It’s fair to say that the UK is a nation of pet lovers, and many of us wouldn’t choose anything other than our favourite breed of dog. There is a lot of work that goes into having a canine friend, but I’m sure you’d agree that it’s worth it. I have four dogs – two terriers and two Labrador-retrievers; they make a lot of mess, but I’ve come up with a number of ways to try and minimise this as much as possible. Here are my tips…
Don’t feed doggy at the table
We’ve all been there; your poor pooch looks so very sad as you’re eating your meal and they are just so very hungry (even though they had their pet food only half an hour ago). You feel guilty, so you chuck them a bit of chicken, onion, whatever’s on your plate. This is a bad idea, as human food might not be the best for your canine companion. In fact, everything from chocolate to raisins is toxic to pets so it’s really best to avoid. They could be quite seriously ill, which obviously requires a lot of cleaning up, as well as a visit to the vets.
When we got our second dog, we realised it was time to implement a few boundaries in our house. Namely, this means no dog is allowed upstairs! It does help to reduce the amount of pet hair in our bedrooms and saves us from getting sloppy wet kisses every morning. Ultimately we don’t want any nasty germs festering in our beds.
Clean doggy’s paws
If I was a dog I’d definitely enjoy digging up the garden, so I can’t blame them for having a go. What I don’t want is having lots of muddy footprints over the carpet and furniture, so it is a constant battle to keep their feet clean when they come in from outside. We have paper towels, cloths and pet towels near our back door so we can wipe each and every time.
Buy a special vacuum cleaner
Of course, we can’t stop the muck altogether, which is why I love our vacuum cleaner. It was designed with pets and their hair in mind, which saves me a lot of elbow grease when I’m cleaning. When possible, try to go over the carpets every couple of days, and do your kitchen floor with a jet mop daily. Have a look online to see which models are available and choose something that suits your needs.
Use antibacterial products
To get rid of nasty bacteria and smells, I find that scented anti-bacterial products work wonders. My favourite is Zoflora (www.zoflora.co.uk) – you can actually have a look on their website for information regarding cleaning up after your dog. You can use these types of products for their bits and bobs, as well as the areas in your house that you want to be hygienic – such as where you prepare food that your family will be eating.