Before you get a puppy, it’s worth taking some time to puppy-proof your home to save you some money and stress later on. Your puppy can and will chew everything within sight, so you should make sure that he won’t damage anything valuable or chew up anything that could hurt him.
We had a crate that our dogs both slept in when they were puppies. Our rule was that they could be outside of the crate if we were supervising them, but if we weren’t watching them they had to go back in the crate. Both of our dogs seemed to like the crate; once they got older, they often crawled into the crate to go to sleep even though we let them roam free.
Take some time to move everything with cords out of the way, so that your puppy can’t chew them up. We finally ditched our landline phone entirely for this very reason. According to http://www.OfficePhoneSystems.org you can use the Grasshopper phone system to completely replace your need for a landline, because you can have your calls routed to any cell phone number that you want.
Make sure that you keep shoes and socks out of your puppy’s way. Puppies are attracted to the smell of these things, because they smell like you! I only wear shoes that I don’t care about when I’m around a puppy. Don’t think that your puppy will ignore your shoes just because your feet are currently in them. You can pick up some cheap shoes on Zappos.com. I always like to have a spare pair of shoes that I can wear when I’m playing with a puppy.
If you take the time to puppy-proof the area of your house where your puppy will be allowed to play, you can save yourself a lot of stress. Make sure that nothing is in this area except for the puppy’s toys, because he won’t know any better but to chew up whatever he can.