Bringing home a new puppy can be an exciting time, yet new pet owners should be aware of the often not so obvious dangers in and outside of the home. Here’s a list of hazards you can look out for.
We recommend never leaving your puppy outdoors unsupervised unless you have a puppy-proof backyard.
- Fences and gates– a safe and completely secure fence with gates that your puppy cannot jump over or dig under. It is also a good idea to provide your puppy a separate area of your yard to use as his bathroom area. Use fencing, or other means, to keep him out of areas where children may play, especially sand boxes.
- The garden – Some outdoor plants and trees can be toxic to dogs (see our article, Poisons in the Garden – poisonous plants and garden dangers)..
- The shed and garage – Make sure all petrol, oil, paint, lawn fertilisers, insecticides, and auto supplies are placed into secure containers out of reach. Be especially careful with antifreeze and rat poison, both of which taste good to dogs and can be deadly if ingested.
- Water features and pools – Pools, ponds, and hot tubs should be covered or fenced off.
- Fire – Fire rings, barbecues, and other heat or fire sources pose the potential of causing burns.
- Other backyard dangers – Walk around your property and look for other areas or items that could be a hazard to your puppy, such as broken glass, exposed nails, or other sharp objects. Plan how you will restrict your puppy’s access to these areas.
Bringing home a new puppy is a time of fun and excitement. Following these tips will help you keep your new friend safe, so that the two of you can enjoy each other’s company for years to come.