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Tips on Living with Dogs

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

One of the most common misconceptions about living with dogs is that it's impossible to keep a house clean with dogs in it. It's not always simple to keep the house looking like a dog has never stepped foot inside, but that doesn't make it impossible. Living with a dog requires a bit of maintenance and some work, but it can be made possible to live with a dog and still have a clean house. Read on to find out how.

Dog Fur

Dogs tend to shed. Some have very long fur that makes a big mess, and others have very little fur that doesn't seem to make much of a mess. Either way, dog hair in the house is a problem. The best way to make sure that you don't have dog hair and fur on everything all the time is to simply brush your dogs daily. This removes loose hair and mess, and makes it possible for you to isolate the hair to one area rather than all over the house.

Sweeping up Hair

If you do have a problem getting rid of dog hair, there is a simple solution to the problem: Get a Swiffer sweeper instead of a broom. The bristles on your broom are going to make it difficult for you to clean up the dog hair adequately. A swiffer is going to trap the hair and make it easier for you to wipe it right up, effectively.

Pet Odors

Many pet owners struggle with the concept of how to get rid of pet smells. You can have the cleanest house in the world, but the smell of dog can linger if he or she gets wet or has a little accident. You needn't worry about getting a bunch of different products that cost a lot of money. You can actually just use baking soda. By mixing a quarter cup baking soda with two cups of water in a spray bottle, you can spray the areas in which your dog has left his or her scent and get rid of smells in an instant. It's a great way to make your house as fresh smelling as it is looking.

Dirty Paws

Dirty paws are a problem. You have to let the dogs out, and sometimes it's raining or has rained. What's a homeowner to do when the dog wants to come in with wet feet? The answer is simple; place washable mats inside and outside your door. This gives your dog an opportunity to get most of the dirt and debris off his or her feet before coming into the house. It really cuts down on the mess you have to contend with.

Dogs are great companions, and they're not as messy as people tend to think they are. In fact, they're actually pretty clean animals if you can stay on top of them. Living with a dog is great, and you can do it. Your house doesn't have to suffer because you have a dog.

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