps.
The main difference between baby proofing and puppy proofing is you puppy-proof yourself instead. It all boils down to the one fact that a lot of the things dogs do that people don't like happen because the puppy is forever learning. They soak up information and behavior training like sponges. So, a large part of what you need to do is make it absolutely impossible for them to do the things you want them not to do when they get bigger and older.
One suggestion we can make is that if you are new to training dogs, check out the eBook Secrets to Dog Training by Daniel Stevens. I have used this book and he shows exactly how you can make your puppy become a well trained dog, along with many other puppy proofing tips. There is no better book to help you get through puppy training.
If you don't want them to run away from your yard when they get older, there are two things you probably need to make sure of. First, make sure that they don't get a chance to run away from you now which may mean keeping them on leashes, or some sort of tie-out. The second thing is that you start now working them very, very hard on:
- Paying attention to you in a assortment of situations and settings.
- Teaching them to come to you when you call them.
- Learning the boundaries of your yard.
Puppy proofing your life is really hard work, because puppies are so active and busy exploring the new big world and playing. It's natural for people who love them to want to let them do all those cute cuddly things, give them a lot of freedom to play whenever they want, etc. You have this great opportunity with puppies and young dogs to teach them (and let the puppy proofing practices you set up support your teachings). The more you control their options now the better they will behave later on.
Puppy Proofing Tips:
- Not letting them roam freely.
- Training them and playing with them mostly individually.
- Play with them sometimes in supervised areas together with other dogs or puppies.
- When playing in your yard take them around the boundaries regularly, and call them to you whenever they seem like they are looking to go exploring without you.
- Take them for walks on a leash until you're sure they will come back to you when you call them.
A little puppy proofing will go a long way.
The more you get them used to looking to you for fun and stimulation along with training, the more inclined your dog will be to think it’s not right to go off on their own without you. By following these guidelines, the more likely you will be to end up with adult dogs who keep doing what they and you identify as normal They will look to you for direction/fun, rather than thinking that other things are more fun than you are.
You'll need to set aside play time every day. It is very important to spend time with your pet every day and share in something fun. Even if it is a quick walk around the block or even a romp around the yard, make sure you make time to spend with your puppy. The individual attention to your pet ensures the bond between pet and owner.
If there is more than just one new puppy, you will have to spend time with each of them separately. You will also need to limit their free play with each other. Once again free play with each other will result in the puppy having too much fun on their own without you and you want the puppy to look to you for everything during the training process. You won't have to do this forever, just while the puppy is young.
In the long run, you have basically two alternatives:
- Make sure that you persuade your puppy to believe that you are the source of all good and fun things and that they are more likely to get anything they want if they always pay attention to you, play with you, listen to your commands, etc..
- Deal with the fact that your dog will have behavioral problems when he or she gets older that will be a lot harder to reverse.
Eventually you will have dogs that everyone else desires. If you let them have free access to most things they want, and attempt to "spot-train" only the things that seem worrisome to you, like running away and bad behaviors, the spot-training tends to result in dogs that don't always pay attention. These spot trained dogs are controlling their own options when you aren't training them. Intensive training sessions as much as possible is only one to three years of intensive dog-focused training which will lead to many years afterwards of really nice dogs to live with and enjoy. After the 1-3 years of dog training there should not be a whole lot of further training to worry about. Most dogs that have had good training from the start will remember their training their whole lives. And it all starts with puppy proofing. So, good luck to you and your puppies. This is the best way to train your puppy that we have found and we know it will work for you too.
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