Because of a puppy’s exploratory nature, they’re endlessly curious and interested in every little detail around them. Unfortunately, more often than not, that curiosity gets them into puppy trouble. Part of being a responsible doggy parent is predicting what type of trouble your pup may fall into, so that you can take preventative measures to keep your bundle of joy safe.

With that said, here are the top three dangers you should be aware of and how to prevent them!

#1 – Electrical Shock

Top 3 Dangers to Puppies - Electrical Shock

Top 3 Dangers to Puppies – Electrical Shock

Although dogs of all ages love to chew, puppies excel in this activity.

By chewing they massage their gums and relieve the pain caused by their changing teeth. The problem is that puppies are not very picky about what they chew.

Sometimes that includes electrical cables and cords. In fact, chewing on electric cables is the most common cause of electrocution in puppies. The consequences vary from minor burns to the shutdown of vital organs and even death.

To prevent your puppy from chewing cables, you must get them out of sight and out of reach. Lifting and securing cables off the ground, using furniture or carpet to cover them are easy fixes.

Alternatively, an affordable solution is to have all electrical cables covered with chew-proof PVC tubes. You can also discourage your puppy from chewing cables by sprinkling them with anti-chew sprays.

Tip: Want an easy homemade anti-chew spray solution? Simply mix squeezed lemon juice, apple cider vinegar or ground chili into water and make sure to shake well before using. Make it as strong as required, being extra careful with quantities if making a more potent ground chili spray.

#2 – Dog Bites

Top 3 Dangers to Puppies - Dog Bites

Top 3 Dangers to Puppies – Dog Bites

Maybe your puppy is always friendly, playful and affectionate, but unfortunately that may not be the case with other dogs around.

Some dogs are less friendly and can easily attack, even if unprovoked. Other dogs may be less patient and find your puppy’s playful joy irritating.

All in all, dogs can either warn your puppy to back off or physically attack without manifesting warning signs.

To prevent your puppy from getting bit, always keep your distance and check with the other dog’s owner if it’s OK to introduce your dogs.

If it’s OK, make the introduction in a calm and neutral environment. Even if it looks like the two dogs get along well, do not leave them unsupervised.

Tip: Observe the dog’s behavior and watch for warning signs of biting – tense body, stiff tail, erected ears, staring and baring teeth.

#2 – Poisoning

Puppies are very curious creatures and will sniff and taste almost anything in their environment. That includes garbage, cleaning fluids, detergents, mothballs and certain household plants. Some human foods and drinks (raisins, alcoholic drinks, coffee, chewing gums) and human medicines (painkillers like aspirin) can also be toxic for dogs.

To prevent your dog from getting hold of things that can be harmful:

  • Keep garbage cans covered.
  • Put plants in high, unreachable places.
  • Securely store all household chemicals.
  • Put medicines out of reach and never give your puppy
    human medicines without consulting your vet first.
  • Before giving your dog human foods, check if they’re safe,
    many common human foods can be dangerous.

No one wants to see their adorable puppy suffering, with a bit of preparation and a vigilant eye you can keep your puppy safe and out of trouble.