5 Puppy Proofing Tips for First Time Pet Owners

A Pet’s Life | Apr 08, 2019

Puppy laying on their bed in their apartment.
Puppy laying on their bed in their apartment.

Whether you’re thinking about bringing a fur baby into your life or you’ve already jumped in paws first, having a puppy in the house is nothing to shrug at. But fear not! Preparing yourself for potty runs, good training classes, and, most importantly, puppy proofing your apartment is not as difficult as you might think. Here are a few tips to help your new friend get used to their new home, keep them safe, and help you keep your sanity.

Puppy Kitchen Safety

One of the biggest new realities for first-time dog owners is the fact that some human foods aren’t safe for dogs–grapes and onions for example. So make sure all your food is kept in high cabinets and secure your trash so Fido can’t get a hold of dangerous eats. You can even keep a list of foods that are toxic for dogs and post it on your fridge. It’s also smart to put a child lock or other security on cabinets where you store cleaning supplies and other chemicals, just to be safe.

Baby Gates Galore

Trying to keep the living room carpet stain free? Baby gate. Don’t want the puppy running around your feet while you cook? Baby gate. Especially for rooms that don’t have their own doors, baby gates are a great way to ensure that the dog stays in a safe place.

Keep It Clean

You’ll be surprised at the things your dog can find that you didn’t even know about. Coins, trash, food scraps, wrappers–all these could be potentially dangerous and potentially hidden to human eyes. So be sure to vacuum and sweep regularly to eliminate as many of those little surprises as possible.

Accident Protection

Accidents are called accidents for a reason–they can wreck your stuff. Before your dog gets potty training figured out, invest in a pet-proof rug, rug covers, and pet furniture covers. Yes, you can still have nice things and a puppy at the same time.

Prepare For When You’re Gone

This can mean a whole range of steps. For starters, arrange for a neighbor or friend to check in or let the puppy out when you’re at work. You could also hire someone from a site like Rover.com. Second, make an easy-to-find puppy emergency sheet for when you’re not there with things like your vet’s number and location, an emergency vet number and location, dangerous foods for dogs, and your mobile number.

Puppy proofing your apartment is vital, but also spend lots of outside time with your dog so she can socialize with other canine friends. Find a great dog park nearby, some even have special areas for smaller dogs or puppies. Your pet-friendly apartment–like Griffis Union Station and Griffis on La Frontera–may even have its own community dog park where you can get your puppy running with the pack.

Griffis Residential apartment homes don’t just allow pets, we encourage them! Learn more about our pet-friendly communities and find a home to put your paws down.