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Think of your pup as a furry explorer with an insatiable curiosity and endless capacity to chew. In the same way you’d make your home safe for a toddler, it is best to address potential hazards well before those sweet little paws hit the floor…

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rubbish

With tempting smells and rustling wrappers, puppies are all too easily drawn to choking hazards in kitchen bins. Food remains can upset sensitive tummies and bathroom waste can be even more dangerous with disposable razors and chemical products, so invest in upright bins with locking lids.

medication

Puppies love rummaging in handbags and can swiftly chomp through seals on plastic bottles so make sure medicines for both humans and pets are stored safely.

shelving & low tables

Check shelves and wall units decorated with breakables can withstand joyful jolts during playtime and be mindful of what you leave on low tables - anything you casually set down can disappear, either into a secret hidey-hole or the puppy's tummy!

hazardous liquids

Place all kitchen and bathroom cleaning supplies out of reach in high cupboards or fit child-proof latches on lower ones. When cleaning, pop puppies in a seperate room as vapors can be harmful to young lungs and eyes.

electrics

Puppies' scissor-sharp teeth can shred loose wires and power cords. Avoid burns and shocks by protecting cables with no-chew wraps or secure firmly with wall clips.

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plants & trees

Many garden favourites can be toxic to dogs - for example: daffodils, azalea, holly and yew trees - so research your plant life thoroughly.

a shed-load of nasties

If you don't currently have a shed, consider investing in a lockable unit so you can store any equipment that could be harmful to a nosy pup, from mowers and gardening tools to lawn fertilizer and insecticide.

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“Raising a dog of any age requires consistent gentle handling, teaching and care; and this is never more crucial than when a young pup joins a family

Dogs are wonderful companions but it’s so easy these days to get caught up in the excitement of ‘getting a puppy’ and then a few weeks in, becoming overwhelmed with what’s needed to look after the little bundle of fun.”

STEVE LEONARD, VET

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what did our national survey of puppy owners uncover?

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Over half surveyed admitted they realised taking on a dog was a mistake as soon as they brought it home

13% admitted they had done absolutely no research whatsoever before committing to getting a dog