Congratulations! You've made the decision to bring a new puppy into your home. With a new pet comes a great deal of responsibility, and one of the first things to do is puppy-proof your house. Your little four-legged friend can get into trouble until he learns the rules and develops physical skills. AKC's canine good citizen director and certified animal behaviorist Mary Burch offers some tips to help protect him.
. Keep small objects, such as medication bottles, pencils, coins, etc., where your puppy can't get them to chew.
. Secure cabinet doors and put anything toxic on a high enough shelf so your puppy can't reach it.
. Block off open steps and high decks with baby gates so your puppy can't fall and hurt himself.
. Remove poisonous plants, such as calla lilies, azalea, and poinsettias among others.
. Make sure your yard is secured when your puppy is outside playing, even when you're outside supervising.
For more information on all 175 AKC-registered dog breeds and how to care for them, visit meetthebreeds.com.
Additional tips can be found on the American Kennel Club website at www.akc.org.