Puppy-proofing your house and keeping it clean is no easy feat with a little furry guy running around. These are some simple yet helpful tips for living with a puppy.

15 Tips For Puppy-Proofing Your House & Keeping It Clean (Everything I’ve Learned In 6 Months As A Puppy Mom)

Next week will mark six months since we adopted our sweet puppy, Freya. I knew nothing about caring for a puppy and had no experience with indoor dogs, so I was certainly nervous. Would she destroy all of my beloved throw pillows? Would I have to put away all of my pretty knick-knacks? And would she chew up all of our nice furniture? How the heck do you go about puppy-proofing a house?

I had so many worries but was also very excited to welcome a dog into our family. I thought I’d take today to share all of the lessons I’ve learned about puppy-proofing your house and keeping things. I’m certainly still learning, and our house is a lot messier with this little rascal running around, but I have learned a few things along the way! I should warn you that this post is full of cute puppy pictures.¬†ūüėČ

Puppy-proofing your house and keeping it clean is no easy feat with a little furry guy running around. These are some simple yet helpful tips for living with a puppy.

Freya’s Adoption Story

> Keep scrolling if you want to get straight to the puppy-proofing tips, otherwise feel free to keep reading here if you want to hear all about Freya’s adoption story.¬†

I’ve wanted a dog since we moved into our house, but it took a couple years for my husband to warm up to the idea. For my birthday last November, David agreed to adopt a dog. I was so excited, but I also got really nervous! It always¬†seemed¬†like fun to have a dog around, but I had absolutely no experience with indoor dogs. We always had a dog or two on the farm growing up, but that was different because they were never in the house and didn’t really require a lot of attention. When it came to being a dog mom and maintaining an orderly house, I was clueless.

After a while of searching for a dog to adopt, we got the chance to meet a litter of two-month-old puppies the day after Christmas. By the time we arrived, only one little girl was left. Freya she stole our hearts the minute we met her. We don’t really know what breeds she is, but I do know she’s a beautiful mutt. The shelter predicted she’ll be a medium sized dog, but time will tell!

Puppy-proofing your house and keeping it clean is no easy feat with a little furry guy running around. These are some simple yet helpful tips for living with a puppy.

Oh my goodness, I forgot how tiny she was!!

The shelter was an hour away, so they offered to process Freya’s adoption that same night if we had time. I was excited but panicked! We hadn’t puppy-proofed our house yet ‚Äď heck, we didn’t even own a leash. While the shelter volunteers prepared the paperwork, we headed to the store to pick up some puppy essentials. Again, I didn’t even know where to start. Do you know how much¬†stuff there is for dogs?! David had a couple dogs growing up, so I let him take the lead. I picked out a couple toys while he loaded our cart with necessities like a leash and carpet cleaner.

Puppy-proofing your house and keeping it clean is no easy feat with a little furry guy running around. These are some simple yet helpful tips for living with a puppy.

Fast forward an hour, and we were driving home with our sweet puppy. That first night was so fun. We followed as she sniffed her way around the house, and then we played with her for a while in the living room. She was so little and cute!

Puppy-proofing your house and keeping it clean is no easy feat with a little furry guy running around. These are some simple yet helpful tips for living with a puppy.

My nerves subsided over the first few days, and now I can’t imagine our house without a puppy in it. Dogs have a way of making you feel so loved all the time, and Freya gives us lots of cuddles and puppy kisses. The ridiculous amounts of trips outside for potty breaks got annoying fast, but thankfully they’re much fewer now that she’s older. She’s peed on the carpet more times than I could possibly remember, and she’s chewed up some of our things. But overall, the house is still intact, my decor hasn’t been destroyed and our leather furniture is still in good shape.

Now that Freya is older, she curls up by our feet in bed at night. She still wakes us up earlier than we’d like to take her out and feed her, but she rarely has to pee in the middle of the night anymore. Freya spends her days alternating between napping in the living room, chewing on her toys and trying to steal our stuff when we’re not looking. She has her mischievous moments, but she’s a great puppy overall.

Puppy-proofing your house and keeping it clean is no easy feat with a little furry guy running around. These are some simple yet helpful tips for living with a puppy.

Freya loves road trips!

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Puppy-Proofing Your House & Keeping It Clean

Here are all of the things I’ve learned about puppy-proofing your house and keeping it clean with a dog running around. This is certainly not an exhaustive list, so I’d love to hear your tips in the comments!

Limit your puppy to specific parts of the house.

Decide what parts of your house are off limits and close the doors or add baby gates. We keep most of our doors closed so Freya is generally contained to the living room and kitchen. We do let her sleep with us now, and it’s easy to bleach our white bedding when needed.

Puppy-proofing your house and keeping it clean is no easy feat with a little furry guy running around. These are some simple yet helpful tips for living with a puppy.

Be prepared for potty training. There will be accidents!

I wasn’t sure how potty training would work with a puppy, but I quickly got used to her having accidents on the carpet. We set out a couple puppy¬†potty pads¬†and slowly moved them closer to the front door as she became better at using them. Now Freya is pretty good at barking at the front door when she needs to go out, although she still has accidents.

