There are lots of good reasons for having a dog about the house. They’re loyal, fun and intelligent companions who are great at training their owners. Even their greatest admirers would have to acknowledge, however, that they do pose challenges with regards to keeping a home clean and tidy. Here are some ways to address them.
Get the hall floor right
Given the weather in the UK, wet dogs and muddy paws are a fact of life for much of the year. The first thing any dog is going to do when they come in from a walk in the rain is shake themselves and then wipe their paws and basically there is nothing you can do to stop this.
If at all possible, put your proper doormat on the outside of the door as most dogs will avoid wiping their paws on that sort of surface if they can. Get a bath mat and put it just inside the front door, either on a permanent basis or when you are going out, so that your dog wipes their feet on that rather than your carpet.
The urge to shake is instinctive so it’s probably best to accommodate it rather than fight it. There are plenty of affordable throws which can be used as wall-hangings and there are so many options, you’re sure to find something to fit with your décor. These can be taken down if need be if you have special guests.
Get the right brush and/or comb and use them regularly
There are numerous different types of hairbrushes and combs available for humans and there are also plenty available for dogs. Your vet will be able to advise on the right one for your dog’s hair type. This is one of your first steps in combating the spread of dog hair.
Your second step is to groom your dog regularly. All dogs should be groomed at least once a day. For some dog breeds, particularly long-haired dogs, this is an absolute minimum. Regular grooming does more than stop your dog’s coat from getting tangled and removes any dirt they’ve picked up. It provides and opportunity for you to check your dog for unwanted guests such as ticks and mites as well as simply enhancing the bond between you and your pet. Think how good you feel after a visit to the hairdressers.
Get your dog some stylish accessories
Dogs should never be treated as toys, but you can still incorporate their needs into your home décor without compromising on their welfare. Designer dog beds, for example, will promote your dog’s comfort while still looking good in your home. Likewise treat your dog to some smart bowls for food and water that you’ll be happy to have on display.
It’s also worth investing in a smart collar or harness and lead. This will not only keep your dog comfortable, but also send out a clear message that you are a responsible dog owner.
Kit is a full-time freelance writer and translator and the proud owner of a gorgeous collie dog, who is spoiled and pampered. He makes sure that she spends some time away from her computer each day by taking her out for walks, but very rarely stays still long enough to be photographed.