Puppy Proofing Your Home

Naturally puppies are inquisitive and curious. They love to explore and get into anything and everything. They love the game and the challenge of finding things. It is imperative that you make your puppy’s environment safe by removing hazardous items, barricading, correctly stowing away items, shutting and locking cabinets and doors. When you are puppy proofing your home you need to think and look from your puppy’s perspective. E.g. We know that a cable on the ground is just that and if played with inappropriately can cause an electric shock however in your puppy’s mind all they see is this long thing that when pulled on gives them resistance which in turn makes for the best tug and chew toy. They don’t understand the potentially dangerous consequences if played with. As humans are much taller than puppies and our focus points for sight are at a completely different level it is beneficial to actually get on the ground and crawl around to see the world from your puppy’s perspective and what could actually be appealing.


Things to be mindful of include:

  • Wire and cables 

  • Cleaning products

  • Toxic plants

  • Human food

  • Rubbish

  • Medication

  • Children's toys such as lego, cars, barbie dolls, books, etc.

  • Small objects such as jewelry, coins, bobby pins, dental floss, pens, etc.

  • Clothing, shoes and bags

  • Water such as full sinks, bathtubs, toilet, water features and pools. 

  • Battery items such as remote controls, key finders, electric toys, etc.


Toxic food, plants and household items:

Whether at home or out and about there are many toxic and dangerous plants, foods and substances that your puppy can be very quick to ingest. Most puppies are adventurous and curious and will eat about anything that is in reach. It is important that you are always vigilant and are careful of what it has access to. Just because it is up high on a bench, table or desk doesn't mean it is inaccessible. Never underestimate a curious or bored puppy. Also, resist those puppy dog eyes (I know I am asking the impossible but your puppy will thank you later). Even though the type of food or scrap you are about to give your puppy is not fatal or toxic to your puppy, it still may not be good for them. It is important to remember that your puppy has different nutritional needs to humans and their system is different from ours, meaning that they process foods differently. 


For example, humans understand that sausages are yummy and given the chance your puppy would love to devour it however if they have never had it before they don’t know any different or what they are missing out on. Keep your human feels out of it. Yes they may love that sausage then and there but later on what you have actually gifted them is the runs as it is too rich on their tummy. 


Below is a list of common food, plants and substances that are dangerous and toxic to your puppy. For a more extensive list visit these sites:






  • Chocolate 

  • Coffee/caffeine products

  • Grapes

  • Sultanas

  • Raisins

  • Avocado

  • Onion

  • Onion Powder

  • Garlic

  • Chives

  • Raw potatoes

  • Unripened tomatoes

  • Nuts especially macadamia nuts

  • BBQ Scraps

  • Fatty Raw Bones

  • Cooked and hard bones

  • Fruit stones, pits and fruit seeds

  • Corn cobs

  • Bread dough and yeast dough

  • Xylitol - artificial sweetener used in sugar-free peanut butters, chewing gum, lollies, baked goods and toothpaste.

  • Mouldy, spoiled foods or compost


Household products:


  • Paracetamol

  • Aspirin

  • Sedatives

  • Herbal medication and vitamins

  • Snail bait

  • Rat Bait

  • Cockroach Bait

  • Mothballs

  • Flea Products

  • Coolant/AntiFreeze


Flowers and Plants: 

  • Lilies

  • Poppies

  • Buttercups

  • Datura

  • Jasmin 

  • Larkspurs 

  • Columbine 

  • Delphiniums 

  • Foxglove

  • Kalanchoe

  • Azaleas

  • Chrysanthemum

  • Cyclamen

  • Rhododendrons

  • Brunfelsia

  • Castor oil plant

  • Daphne

  • Frangipani

  • Hoya wax flower

  • Hydrangea

  • Oleander

  • Privet

  • Wisteria

  • Sago palm

  • Peace Lily

  • English Ivy

  • Wandering Jew



  • Autumn Crocus, 

  • Belladonna Lily, 

  • Spider Lily, 

  • Daffodils 

  • Iris

  • Tulips

  • Jonquils 

  • Lily of the valley, 

  • Any bulbs of the onion family



  • Echium 

  • Crofton weed

  • Lantana

  • White moth plant

  • Petty spurge

  • Bracken fern