We’re sharing 8 tidy home tips for dog owners today!
In a million years, I never thought I would have the privilege to love one dog much less four.
Growing up in a military family our pets consisted of exactly one hamster, one bird, and a few goldfish we won at the county fair.
Dogs were not even on the radar.
We just moved around way too much to have them.
The minute my sisters and I left for college, got our own places, and started our own families though we began welcoming dogs into our homes.
While I can attest there have definitely been MANY mischievous moments and sometimes downright frustrating escapades, dogs are an important part of our family and we are better people for loving them.
Life with pets is so much fun, but it can also be extra work keeping the house clean, fresh, and free from odors. It’s something we try to stay on top of every day.
I’m definitely not an expert but after having 4 rescues, 3 of which were terriers known for hunting, I’ve learned a lot along the way.
Here’s a look at 8 tidy home tips for dog owners to keep in mind…
Stay on Top of Pet Hair:
Our biggest challenge is definitely pet hair. We vacuum, mop or Swiffer nearly every day!
We keep lint rollers in designated areas around the house (especially in the living room) to help get any pet hair off the furniture quickly.
It also helps to keep pet blankets or sheets covering furniture because they can be easily picked up, shaken outside, and laundered as needed.
We take Piper to the groomer on a regular basis (about every 6 weeks) and brush her hair outside between visits. Her hair is long and wiry.
While we know it’s not going to eliminate the shedding problem completely, it does help to cut down on the amount of pet hair that winds up in the house.
Keep Pet Wipes and Other Essentials Handy:
Another tidy home tip for dog owners is to keep pet wipes by the front and back door. This will help stop dirt and mud from coming inside.
We keep ours hidden in baskets!
We also keep wipes in our cars too because pup cup sticky business is no joke ?
Bathing and Grooming:
When it comes to bathing and grooming, your vet will be able to advise you how many times per month your dog should be bathed.
It is not uncommon for dogs to have allergies or special skincare needs based on breed or age, so, be sure to follow your veterinarian’s recommendation.
Obviously, if they’ve been rolling in the mud or you catch them crawling out of the turtle’s tunnel you need to bathe them immediately.
Making sure your pets have been properly bathed, groomed, and cleaned will go a long way in helping to cut down on pet odors indoors.
Select the Right Air Freshener:
We launder our pet’s toys and linens just as frequently as we launder our own linens which makes selecting the right air freshener one of the easiest tidy tips for dog owners on the list.
It’s usually every week and sometimes even more depending on how active Piper has been.
In addition, while she is out of the room, we spray Febreze on the pet beds that do not have removable/washable covers. We also spray it on any pieces of furniture she’s been sitting on to keep things smelling fresh.
We use a light dusting of baking soda on the carpets to help absorb odors (again, wait until your dogs are out of the room before doing this so they don’t ingest baking soda) prior to vacuuming.
It may seem like a lot but incorporating these tasks as part of our daily and weekly routine feels like second nature now.
Carefully Choose Window and Other Cleaners:
Our home has a lot of windows and Piper is always looking outdoors for rabbits, turtles, birds, or lizards.
She also occasionally licks the floors and glass doors, so not only do we want them to be clean, but we also want the cleaner we use to be as safe as possible.
I know cleaners come in a wide range of scents right now, but we love the smell of Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Lavender. You can find their list of ingredients here.
Frequently Check Your Air Filters:
Depending on the type of dog you have and how much they shed, it’s best to keep an extra eye on your air filters.
We check on ours every few weeks just to make sure pet hair isn’t adding additional stress to our heating and cooling system.
Changing your filters frequently will also help combat pet odors.
Another easy tidy home tip for dog owners is to keep food in an air-tight container, free from pests, and put away.
When we created this dog feeding station in the panty it was a game-changer. Now we keep bulk food stored in large containers while smaller portions and treats are kept in jars.
If you have large or mischievous dogs this system might not be an option for you. Nevertheless, consider keeping all of your dog supplies together so things can stay safely organized.
Let’s face it, dogs get sick and have accidents even when you’re diligent about taking them outside for potty breaks. It goes without saying, clean the mess up immediately and avoid using ammonia-based products.
Some of the biggest lessons I’ve learned have come from sharing life with these amazing creatures.
They’ve taught me about love, nurturing, patience and forgiveness in ways that no human would have ever been able to teach me. Dogs are worth every bit of extra effort because they give so much!