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9 Ways to Keep Your House Clean While Living With Dogs

Leonard is a former teacher and principal who has been a writer for the past three decades. Writing and animals are his true loves.

9 ways to keep your house clean while living with dogs.

9 ways to keep your house clean while living with dogs.

Is there anything better than having a dog in the home? Dog lovers know exactly what I am talking about. Our pets are loyal and fantastic companions who bring a smile to our faces every day.

However, as much as I adore dogs... I also love to live in a clean house—a tidy, organized, and relaxing escape from the busy and chaotic world.

The unfortunate reality is that these two things that I love often clash with one another. I cannot count how often my cute little furball has left mud, fur, and general chaos behind in his wake. The result is a house that is far from the neat and tidy retreat I crave.

Nevertheless, the great news is that there are many ways to control this. Below are the top nine ways to keep your house clean while living with dogs.

Regular grooming is the best way to keep your house clean while living with dogs.

Regular grooming is the best way to keep your house clean while living with dogs.

1. Regular Grooming

If you have a dog and want to keep your house clean, then the most obvious tip is to groom your pet regularly. This will not only keep them clean and smelling fresh, but it will also ensure that their fur does not become matted. A very painful experience for any animal.

While each dog is different, a grooming appointment every 4-6 weeks works well. Any more than that and the essential oils will be removed from your dog's coat, leaving irritated and dry skin behind. Also, do not forget to include nail trimming in your grooming routine. This will go a long way in preventing floor and furniture scratches.

Create a dog cleaning station in your home.

Create a dog cleaning station in your home.

2. Create a Dog Cleaning Station at the Entrance to Your Home

There is nothing that your dog will like better than getting out into the great outdoors. Exercise and walking should be a key part of their daily routine. However, this presents obvious pitfalls when it comes to keeping your house clean. After a great walk outside, it is virtually guaranteed that your dog will bring something back into the house with them. Whether that be pests, animal feces they found and rolled in, or muddy paws. The possibilities are endless!

In my house, we have created a dog cleaning station at our main entrance. It includes a durable rug with a bathmat on top of it. This catches a lot of the mud and debris which would otherwise get tracked into the house. There is also a cloth for manually wiping paws, and a dog brush to remove any pest which may have caught a ride in on our beloved pet. Lastly, there are hooks to hang up leashes and collars to keep everything neat and tidy.

Treat your dog for fleas and ticks if you want your house to remain clean and pest free.

Treat your dog for fleas and ticks if you want your house to remain clean and pest free.

3. Treat Your Dog for Fleas and Ticks

This one goes without saying. You do not want a flea or pest infestation in your home. It just does not get any worse than that! By treating your dog for fleas and ticks, you can not only keep your house clean while living with dogs but can significantly improve the quality of their life as well. These pests can lead to such harmful side effects as skin irritations, scabs, and the actual transmission of disease and illness to your dog and the household. (1)

That said, when we treat our dog, we only do so with products recommended by our veterinarian. Too many over-the-counter products can be harmful to your pooch and have proven to be toxic. By consulting with your vet, you can implement a treatment that will keep your pet and home clean and healthy.

4. Brush, Brush and Brush

When it comes to keeping your house clean the most common complaint I hear from dog owners is regarding all the fur and hair your precious pooch leaves behind.

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Shedding is the reality of having a dog in the house, and as such, it needs to be managed and controlled. Otherwise, your house will be littered with fur everywhere you look! Regularly brushing your dog can prevent this annoying problem.

Also, dogs love being brushed, which is beneficial as the action will redistribute the natural oils in the dog's coat. (2) Win-win! Make sure to invest in a great grooming brush as the immediate benefits for your pet and home will be a real eye-opener.

Invest in a good vacuum and mop if you want to keep your house clean while living with a dog.

Invest in a good vacuum and mop if you want to keep your house clean while living with a dog.

5. Invest in a good Vacuum, Microfiber Mop and Lint Brush

Let's be frank. As much as you groom and brush your dog, there will still be fur and hair scattered throughout your house. On the floor, couch, clothing, beds... pretty much everywhere you look! That is why you require the proper tools to help keep your house clean while living with a dog.

You want to get a pet-specific vacuum with deep suction and cleaning power. One which will suck that fur right out of your carpet—like a golf ball through a garden hose! A microfiber mop will also help and should always be kept close at hand. Lastly, a good lint brush for removing fur and hair from upholstery and clothes is a must. Nobody wants to go to a big meeting covered in fur!

Keep that stain remover close in case of accidents!

Keep that stain remover close in case of accidents!

6. Keep Great Stain Remover Close at Hand

We all work hard for our money. That in turn frequently allows us to buy nice "stuff." Plush rugs and comfortable furniture. When living with a dog, these items are definitely at risk. Whether it be the occasional bathroom accident or vomiting from eating too much grass. These things will happen. If you have an excellent stain and spot remover at hand, you will be able to save those items you worked so hard to invest in.

Many great stain removers can be found over the counter at department and pet stores. Other people prefer to go the DIY route and make their own with such mixtures as baking soda and water. Whichever way you choose to do it, just ensure your miracle stain remover is close by and ready for instant deployment!

Designate dog areas in the home to keep it neat and tidy.

Designate dog areas in the home to keep it neat and tidy.

7. Designate Dog Areas in the Home

We all know that dogs are very unlikely to just stay in one spot within the house. They are very sociable animals and love to always be near us. That is great! However, it does not mean that they have to take over the house. By designating specific areas in the home for your dog, you are guaranteed to have a neater and better-organized living space.

For instance, my dogs are quite tiny and often use pee pads in the house. I keep those in just one specific area. That way, both my dogs and I know where the bathroom is. The same can be done for feeding, watering, etc... Designating dog-specific areas is a great way to maintain a clean house and is far less confusing for your pet.

Manage your dog's watering area if you want to keep your house clean.

Manage your dog's watering area if you want to keep your house clean.

8. Manage the Watering Area:

If your home and dog are anything like mine, then the watering area tends to be the messiest place in the house. Long whiskers and hair dipping into the water bowl, only to be scattered around the area when the drinking is over. Not to mention, knocking the water bowl over altogether in a moment of excitement. We watch from the sidelines as the doggy water forms into a puddle in the middle of the room. What a mess!

To prevent water trails in your house, there are a few simple solutions. First of all, there are many spill-proof water bowls that can be easily purchased. We personally use these in our own home, and they work like a charm.

Something else we do is put a rubber mat under the bowls and have also built a platform so the dogs do not have to go down so far to drink. These tactics have eliminated the constant water spills and trails throughout the house.

Make sure to keep the Dog Bedding and Accessories Clean.

Make sure to keep the Dog Bedding and Accessories Clean.

9. Keep Your Dog's Bedding and Area Clean

Undoubtedly, your dog's bed and living space will quickly get dirty and smelly. Bacteria collects there, and it will not take long for it to ultimately spread to your dog as well. To prevent this, regular washing of your dog's bed, covers, toys, and linens is highly recommended. A great tip to keep your house clean and dog healthy.

Final Thoughts

Without a doubt, you do not have to sacrifice having a clean house just because you live with a dog. There are many tips and tricks you can utilize to keep yourself and your pet healthy and happy!

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