When you bring a new dog home, whether it's a puppy or an adult dog, they step into a new world. They need to explore and learn. Puppies do so in same way as babies; they put stuff in their mouth. Most people understand that they should child-proof their home before bringing their new baby home. The same thing goes for puppies.
It's a great idea to get down to puppy level and taking a look around. Crawling around on the floor might feel silly, but you see a lot of things down there you wouldn't think of from the normal human point of view. Look for hanging objects, things that are loose, and low enough for a puppy to get hold of.
Be particularly careful with electrical cords, cleaning products, medications, insect poison, and anything containing nicotine, chocolate, or xylitol. Puppies are smarter than we think, and keeping things in a low cabinet might not be sufficient to keep the dog out of harm's way. Low cupboards might need infant locks to prevent the puppy from getting in.
If you don't already have a tall trash can with a closing lid, it's time to invest in one. Not even adult dogs can resist the temptation of food scraps in a plastic bag, and the trash is irresistible to a puppy.
These tips go for adult dogs too, of course. If you for instance adopt an adult dog from a shelter he or she will be overwhelmed and take some time to settle in. Be patient, and keep your new friend safe.
~ Maria Sadowski ~