During housebreaking, you may need to confine your dog or puppy in the house or leave him out in your yard to be sure he doesn’t have accidents when he’s unsupervised. To keep your dog safe when he’s on his own, you’ll need to do some puppy-proofing. Puppy-proofing is the process of viewing your surroundings from your puppy’s point of view so you can predict and prevent destructive or unsafe behaviors that could put your dog (and your belongings!) at risk. Here are some free dog training tips to help you with this task.

Indoor Puppy Proofing

We need to be sure that if your dog is indoors, he can’t eat anything that will harm him. We also need to be sure he can’t hurt himself by chewing on electrical wires or by knocking a heavy object or piece of furniture over on himself. Here are some tips for making your puppy’s indoor area safe – and as indestructible as possible!

Outdoor Puppy-Proofing

If your dog is outdoors, we need to make sure your yard is escape-proof and we need to make sure he can’t hurt himself or destroy anything important. Here are some tips for keeping your puppy and your yard safe and secure.

Purchase Supplies Related to This Article

Cord Protector

This cord protector has repellent to discourage your dog from chewing and provides some physical protection from those little puppy teeth. It won’t make the cord chew-proof, but it may slow your pup down enough that you’ll have a chance of stopping him before he chews all the way through!

Boundary Repellent Spray

Repellent sprays don’t work for all dogs, but in many cases, they’ll keep your dog away from forbidden areas and objects. For best results, be sure to re-apply daily in the early stages of training.

Cabinet Locks

Keep your pup and your stuff safe! These cabinet locks are great for
keeping your nosy pup from discovering your Cheerios… or worse, your cleaning supplies!

Refrigerator/Cabinet Lock

If you have a clever dog that’s figured out he can open the fridge for an all-you-can-eat buffet, these appliance locks will save the day… and your dinner!

Yak Milk Chew

Yak Milk Chews sound weird, but dogs tell me they’re GREAT! These surprisingly long-lasting chew bones are the perfect choice for keeping your pup happy and busy!

Deer Antler Chew

Antler Chews are hard, long-lasting chews that most dogs love. An appropriate choice for dogs whose sensitive tummies can’t handle other chews like rawhides and bully sticks.

Self-Closing Gate Hardware

You never know when someone will put your dog at risk by accidentally leaving your gate open. Install this gate hardware to prevent escapes and keep your dog safely at home!

Outdoor Dog Run

This dog run is a safe outdoor hangout for dogs who don’t have fenced yards or who aren’t ready to have unsupervised access to the whole yard. Remember to be sure your dog has some shade and a water bowl!

Bully Sticks

If you’re looking for a tasty, long-lasting chew for your dog, Bully Sticks are a perfect choice… and these multi-packs are a great deal!

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