Its been 5 years since we had a puppy. At that time, the worst damage he did was chew two pairs of shoes, jump up on kitchen cabinets and scratch the surface, and chew on a door frame while he was confined in kitchen.
We are considering getting an 8 month old puppy and are starting to make a list of how to puppy proof.
Apart from some of the obvious things like:
-put away anything you don't want dog to get to
-never leave dog unattended around something unless it has earned trust
-remove harmful plants, anything that can toppe over, anything sharp, confine cords that dog could get to
-close doors to rooms you don't want dog in
-cover couch with blankets
What else should we do?
We live in a new house with hardwood/area rugs on the main floor. Our current dog has already scratched up the floors quite a bit but hasn't ever ruined the area rugs. Should we remove the area rugs and replace with cheapies? Should we go as far as wrapping the wooden legs of our new dining room furniture (main floor is open concept so everything is open), cover lower kitchen cabinets/appliances/furniture in cardboard/paper to avoid scratching if dog jumps up?
Am I being too paranoid? Am I over-thinking what we need to puppy proof? Hubby and I have been in a new house for just 2 years so furniture/appliances are still brnad new and we'd like to keep it that way as best we can.