There is no need to crate your dog when you are not home. As long as you make sure to puppy-proof your home, there will be nothing to worry about while you are gone. You should really make sure to puppy-proof your home before you even bring your new friend home because you never know when he or she is going to wander off and get into trouble. Here is a great puppy proofing checklist that will help you make sure that your dog will be safe whether you are home or not.

1. Make sure to set boundaries:

When you first get a new dog or a puppy, you will probably want to keep it in a restricted area for the first couple of days or weeks while you are unable to be home to supervise. This will not only reduce the chances of your new buddy getting into things that he or she shouldn’t, but it will also help prevent accidents from occurring while your dog is getting used to your home. Especially for puppies, it can be difficult for them to adjust to living somewhere new and not knowing where to go to the bathroom. Setting boundaries will help make sure that your dog will not have accidents in the most inconvenient places.  See here for training your dogs to be more disciplined.

2. Cover electric cords

If your dog has access to any electrical cords, then you should make sure that they are covered with chew-proof covers. Your dog is unable to understand what these are, and he or she may think that they are toys. Help keep your dog safe by purchasing these chew-proof covers.

3. Do not leave children’s toys lying around

A lot of children’s toys are not safe for dogs. Dog toys are made specifically for dogs so that they will be safe for them to play with. Children’s toys, however, are not made with puppies and dogs in mind. Make sure that there are no toys lying around that could be a choking hazard for your dog.

4. Make sure to put food away

A lot of foods are not safe for dogs. In order to keep your furry friend safe, you should make sure to clear everything off of your table, counters, and side-tables. You would be amazed how skilled dogs are when it comes to getting food off of high surfaces. Play it safe by simply clearing everything off and making sure that all of your cabinets are completely closed. You will also want to use a trash can with a lid to prevent your dog from getting into your trash. Dangerous things can be in your trash including chicken bones, cans, and plastic bags. Prevent a kitchen nightmare by making sure that everything is closed.

5. Pick up anything and everything

Curious dogs will mistake anything for a chew toy. Make sure to put away your remote controls, shoes, electronic devices, and anything else that you don’t want destroyed. Think of your new pet as a great way to motivate you to clean your home!