One reoccurring item I immediately noticed on my crawling trip were cables. TV, DVD, Wii, Computer and lamp cables. Holy puppy! The perfect teething “toys”. I had no idea we had that many cables. Next up were shoes, followed closely by hair bands, a pair of earrings, some books, a DVD, and even a nail! I have no idea where that came from. I secretly blamed it on our apartment complex’s maintenance crew.
“I have no idea where that came from. I secretly blamed it on our apartment complex’s maintenance crew.”
I probably spent about two hours crawling and moving various items around, and believe me when I say that it was totally worth it. Missy & Buzz only chewed on the corner of a DVD once, and that was it as far as chewing mischief was concerned in their puppyhood (they are now 5 years old).
I always made sure that they had appropriate chews available to ease their teething pain (hello, bully sticks!), which was another valuable tip I had come across in a book. The combination of picking up around the apartment and providing adequate chews really paid off big time.
So here’s my tip for all new puppy pawrents: Get down on your belly (or at least on all fours) and take a look around from your puppy’s perspective-before they move in with you. You could make this a fun family game if you have kids and get everyone involved. You might be surprised at what you’ll discover!
Do you have a special tip for bringing a puppy into your home? Please share below!