Ways to Puppy Proof a House

Getting a new puppy is exciting! But much like with a baby, a substantial amount of proofing is needed to be done before bringing the cute furball home. Puppies are curious, mischievous and, much like babies, they explore with their mouths and noses.

 

So to keep the house and yard a puppy proof area, here are a few puppy proofing tips that everyone can follow to ensure all potential problems are avoided.

 

Puppy-Proofing poisons

 

Puppies, as stated, explore with their mouths, and substances that can poison them are often unknowingly within reach for many dog owners. These poisons can include foods such as chocolate, grapes, and onions, cleaning supplies, and certain plants. Ensuring that everyone is careful when eating these foods and keeping them from falling on the floor will help.

 

Cleaning supplies and medication must also be kept away from puppies, mostly through doors and childproof locks, or by keeping them up on high shelves that can’t be reached.

 

Harmful hound hazards in the home

 

In addition, garbage must also be closed and secured, both indoor and outdoor cans. Try to keep the cans behind something that the puppy can’t move or get into easily, or weigh down the lids so they can’t be knocked off.

 

Toilet lids must also be weighted down to prevent the puppy from falling in or becoming infected by any bathroom cleaner. Keeping the puppy away from a pool or any standing water until they can be safely taught to swim is also a recommended idea.

 

 

Also, ensure that toys are kept around to prevent the puppy from chewing on furniture or wires, as this can be annoying at best and life-threatening at worst. By showing them what toys they are meant to use and playing with them to prevent boredom, the puppy will learn to play with them himself.

 

Backyard safety for the barker

 

If the puppy is going to be in the backyard, either unsupervised or supervised, the primary concern is to ensure the gate to the yard is locked and secured, any holes or places where the puppy could either get out or be stuck are blocked, and a barrier has been built to block him off from any areas he can’t go to- like a pool or guardian.

 

 

Doing some research to ensure your yard is free of poisonous plants and other chemicals that can harm the furry friend will also keep the outdoor time safe and full of play and fun.

 

Conclusion

 

By routinely checking that the home is a puppy and eventually dog proof environment, the four-legged friend will live a happy life and be safe from common household problems,leaving the owners full of confidence that they can leave the house and not come home to a mess.

 

A bored puppy is no laughing matter and might end up being more trouble than it’s worth, and no one wants to feel that way about those little bundles of adorable fluffy cuteness!

How to Raise a Puppy Into a Healthy Dog

Puppies are much like babies, in which they often need to be taught certain things from the get-go to avoid problems later in life. To teach them these things, and also help keep your puppy very happy in the home, here are some tips to follow.

 

A checkup and a home

 

First, always go to the vet as soon as possible with a newborn puppy, and get some form of diagnosis before bringing it home. If a puppy is sick, then their temperament and behavior can change and be different from the norm. Get treatment and once it starts to feel better then start analyzing its behavior and bringing it into its new environment.

 

 

A second tip is to give them a place to call their own, and this is most often a crate. Crates are common enough to substitute a cave or dark spot that most puppies will call their own, and as long as the experiences surrounding the crate are positive (don’t send them there as punishment) the puppy will treat it as a second home.

 

If the crate has a blanket, treats, and chew toys inside, it will become even more enticing and positive for it. Plus it can help with housetraining as dogs are programmed not to use the bathroom where they sleep, so chances are they will equate the outdoors with the bathroom sooner.

 

Rest and runs for rover

 

 

Most puppies also need to learn that being left on their own for short periods of time is okay, and this is normally done using the crate. Much like humans, they need to go to their ‘bedroom’ and be left alone for a while.

 

Training to let your dog nap or being out of the canine’s sight for a short period will gradually help them be better at being left alone for a few hours and also help them train their bladders to hold it in.

 

In addition,socialization or the act of exposing the puppy to as many new situations as possible will also help in their development. Handling them and teaching them to accept their bodies being touched, letting them explore their new environments and toys, and allowing them to play with other puppies and animals are all good ways to expose them to the world.

 

 

A well-socialized puppy will be more than happy to explore new areas in adulthood and experience new environments with curiosity instead of fear. They will also be kinder instead of aggressive to other humans and animals.

 

Rewards

 

Taking care of a young puppy and nurturing it into a full-blown and healthy dog is a rewarding task that can keep the house happy and the dog happy with the family. By training and teaching it while it is young, the puppy will grow into a happy and well-loved family member.

 

Just remember that patience and practice will make perfect and everything will be fine with your new friend.

How to Handle an Aggressive Dog

This is a situation that most people don’t want to find themselves in, with a dog that is loose heading towards them. It doesn’t matter if the dog is aggressive, playful, or is simply greeting the dog that the person in question is walking, it can be a scary situation.

 

While most encounters between dogs can end peacefully and can even let your canine buddy find a new friend or two, there is a problem when an aggressive dog comes towards you, whether you have a dog with you or not. Thankfully there are several methods with which you can use to defuse a potentially dangerous situation.

 

 

Method 1: If you have a dog with you.

 

When an aggressive dog is moving towards a person and a canine is with them, the most important thing that that person needs to know is that the aggressive dog is more than likely after the dog and not the human.

 

The best thing a human can do is keep both themselves and the dog calm in the scenario, by freaking out then it can cause serious troubles for the situation as dogs can smell fear and will react negatively to it.

 

Attempt to move the leashed dog away from the aggressor by going across the street, using a car as a shield, or otherwise producing distance from the aggressor dog.

