Why It's Important to Puppy Proof Your House

Recently, one of our own fur babies, Jax, was hospitalized. Jax has a bad habit of constantly eating socks, which ultimately caused a blockage in his intestines.

Isabelle Manley · March 29, 2022

Why It's Important to Puppy Proof Your House

Recently, one of our own fur babies, Jax, was hospitalized. Jax has a bad habit of constantly eating socks, which ultimately caused a blockage in his intestines. This was a very traumatic and stressful experience, not only for him, but for us as pet parents. When this initially happened, there were a lot of mixed emotions. We couldn’t help but feel guilt since it was our socks that he was eating and made him sick. 

Getting into and eating things that they are not supposed to, like socks, happens more often with younger pups. To our surprise, this is a struggle that many other pet parents share. Puppies are naturally curious and want to eat anything and everything under the sun. As a pet parent, you never want to see your fur baby sick. This is why it is super important to “baby” proof the house when they are younger. Just like babies and toddlers, puppies also want to get into things they shouldn’t and it all goes into their mouths. These explorations (when unsupervised) can become very dangerous. 

There is also a misconception that getting into harmful things  is just a phase that puppies go through and that it will pass as they get older.  Over time, if the bad behavior isn’t corrected, it will continue to be an issue into their adulthood.   This is why training and correcting is critical for puppies. It is important to teach them the dangers around them when they are as young as 8 - 10 weeks old. My family has learned to take the necessary precautions and additional training to ensure that something like this does not happen to Jax again. Here are some of the precautions that we have made Jax:

  • Make sure all interior doors are closed
  • Be sure to keep socks/laundry picked up and/or tucked away 
  • Ensure there is nothing  within reach near the edge of any countertops or tables that would be harmful if ingested.

Jax is a large breed, a Dutch Lab, which makes it easier for him  to jump or grab things within reach. We all work together to  make sure that all the trash cans are covered or put up, as well as laundry, or anything else that may spark his interest.  Instead, we lay out pet friendly toys, such as pet puzzles and kongs filled with his favorite BARF® World treats, which keep him occupied and avoid getting bored (which leads to bad behavior).   We have also started making sure that we don’t correct him unless we catch him in the act of getting into something, so that he knows that specific behavior is harmful to his health and well being.  Correcting your pup can be difficult, but it is imperative to remain consistent and steadfast and not give in to those puppy eyes. Eventually you will begin to  see improvements in their behavior and avoid a very expensive vet bill. 

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Isabelle Manley

Isabelle Manley

Isabelle started with the BARF World® team in the summer of 2020. She is a Junior at GCU in Phoenix, Arizona. She is our newest Raw Pet Food Specialist. Isabelle assists in product research, marketing ads and ongoing marketing projects. She enjoys music and hanging out with her friends. She has 6 siblings, 2 half siblings, a cat named Poppy, and a dog named Jax, who are Brand Ambassadors for BARF® World.

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