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Puppy Proofing Your Home: Everything You Should Know

Puppies are arguably one of the cutest things on the planet, but they also come along with a great deal of intrigue that comes from a natural sense of curiosity and a sense of exploration. Just like toddlers, they’re “into” practically everything they come across on their level. So similar to older infants, it’s important to puppy proof your home in some of the very same ways as you would for a toddler.

When it comes to the Labradoodle breed specifically, they have a natural love for water so often standing liquid like inside toilet bowls can be problematic. Keeping the lid on the bowl and door to the bathroom closed at all times might do the trick, but you could invest a small amount of cash into a toddler-proof latch or other device just in case one forgets one of these measures.

Safe Spaces

Just like closing the bathroom door, all the doors to interior rooms and especially those that lead outdoors should be closed and latched at all times. Think about getting spring type hinges for doors that lead to outside spaces so they will automatically close and latch behind you. Still always keep a close eye when you enter and exit the premises because little puppies can be quick and sneaky when it comes to escaping … think Houdini hound!

Strings And Cords

Electrical outlet covers are also a good idea for curious pups who could get quite the shock when sniffing one of these open, unused outlets with their wet snout. Accompanying electrical cords can be especially problematic for puppies who will chew on practically anything and everything. Be sure to go around the house and tape down any of these exposed cords to keep them out of harm’s way.

Window treatments, especially blinds, often have cords that reach down to the floor. Besides the fact your little pooch may chew these to ribbons, they also pose a significant choking hazard for both children and pets. While some solutions are in the works for this dilemma, it’s best to keep these tied up out of the reach of animals and small kids.

Garbage And Other Toxic Substances

If you keep garbage uncovered, like underneath the kitchen sink, again you should invest in some childproof cupboard latches. Many homeowners also store detergents and other toxins in this same spaces, so be wise and get a device to keep them out of these areas. Any type of medicines, detergents, insecticides, any and all other types of toxic substances should always be stored safely and out of their reach.

Food And Plants

We all know better than to feed our animals things like chocolate, but there’s a huge list (available from the Humane Society) of other foods that can be toxic or even deadly for dogs. Play it safe and keep all human foods away from your pets and out of their reach. Houseplants may seem harmless enough, but many of them could have flowers, seeds, leaves, stems, roots or other parts that may be poisonous if ingested.

It’s always better to be safe than sorry. If you believe something in your home could cause injury or illness for your puppy, put it away, get rid of it or take some kind of safety precautions. Don’t take a chance on their safety or health in order to ensure they’ll have a long, happy and healthy life with you.

Author bio:
Born in Chicago and raised in Boston, Jenn Johnson is a journalist and a freelance writer. She completed her PhD in Journalism from Northwestern University. You’ll find this pet enthusiast and freelance journalist living happily with her husband, three kids and their two beloved dogs, Thunder and Lightning in the Back Bay area of Massachusetts, just outside Boston.

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Keep your dog safe on Thanksgiving

It’s almost Thanksgiving, and that means your dog might be fed by over-zealous relatives who try to sneak them food off the table. As a result, you could be spending nearly double at the veterinary hospital to treat your pet over the holiday weekend. Petplan data has found that Vet costs nearly double Thanksgiving weekend for common ailments that can be simple to avoid ($400 average compared to nearly $800 average).

Luckily Petplan veterinarians have created a pet friendly menu that is easy for you to make and already includes many food items you will already have on hand on Thanksgiving.

So, before Uncle Leo serves Fido or Fluffy something unsafe, click here to see healthy menu options, recipes and other tips to keep your furry family members safe.

Roasted turkey medallions for your dog

THE MENU (click here to get the recipes):

  • Pumpkin Smoothies: This creamy, two-ingredient pumpkin drink earns plenty of.
  • Paws-itively Peanutty Crudités: Crispy, crunchy veggies and peanut butter (dogs’ favorite!) make a great first course.
  • Simple Sorbet: Tickle tongues between courses with this refreshing ice cube treat.
  • Roasted Turkey Medallions: Turkey, carrots and oatmeal make a delicious, protein-packed entrée.
  • Scrumptious Sweet Potato Cookies: Sweet potato and banana combine into easy-to-make, low-calorie cookies.

OTHER SAFETY TIPS (click here to see more safety tips)

  • Portion control: Pet parents should consider the size of their best friend when dishing out dinner (a Chihuahua should not eat as much as a Great Dane!). Overindulging can lead to gastrointestinal upset or even pancreatitis.
  • Trimming the fat: Remember to keep treats to less than 10% of your pet’s daily caloric intake to maintain a healthy diet. If you’re planning to make Thanksgiving recipes for dogs, adjust the amount of regular chow you dish out in a day.
  • No bones about it: No matter how much they beg, dogs should never be given turkey bones to chew on. These brittle bones splinter easily, and the risk of intestinal blockage or bowel perforation is just too great to ignore!
  • Sharing is caring: A single splurge on Thanksgiving Day is okay, but avoid overfeeding for the rest of the week. Sharing leftovers can be a great gift for neighborhood pups – and is sure to put you on the “Nice” list come Christmas!
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Arthur The Dog Who Crossed the Jungle to Find a Home

I was provided a copy of the book Arthur for my review, and the publisher is providing copies for our giveaway.

Do you remember the news story not so long ago about a plucky little dog who joined a team of extreme racers in the jungle? The little dog joined them along the crazy terrain, even jumping in after them during a section of the race that required a kayak! Well, you may already know what happened, but this book tells the full story about the little dog named Arthur who traveled more than 100 miles to find a new home.

Even knowing the story ends happily (you know this right from the start of the book), there were still moments when I worried about the outcome and what would become of this brave dog! The story of Arthur takes us into the world of adventure racing, which is a grueling, body punishing, world!

Mikael Lindnord is the captain of a Swedish racing team on a 435 mile race through the jungles and mountains of South America. One afternoon while they are at a check point he sees a scruffy, but oddly calm and peaceful looking, dog. Little did he know this pup would adopt him as his own and follow along the rest of their journey.

Mikael decided he would save the dog, now named Arthur, and bring home to Sweden, whatever it took. It wasn’t going to be easy though! Making through the jungle was just the beginning!

A super fun and interesting read, Arthur is a story that once again shows the bond between dogs and people. If the story captivated you and made you smile when you first read about it online, you will want to read the full story!

Luckily, we have 3 copies to give away to our readers. This giveaway is open to those in the USA and Canada. The book releases today if you would like to order your own copy, you can do so here.

To enter for a chance at a copy, please use the form below. Thanks, and good luck!

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