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Puppy Training Tips - Puppy Proofing Your Home


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When you bring a new puppy into your home, before getting started with whatever puppy training tips you have picked up, your first task (if you haven't done it already) is to puppy-proof your house. A good part of keeping your new puppy safe depends upon your ability to properly dog-proof your home. Electrical outlets, lamp cords, strings, and mouth-sized objects of any kind all spell danger to the inquisitive newcomer. If you think of your new arrival as both super sleuth and demolition expert, you will be better equipped to protect both your home and your dog

Puppies, particularly, are experts at getting into places they shouldn't be. The important thing to remember is that neither an adult dog nor puppy will be able to chew a hole in your rug or pull the tablecloth and all its contents down on top of himself if he can't get to these off-limits items in the first place. Things like household cleaning products, gardening supplies, and poisonous plants must be kept in securely latched cupboards or well out of the dog's reach. In the case of puppies, realize that they grow like weeds, and what a puppy can't reach today may be very reachable tomorrow.

There are many house plants that can make your puppy ill or even cause death. Most veterinarians will be able to supply you with a complete list of plants that are poisonous to dogs or capable of causing extreme reactions.

There are baby gates to keep your puppy out, and cages, kennels, and paneled fence partitions of various kinds to keep your puppy in. All this and a daily proofing patrol will help you and your pet avoid serious damage and potential danger.


Although it might appear otherwise, dogs do not chew out of spite. They can be terribly destructive, and there may come a time when you feel quite certain they are getting back at you for something, but this is definitely not the case. What appears to be a case of getting even is far more apt to be the result of anxiety caused by being punished after the fact and having no idea why. Dogs chew out of boredom, to relieve anxiety, and simply because it feels and tastes good.

However, all those rational reasons do not put the leg back on your new table or the cover on your first edition. Some dogs chew more than others, and puppies chew most of all (it relieves pressure on those gums through which new teeth are pushing). It may sound terribly elementary, but keeping things that you don't want chewed out of the dog's reach goes a long way toward circumventing this nasty habit.

Of course, it isn't possible to stow the living room sofa or the hallway Oriental rug away every time your dog appears on the scene. Those are situations in which you must have your pal secured in a crate or playpen you keep on hand. One of my favorite puppy training tips for preventing chewing relates to a product that is a bitter tasting spray. It is actually a furniture cream that is nonpoisonous and can be used to coat electrical wires and chair legs. Usually, dogs hate its taste and will avoid any object to which the product has been applied. Do note that I say “usually" because there is always the occasional dog that is not deterred by the unpleasant taste in the least. For the average dog that the product does discourage, the cream can be used not only to protect household items, but many breeders use the product on the dogs to prevent them from chewing on themselves.

For the dog that is not deterred from chewing by this product, there is plastic tubing available at hardware stores that can be put around electrical cords and furniture legs. I wouldn't rely too heavily on the plastic tubing, however, because most dogs are quicker at chewing through it than most of us are capable of putting it down. The message here is never to underestimate your puppy's ability to get into mischief. Even adult dogs have those occasional lapses into puppy-hood. Securing the dog when you aren't there to supervise what's going on will save you a lot of replacement shopping.

A loving and well behaved dog will make any owner proud, but unfortunately, great dogs don't usually come out of the box that way - nope, they have owners who no doubt learnt how to train a puppy from the ground up, and took the time and energy to understand and train them using the most effective puppy training tips


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