Cords, cords, cords! From charging cords to electrical cords to miniblind cords, all present a danger to your puppy. Move them or hide them from your curious four-legged explorer.
Chemicals, antifreeze, poisons, fertilizers, cleaners, soaps, lotions, medications, tissues, Qtips, -- maybe not your idea of a good snack, but puppy will try it!
If you have a cat, you'll need to place her litter box in an area puppy can't get to or buy a covered one, or better yet one that they access from the top. Puppies are of the belief that those are snack gems left in there!
Shoes, socks, shin guards, cleats, goggles - the smellier the better, or so your puppy thinks. Put them away! If puppy steals something - don't chase! Call her excitedly and then trade a treat for the item. It took exactly twice for Indie to realize that what we give her is better than what she stole.
Make it a habit to close the toilet. Puppies should not drink toilet water and, if they can, they will!
Trash cans should be tucked away in closets or cupboards or use the kind with a lid.
Look around for small hiding places - behind furniture, under beds, between side tables and couches - these are places puppy might run and hide with his precious stolen item. Block them off if you can and be aware of them if you can't.
In bedrooms, small items like jewelry and items that hold your scent (socks, slippers, clothing) will be primary targets for a curious pup. Nothing teaches you to pick up like a baby or a puppy!
Pillows and blankets in bedrooms or the family room will be screaming temptations to a puppy to steal or tug and chew.
Papers, magazines, pens, and small office supplies should be put away out of reach.
Plants and flowers, both inside and outside, can be toxic to your dog. Check out a comprehensive list and look at what hidden poisons might be at your house. See the helpful quick reference infographics on our Dangerous Plants and Foods page.
Puppy will pick up small rocks and try to chew them, so be aware if you have rocks in your landscaping or take puppy somewhere that does.