Getting Your Home Ready for Your Rottweiler Puppy
Your Rottweiler puppy will be learning about the world around him and just as babies he/she will explores with his mouth. It is your responsibility to puppy- proof your home to welcome your Rottweiler puppy. Some Rottweilers have a “hoover reputation’’ and therefore will swallow the most inappropriate items– just as the best vacuum cleaners on the market. This could cause serious complications such as life threatening intestinal blockages. You must keep everything that can potentially be swallowed out of harm’s way. Following is a checklist.
Puppy Proofing Your Home Checklist
- Protect your electrical cords using chew-proof coverings such as ‘’critter cord’’. Your puppy may otherwise chew through them and risk electrocution.
- Know what plants are toxic so to keep them out of harms way. Print out a list of toxic plants from the ASPCA.
- Remember to store your medications in an inaccessible medicine cabinet.
- Store chemicals and household cleaners out of reach.
- Keep harmful foods also out of reach, chocolate, alcohol, raisins, macadamia nuts, cooked bones, candy, chewing gum containing xylitol, fatty foods, are all examples of harmful foods.
- Keep you bathroom and trash cans out of reach.
- Keep the toilet seat covered and tampons, sanitary pads and razors out of reach.
- Tie up cords used for drapery and blinds as they can cause strangulation.
- . Keep your socks, nylons, underwear away ad your laundry basket off the floor.
- Store small items such as coins, buttons, yarn, rubber bands and beads out of reach.
- Keep windows and doors always closed, use a baby gate to prevent access to stairs.
- Keep your cat’s litter box out of reach.
- If you smoke, consider that cigarette butts are bad for dogs and so are nicotine gums and patches.
- Use common sense, but also consider that even innocent looking items may pose harm.
As seen, a puppy can get into trouble when you aren’t actively monitoring. It may take just a second you turn your back away for your puppy to ingest something or get hurt. You may want to designate a safe haven for your Rottweiler puppy where he is less likely to be in trouble. Use this area when you cannot actively supervise your puppy. You can use a crate or set up an easy-to-clean area with baby gates and a crate in a corner. It is in your best interest to set up this area where you have tiles or a wood floor for obvious cleaning purposes.
Did you know? Even innocent items such as pennies can spell for disaster. Pennies minted after 1982 indeed can cause ”penny poisoning’’ because of their zinc content.