Have you met our Taffy?
I love this first pic of her because she’s so happy, but I love this second pic of her, too…just because she’s a very pretty dog, to be perfectly honest!
It’s like she was posing for me on this one, ha!
Taffy is a great dog. Her favorite things are playing outside and eating doggie ice cream. (Yes, they make that. Check the freezer section in your grocery store.) She’s also a pretty big fan of carrot sticks, and chasing CoCo the black kitty.
Taffy and CoCo stay home by themselves all day long when we’re at work, and never tear anything up. They know they’d be up for adoption if they did! (Just kidding. A little.) The most we find is their toys all strewn about when we come home…and HAIR.
Now, when you have animals, you’re pretty much guaranteed that they will shed. Just a fact of life, right? But between a white dog and a black cat…I vacuum and lint-brush-roll and dust multiple times during the week. And when it’s time to get new living room furniture? I’m TOTALLY done with microfiber. I just CAN’T anymore.
So when Sofia, one of my regular contributors around here, contacted me with a post on Spring Cleaning for Dog Owners…well. That’s right up my alley, and hopefully yours, too! Let’s check out her tips..
If you have dog and it’s cleaning time maybe it’s appropriate to make some changes. Dogs are a lot of fun but they have the problem of litter and hair, and if you aren’t careful they might cause disasters in your home. It’s true that dogs will make your life happier and more peaceful, but think about the cleaning problems. In order to handle the problems you will encounter you should know how to organize your household in advance to handle the care of your dog properly.
1. You should consider your hygiene and the dog’s hygiene at the same time
Consider changing the leashes and the toys your pet uses. Dogs are strong animals and can wear out and destroy the things they use over time easily. The bigger problem is fleas and mites, which can take harbor in the belongings of your favorite pet and endanger you and your family. No matter how hard you try to protect, the risk is always there. That is why you should try to change its belongings in the Spring. (And it’s also a great time to make sure your dog is up-to-date at the vet, too!)
2. Follow the natural rhythms
Spring is the perfect time for cleaning. It’s actually the most appropriate time of the year for major changes and why not?! As the season of the birth of new life and the beginning of the new nature cycle it’s the best time to set changes in your rhythm since this is the time when all nature reset its cycles for the new year. This is true for your dog, too. If you want to teach him or her some new habits, the most appropriate time is spring. You can combine this with a new organization of your house and rearrange your home for a better, cozier and more pleasant environment. Your dog might like the changes, too!
3. Organization is key
If you want to make your home a better place for both you and your pet you should first consider how to organize your space so you could both make the most of it. Dogs are social animals but even in the strict hierarchy of the pack every dog always strives to make the most of the room it has and make the most comfort for itself possible. That is why you should organize your dog’s space so it could have easy access to bed, water and food without cramping everything in a tiny corner. (That will only make him or her feel uneasy and might dirty your house even more.) You should organize its space so he or she has the freedom to move and rest without facing major obstacles like walls, windows or furniture, leaving some distance between its toys, food, water and bed. This could make cleaning his or her space easier, too, because now he or she will dirty only those place he or she most intensely uses, where you could easily pick up the litter and clean. If you manage to organize his or hers space it will make both your home easier to clean and your dog happier.
If you need professional help to get you started with the cleaning (and then you can maintain on your own afterwards) you can always hire a professional carpet cleaning company in Ilford or a professional cleaner wherever your hometown may be!
These are great tips, Sofia, thank you! I never really thought about replacing well-used doggie items in the Spring, or making sure their space is not cramped.
What about you? Does your Spring Cleaning involve your pets?
Oh, and in case you missed it, I guest-posted over at my home-away-from-home last week, LouLou Girls! If you’d like to check out my recipe for Italian Shells, CLICK HERE!
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