I ADORE my furbabies Lazer and Ike in fact I just received a beautiful necklace and had their names engraved on two of the stones- because frankly I consider them to be my kids, albeit ones who are covered in fur, have four legs- and NEVER talk back .
Still, despite the fact that they rarely shed, they do leave a bit of doggie trail (okay my fur-son Lazer is a rescue from Louie’s Legacy and after almost four years WE FINALLY have him sort of house trained- the operative word being SORT OF) And our almost two year old rescue puppy Ike- well he is A WORK IN PROGRESS.
So in case you need a few tips top keep your home clean I’m sharing the scoop on creating a pet-friendly environment, from combating pet hair to preparing for a new puppy at home.
#1 Stay calm when you are cleaning. If you are stressed or frustrated when you go to pick up a cleaning tool, your dog can pick up on this negative energy and associate the cleaning tool with negativity. This can create instability and can result in problematic behaviors.
#2 If you feel yourself getting frustrated, take a step back and recharge for five minutes before starting, and reconsider your cleaning tools. Tools that can do two things at once, like the Swiffer SweeperVac, can make you more relaxed about the process and dogs pick up on that.
#3 Cleaning introduces new smells into the environment, and a dog’s sense of smell is its strongest sense. If your dog gets tense or upset when you clean, pay attention to the scents you are using. Try cleaning products that are available in a Lavender and Vanilla scent, which can be soothing to your dog.
#4 At my house, we have two dogs at any given time, and that can get messy! We are constantly cleaning up pet hair or pet food. We keep our cleaning tools around at all times to pick up pet hair and food while trapping crumbs.
#5 When you first bring home a puppy, involve the entire family in the process! Even younger kids can participate in the various responsibilities by making sure there is fresh water in the dog’s bowl or accompanying a parent on the puppy’s walks.
#6 What about housebreaking. One important part of the process is cleaning up after your dog has an accident. If he’s peed in an area once, he’s more likely to pee there again because of the odor. The best thing to do is clean the area IMMEDIATELY for this eliminates both the mess and the smell.
So- do you have any tips to add?