Article Written by Cindy Aldridge. Photo courtesy of Pexels
Dog owners have a deep and lasting bond with their pets. Our dogs become our best friends, our faithful companions. They remain loyal and provide a lifetime of unconditional love and friendship. With all that love and companionship, there’s also great responsibility. As a dog owner, you must care for and clean up after your pet each and every day.
Here’s a list of budget-friendly tips that will help you keep your home clean and you and your best friend happy and healthy…
Invest in a Good Vacuum
If you have a breed of dog that sheds, you have a few different options for removing dog fur and keeping your home clean. One option is to keep your dog’s fur trimmed and groomed on a regular basis, if possible. Another option is to move into a home that has hardwood flooring, which is easier to clean for most dog owners. If you fall into the category of dog owners who have carpeted homes, you may want to look into a good vacuum cleaner. Vacuums remove pet dander and fur from your home and they don’t cost a fortune.
However, it’s important to remember that your dog doesn’t understand what a vacuum is or what it does. All Fido knows is that there’s a strange being in the living room making loud noises, and that can be terrifying to a dog. Because the sound of your vacuum can excite or scare your dog, it’s important to look for a quiet vacuum cleaner. Vacuums might cost you some money up front, but they’ll last for years to come, so take your time to compare different models. Look for a vacuum that’s within your budget and still has the features that work best for your unique needs.
Clean the Air
Our dogs have adorable personality quirks — but they also have odors. The last thing you want is for your home to smell like wet dog. Air fresheners can go a long way in hiding the smell of dog in your home. But of course, there are other ways to reduce pet odors. First, bring nature into your home with some houseplants that are safe for dogs. Next, consider an essential oil diffuser. Essential oils are natural, safe, and an inexpensive way to improve the air quality in your home. In addition to soothing your mind and masking pet odors, essential oils and aromatherapy can help clean the air with their anti-microbial properties. The best oils for cleaning the air in your home include four thieves: eucalyptus, tea tree, lemon and clove or peppermint oil.
Obedience Training and Housebreaking
One of the most proactive ways dog owners can maintain a clean home is to properly train your pet. This starts with housebreaking your dog and enrolling him or her in some obedience training. Housebreak your puppy early and use puppy pads or newspaper in the home in case of accidents. When your puppy is young, you need to take him or her outside more frequently to avoid accidents in the house.
Experts recommend using a piece of dog kibble or other food as a treat to reward the dog for displaying behaviors upon command. After your puppy starts to learn basic commands, you can move on to more advanced activities. For instance, once your pet has mastered the “drop it” command, you can begin teaching the dog to play fetch.
When All Else Fails
If you find yourself shaking your head in frustration because you’ve tried all these tricks and you’re still dealing with pet odors and accidents from a stubborn dog, don’t give up. In addition to the tips listed in this article, you can look into common, low-cost sprays that will discourage your dog from marking territory in the house. If all else fails and nothing seems to be working, take your dog to see a vet or a dog trainer. It’s possible that your dog might have a medical condition that’s causing the issue.
After resolving any health concerns and spaying or neutering your pet, you might be surprised at how quickly most dogs are housebroken. This means you’ll invest less stress and money into cleaning up after your dog, freeing you up to enjoy quality time together while bonding with your dog.