Dogs: We don’t deserve them. Not only are they incredibly loving and loyal, they are cute to boot! Of course, nothing in this world is perfect -- even your precious pup. As much as we love our dogs, they tend to leave a mess behind. Whether your problem is fur everywhere or an unsightly stain, there is hope. Here are some of the best ways dog lovers keep clean homes.
An Ounce of Prevention
You can’t exactly stop your dog from shedding -- even if you shave him. However, regular grooming can reduce the amount of hair he loses on a regular basis, cutting down on the total amount of fur removal you have to do. Different dogs have different grooming needs. For instance, a Pekingese is going to need more haircuts than a short-haired Chihuahua. How often your dog should be professionally groomed is up to your dog’s needs and your budget.
But you should also do your part in grooming at home, especially if you want to cut down on shedding. Brush your dog regularly. Not only will it help remove dead hair from his coat, but it will also help distribute his skin’s natural oils to make it healthier, shinier, and less likely to fall out all over your couch. Long-haired breeds need to be brushed at least once a week with a bent-wire bristled brush. Use a comb to help detangle mats, too. Short haired dogs don’t typically need much brushing, but going over his coat with a grooming glove can loosen dead hair, exfoliate the skin, and provide a soothing massage for your pup.
For some dog owners, shedding is the least of their problems. Some dogs tend to make big messes by going through the trash or by chewing furniture and rugs. Dogs typically engage in these destructive behaviors as a response to being inactive and understimulated. If you don’t have time to exercise your dog according to his needs, look into hiring help. A dog walking service can stop by once or twice a day to walk your dog and let him do his busy when you are away from the house. If your dog is prone to getting lonely, a pet sitter can provide him with company and entertainment that prevents destructive behavior.
Wipe Their Feet
Dogs need to spend time outside, but if it’s raining and muddy out, that means he’s going to paint your floors with muddy paw prints. Before letting your dog back inside, wipe off all four paws. Consider placing some dog-safe wet wipes by the entrance he uses so you always have something handy to use. You can also invest in a paw cleaning door mat that dislodges dirt when Fido comes in if it’s a frequent problem.
Clean Stains Immediately
Hey, nobody is perfect. Your dog will likely have an accident indoors at some point whether it’s because he’s hasn’t been fully housetrained yet or if he’s got an upset tummy. Whatever the reason, you don’t want to be reminded of it every time you walk by the spot. Cleaning the pet stain as soon as possible is your best bet.
Remove any material and moisture with a paper towel. Then, soak the stain with a mixture of water and white vinegar -- use a 50/50 ratio. Blot the stain with a clean paper towel and repeat the process until the stain isn’t visible. Finally, sprinkle a bit of baking soda over the spot to absorb odor and vacuum. Your carpet will look as good as new.
You love your dog… just maybe not the mess he leaves behind. When it comes to caring for your pup, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Make sure your dog is regularly groomed to prevent shedding and provide enough exercise to prevent destructive behaviors. Keep wet wipes or invest in a paw cleaning door mat to prevent muddy prints from ruining your floor. Finally, if your dog has an accident inside, clean it as soon as possible to prevent stains.
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Aurora James is a guest blogger from dog etiquette