Remember that puppies are baby dogs so you do need to puppy-proof your house, just as you would baby-proof for a new baby.

Small puppies may not be able to go up and down stairs initially, so be sure to block access until they are sure-footed.
Puppies put everything in their mouths. Ensure that your puppy does not have access to any electrical cords or poisonous substances. Some house plants can be toxic to puppies, so ensure that your puppy does not have access to these as well. Small objects that can be swallowed can result in choking or obstruction in the intestines and should be kept out of reach.

Puppies do need toys which they are allowed to chew. No toy is indestructible, but hard nylon toys are usually best. If you notice that any pieces are missing or a toy is broken, throw it out. Do not give stuffed animals with eyes as they can be torn off and eaten. Never leave a puppy alone with a treat or a toy when unsupervised. The best place for your puppy when no one is home is in his or her own crate


Talk to your veterinarian about which food and treats are best for your puppy. Remember that some foods that we eat can be toxic to dogs. Never give your puppy, chocolate, raw onions, grapes, garlic, raisins, macadamia nuts, or walnuts,. As a general rule, it is better to only feed food recommended by your veterinarian.

Dogs do not tolerate medications the same as humans, so never give any medication to your dog without the advice of your veterinarian.

When outside, your puppy should be kept on a leash to protect him. Ensure that he or she does not eat outdoor plants or pick up things from the ground to eat. Although it is important to socialize your puppy, avoid areas that are used heavily by other dogs until all puppy vaccinations are up to date.