Thursday, November 15, 2012

New dog is in the house!

You decided to take the plunge and get a pet. Soon enough it will rule your life! Well, maybe not that much, but they do tend to take a lot of space and time, more than you would imagine. After you take the time that you spend feeding it, playing with it and taking it out for walks (which, let’s face it, is fun!) you have to take into account how much time you’ll spend cleaning up after it. Furniture and floors can be recipients of your pet’s scratches and loose hair.
Here are a few guidelines to keep your house (almost) like it was before your new king arrived:

To protect furniture from dog-related damage
Dogs like to climb and scratch things, mostly furniture, in order to get your attention. They will scratch the doors to tell you that they need to go outside and then back inside again. To avoid this, you can place a piece of Plexiglas on each side of the door while you train your dog to use an alternate sign. You can place some sort of noise maker (a bell, a rattle) and open the door as soon as they use it. Once your pet learned this behavior, you can remove the Plexiglas.
Couches and sofas should be doggy-proof. There are two ways to go about it. If you are thinking of getting new furniture, try to get something that can be easily cleaned and scratch-proof materials such as semi-leathers, micro-suede or microfiber. Definitely avoid fabrics that feel loose, because your dog’s dogs can get caught in it and make a bigger mess. However, if you’re not going to get a new couch, you can simply place a towel or sheet where your pet usually rests and get him used to this spot. You can easily clean this.
Also, make sure to have your pet’s nails trimmed regularly, this will help a lot.

To protect floors from dog hair
First of all, groom your dog as often as you can, this will diminish the hair loss and make your job easier. Also, wherever the dog sleeps needs to be cleaned regularly, because otherwise your pet will be picking up lost hair all over again and spread it all over the house.
Carpets are big receiver of dog hair. To fix this, use your vacuum at full power a couple of times a week. Make sure it has a particulate air filter. On non-carpet floors, you can use damp mops.
Another thing to take into account is that whenever you bring your dog back from a walk, he’s going to drag along in his paws a lot of nasty things from the streets. To avoid that, keep a container by the door with water at room temperature, when you come back from your walk, clean your dog’s paws. This will not only keep your floors clean, it will also keep your dog healthy.

To protect clothes from dog hair
You can’t avoid picking your dog up and playing with it! And we don’t blame you. The result will be your clothes constantly filled with your pet’s hair. Keep plenty of tape rollers all over the house to quickly remove any hairs that might have gotten stuck. Lint brushes are a good solution to keep in your purse too.

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