So the newest addition to your family, and the love of your life, is also a home wrecker. Lucky for him, he’s a fluffy ball of love and will not be banished to the lonely back yard just yet. Some compromises can be made and a little patience and planning will be worth the effort as you integrate your new family member into your home.
The reward of having a dog’s unconditional love is worth a little rearranging that will result of a loyal and well adjusted companion. So before you go insane, or give up having nice things all together, here are 5 top tips rescue your home, and your favorite shoes, from a naughty puppy.
Protect Your Valuables
There are obvious things you can stick away while your pup is in his chewing phase. Pillows, open dust bins, and flower boxes should be kept out of reach. These prove too tempting for bored and curious little minds. Also, be sure to cover or hide charging cables, as they can result in a nasty shock and cost a small fortune to replace.
Consider using a no-chew spray on larger furniture items that cannot easily be moved or protected.
Paw Free Zone
Simply closing a door or installing a puppy gate is one of the easiest ways to keep you and your pet living in harmony. This way, you get to retreat to your clean zone at the end of the day. It can also be a safe area where you can keep all your favorite cushions, books, and throws on display in hotel style luxury, without the risk of them becoming chewing material.
The urge to chew and find that perfect texture is a real treat for any puppy. Ensure your dog is not left deprived or chewing on your valuables by stocking up on a few chew toys that you can rotate through the week. This will keep things interesting for your pet, and it will keep your treasures from becoming chew toys.
If you are able to, ration mealtimes throughout the day to avoid boredom, and keep your dog munching on the right things. A treat toy, where a snack is hidden inside the toy, is also a fun way for your pup to chew with purpose and receive a tasty tidbit for his efforts.
Create a Safe Puppy Space
Puppies need their own space where they can safely play without getting into trouble. One of the best ways to localize damage is to designate an area where your dog can eat, sleep, and play to her heart’s content. This also helps her feel secure while getting settled into her new environment.
If you keep chew-safe items that the puppy can bite on, she will build good chewing habits and as she matures, she can be introduced to other areas of the house… with supervision.
Puppies have an unbelievable and seemingly unlimited amount of energy to burn. Instead of them using that energy inside the house, get them outdoors. A daily walk is a must if they are home alone while you are at work. Plus, it’s great bonding and exercise time for both of you.
If you have a dog park in your area, consider checking it out with your pup. She’ll enjoy the open space, different smells, and the opportunity to socialize with other dogs.
Even if your day is jam-packed, your pet requires attention and exercise. A quick game of fetch is enough activity to work off some of that energy, and only fair if your pet is kept in a confined space during the day.
What tips do you have to rescue your home from a naughty pup? I’d love for you to share them in a comment below!
About the Author:
Bianca enjoys the activity and fun of a full house, which includes an energetic 8 year old son and 2 fur babies. She believes life is about stepping out of her comfort zone and saying yes to more. More experiences add color to life and make every day an adventure. Born in South Africa, she has a deep love for nature and the outdoors. You’ll find her blogging at WellWorthLiving.com.