Puppy Proofing Your Home

The number of tools and gadgets on the market and for sale at any baby supply store are legion, and a good many of the deal keeping and infant safe in a home that is designed and occupied by grown ups. New parents routinely spend staggering amounts of money to get the home ready for the latest addition to the family, and much has been said and written about the intricacies of making a home a safe environment for its smallest inhabitant. Sure, quite a few of these doodads are not really required, but some come in quite handy and in response many an inquisitive infant's and toddler's life has been saved by preventing access to dangerous or off limit areas. The idea behind bullmastiff puppy proofing your home follows along similar lines.

Think of a new bullmastiff puppy as you would of a human infant: they are curious, inquisitive, and devoid of the learning experiences that help them to stay away from harmful substances or dangerous situations. Thus, little bullmastiff puppy dogs are just as likely as little babies to eat things they should not, sniff and touch substances that may be harmful, and climb onto furniture only to take a potentially painful fall.

If you are bringing home the puppy, here are some puppy proofing tips you will want to remember!

  • The bottom cabinets in your kitchen are dangerous territory, and it is wise to get rid of any cleaners, paints, chemicals, pesticides, and anything else that you do not want to end up in a dog's stomach from those cabinets and move them out or up higher into different cabinets.
  • Safety latches are a good idea but for big dogs in particular it is important to not underestimate the power of the nose and if you are hoping to store your dog food or other pet food in a bottom cabinet, make sure even persistent nosing will not get the cabinet door opened!
  • Put the cat's litter box out of reach. Dogs are known for their eagerness in eating feces, and the cat box - from your bullmastiff puppy's point of view - may be a snack box. In addition, should the cat get cornered in the box by the dog, you may have a dog with severe scratches over much of its muzzle and perhaps even in the eye area, and a cat who may be too scared to use the box.
  • If you balance your television set awkwardly on a wobbly tray table, you will be wise to move it before inquisitive front paws perched on the edge combined with the dog's body weight will lead to a disaster.
  • Knick knacks, lamps, and anything breakable that is within tail wagging height of a growing bullmastiff puppy that will one day become a big dog need to be moved, or you will be forever picking up items off the ground or sweeping up fragments.
  • Dog tails are amazing for their capacity to move and break things and when a puppy is excited even the best intentioned pet will not remember to look out for your decorations!