Stock up on cleaning supplies.

Speaking of accidents, make sure to stock up on paper towels and carpet cleaner. You’ll go through a lot of cleaning supplies!

Puppy-proofing your house and keeping it clean is no easy feat with a little furry guy running around. These are some simple yet helpful tips for living with a puppy.

One of her naughtier moments. We learned our lesson about putting everything away as soon as we get home from the store.

Groom them regularly and prepare for shedding.

Some breeds shed more than others, and brushing them regularly is supposed to help with all the hair. I was pretty nervous that the dog hair would drive me crazy, but I’ve adjusted to it. Freya doesn’t shed a ton thank goodness. I try to vacuum more frequently and bought a few lint rollers to keep in the house and car.

Stop dirt and mud at the door.

Keep an old towel by the door so you can wipe off muddy paws.

Puppy-proofing your house and keeping it clean is no easy feat with a little furry guy running around. These are some simple yet helpful tips for living with a puppy.

Be diligent about picking up your clothes and putting shoes away. Puppies like to chew!

Most dogs like chewing on shoes, so get in the habit of putting your shoes away in a cubby or closet that your puppy can’t get into. If I leave any clothes on the bed, Freya swipes them. I found a whole stash of socks behind our couch the other day!

Puppy-proofing your house and keeping it clean is no easy feat with a little furry guy running around. These are some simple yet helpful tips for living with a puppy.

Keep lids on your drinks.

This tip is kind of random, but it will help prevent spills. Puppies are very curious, and yours will probably want to investigate the drink sitting on your end table. Or they’ll be busy playing and knock a drink off the table. I bought a couple plastic tumblers with lids and straws so they don’t spill as easily if tipped over.

Keep your kitchen counters clear if your dog can reach them.

Freya is now tall enough to jump up and reach anything on our kitchen counters with her paws. It’s definitely challenged us to keep the kitchen cleaner than we used to! Keep an eye on food while you’re cooking, and be sure to clean up leftovers right away or your puppy will scarf them down.

Puppy-proofing your house and keeping it clean is no easy feat with a little furry guy running around. These are some simple yet helpful tips for living with a puppy.

Keep trash cans closed and out of reach.

Puppies are fast learners and will likely quickly understand that they aren’t supposed to get in the trash. But that will only make them want to dig into it even more! We moved the small trash cans in our office and bathroom into closets so she can’t get into them. And definitely get a kitchen trash can with a secure lid!

Move any breakables, valuables and plants out of reach.

My decor has survived our puppy better than I expected, but I do recommend moving smaller items to higher shelves so they are out of reach.

Puppy-proofing your house and keeping it clean is no easy feat with a little furry guy running around. These are some simple yet helpful tips for living with a puppy.

Crate train your puppy.

We decided to crate train our puppy from the beginning. For the first few months, we put Freya in her crate overnight and whenever we left the house. Your puppy will whine a lot in the beginning but make it a comfy place for them to snooze and they will learn to enjoy it. It gives them a comfortable spot of their own, and it keeps them from getting hurt while you’re gone. We now let Freya sleep with us at night, but she still uses it when we’re gone during the day. It’s nice to know she’s safe and not getting into mischief. We have a basic wire crate, which is convenient because it folds flat so it can be tucked away or taken with us on trips. I have been tempted to order a fancy crate disguised as an end table¬†like these.

Decide from the beginning what furniture is off limits.

I cannot really give you tips on this subject because we’re pushovers and our puppy has free reign of our furniture. But if you don’t want your puppy on the couch, make sure you enforce that from the beginning. One reader told me she trained her dog that he’s only allowed on the couch if they lay a blanket on it. I think that’s brilliant!

Puppy-proofing your house and keeping it clean is no easy feat with a little furry guy running around. These are some simple yet helpful tips for living with a puppy.

Give your puppy plenty of toys and go on lots of walks.

Puppies are curious and always busy, so make sure they have plenty of toys or they will adopt your stuff as their toys. I also think it’s smart to store their toys in one place, that way they know what things are theirs to play with. I keep Freya’s toys in a shallow crate on the bottom shelf of our bookshelf in the living room. She can easily rummage in the crate for a toy to play with. Also, make sure to take your puppy on regular walks so they burn off some of that energy! Giving them exercise and toys to play with will go a long way toward keeping them from getting bored and getting into mischief.

Puppy-proofing your house and keeping it clean is no easy feat with a little furry guy running around. These are some simple yet helpful tips for living with a puppy.

Relax! Remember that your furry friend is a puppy.

I’ve learned to be okay with a living room that’s often littered with toys and ripped up things. But having a puppy in the family is so worth it!

Puppy-proofing your house and keeping it clean is no easy feat with a little furry guy running around. These are some simple yet helpful tips for living with a puppy.

What are your tips for puppy-proofing your house? Any good hacks for keeping things clean?

Enjoy those puppy snuggles!

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Puppy-proofing your house and keeping it clean is no easy feat with a little furry guy running around. These are some simple yet helpful tips for living with a puppy.

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