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House cleaning tips for dog owners

Keeping a tidy home can be a challenge for many of us – especially for those of us that own pets. There is no avoiding the fact that our four-legged friends can make a lot of mess. However, there are some ways to keep this from escalating. Here, we share some top house cleaning tips for dog owners. 

Control shedding 

Whilst dogs shedding hair is unavoidable, there are some ways you can keep it under control. Pet hair is one of the main hassles for dog owners as it ends up everywhere and can be a nightmare to get rid of. Not only can some dog hair be difficult to find, you end up finding it on everything you own, in all corners of your home. However, by brushing your dog regularly, you can dramatically reduce the amount of dog hair that will need cleaning up. 

You might want to try purchasing a cleaner that is specifically designed to remove pet hair from clothes and fabrics. You simply place it in the washing machine and it helps to remove the stubborn dog hairs that refuse to come off.

It is important to note that whilst shedding hair is completely natural for a dog, if you feel like your dog is shedding its fur to an excessive degree, you should take them to the vet. Whilst the answer may be something as simple as changing their diet, it can also indicate an underlying medical problem that your vet will be able to help diagnose and offer guidance on.

Use indoor fencing 

Effectively use indoor fencing to help make cleaning easier, as well as keeping your pets out of harm’s way. It can be extremely distracting when you are trying to give your house a good clean and you have your dog following you around. It can also be dangerous if your dog goes near your cleaning supplies. Therefore, try using indoor fencing to keep your dog in one area of the house whilst you clean the other rooms. 

This tactic can be effective as it still allows your dog to have freedom and room to play without causing disruption, or risking them getting too close to cleaning products that could be dangerous to your pets. These cleaning tips can help pet owners keep their homes spotless and their pets safe.

Ensure your dog is clean 

It is not just your home that you need to keep clean, you also need to make sure your dog doesn’t get too dirty. Whilst you can’t avoid your dog getting dirty on long walks, especially during the rainier seasons, ensure your dog is cleaned before they enter your home.

When you get back from a walk, use a damp cloth to wipe down their legs, paws and stomach. If they are particularly muddy, rinse your dog with warm water. Try not to wash too regularly with shampoo as this can irritate their coat. 

Use the dishwasher or washing machine

Many pet owners don’t even consider using their dishwasher for pet items, but it is a great way to keep things clean. Most plastic or rubber toys and food bowls can be placed in the dishwasher. This is perfect for keeping them clean and reducing the risk of germs building up or spreading throughout the house. Place on the top rack before washing on a full cycle. Once the cycle is done, ensure the toys are dried thoroughly. 

For toys made from fabric, you should be able to place them in the washing machine instead. Just check any washing advice before placing it in the machine.

Consider the material of your dog’s bed

There are so many options to choose from when it comes to shopping for a dog’s bed and whilst it is tempting to go for the most stylish option that suits your décor, also consider the material it is made from. Try and opt for one that is easier to clean, such as those made from waterproof fabric or with covers that can be removed and placed in the washing machine. 

Upgrade your vacuum 

This tip does involve a bit of an investment but is worth it. Pets, especially cats and dogs, shed a lot so you should get a vacuum cleaner that is up for the job. Many vacuum brands now have models that are specifically designed to deal with pet hair and will certainly make the life of a pet owner easier. 

Protect your furniture

If you allow your dog to sit on your furniture, ensure your chairs and sofas have dog blankets on. This can help train your dog to only sit on the parts of the furniture that have the blankets on, and protect your furniture from becoming dirty or soiled. Then you can simply just wash the blankets regularly.

Have an emergency cleaning kit at hand 

As a dog owner, you need to be prepared for the inevitable messes around your home, especially if you are getting a puppy. From toilet mishaps to grass stains and more, dog owners need to be prepared to deal with these issues straight away to avoid it getting worse. Create an emergency cleaning kit that includes a pet-friendly air freshener, lint roller, carpet stain remover, pooper scooper, etc. Try choosing products that are specially formulated to tackle pet mess.

Whilst it can be difficult to motivate ourselves to keep our houses spotless as we live busy lives, following these house cleaning tips for dog owners can help save you time and effort in the long run.

Dr Shahad Mohammed
Veterinary Physiotherapist
National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists
Dr Shahad Mohammed