How to Puppy Proof Your Home for Your New Arrival

By: Ralph Moore

Have you thought to puppy-proof-your-home? Shih Tzu may not be like your own toddler or preschooler but you still need to keep them safe and out of harm's way. Luckily puppy proofing your home for a dog is very similar to child proofing with a few obvious alterations.
To Puppy-proof-your-home requires you to get down to the level of a small puppy and think about all the neat things they might want to explore:
wires from electronics
books, newspaper, and magazines that make great chew toys
your shoes, slippers, socks, and underwear
any type of chemical that has been left out
the human snack you've been munching on
Wooden furniture is a great toy as Shih Tzu love to chew but removing your furniture may not be a good puppy-proof option. Outside, a large yard with lots of flower beds make a digging puppy very happy. Again you don't want to remove the flowers just to puppy proof the property. I've even had my eyeglasses stolen from my night stand and chewed into a most unusual shape minus the glass part, of course. My daughter has lost several contact lens cases to the puppies--they must be just the right size! While puppies might find these things great fun, their human companions may not find them so amusing. i can certainly attest to that!
If you have small children, you are bound to have a (very) large assortment of human toys that puppies cannot have. Just as with children three and under, puppies tend to put everything in their mouth. Small toy pieces are a definite NO NO. Shih tzu dogs are also notorious for finding board game pieces and either swallow them or render them unusable. At this point, you might be saying to yourself, "It's me or the dog!" But alas, there is hope and an easy solution to this dilemma.
Some Shih Tzu puppies can be so calm and dependent that you are lured into a false sense of security. But don't let them fool you-they are a very curious little breed. And curious little dogs can get into big trouble real fast. Here are a few things to keep in mind when making your home safe and puppy-proof for your young Shih Tzu.
Baby gates are great for keeping your Tzu confined to one room or out of another room such as a craft room. They keep them safe at the top of the stairs or secure at the bottom. But, be sure any gate you get has adequate protection. Shih Tzu puppies can be very tiny and tend to get through the gate easily.

If you want still more confinement, but enough room for the dog, you can buy small indoor/outdoor kennels or enclosures usually about 6 feet square that allow you to fit in a small crate, food bowls, puppy pads and toys and still have plenty of room for a small dog. This might be the best solution if you have small children and want to assure that both are safe and happy.
To puppy-proof-your-home, remove all house plants or put them where they can't be reached. So many house plants are poisonous that the list is too long to list here. Secure all wires and cords including computer wires, lamps, and even ear phones and cell phone chargers. Shih Tzu love to chew and any kind of cords are one of their favorite toys.

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