KitchenStart with one of the central rooms of your home and take a look around. While it may not look dangerous at first, there are a few things you should to aware of when puppy proofing.
Install Child Safety Locks - While you may not care about every cabinet, you'll definitely want to lock up any cabinet with chemicals and even food. Puppies love to explore and can be very creative when they want something.
Get a Lid for the Trash - Protect your pup from chicken bones, coffee grounds, plastic wrap and more with a lid on the trash.
Keep Dangerous Foods Out of Reach - It's recommended that you don't let your pup get access to avocados, bread dough, chocolate, alcohol, grapes, raisins, hops, macadamia nuts, onions, garlic, tobacco products, xylitol and mold foods. Move these items off of the floor of your pantry, and keep them out of reach.
Living RoomYour pup will probably spend a lot of his time with your family in the living room, so take a few moments to evaluate what needs to be adjusted and moved around.
Keep Plants Up High - Check the labels of your plants, as some houseplants can actually be very harmful for your pup if ingested.
Move Blind Cords - These can strangle your puppy if they start playing with them, and they are also very enticing. You can get wraps to keep them up out of reach.
Tuck Power Cords AWay - If you've ever had a puppy before, you know how much they LOVE to chew on things. Unfortunately that won't stop at power cords, so do whatever you need to do to keep them out of reach.
BedroomsThis cozy space can also harbor many dangers to a curious pup who just wants to check everything out.
Shoes - If you love your shoes, you'll want to put them up on a shelf behind closed closet doors. They are very tempting for a puppy, so until they get old enough to learn and not chew on them, you may just want to hide them.
Shut Dresser Drawers - While you're at it, you'll also want to put laundry out of reach. Swallowed clothing can cause intestinal blockage and choking hazards.
Keep Jewelry Up High - You guessed it, jewelry is a choking hazard, too. Keep it up high where they can't get access to it or easily pull it off of a counter top.
BathroomThe bathroom can seem like a safe space to leave them when you leave the house because they can't ruin the floors if they have an accident - but it also contains a few dangers that you'll want to remove.
Keep the Toilet Lid Down - Pups love water and can't see any reason why they should NOT be allowed in the toilet. Keep the lid down, and also avoid using any auto cleaners if possible as they are harmful to pets.
Store Pills Up High - Along with soap, razors, and cotton should also be kept where your pup can't reach it.
Unplug Cords and Put Away - From electric razors to blow dryers, there are many electric items that can not only electrocute your pup but strangle them if they get caught in the cords.
OutdoorsFinally, the one place you would think that is already naturally puppy proof - your backyard. Here are a few things you need to look at before bringing Fido out to play.
Balconies - Does your home have a beautiful balcony off of the back? Make sure that it's completely closed off. Pets can easily squirm through areas that you may not have realized and then fall.
Lock Up the Tool Shed - There are many items in the tool shed that can cause harm to your pup, like paints, poisons, fertilizers, and pesticides.