A new Golden Retriever puppy is a lot like a child -- only a lot less work! Don't get me wrong, there is a lot of work still involved.
Her safety is of utmost importance. Remember all Golden Retriever puppies are inherently curious and eager to explore. So let her explore—but in a safe environment. Here are some specific steps you should take:
Remove all small, easily swallowed objects to prevent any risk of choking
Place children's toys high up
Keep wires tucked and bound neatly
Get in the habit of shutting doors to restrict the puppy in safe environments
Keep toilet bowls lids down
Keep all medications/foods/sharp objects high up
Cordon off any pool or jacuzzi
Have your gardener eliminate certain plants/flowers that are dangerous for dogs. You can find a comprehensive list of plants poisonous to dogs
. This information is from Cornell University Department of Animal Science and even includes pictures of the specific plants.
So, take the time to puppy-proof your house and outdoor areas. I recommend that you do a final thorough walk-around before your puppy comes home. Look carefully in every room, corner and crevice to make sure there aren't things that can be dangerous for your puppy. If there is something lying around that could cause trouble, your Golden will find it!
These vital steps are the beginning to ensure that you are welcoming your Golden Retreiver puppy into a safe environment.
Take the time to puppy-proof your house and outdoor areas to create the safest possible environment for your puppy.