Owning a dog is a huge challenge, especially when it comes to keeping your home clean and tidy. Doggys bring with them unconditional love, but more often than not, they also bring messes. If you have multiple-doggys at home, this challenge grows exponentially.
Doggy owners totally understand the struggles for a clean house. With four or more furry feet challenging that task daily, a lot of very familiar situations may occur like doggie footprints across my comforter, hair and fur everywhere. There are a variety of techniques to help us catch the dirt and debris that comes along with dogs and clean effectively. We know that it can be hard to keep on top of it all, but here are some practical tips and tricks for keeping your multiple-dog home clean and tidy.
Handy dandy vacuum Always be prepared to vacuum frequently to keep on top of things in case your dog sheds a lot. With a dog, you need to vacuum constantly. Dog hair, dirt, leaves and other debris comes into the house on their paws and their fur constantly. Look for a pet appropriate vacuum cleaner to pick up pesky hairs and help banish odours. You’ll need an extra strong suction, quality filter and a good brush action to pull hair out rather than glide over the surface. Also try to consider the type of flooring you have in your home.
Organizing Your Doggys Stuff With a bunch of doggys in the house you not only have to worry about keeping track of your kids’ toys, but you also have your dog’s things to worry about as well. Go through your dogs’ toys and throw out anything that is broken as well as those toys that they no longer use – this will free up valuable storage space.
Keep your pets clean It’s time to set up a pet grooming routine. From time to time you’ll need to give them a proper wash with doggy shampoo. Depending on the breed they may also require trimming or de-shedding.
Organize your doggy’s things. Use a hanging shoe organizer with pockets to store your dogs’ shampoo, treats, and other items so they are up off the floor. Choose multi-purpose storage solutions. Use a storage ottoman to conceal dog toys or use a storage bench in the mud room to store your dogs’ outside toys so they are easy to access.
SOFA Upgrade It is time to upgrade your sofa. The wrong material can act like a hair magnet, hold undesirable odours and show up the slightest stain. While scouting your new sofa, look for leather or tightly woven materials
Keep stain remover close by Even the most perfectly housebroken dog can have an issue when they have a stomach bug or ate something they should not have eaten. Keep a cleaner on hand that is designed to tackle pet odors and stains. Use it on stains as soon as you see one, following package directions, so your chance for removal is higher.
Spend in durable materials Avoid clawed-up carpet and a dirty couch, opt for decor made of durable, sturdy materials. Indoor/outdoor rugs have a low pile that’s not easily torn and can be hosed down outside should any messes occur. Use stain-resistant fabrics in high traffic areas like the living room.
Keep your house well ventilated and combat bad odor Always open your windows and let some fresh air in. Even on cold days, a 10 minute blast of fresh air works wonders at deodorising. Baking soda is another excellent odor remover; you can spread a thin layer on floors and carpets to absorb smells, and then vacuum it up. You can also try vinegar for getting rid of bad odors.
Showing some love to your doggy is a lot more important than being stressed over muddy paws and shedding. Armed with these tips, you can hug your doggys and let them know they are here to stay. Just because you have multiple doggys doesn’t mean you have to have a messy home. While dogs can definitely be messy at times, the joys and benefits that you and your family will experience from having a doggy will surpass the negatives. Dogs are wonderful for teaching your kids compassion and responsibility and they will likely become one of your child’s most loyal buddies.