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Dogs can be a family’s best friend; and if you have one or more furry companions in your home, you’ll always have a reassuring presence and a valuable extra member of the household. However, as they’re animals; dogs can bring dirt, germs, and cause some mess in your interior space, which can be hazardous and unpleasant to your kids and the rest of the family. Therefore, it’s essential to consider how to combat the smells and uncleanliness associated with your pooch as much as possible. The following are some ideas for those who want to keep their household spic and span when they have a canine roaming around daily.
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Keep Your Dog(s) In Specific Areas
Training your dog to stay in certain areas and rooms of the home is the best way to prevent the spread of dirt, dog hair, and germs. Let them know from an early age that certain places are forbidden; praise them when they come away from particular rooms and help them out by keep doors closed. By keeping your pets in fewer areas; you’ll have an easy cleaning and freshening task ahead of you, and a better environment for the whole family.
If your dog is allowed in the living areas of your home; you can help to prevent unpleasant odors from lingering and dirt settling in by keeping them off an upholstery and soft furnishings. Fabric can hold onto pet hairs and dead skin, which can often mean that bad smells stick around. So, if your pooch stays on the floor where they should be; your couch, armchairs, and cushions will stay fresh and clean.
Clean Their Stuff As Well As Your Own
It’s all very well keeping on top of the dust and germs on your furniture and household surfaces; however, if your dog’s belongings are left uncleaned, they’re likely to impact the environment of the rest of your living space. Invest in a washable dog bed so that it doesn’t stagnate in the kitchen or living room; wash it as you would your bedding to ensure it’s clean, and your pooch has a comfortable place to sleep and relax.
Fabric-based, rubber and plastic toys should also be given a regular re-fresh; if your dog chews on something, it’s likely to be full of germs. Therefore it’s worth washing them in hot, soapy water and letting them dry outside before you bring them back into the home. Keep an eye on where your dog chews and plays with their toys; this is another effective way of preventing the spread of your dog’s saliva and the germs that hide within.
Groom And Wash your Dog
Although dogs don’t need washing as much as people because they clean themselves; you’ll know when they begin to smell or if they need a bath after rolling around outside. Invest in some mild dog shampoo and have it ready for when your pooch comes in covered in dirt; there are also dry spray shampoos available, so check what’s the best option for your companion.
Regular brushing and grooming will rid your dog of excess fur and reduce them malting around the home; it’s also an enjoyable feeling for your pooch, which should make it easier. A well-disciplined and looked-after dog will contribute to a clean, safe, and happy living environment for you and your family.