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Tips for Keeping Your House Clean with a Dog

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Having a pet dog can be one of the most fulfilling parts of life. However, it can also be challenging especially if your dog is a shedder. However, if you have a dog, you don’t have to give up on having a house that feels clean, organized and livable, too. In fact, there are some steps you can take to make sure your house stays especially clean and your dog also stays happy. Here are some clean-house tips for dog owners.

Wipe His Paws

Even if your dog isn’t a shedder, there are still plenty of ways he can make your house dirty. One is via his paws which spend lots of time tromping through dirt, mud and germs outside. To keep all of the filthiness outside of your house, make sure you wipe his paws each time he comes inside. You can buy paw wipes at a local pet store, or ask your vet when you take him in for a routine visit (e.g. when he gets preventative tick and flea treatment like Bravecto). Bravecto is commonly known as one of the best recommended flea pill for dogs.

Groom Regularly

If you have a dog that sheds, get him groomed and bathed regularly. Also, try and brush him outside every couple of days. Keeping up with your dog’s hair maintenance will keep it from getting out of control inside of your home. In addition to keeping hair in check, you’ll also want to make sure your dog’s nails are clipped regularly, too. Clipping a dog’s nails can help stop him from doing too much damage to things like furniture and doors (that they often scratch when they want to go outside).

Vacuum Regularly

In addition to making sure your dog is bathed and groomed regularly, make sure your vacuum your house regularly. You’ll want to suck up all the pet hair around at least twice a week. That way, not only will you get the visible hair off surfaces like furniture, you’ll also get it up off the floor where it can stick to your feet and shoes and be tracked around by the humans that live there.

Exercise Your Pet Regularly

One reason pets get into messes inside the home is because they have excess, pent-up energy that they haven’t been able to expel. Exercise your dog regularly by taking him on walks, letting him run at the dog park and playing fetch with him in the yard. If you tire your dog out or let him get all of his energy out outside, then you can avoid him redirecting it somewhere, like tearing up an item inside of the home.

Keep All Cleaning Supplies Handy

No matter what, your dog is going to get into messes every now and again, and for that reason, it can help to have a well-stocked cleaning supplies cabinet that is easily reachable. Make sure you have things like sprays for carpet strain, clothing stain treatment, antimicrobial cleaning sprays and more. That way, when your dog does something like go to the bathroom on the carpet or track mud on your favorite white throw rug, you can easily apply the right cleaning treatment to the mess and make sure that you can restore it to its original level of cleanliness.


Lannie, writer for Allivet. Allivet provides affordable pet supplies and pet medications, all of which can be purchased online.


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