We got a puppy!
In case you missed it on Instagram, we got a Drahthaar (also known as a German Wirehair) puppy named Bria a little over a month ago. We absolutely adore her. She’s incredibly sweet (when she wants to be) and loves to play outside and chase rabbits.
This is my first indoor puppy so we did lots of research beforehand to make sure we were prepared and puppy-proofed the home. To say I was a little nervous about our home getting destroyed was an understatement. My throw pillows! :/ I grew up on a farm where our dog was outside, so the whole indoor pet thing is completely new.
We’re a month in and so far nothing in the house has been destroyed, thanks to our watchful eye. Yay! We rarely let her leave our sight to avoid her getting into things. It’s extremely time-consuming to watch her every move, but it’s paid off big time as it’s kept her safe and out of trouble. Luckily, she likes to nap, so we can at least get a few things done.
I’m sharing my 6 tips for puppy-proofing your home and keeping it tidy with pets.
How To Puppy-Proof Your Home
1. Put away pillows and throws
We quickly found out that Bria loves the corners of pillows and the fringe on throw blankets so we removed all pillows and throws from our living room so she’s not tempted to chew on them. She has one blanket of her own we keep in the kennel so she can chew on that when she wants something soft.
2. Hide rugs
Puppies look for something absorbent to go potty, so rugs are their go-to. We pulled up the large blue rug in our living room to avoid temptations and messes on our rug.
Bria is coming along with the potty training and is starting to go to the door and let us know when she has to go potty most of the time. I’m itching to break out the rug again, but I don’t know if we can trust her just yet. You can see what a difference rugs really do make. See how different (and blah) our living room looks without a rug (see our living room with the rug here). There’s a whole lotta beige going on. This is a good visual example why you want to choose contrasting colors for flooring and furniture. You want to choose furniture that’s either lighter or darker than the flooring so they contrast, otherwise if they are too similar (like you see here), it all blends together. We’re actually planning to put in hardwood soon and get rid of the carpet all together.
3. Keep a cleaner on hand for accidents
Accidents are bound to happen with a new puppy, so a good cleaner is a MUST. While we removed the rug from our living room, unfortunately, we still have carpet. When we first got Bria, we took her out almost every 15 minutes to do her business outside. Still, she had a few accidents. Our favorite carpet cleaner is the STAINMASTER Pet Stain Remover cleaner. It removes the stain, odors and protects against resoiling. Dogs like to go in the same spot because it smells like a “bathroom” to them, so it’s essential to remove the smell so they aren’t tempted to go there again. For accidents, I immediately spray the spot liberally with STAINMASTER Pet Stain Remover and let it sit for a few minutes. Then, I take a damp cloth and scrub. The cleaner suds up so I feel like it’s actually getting clean and removing the spot! It has it’s own fresh scent too so I’ve been really loving it. Bria is still having an accident here and there (Err! We went almost 2 weeks without one…) and she hasn’t gone in the same spot twice so I think that’s a good sign the scent remover is working.
4. Stop dirt at the door
We keep a towel by the door to wipe off dirty paws and prevent Bria from tracking in the house after playing in the yard. If muddy paws do find their way in, we have STAINMASTER Carpet Stain Remover to get out any stains so I don’t have to worry.
When our carpet needs a refresher or the heavy traffic areas where Bria runs around start to look dingy, we use the High Traffic Carpet Cleaner. You just spray it on the carpet, wait a few minutes to soak in, and then vacuum it up. Super simple and nice for large areas!
5. Move plants to a closed off room
I have a large snake plant in our living room that I moved to our office since we’re keeping that door shut. The last thing I want is her to start digging in the plant with dirt all over the carpet. I kept the smaller plants out that are on tables and out of reach, but I didn’t risk leaving the larger one she could get to.
6. Block off seldom used rooms
To make it easier to keep a close eye on Bria, we block off several rooms so she can’t access them. Our house is a split level ranch so the main level is upstairs with the kitchen, living room, bedroom, office, and bathroom. Downstairs is the basement family room, guest bedroom, entryway, and laundry. 95% of our time is spent upstairs, so we have a baby gate blocking off the stairs to the basement. The fewer rooms she can access the less chasing around we have to do!
These 6 tips have made our lives a little easier as we get accustomed to a pet-friendly home. We’re slowly adjusting to life with a puppy between the middle of the night potty breaks, constant attention, and 5:30am wake up calls. Why doesn’t anyone warn you how much work a puppy really is?! Good thing she is cute ;)
All you dog moms – I’d love to hear YOUR tips to keeping your home tidy with pets. Bria just started shedding and I need all the advice I can get to keep the fur at bay. Do you keep your couch covered with a blanket? Are you vacuuming daily? Please tell!
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