When you bring home a new puppy, you will need to adjust your lifestyle. Expect inconvenience and plan to spend a lot of time together. Puppy proof your home: make your house and your yard as safe as possible. Puppies are just like toddlers – everything they see goes into their mouth. So look at your house from a puppy’s perspective. Crawl around on your hands and knees if you need to. Look for temptations that could be dangerous like electric cords, small toys they can chew up and swallow, aw well as plants that might be toxic such as holly, ivy, and azaleas.
Outside be careful where you place pesticides like ant baits, rat poison and antifreeze containers. Also be sure your trashcan is off limits to your new puppy and has a pet proof lid.
If you see your puppy doing something dangerous, use negative reinforcement to stop him right away so he does not hurt himself. So, for example, if you see your puppy chewing on an electric cord, make a sudden loud noise with a shake can.
To make a pet shake can, just taken an empty soda can and fill it with a handful of pennies (they fit right through the slot) and start shaking.