This article originally appeared on the Springs "You're Home Blog."
Are you expecting a new bundle of joy at your pet-friendly Springs luxury apartment home? That cuddly puppy can turn into a Tasmanian devil the minute you bring him through the front door.
Protect your precious new arrival as well as your comfy home with these helpful tips to puppy-proof your apartment.
1. Create a Dogs-Only Zone
Puppies offer unconditional love, but they still feel more secure with a cozy spot they can call their own. Designate a specific corner for your pet's bed or crate and some favorite toys.
2. Get Low
Anything in a puppy's line of sight is considered fair game. Get down on all fours and examine your apartment from your pet's point of view. Remove, hide or cover up any items that might be too tempting.
3. Decorate with Non-Toxic Houseplants
You don't have to eliminate greenery from your apartment. Keep a touch of nature indoors with pet-friendly houseplants. Just remember that "non-toxic" doesn't mean your puppy should be free to chow down.
4. Invest in Puppy Pads
There's bound to be an accident or two while housebreaking your pet. Puppy pads are a must for protecting floors and carpets. If your puppy just can't help himself, use the proper method to clean stains and remove odors.
5. Keep It Clean
If you spill any liquids or leave a trail of crumbs from the kitchen to the couch, your puppy will be there in a blink of an eye. Vacuum frequently and clean up any messes immediately.
6. Put a Lid on It
- Replace any open trash baskets with covered ones to prevent garbage-diving.
- Always keep the toilet seat down. While it may seem relatively harmless, puppies can fall in and become seriously ill or injured.
7. Stash Food Away
When it comes to putting things in its mouth, a puppy, like a baby, has no fear. Don't find out the hard way that your pet really CAN get up on tables and counters. Keep food safely stored away in the refrigerator and cabinets.
8. Lock It Up
Child-proof drawer and cabinet locks aren't just for human youngsters. These devices can be invaluable for protecting your puppy from cleaners, chemicals and other dangerous products.
9. Chew-Proof Electrical Cords
Thanks to today's diverse assortment of electronics, your apartment is full of electrical cords that your puppy will see as handy chew toys. There are several effective options to keep cords covered or out of the way.
10. Assemble a First-Aid Kit
Despite your best efforts, accidents happen. A DIY first-aid kit lets you customize the contents for your dog's particular needs. The kit also comes in handy in case of storms or other emergencies.
Burn off some of your pup's excess energy with a trip to our Springs leash-free dog park. It's also a great way to help him learn how to socialize with other dogs.