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Safe environment for your pets

good environment for your dogYour puppy is just starting out in life and it is perfectly natural for her to be curious about the world around her. When your lovable puppy inspects her surroundings, she touches, chews, bites, and tastes items. She will investigate every inch of your home and anything may end up her mouth. You want to be certain that her home is safe for her to walk around freely. First of all, you want to make sure your puppy has enough toys of her own to deter her from chewing your belonging, such as slippers, paper, books, and even clothes. You can start by making sure that your belongings are not accessible to her but instead making sure that her toys scattered around the room. This means that you should remember to place things where they belong once you are down with them. Also, make sure your shoes are in your closet, clothes are put away and there are no items on the floor that you do not want your puppy to get her paws on. It also a good idea not to leave your puppy or dog to roam freely in every room of your house until she is properly trained. In this way, you can have more control over what she is doing and make sure she is not misbehaving.

Once your puppy is efficiently trained, you can let her have free access to the entire home. However, you want to make sure you follow certain rules so that your cuddly companion does not get into a mess. One of the things you should always do is to make sure that your toilet seat cover is down or that your bathroom is closed; this will keep your dog from going into the toilet bowl and splashing water all over the bathroom and your home. Also, make sure that cleaning solutions used for the bathroom or kitchen are locked up and cannot be easily reached. You may want to put child proof latches on or keep them in cupboards. All medication, including vitamins, in safe and secure place. Furthermore, there are many items you want to be extremely careful with and be sure that they are not near your puppy's reach. These include: paperclips, string, aluminum foil, coins, yarn, rubber bands, razors, and any kind of pins. Another thing you want to do is make sure all electrical outlets are covered and put all cords through cord concealers and tie up loose cables. If you live on a higher floor, be sure to keep windows closed or with the screens and child safety bars to keep your puppy from jumping or falling out. If you live in a house and are on the second floor, you will want to put a dog gate to keep your pet from falling down the stairs.

Dog-Safe Supplies and Essentials

When buying your puppy toys, you want to make sure that they are safe. You want to be sure that she will not swallow or choke on the toy. You also want to make sure that you buy your dog or puppy a bed that is not only comfortable but washable. In this manner, you will be able to easily clean her bed and ward off bacteria. Also, you want to make sure you buy her a stainless steel or ceramic feeding bowls. Plastic bowls tend to have bacteria growing on them. Keep in mind that many household cleaners may not be safe for your puppy, so you want to buy puppy-specific cleaners to clean up any of your puppy's messes. Now, when it comes to feeding your puppy, you want to make sure you are giving the right nutrients and essential vitamins. You can find more information on how to feed your puppy in a subsequent article. Many of us would love to share our meals with our beloved pets, but there are many human foods that can be dangerous to your dog or puppy. For example, chocolate, coffee, and tea contain chemicals called xanthenes and can cause damage to the nervous and urinary systems, as well potentate heart conditions. Chicken bones and meet scraps, which can be high in fat, can cause liver problems for your puppy or dog. Grapes and raisins also contain toxins which can cause damage to your puppy's kidneys. Sugar, salt, candy, anything foods high in fat, and alcohol are pose potential health complications for your puppy. Feeding your dog or puppy the proper nutrition, will help her to not develop many diseases from diarrhea and vomiting to diabetes, pancreatic, bone damage, liver damage, and cancer. There also many puppies and dogs that eat their own feces or of cats. If you have a cat, you should place the kitty litter in a separate room and place a gate which your cat can get over. If your find that your puppy eats her own poop, you may want to refer to the article on coprophagia, or poop eating.

Outdoor Safety

Your yard can be a wonderful playing area for your dog or puppy. You want to be sure that while she is outside, there is nothing that will harm her. First of all, you must a fence or gate with no holes to keep your puppy from trying to get out and run away. You must also be sure that she cannot dig holes to get out. Until your dog or puppy is fully trained, you do not want to leave her in the backyard unsupervised. Be sure to pay attention to what she is doing at all times to prevent any unwanted behavior. Also, you want make sure she has a separate bathroom area in the yard where she can feel comfortable. Furthermore, if you have children, you want to make sure that their toys, bikes, and sandboxes, are in a different area of the yard blocked off by a fence. If you have a pool or tub, you want to make sure that it also has a separate fence to avoid your puppy from jumping in and drowning. If you have a pond in nearby, it should not be a problem if you have a fence around your home. In case you have no fence around your home, be sure to keep your puppy a long leash that only reaches as far as you want her to go. Once she has been taught the basic commands and other training skills, you can leave her off the leash. Remember to keep all dangerous chemicals, such as fertilizers, insecticides, paint, car parts and supplies, or gasoline out of reach. Be sure to inspect your yard for any hazardous material, such as broken glass, pieces of wood with nails or splinter, or any other sharp objects that your puppy might play around with. You also want to make sure that you dispose of all your garbage correctly. Do not leave garbage lying around; make sure you throw it large trash cans that you know your dog or puppy cannot get into. Another thing to keep in mind is to not let your puppy be outside in the yard while he is hungry. He will try to eat anything she does find and her curiosity will be heightened.

Beware of Toxic plants

Adult dogs do not normally chew on plants, but puppy will chew on all sorts of thing, including plants. There are several plants which you may have in your home that can be toxic to your puppy. Some of the plants that can be toxic to your puppy include: azalea, aloe Vera, bleeding heart, Boston ivy, boxwood, carnation, chrysanthemum, corn plant, Daphne, delphinium, dumb cane, Easter lily, English ivy, eucalyptus, fox glove, iris, ivy, lily-of-the-valley, oleander, poinsettia, mushrooms, yellow jasmine, and yew. All of the green parts of potato and the buds and acorns can be toxic to your dog. The bulbs of daffodils, hyacinth, and narcissus may be poisonous to your puppy and the seeds of apples, morning, and sweet may also be poisonous. There are several other plants that may also be harmful to your puppy and many that go by different names. You want to make sure you know which plants you have in your home, as well as your yard.

One main thing to keep in mind is that you should put an ID tag on your puppy. In case that he runs away or gets lost, she can be easily identified and returned to you safe and sound. If you follow all these simple tips you will be able to enjoy your time with your pet and have plenty of worry-free time.

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