How to Keep Your Home Gorgeous as a Dog Owner

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Dogs are wonderful additions to our families – they provide companionship, endless love, and keep us healthy and active. That being said, dogs can wreak havoc on the cleanliness and organization of our homes. If you want to keep your home breathtakingly gorgeous while having a dog, keep reading.

 

Prepare Your Doorway

When dogs come inside after a particularly muddy or wet walk, you want to make sure you tackle the mess before it transfers to your floor or furniture. Consider keeping a few key items at your door, such as a towel, water basin, and absorbent mat. You might also consider having a hose installed in your front yard to help your pup rinse off after a messy adventure. If you keep a water dish by your door, ensure it is placed over a rubber mat to avoid spillage.

 

Invest in a Good Vacuum

Frequent vacuuming can help limit the amount of dog hair on floors, chairs, and sofas. Most vacuum cleaners are designed to pick up dust and dirt rather than pet hair. Because of this, consider investing in a vacuum specially designed to pick up pet hair. While researching potential vacuum brands, keep in mind that you will be vacuuming frequently and will need a light-weight model. The Eufy HomeVac, Hoover UH30010COM Platinum Collection, and the Dyson V8 Absolute are three of the best lightweight vacuums specially designed to remove pet hair. A lightweight vacuum with a low hassle-factor is by far one of the best investments you can make as a pet owner – it will help you say yes to quick spot cleaning!

 

Stay on Top of Grooming

If you have a long-haired pup, you probably already know the importance of grooming for keeping your home clean. All dogs shed fur in one way or another, so it’s important to stay on top of baths and brushing. When your dog’s fur is clean, your floors, furniture, and bedding will be too. In addition, remember to keep your dog’s nails well manicured. Long nails can scratch floors, rip carpets, and damage both leather and fabric sofas.

 

Consider a Sofa Revamp

If you are finding yourself cleaning your sofa each day, it might be time for a revamp. For example, a beige suede couch will show every little water stain, dirt mark, and paw print. Look for dog-proof furniture that will help limit your cleaning time. Take into account your dog’s coloring, fur type, and natural nail length. For example, if you have a black labrador retriever with short nails, a leather sofa might be perfect. For the proud parent of a brindle pitbull, a tightly-woven, light-brown/red sofa might be perfect. Alternatively, you can invest in a sofa cover or plush doggy bed.

 

Keep the Right Supplies

While there are numerous preventative measures to limit dog-related mess, doggy disasters sometimes happen. When they do, be sure you have the right tools on hand to address the issue immediately. If you pup leaves a urine stain, be sure to tackle it immediately to avoid stains and odor. Start by dabbing the stain with a clean cloth to absorb the moisture. Next, mix dish soap with warm water, apply it to the area, and continue to blot until the stain is gone. If the spot is still there, consider spraying it with a stain-removing product. Let the remover soak in, and then gently wipe with a damp cloth. If you are worried about water stains, use a fan or a hair dryer to help remove moisture. And listen – there’s no shame in seeking some outside assistance every now and again for an extra deep clean.

 

Having a dog doesn’t have to lead to a messy, unkempt home. If you want to keep your home gorgeous and have a dog, consider following some of the tips above.

Tips for the Good Dog Owner: Etiquette for Dogs and Their Owners

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We’ve all heard the common adage that dogs resemble their owners. If your dog’s behavior says something about you, then teaching your dog basic etiquette is in everyone’s best interest. Becoming a responsible dog owner will not only make your life easier, but it will make your dog happier and better prepared to interact with the world.

Part of the fun of owning a dog is being able to take him around with you. This might be to the park, on a road trip, or even to a coffee shop. However, this is not a great experience if your dog is constantly barking, pulling, and unable to behave himself in public.

The neighborhood walk. When taking your dog out around the block, always carry bags to clean up doggy messes, and ensure your dog is on a good-sized leash. Try to keep him close when other dogs or people approach. According to expert dog trainers, it’s important to know your dog and what his triggers are. This way you’ll understand how to handle or avoid distressing situations. Teach your dog not to pull or yank on the leash. Make sure he doesn’t jump on people passing by or get too close to other dogs without the owner’s permission.

The dog park. If you live in a city, chances are you’ve come across the wonderful inventions that are dog parks. These are usually large areas that allow dogs to socialize and interact without the restriction of leashes. It’s a fantastic opportunity for your dog to learn important social interaction. Part of park etiquette includes staying close to your dog in case anything happens and cleaning up after him.

Out in public. If you take your dog to other dog-friendly places like stores or coffee shops, having a well-mannered dog is essential. As always, be prepared to clean up after your dog. Make sure that he’s leashed at all times and that he doesn’t jump on other people or bark incessantly. Remember that not every person loves dogs, and respecting that is key.

The Basic Commands

In order to make trips with your dog safer and fun, it’s a good idea to teach him some basic commands. Training your dog to listen to you will improve his behavior and demonstrate good public etiquette. According to The Spruce, some of the must-teach commands include:

Come. This teaches your dog to come toward you under any circumstance and really comes in handy in an emergency.
Sit. This is a way to control your dog, give him a chance to calm down, or to stop him from jumping on strangers.
Stay. This is another handy command that instructs your dog to stay put and can save him from jumping into a dangerous situation or running out into the street.
Leave it/drop it. This command tells your dog to drop what’s in his mouth. This is especially useful for dogs that are avid chewers.

The Dog Neighbor Rules

Leaving your dog alone all day in the backyard is not a good way to care for him. If you find your dog to be barking endlessly, it’s time to investigate what might be causing the behavior. Consider whether it is any of the following:

• Territorial barking
• Alarm barking
• Compulsive barking
• Attention-seeking barking

Once you identify the problem, it’ll be easier to correct the behavior. You might solve the problem by installing a sight barrier or different type of fence. Sometimes all it takes is doubling up on his exercise or getting your dog to a park where he can socialize and interact with others.

We love our dogs, but teaching them manners and etiquette is part of becoming a responsible dog owner. Our canine companions look to their humans for guidance and structure. They thrive with discipline and love and give us so much more in return.

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