How to Maintain a Clean Home with a Pet Dog

Owning a dog is a hugely rewarding and enjoyable experience. They bring fun, love, and excitement into a home. They also, however, bring their fair share of mess. Unlike cats, dogs aren’t very inclined to keep themselves clean. This means that they can often drag dirt into your home. Here are some ways to keep this mess to a minimum and enjoy sharing a clean home with your dog.

Rearrange Your Furniture

Sometimes, the solution might be as simple as rearranging your home to better suit your dog’s movements. If your dog isn’t overly unclean and the mess is caused by shedding hair or they are a large dog that bumps into furniture and knocks objects over, making a few strategic layout changes to each room can help to make it less likely for your dog to spread fur or topple your ornaments.

Groom Your Pet

Different dog breeds have different grooming needs. If your dog has long hair, for example, you may find more shedding around your home. This means more sweeping and vacuuming. By taking your dog to the groomers regularly and making sure their fur is washed, brushed, and trimmed, you will prevent the worst of the hair from building up. You can also learn to wash and groom dogs yourself if you want to save money and add to your skills.

Train for Cleanliness

One of the best ways you can maintain a clean and tidy home with a pet dog is to train them from a young age where and when to relieve themselves. Puppies are often guilty of making mistakes in their first few attempts at housetraining, but if your adult or senior dog is having trouble with continence, arrange a vet appointment with to ensure that there are no underlying medical issues to worry about. When you can trust that your dog will wait to go to the bathroom outside and not on your floors, you will feel more able to keep a clean home. A few more ways to train your dog for cleanliness include:

  • Crate training so you can safely and comfortably keep your dog temporarily out of the way while you tidy the house.
  • Training your dog to wait until you have towel dried them before coming inside from the rain or snow.
  • Training your dog not to jump up onto furniture so they don’t spread germs.

Create Dog-Free Zones

If you want to protect particular areas of your home from the mess a dog brings, disallow access to those areas. For example, keep your bedroom door shut and train your dog where they are permitted to go. Of course, if you find that you don’t want your dog to go anywhere, you should maybe consider rehoming. Although having a clean home is important, your priority should be the welfare of your dog.

Instead of expecting your dog to magically become a cleaner creature, learn to work around the potential for mess and make the most of your canine friend.