How To Proactively Puppy-Proof Your Home

How To Proactively Puppy-Proof Your Home

Robbi Hess

March 23 is National Puppy Day and we know that puppies are a lot of work and puppies can destroy your home. A puppy certainly doesn’t want to be the cause of destruction, but as they say, “puppies will be puppies.”

Puppies chew inappropriate items and they scratch doors and gnaw on windowsills. We believe in proactively protecting and puppy-proofing your home to stop the damage and protect your home.

If a new puppy is in your future -- whether you adopt from your local shelter or rescue or get a puppy from a reputable breeder -- we offer tips to puppy-proof before your new puppy comes home.

At CLAWGUARD we want to see puppies (kittens, dogs and cats) stay in their forever homes. Protecting your home from the potential damage they may cause is ideal and being proactive is the same as “baby proofing” your home when your toddler begins exploring. Don’t forget, too, if your puppy chews an item she isn’t supposed to, it could make her ill and require a trip to an emergency vet. If your puppy claws the door he runs the risk of getting splinters in his delicate paw pads and that, too, could lead to a health emergency.

How To Proactively Puppy-Proof Your Home

Here are tips to be a proactive puppy parent:

  1. Get down to his level. As you walk around your house, you aren’t seeing the world from your puppy’s point of view. A puppy sees the world from about knee-height. Get down on your hands and knees and look at your home from his perspective. What do you see, from that level, that he could chew or scratch or otherwise damage? Cords? Cover them. Shoes? Pick them up. Window sills? Move the furniture away from the windows. Door? Well, you can’t remove the door, but you can protect it with a CLAWGUARD shield.
  2. Pick up items. If you don’t want your puppy to shred newspapers or books or chew your favorite heels, pick them up. Your puppy won’t know what is hers to chew and what is off limits.
  3. Give your puppy toys. If your puppy has toys and knows they are his to play with, he may not be as interested in chewing your items or clawing the doors. If your puppy starts to chew an inappropriate item or claw the doors, distract him with a toy and praise him when he plays with or chews the toy and stops destroying your other items.
  4. Positively reinforce good behaviors. When your puppy chews an appropriate item praise him and/or give him a treat to let him know you’re happy with what he’s playing with and chewing on.
  5. Play with your puppy. If your puppy is tired out and gets a lot of exercise she won’t be as inclined to damage the home.

Living with and training a puppy is an ongoing responsibility. But when you take steps to make the home welcoming to your puppy and remove any potential items from his path, you’re taking proactive steps to make your home as welcoming as possible to your new addition.

CLAWGUARD was developed when the founder’s rescue dog, Foster, damaged the home. They didn’t want to surrender him so the founder developed a protect to protect the home and stop the damage Foster was causing. It was the love of a dog that lead to the invention of this product.

CLAWGUARD builds shields that help protect homes from dog damage and cat damages. Products include door shields, couch guards, and universal protective tape that protects commonly scratched areas like window sills, furniture, banisters, weatherstripping and more.  Check us out on Amazon and read our many FIVE STAR reviews!

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