Tips & Training
11 Cleaning Tips Every Dog Owner Should Know
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Serena is the author of the go-to dog mom bible, Dog Mama, and the popular dog treat recipe book, Healthy Homemade Dog Treats.
We all love our dogs, but we don’t love the mess they make quite as much.
Here’s a handy quick reference guide on 11 simple and easy dog cleaning tips every dog owner should know…
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PROBLEM #1: PET HAIR
On your bed, on your couch, on your clothes…pet hair gets everywhere.
But there are ways to keep it under control. Here are our favourite pet hair solutions:
1. ROBOTIC VACUUM
Introducing a robotic vacuum into our home literally changed my life. Why spend your life vacuuming up pet hair when the vacuum can do all the hard work?
Robotic vacuums have come a along way since they first hit the market and while a financial investment, they pay back in spades. Simply program your vacuum for a scheduled clean up and return home to a pet hair free house.
2. LINT ROLLER
Unless you want to spend your days picking dog hairs off your outfit, YOU NEED a lint roller in your life. While some people like to use rolls of scotch tape, a quality lint roller is inexpensive and worth it’s weight in gold.
I like to keep a large one at home for clothes, pillows and soft furnishings; and then a smaller version in the car for last minute touch ups.
3. DISHWASHER GLOVES
A last minute, everyday failsafe for pet hair is nothing other than a set of rubber dishwashing gloves. Simply pop them on and sweep your hand over the area you need to ‘defuzz’. It’s quick, cheap and effective for small clean ups.
4. DYSON GROOM
Regular grooming and brushing of your pup essentially boils down to the more hair that ends up on the brush – the less that ends up in your house!
The Dyson Groom takes this idea one step further. By attaching the unique grooming attachment to your vacuum, the Dyson Groom literally sucks up the excess hair while you’re brushing. Find out more and read our full review of the Dyson Groom here.
PROBLEM #2: ACCIDENTS & ODOURS
Whether you have a new puppy, and older pet or one that just had a bad day, toilet accidents are a part of life with a dog.
Here’s how to make clean up easy:
5. HOME MADE CLEANING SOLUTION
When dealing with toilet training accidents, quick work and a simple cleaning solution does the trick.
First blot dry the stain (do not rub!), then apply a solution of equal parts water and white vinegar with a couple squirts of gentle dishwashing soap.
Slowly dab to bring the stain out, and allow to air dry. It’s a good idea to trial the cleaning solution on a indistinguishable spot first to ensure it’s compatible with your carpet or furnishing.
6. ROOM DEODORISERS
Whether you use scented candles, linen sprays or air fresheners – room deodorisers are a must when living with pets.
Try to ensure at least once a week you open as many windows as possible to air out your home and bring fresh air in. Then quickly go throughout your home armed with a spray or light a candle for a good period to keep your home smelling fresh and clean.
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PROBLEM #3: PAW PRINTS
The problem with cute pup paws is they manage to track dirt in from wherever your dog has been.
For a lot of dog owners this means sacrificing nice furnishings as “the dog’s going to ruin it anyway”. We say no more!
7. EASY CARE THROWS
The #1 simple solution to doggy paw prints is easy wash throw rugs – and lots of them.
Get them in natural colours – think soft greys, taupes and organic patterns – then keep them wherever your dog like to hang out. I have a throw for our bed and couch that work perfectly in keeping our furniture paw print free!
8. PAW TOWELS
To keep wet paws at bay you need to stop your dog in their tracks!
PROBLEM #4: MESSY EATERS
Every dog loves dinnertime, but not every owner loves that clean up that follows.
Yet a couple of simple changes can makes things much easier…
9. DINING PLACEMATS
The perfect solution for dogs that like to drool or drop food or water outside their bowls.
Doggy placemats slide easily under your pup’s food and water bowls and can be easily removed and wiped down with ease after each mealtime. No mess, no fuss.
10. DOGGIE BANDANAS
For excessive droolers and dribblers, nothing works better than a doggie bandana – plus it keeps them looking good in the process.
Feeling handy? Try our DIY No-Sew Dog Bandana Tutorial!
PROBLEM #5: SCRATCHES
The clickety clack on pet nails means one thing – long term marks on your floors and furniture.
Here’s how to avoid it…
11. NAIL BUFFING FOR DOGS
A lot of dog owners hate trimming their dog’s nails – and to be fair, a lot of dogs hate the process too. This is usually because the owner is using nail clippers to try and trim their dog’s nails at home. Without the right experience and technique, clipping your dog’s nails can result in cutting them too short and hitting the blood supply — leaving your dog bleeding and in pain.
The solution? Nail buffing (or grinding). Using a dog nail grinder is just like using an emery board to buff your nails. The oscillating head gently yet quickly grinds away at your dog’s nails, causing no pain or distress. By the end you’re left with a dog that has healthy, buffed nails that won’t hurt your hardwood floors!
As an added bonus, keeping your dog’s nails trim helps your pup’s general paw wellbeing and healthy posture.
I use the Andis Pro Speed Nail Grinder to keep Soda’s nail’s freshly manicured with no stress or fuss.
What are your go-to dog cleaning tips for pet owners?