Living With Dogs – 7 Helpful Tips – I have to admit, right off the bat, that I am not a perfect house keeper. Our house is definitely enjoyed and lived in. However, I also do not want to live in complete filth and be mortified if someone unexpectedly stops by. Now, if you do stop by, you will always be able to find
dog hair somewhere. While I know that is not for everyone; for us, that is just fine. This post, 7 Tips For Living With Dogs is not about how to keep a perfect house. This post is about simplifying things.
Use a couch cover of some kind! The one that I am using right now was purchased at Ross. I like several things about this style, including the “wings” that I can tuck in at each end. I like that it is reversible so, in a crunch, I can just flip it over for a better presentation. Note in the above photo that there is also a blanket thrown across the top. This has 2 purposes. One is to help protect the wall when the couch is slammed up against it when 150 lbs of dogs come flying in, while they are rough housing. The second is it helps a lot to hold the couch cover on.
Use laundry type baskets to keep all their toys in. This makes it very easy to do a quick pick up when they are like 2 year olds, and string their toys all over the house. This also makes it easy to place them in another room when babies are crawling around. Yes! My grand babies have been known to try to teeth on dog toys! I usually
try to keep the cloth/material type toys in one basket and the other toys in one basket. This keeps the rough chewed bones from sticking to the furry toys. “Hey you got peanut butter in my chocolate!” (Old Reese’s commercial.) Before I go to bed at night, I try to remember to toss all the toys in the basket. Ever stepped on a half chewed up bone in the middle of the night?! It is also funny, and kind of creepy, to wake up and find toys all strung out again. When the heck did they do that? I heard NOTHING!
Become best friends with your vacuum! Now, I am not suggesting that you do a before-the-mother-in-law-shows-up kind of vacuuming every day, but, at least every other day, hit the rough spots. I also have to have a vacuum that has a nozzle that I can use to run under things. If I don’t, at least once a week, get under things, and around the baseboards, then the hair is always being scattered around everywhere. Dog hair and pet dander contribute significantly to allergies and respiratory issues. The air quality in your home is just a lot better when you stay on top of the dog hair issue.
I am a serious fan of crates! I have been using them since a kid, with my mom, when raising/showing dogs. I have the doors shut for the photo, but they are usually open for the dogs to use any time they want. Saity’s crate is in the middle, and she lays in it all the time! When do I close them in there? When elderly company are coming over. My dogs are big, and they are well-behaved but they love company! When company has been here for a little bit, then I let the dogs out of their crates, and it is a much more pleasant “Hello” session for all involved. I put them in their crates when there are small babies here, and we want to allow the human puppies to play without a massive face lick or tail smack! I put them in their cages when there is another dog around that does not handle other dogs well; like my grand dog. When I dog sit him, we rotate everyone. That little weenie dog thinks he is tougher than Hendrix! I also put the dogs in their crates when leaving the house. My dogs also play pretty rough and I don’t want that happening unsupervised. I know that some folks are not a fan of crates, but I feel like the positives outweigh the negatives. I don’t place them in the crates with collars on and I only allow them to have one toy to chew on and that has to be a strong bone like an antler. When given the command “Go to bed!” all my dogs have always gone right to their crates willing. Although sometimes Bonnie runs to the front door instead, and we have to sweet talk her back to the crate. Here is a great video on training a dog to enjoy a crate!
I give fish oil to the dogs every morning, so I keep a batch of “pill pocket” dough made up in the fridge. Sometimes Hendrix’s allergies get so bad, we are forced to give him medications for that. It is so nice to always be able to just reach in the fridge and grab this item. It works every
single time, to get the pills down the dogs. If you want the recipe for this, click here. Of course, you can always buy a commercial product, if you don’t want to make your own, but I honestly think that you will find the minimal effort to make your own SO worth it when living with dogs.
Cleaning supplies that I find useful are Clorox wipes, air freshener, and Swiffer products. I like Lysol air freshener for the germ fighting component. Also, a house that smells good just feels cleaner. We have a like-leather couch, so every time I wash the couch cover, I wipe the couch down with Clorox wipes. I actually wipe every
thing down with Clorox wipes. If you prefer a more natural product, then get those. But having some type of wipe you can grab to clean is very helpful. As for the Swiffer products, I use them in a bit of an unconventional way. I use them to dust off everything with. They pick up dog hair like nothing else that I have tried. I even use them in my car!
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While last, this tip is definitely not least. People tell me that Hendrix looks like a short-haired dog, but he is part Akita, and is a shedding machine. I can get double this amount off of him daily. In order to
help keep all this hair from going all over my house, I keep the Furminator right on top of the trash can in the kitchen, which reminds me to de-shed Hendrix at least once a day. This handy little tool pulls off the loose undercoat and then I just hold it over the trash can and use the handy “release” button to deposit all the hair in the trash. Also, bathing dogs often helps with scratching and shedding. If your dog is really itchy, you can bathe them in this recipe. If you do not wish to make your own, oatmeal is one of the key ingredients in this recipe, to help sooth dry skin. There are several store bought options available for purchase.
So, there you have it! Living With Dogs – 7 Helpful Tips! I hope you learned a thing or two to help with living with dogs at your house. Do you have any tips you could share with us? Feel free to leave your comments below. Also, I always love shares, as it let’s me know I helped you out!