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House-Cleaning Tips For Dog Owners

Guest blog by Tyler Evans of dogzasters.com

As any pet parent knows, putting a little extra elbow grease into your cleaning routine when you have critters in the house comes with the territory. But there are lots of ways to make things easier when it comes to removing fur, dander, smells, and saliva from your home. The great news is, doing so doesn’t have to strain your budget. When it comes to owning a dog, cleaning can become a huge task if you’re not sure how to tackle it well. It helps to have a systematic approach to keeping your surroundings clean, as this ensures you’ll stay on top of the situation and spend less money on professional services. Let’s look at some of the ways you can keep your house clean in a manageable and affordable way. 

Develop a System

If you don’t have a workable cleaning system in place, tasks can become overwhelming, and dog-related accidents or stains can become difficult to remove without the help of professional cleaners. To avoid that scenario, this article from Tidy Up suggests cleaning up things like dog drool as quickly as possible. Dog hair is another culprit that plagues dog owners, but cleanup is easier when you use tools like lint rollers and fur removers. Dog dander doesn’t just make a mess; it can also create havoc with those who have allergies, so keep it under control by wiping down solid surfaces regularly and vacuuming carpets or rugs thoroughly. You should also make sure you clean your dog’s accessories such as bedding and food bowls on a weekly basis. 

Use Preventative Tricks

You can reduce the magnitude of cleaning tasks with some prevention. Grooming your dog on a regular basis can cut down on how much hair they are able to shed as well as the spread of dander. If you’re up to it, consider using this guide from Sit Stay to groom your dog yourself. All you’ll need are the right grooming tools and a bit of patience. Even a regularly groomed dog will still shed, so consider spreading towels in the areas your dog loves to spend time so you can easily get rid of the hair on the towel and reuse it. Couch covers are also an effective and convenient way to protect your furniture from dog hair.

One way you can prevent parts of your home from getting covered with tracked-in mud and hair is by training your pooch. For example, if you want them to stay off your favorite sofa, you need to teach them to stay away from it. An effective way to train your dog is by using treats as a means of reinforcement. Of course, you want to select a product that your dog enjoys, as well as one that isn’t high in calories or potentially harmful ingredients. So, dig through some reviews and find a product that your dog will respond to without sacrificing his/her health.

Use Effective Cleaners

In order to make sure your cleaning regimen is effective, you need to use the right cleaning agents, whether you’re cleaning wood, tile, or carpet. When choosing a carpet cleaner, use one that is non-toxic, can remove stains well, and has quality ingredients. In some cases, you can make your own cleaners for your home that are pet safe. For example, baking soda is a great grime remover and deodorizer. Vinegar works well as an all-purpose cleaner, while diluted lemon juice can make a real difference with glass surfaces including windows.

Tackle Odors at the Source

You may want to take a closer look at your dog’s ears and teeth. Cleaning them can cut down on odors. Using baking soda and essential oils throughout the house can help to curb odors, and don’t forget to let in some fresh air every once in a while. In some cases, a persistent odor can be a sign that your dog isn’t well, so make sure to contact a vet if you detect a nauseatingly sweet odor coming from your dog’s ears or mouth. If your dog has particularly offensive breath, he may have a dental infection that needs to be treated. 

Whether you’re new to dog ownership or you’ve had them for a while, you know how hard it can be to keep your house clean. Fortunately, keeping your house fresh doesn’t have to eat up too much of your time and money. All you need to do is take care of the sources of the problems and clean on a consistent basis. Use some of these tricks of the trade to make cleanup much easier. 

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Tyler Evans / tyler@dogzasters.com

Being a Neighborly Dog Owner

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By Aurora James

According to a 2015 survey conducted by Harris Poll, 95 percent of pet owners consider their animals members of the family, with many devoting a considerable amount of effort to pampering their pets. In fact, 45 percent of pet owners polled said they occasionally or frequently bought their pets birthday gifts.

But some of the greatest gifts we can give our pets are safe play areas and plenty of attention. Providing those necessities will go a long way toward making you a good animal owner who not only keeps the people and pets in their own home happy, but maintains a positive relationship with neighbors, friends, and other creatures who may come in contact with your pet.

A Fence for Your Fur Baby

While keeping your pet on your own property isn’t a pressing problem for animal lovers who own birds, gerbils, or other caged critters, the same can’t be said for dog owners. So, whether you are moving to a new neighborhood, getting a canine companion for the first time, or upgrading your property to better suit you and your furry friend’s needs, here are some things to consider to keep everyone happy — including your neighbors.

A fenced yard will give your pup a place to play and reduce the odds of unannounced visits to other’s private property. Your ideal option will depend on factors including your climate and the primary purpose for installing the fence, according to Better Homes and Gardens. For example, a fully enclosed wooden fence might be a good choice if you’re looking for an option that blocks noise and wind while providing privacy and keeping pets and kids safe in the yard.  According to HomeAdvisor, having a wood fence installed costs an average of $2,008 to $4,682 in the Dallas area and should take about three or four days. But, before you schedule an installation, you should share any plans to add fencing to your property with neighbors who will be affected.

Other Canine-Related Considerations

Those with a fully fenced yard may think the next logical step is installing a doggy door. And while the convenience that comes with allowing your canine companion to let himself in and out can be tempting, you might want to think twice before buying one. For instance, some pet doors can provide access to outdoor critters such as raccoons and squirrels, which could also become a nuisance to neighbors if they start invading homes and trash cans.

And, ideally, you’ll be outside with your dog frequently, which will help keep her happy and healthy and allow you to get some exercise, too. In addition to romps around the yard, consider taking her on walks frequently and making visits to a local dog park to provide her with a variety of places to play. Paying plenty of attention to your pet will also help reduce barking and other undesirable behavior that may annoy you and your neighbors when your dog is in your yard.

Finally, even if your dog is well watched and exercises often, there’s always a chance he could escape in search of more adventure. Or another animal could find its way onto your property. So you should make sure your dog’s vaccinations are up to date. And, unless you have specific plans to breed your dog, he or she should be neutered or spayed because it helps keep animals healthier and reduces the problem of pet overpopulation. Dogs that have been spayed or neutered tend to also be better behaved, which will carry over into how they act on walks around the neighborhood and visits to the dog park.

If you give your dog plenty of love and attention and a suitable space to stretch his legs, chances are he’ll be more than happy in his own yard, making him a neighborhood favorite and you a conscientious canine owner.