 

 

Use treats and move the leashed dog away very slowly while keeping his attention on commands rather than the other dog. Keep the human movements very slow and avoid provoking the other dog.

 

Keep the leashed dog still and order the other dog to go home or tell the aggressive dog to sit or say before backing away and leaving the dog alone.

 

If this doesn’t work, then try using an alarm or an umbrella to keep the aggressive dog away and provide a barrier that will allow you to get away. Pick up the leashed dog and then move away while keeping the barrier between both dogs.

 

Method 2: If you are alone

 

 

If no dog is leashed and the person is alone, then the process of getting away from a dog is very much the same. Form some sort of a barrier whether that is distance or a physical barrier like a car or tree, keep a soft voice and stay calm and firm without making eye contact, and then try to use an article of clothing or bag as a shield.

 

Keep moving until either the dog’s owner returns or have others come help distract the dog until you get away. As long as nerves are calm and you think fast everything will be okay. If the dog ends up biting or scratching exposed skin, wash the wound with soap and water and check with the authorities to ensure that the dog doesn’t have rabies.

 

Constant advice

 

By keeping both yourself and the dog calm, this can potentially calm down a dangerous situation and leave everyone safe and able to walk away with no wounds.

My Dog is my Best Friend

Growing up deaf is not an easy feat. I can’t hear anything; so sometimes what is normal for a hearing person is dangerous for me. For example, crossing the street at busy intersections, being alone at home and not hearing the doorbell or when someone is in my house, and more. When I was in college, I had a professor suggest getting a hearing dog.

 

Finding the Perfect Best Friend

 

After finding a company that specialized in breeding and training hearing dogs, I made an appointment to select my new companion. I wanted a young one that would be around for years to come, but not so young that they would be untrained.

 

 

I learned upon arrival at the facility that they didn’t let the dogs leave the building until they were adequately trained. They introduced me to several young dogs to see how we interacted together. By the fourth one, I felt like it was pointless. None of them seemed to like me. Then I met Mouse, a terrier cross mix who immediately began licking my hands and jumping on me. The trainer laughed and said that she chose me. I was excited!

 

Training with Mouse

 

Over the next several weeks, I had to train with Mouse so that we got used to each other. I had to learn her commands that she was trained with while she got used to my walking and regular movements. I was just as enamored with her as she was with me. She was full of energy, knowledgeable and fiercely protective. I couldn’t wait to take her home with me.

 

 

Bringing Mouse Home

 

Mouse came home with me a month later, and watching her run around my dorm room was hysterical. My roommates got a kick out of her, and she became not only my hearing dog but also the dorm pet. Mouse was fantastic, any time someone said my name she would lick my hand and get my attention. When she came to classes with me, she sat obediently by me, and my professors loved her. When we walked around campus, she kept me safe, and I felt more confident crossing streets and busy intersections.

 

Four-Legged Best Friend

 

Mouse was a blessing for me, and we did everything together. Everyone who met her loved her. She was very protective of me and saved my life countless times. She slept in my bed with me every night and her energy never waned. We went to the beach every weekend, and we would run and play. I thanked my professor for suggesting that I get a hearing dog because I got more than that. I got an incredible first pet, a best friend and a protector all in one.

 

Mouse was with me for over ten years, and they were the best ten years of my life. She was my partner in crime and helped me function normally in a hearing world. I miss her dearly, but I will see her again someday.

Dogs Can Be Women’s Best Friends Too

We all know the saying, “dogs are man’s best friend” but I object to this notion because dogs can be a woman’s best friend too. I never had a pet dog growing up, my parents hated animals, and I didn’t rush to get one once I was on my own. It wasn’t until much later in life, I met Maggie who quickly became not only my pet but my best friend.

 

Empty Home

 

After my divorce from my husband of twenty years, I was lonely. My three children were all grown up and away at college. I lived in a big house by myself, and it showed. I stayed in bed most days and fell into a depression that consumed every minute of my day. My girlfriends would come over and try to help me clean the house and get me out of my funk. One day, one of them suggested getting a dog, something I could raise and take care of, a companion. I scoffed at the idea but began to consider it.

 

 

Adopting Maggie

 

I decided to go to the local animal shelter and look at the dogs there. A friend of mine had adopted a rescue dog, and it was a beautiful relationship. I looked at each dog in their kennels, admiring them and waiting until I met the “one.” When I reached the end, I finally saw her. Her beautiful brown fur and big eyes drew me in, she stared right back at me, tail wagging and all. I knew she was the one I was looking for and hurried to sign the paperwork.

 

Bringing Maggie Home

 

The car ride was hysterical, as Maggie hung her head out of the window and barked at everything. Her happiness was infectious, and I found myself laughing. We arrived home, and she ran everywhere, smelling everything and barking happily. I found myself smiling and chasing her all over the place. It was the first time I had laughed in months, feelings of happiness and giddiness overtook me instead of sorrow and depression.

 

 

Maggie Saved Me

 

Maggie immediately became my best friend, my baby, and my protector. She slept curled up next to me every night, almost hugging me as if shielding me from bad dreams and feelings. Maggie went everywhere with me on runs, hikes, and swimming. My friends came over to meet her, and she greeted each of them with licks and happy barks.

 

Maggie was what I needed, and it showed. My children noticed too and were happy to see me smiling and back to my usual self. Maggie brought out the best in me, and I was forever grateful for my friend’s suggestion. I eventually adopted two more dogs from the same shelter and Maggie took to them like long lost friends. All three of them became my best friends, and I no longer felt alone or depressed. Dogs can be either a woman or man’s best friend, and I had proof.