So when we had C we didn’t really baby proof. It wasn’t that we were bad parents (I promise) it was a conscious decision, but anyway, back to the puppy. One of the great things about getting a puppy now is that we’re going to be ripping this house to bits so it doesn’t really matter too much about damage. Well that isn’t true. We obviously don’t want a puppy to chew our house to bits but the odd accident on the carpet isn’t going to bother us too much. So whilst we are not planning on encouraging or allowing Jessie to destroy things we don’t really want to have to remove everything precious from our house or get child locks on the cupboards. We didn’t have a stair gate for C and thankfully we won’t need one for Jessie either as we have a door at the bottom of our staircase so we just need to remember to shut it (we’ve decided that Jessie is going to be a downstairs only dog).
The big question for me is how much should I declutter downstairs. We are a family who tend to have a fair amount of clutter, not least because we don’t have enough storage space which isn’t damp. C has a lovely beanbag chair which is going up to her room and I may take a few more of her toys up to her room. My knitting basket which sits by my chair will probably move up on to the window sill for the time being. But what will a puppy really try to eat? Or should that really be what won’t a puppy eat!?! We ran into a dog owner the other day who said that Labrador retriever puppies will eat everything, floors, walls, furniture, anything. And I know that our golden retriever which was a puppy when I was born chewed through the walk right down to the brickwork. So I figure we need to keep an eye on her and as much as possible keep her occupied and away from anything precious. I guess the plus side is that if she chews the walls back to the brickwork then that will actually mean the builders don’t have to do that!