In your dachshund’s first months of life, they’re likely to be relentlessly curious. It’s a wonderful thing to watch, but it can also get puppies in trouble from time to time. That’s why it’s important to puppy proof your home before bringing your new dachshund pup into your family. Here’s how to get started:
Remove Toxic Plants
Unfortunately, many indoor plants pose health risks for dogs. While eating the leaves of some plants might just leave a puppy with a stomach ache, others can cause more serious reactions. Check out the ASPCA’s complete list of plants that are toxic to dogs here.
Cleaning supplies should be stored in closets or cabinets with sturdy latches so that puppies can’t get into them. Antifreeze, a poisonous substance which has a sweet taste that appeals to many animals, should be kept well out of reach of puppies if they have access to the garage.
Wrap Electrical Cords
Loose electrical cords are chew magnets for puppies. Bundle up cords with zip ties and hide them behind desks and under area rugs when possible. If necessary, use tape or clips to secure them to walls where your puppy can’t reach them.
Consolidate Small Objects
Keep stray items that could pose a choking hazard to your puppy hidden away in a drawer. Do your best to remain vigilant about cleaning up your living area when small, loose items begin to accumulate.
Keep Clothing in Closets
After a few weeks in your care, your puppy will be drawn to anything covered in your scent. If you’re not careful, socks and underwear may fall victim to tiny, sharp puppy teeth. Gather up dirty laundry and keep it where it belongs – in the closet and out of sight of your puppy.