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Having a pet dog as part of the family can provide loads of fun, joy, and happiness to your life, as you play and grow together. While many people wish to keep a dog outside, it’s hard to resist bringing the fun inside, so most dogs will live between the indoors and outdoors. But along with all the fun comes many messes you have to overcome too. Having your dog house trained when they are a young puppy will help save you some headaches although it’s never too late to train your dog. Along with good training, these 4 tips will help make sure your house is always clean and tidy no matter how much fun you are having with your playful pup!
Keep On Top of the Mess
In order to keep your house clean and tidy at all times, and well prepared for any unexpected guests, you will need to stay on top of the cleaning to keep the mess under control. One of the best ways to do this is to do a little bit of cleaning every day, especially in the areas your dog uses a lot. Cleaning the entrance way where your dog comes in, and any of its favorite rooms or furniture at the end of every day is a good way to ensure you will have a fresh start each morning.
You can’t expect your dog to keep your house clean, they’re just a dog after all. But if your dog sheds a lot of hair on the furniture or carpet it may be a good idea to buy a specialized dog bed. Put the bed in the room where the family will be most often so your dog can be a part of the fun without ruining all the furniture.
Always Let Your Dog in Through the Same Door
Another good way to help control dog mess is to make sure you always let your dog through the same door when he or she comes into the house. This is especially important if you have a formal entrance or a room in the front of the house where you would rather that your dog didn’t come in or out from. An ideal entrance for your canine friend would be a laundry or garage door that leads to the yard and also into the house. These rooms are usually tiled so you can always detain your pup in there and wipe their feet before they go inside. A bonus is that the tiled floor allows for an easier clean up than carpet.
Always letting your dog in through the same door is good training for your dog too. It provides consistency and structure in its life which will help with future training and behavior.
Buy a New Vacuum
Keeping the house clean when a new pet joins the family might require some extra assistance like with the help of a high-quality vacuum cleaner. You want something that is powerful enough to handle dust as well as the dirt and hair that your dog might leave around the house! There are a range of powerful and versatile vacuum cleaners on the market today that can handle any job. Like picking dirt up off the floor, dusting surfaces and household items or cleaning pet hair off furniture and upholstery.
Many vacuum cleaners are even specifically branded to be ‘Pet’ specialty vacuums. But among regular vacuum cleaners, you want to make sure they at least include versatile attachments. This will provide much needed and extra functionality in terms of cleaning away every trace of dog hair.
Get Help From Others
Having a family pet such as a dog means the whole family needs to be involved in looking after it. As well as feeding and playing with your pup, this means cleaning up after them too. Get the whole family involved by delegating a dog task every day to each member of the family. Each day a different member of the family can be responsible for letting the dog out or taking it to its sleeping place at night and then doing a light vacuum over the furniture and floor where the dog has been. This is a great way to share the responsibility and joy of owning a pet and your dog will love you for it too!
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Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.