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Old 01-30-2010, 06:55 PM   #1
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Hi all,

My cousin is planning to adopt a puppy from the SPCA and would like to know more about puppy safety around the house, garden, dog park or when travelling in a car etc..

I can't really give much advice as my rented house was almost empty when i got my dog. So there's actually no much mess my dog could inflict

Really appreciate it!

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You never know what will attract each individual puppy, some may be interested in everything, some others only certain things.

The best way is to crawl around on the floor at puppy eye level & see what there is that might cause a danger to a puppy. Like electrical cords, dropped tablets, pins, dropped food like onion, grapes, sultanas, chocolate & cooked bones. In the laundry & bathroom cleaning products. Don't leave dirty socks, underwear or shoes around, they smell very attractive to puppies with your odour on them.

Then in the garden there's rocks, poisonous plants like azalea & lillies. Snail bait & coolant from the car's radiator.

Some like to chew wood from furniture or skirting boards, garden hoses the list goes on & on. Tilba chewed a big hole in her bedding when she was young, ate copious amounts of grass & regurgitated up the grass & all of the bedding.
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thanks April for your advice

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Your welcome, forgot to say, keep puppy in a safe place when it can't be watched.
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I agree with the above safe to say if trained right you can leave certain thing s on the floor providing they aren't dangerous or could cause injury I have 3 pairs of foot ware by the electric cupboard which is in the sitting room, when Nipper was a puppy all she was interested was trying to get at the footware and start chewing it no matter what I said or did she would go back there
time after time, day after day. But with gradual telling Nipper 'No and redirecting her to something more interesting ( and it has to be more interesting for it to work!! ) She hasn't bothered with them for a long while even when she is playing with a ball it may land in one of my footware she goes gets the ball out and resumes play! I have found another commands which does still help me with Nipper. 1. Not yours! 2. Don't touch. Again you have to be consistant for it to work. Too many people give up too quickly when training a pup ( not saying you don't though) It's time consuming but
well worth the effort by reaping long term success. ATB to you both!
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