Home Puppy Proofing Rules and Dangers

Cat Food and Cat Poop

If you have a cat, place the litter box in an area out of the puppies reach. Likewise, the cat’s food should be secured away from the Doberman puppy. Doberman puppies love eating both and both can cause many problems including pancreatitis.

Cleaning Chemicals and Cleaning Items

This one is fairly obvious. It is a good practice to keep all cleaning chemicals put away in one high location, not under the sink. Don’t forget cleaning items such as mops, rags, and sponges which can carry residual cleaning chemicals. Also dangerous are gloves, empty buckets, plastic bags, aerosol cans, and spray bottles.

Paper Products and Personal Items

Puppies love to destroy rolls of toilet paper and paper towel. These two products are also very handy in a home with a new leaky puppy. Neither of these are especially dangerous but can be if consumed. Numerous other items can be very dangerous, little things you might not notice leaving out. A razor on the side of the tub, a bottle of nail polish or remover on the coffee table, Q-tips, cotton balls, rubbing alcohol, dental floss, bars of soap, shampoo, and the list goes on.


Puppies aren’t made to digest large quantities of sugar. Also, chocolate is toxic to dogs. It contains theobromine. Treat candy as a toxic substance in a home with a Doberman puppy.

Small Objects

Dobermans have a tendency to swallow things. This is especially a problem with a Doberman puppy. I have found that my Doberman puppies especially enjoyed destroying ink pens. All small objects, or objects that can be chewed up into small objects, should be kept off the floor and off tables. Paper clips, staples, tacks, nails, pencils, hair pins, rubber bands, loose change, and refrigerator magnets just to name a few.

Inappropriate Toys

Doberman puppies should only be allowed puppy toys. People toys have parts, such as plastic eyeballs, that can be removed and swallowed.

Medications, Medicines, and Vitamins

Child safe means nothing to a Doberman puppy. The Doberman puppy’s willingness to swallow down pills is nice when they need to take a pill from the veterinarian. When the cat knocks a bottle of pills off the entertainment center, it can be deadly or very expensive.


Trash cans are dangerous for many reasons. There is a plastic bag, small bits of things, food, and who knows what else. Puppies need to learn early on that this mighty temptation is a big no no. Having a sturdy trash can with a tight lid is a good idea too but don’t rely on it to keep your puppy out.

I have a heavy stainless steel trash can in my kitchen,  the kind with pedal to open the lid. It’s good for keeping out the little ones but all the Dobermans heavy enough know how to step on pedal, but also know not to.

People Food, Puppy Food, and Treats

Overeating can easily harm a puppy. So can eating even small amounts of dangerous people food with bones or foil and plastic wrappers. It’s best to avoid people food for puppies and the puppy’s food should be secured.

House Plants

Besides often being in heavy pots in high places, some plants are toxic to dogs. The ASPCA website has a great list of many of these dangerous plants.

Anything with an Electrical Cord

Electrical cords are not only dangerous when plugged in. In fact, unplugged cords can be even more dangerous. An unplugged cord gives no warning to the puppy and allows him to chew through and swallow the copper wire within. The Doberman has a difficult time removing copper from its system so special attention should be given to items containing copper.

Machines and Tools

Paper shredders, trash compactors, and power tools are just a few puppy hazards. Such things should be unplugged, not just turned off as puppies can turn them on.

Sharp, Heavy, and Hot

A knife left on the cutting board, a pot of hot water, or a heavy iron left on the ironing board are all examples of hazards the puppy can cause to fall down on himself.

Strings, Rope, Yarn, etc.

String can be fun for a puppy. The trouble is when they eat it or become tangled.


Things such as lamps, stools, flimsy tables, and things leaned against the wall like brooms and ladders will eventually be knocked over by a puppy. Never leave anything heavy against the wall or in a position where it can fall. A common mistake is to leave a folded up kennel, gate, or enclosure leaned against something. When knocked over, they can do serious harm to a puppy or other animals in the home.

Pest Control

Remember to remove all traps and poisons from the home before the puppy arrives. These items will eventually be found or spread throughout the home where a puppy will come into contact.

Lead Contamination

Just like with children, Doberman puppies need protection from lead based substances such as lead paint. Houses older than 50 years will likely have lead in any original paint. This paint is still dangerous even when painted over. Lead has a sweet taste, so if a puppy chews through part of the home he may find the lead tasty.

The safest home is a tidy organized home. If everything has a place and it’s kept there, the floor is kept clean, and clutter is kept off of tables and out of corners, the puppy will be left with fewer dangers.