Cleaning Up After Dogs

Cleaning up after dogs is a tough job. It can be very draining for many people. Sometimes, dogs tend to create a mess everywhere, besides their potty spot. Be it a garden or an indoor space, the mess needs to be cleaned up as soon as possible before the dog further contaminates the house. If you are looking to find more convenient ways to clean up after your dog, this article is for you.

How to Avoid Mess

Whether you are searching for hacks to clean up your dog’s poo, pee, hair, or paw prints, you need to prevent the dog from creating a mess. Here is a list of ways you can implement to avoid the risk of mess.

1. Lock your Door

You can try to restrict your dog from randomly going outside to avoid the risk of having piles of mud in your indoor area. By locking the door that leads you towards the outdoor area or your backyard, your dog will stay indoors unless you allow him to go outside. As a result, you don’t have to worry about any unwanted dust or mud gathering on your carpeted floor inside.

2. Potty Training

If your dog is not potty trained, you can make use of various methods to potty train your dog to prevent any accident inside your home. You need to familiarize your dog with a specific potty spot where he could defecate or urinate whenever he wants. For ideal results, it is better to take him to the designated spot 15 to 20 minutes after he has finished the food and water intake. Also, be sure to repeat this step before taking him to the bed to avoid any mess during the night.

3. Avoid Access to your Bedroom

If your dog sheds hair everywhere it goes, it can be very hard to pick up every strand of hair that piles up on your blanket or bed. To prevent your should from spreading hair in your comfort zone, you should restrict him from entering your bedroom or climbing on your sofas in the living room.

4. Remove the Carpets

Having an untrained dog at home makes your indoor carpeted area susceptible to all sorts of mess. If your dog sheds hair, it will cling onto the carpet despite using a vacuum cleaner or a broom. If your dog accidentally poops or pees inside, he can spread it everywhere on the carpeted floor which can be very difficult for you to clean. Until your dog mends its way, you can simply remove the carpets from your indoors. By doing so, you will be able to wipe or mop the floor very easily without worrying about potential germs.

5. Bath Robes

A lot of times, dogs tend to run into the living room as soon as you wipe them off after a shower. As a result, their wet body is likely to pick up bits of dirt and dust from everywhere. Once they dry down, the dust trapped into their fur starts to fall on every surface. To prevent your dog from trapping particles of dust, you can put on a bathrobe and tie it with a knot to secure it in place. By doing so, the bathrobe will absorb the excess water and create a barrier between its fur and the dust.

Cleaning up after Dogs

If you are tired of cleaning up the dog’s mess despite taking all necessary measures to prevent it from occurring, we have compiled some ways to clean effortlessly. Here is the list of hacks you can implement to clean up after your dog.

1. Dog’s Vomit

Start soaking up the dog’s vomit using paper towels. Once every bit of vomit is gone, wet the paper towel and wipe the surface again. Next, mix 1 part of white vinegar with 1 part of water and sprinkle it on the surface. Leave it on for at least 2 minutes. Then wipe off the vinegar using paper towels. Take a sanitizing wipe and clean up the residual vinegar solution from the surface. You can put body spray or air freshener on top to get rid of the odor.

2. Dog’s Poop

If your dog has defecated outdoors on the floor, use a plastic bag to pick up the pieces of stool and throw the bag into the bin. Dilute some bleach and pour it on the surface to kill germs. After 5 minutes, wipe off the bleach solution.

If your dog has accidentally defecated indoors on the floor, you should use the same steps mentioned above. Once you have wiped off the bleach from the surface, use a disinfectant solution to spray it on the surface. In case you don’t have a disinfectant spray, you can simply use a sanitizer with 70% alcohol. Spread some sanitizer on the surface and let it sit for 2 minutes. After 2 minutes, use a dry paper towel to pat dry the floor. You can spray some air freshener on top for a refreshing smell.

3. Dog’s Urine

If your dog has urinated inside your home, use a paper towel to soak up the urine as much as you can. Use more paper towels if needed. Mix 1 part of vinegar with 1 part of water and apply the solution to the dirty area until it dampens completely. Allow it to sit for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, wipe it off using paper towels. For your satisfaction, you can sprinkle some baking soda to get rid of the stain, and using a vacuum cleaner, remove the baking soda from the surface.

Cleaning up after the dogs is not an easy chore. It can be very frustrating to put so much effort into disinfecting the surface from potential bacteria. It is crucial to work on reducing the indoor space for your dog to roam around to avoid any chance of cleaning up the mess. No matter how difficult it gets, never punish your dog for creating the mess. Your dog won’t understand what you are doing. Also, it will hide away from your home in case of an accident. Hence, be patient and potty-train your dog to prevent any chance of contamination.

by Bobby J Davidson || You can’t buy love, but you can rescue it™

Facts About Animal Homelessness:

  1. Only 1 out of every 10 dogs born will find a permanent home.
  2. The main reasons animals are in shelters: owners give them up, or animal control finds them on the street.
  3. Each year, approximately 2.7 million dogs and cats are killed every year because shelters are too full and there aren’t enough adoptive homes. Act as a publicist for your local shelter so pets can find homes. Sign up for Shelter Pet PR.
  4. Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats.
  5. According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP), less than 2% of cats and only 15 to 20% of dogs are returned to their owners.
  6. 25% of dogs that enter local shelters are purebred.
  7. About twice as many animals enter shelters as strays compared to the number that are relinquished by their owners.
  8. It’s impossible to determine how many stray dogs and cats live in the United States. Estimates for cats alone range up to 70 million.
  9. Only 10% of the animals received by shelters have been spayed or neutered. Overpopulation, due to owners letting their pets accidentally or intentionally reproduce, sees millions of these “excess” animals killed annually.
  10. Many strays are lost pets that were not kept properly indoors or provided with identification.
  11. According to The Humane Society, there are about 3,500 brick-and-mortar animal shelters in the US and 10,000 rescue groups and animal sanctuaries in North America.

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