From booking vaccinations and arranging pet insurance to booking puppy classes and bulk buying the dry dog food - it can seem like there are a million things to organise before bringing your new dog home.

However, one key consideration that should not be neglected when introducing a young canine to the household is how safe your home is for a little one.

As anyone who's ever owned a puppy can tell you, these mischievous balls of fluff are adventurous by nature and if unchecked will constantly be getting themselves into trouble.

Therefore, in order to keep your pup safe and your home protected, all new dog owners will need to take steps to puppy-proof their home.

And if you're wondering where on earth to start, it might be a good idea to take the advice of American vet, Dr Katy J Nelson, and try and see things from your pooch's perspective.

"Think of puppy-proofing like baby-proofing - you must protect them from themselves," she explained to the Dog Daily. "Get down on your hands and knees and crawl around to see the world from their level."

Once you've spent a good few minutes scampering around on all-fours (apart from getting a few weird looks from the rest of the family) you'll realise that the home is full of potential hazards for a puppy.

The first step is to hide all electrical cables behind furniture and out of reach of little teeth or to cover them with a thick chew-proof cable protector.

Next you'll need to ensure that all toxic materials, such as cleaning liquids, medications and even house plants are out of reach of your pup or stored away in locked cupboards.

It's also important to keep all windows and doors closed, as well as securing doors to the oven, fridge, dishwasher and any other places a curious puppy might feel like investigating.

Finally, unless you fancy having your belongings chewed up, you'll need to hide away clothes, toys and shoes, and instead provide a selection of dog toys to keep your little one occupied at home.

Written by: Hannah