It’s no secret that messes, uncleanliness, and clutter all add to the stress in our daily lives, and there are few people who know understand this better than pet owners. While children give pets a run for their money in the mess-making department, animals nonetheless make things exceedingly hard for people who want to keep their home pristinely clean.
At CleanPro, we’re no strangers to the accidents that pets can cause. Sometimes it can get so messy that professional services are needed. That’s where we come in. However, it’s always nice to be able to avoid such drastic measures when you can, so in this blog post, we’re going to look at some of the ways you can mitigate the messiness of pets to keep a cleaner, more organized home.
Train Your Dog
We’re gonna let you in on a little secret — most dog-related problems can either be completely solved, or greatly mitigated by quality training. The problem is that training takes a lot of work. You either have to go through extensive research and learn how to do it yourself, or you need to throw down some money to let a professional do the work. Even in that case, it’s not just a matter of dumping your dog with someone and coming back to a well-trained pet. The best trainers know that the owners are the ones who truly need to be trained, because they’re the ones who actually live with the dog.
So, needless to say, there’s quite a bit of effort behind training, but once you get there, it’s a revelation. Countless behavioral problems can be kept under control by an obedient dog, and this includes stuff that would make a mess in your home. Potty-training is a big one, but they can also learn how to be less destructive, which leads us to our next point.
Dog-Proof Your Home
Every dog owner is likely familiar with the brutal adjustment period that followed after they got their first dog. As it turns out, you can’t keep all the same habits once a dog is in the picture — especially if it’s a puppy. Were you used to taking off your shoes and just leaving them out? Not anymore, unless you want them to turn into a glorified chew toy. Do you leave things on the counter? Better hope your dog isn’t tall enough to reach them. There are constant adjustments that you need to make; no more open garbage cans, no more leaving things open, and so on.
If you want to reduce messes in your home, do some dog-proofing. This isn’t terribly difficult — it just means living with a constant awareness that you have a dog who will want to get into everything. Many dogs and puppies, for example, love tipping over trashcans and digging into their contents. Yuck! But if it’s a closed-lid model, there won’t be any temptation for the pup in the first place.
For some owners, these kinds of things aren’t problematic past the puppy period. But, overall, it’s wise to always have this in the back of your mind. You’ll get a lot better at not leaving things out, sealing important areas, and protecting all your possessions.
Provide Chew Toys to Keep Your Dog Busy
Many new dog owners get really flustered by their dog’s desire to chew up anything and everything. If not that, then getting into every single nook and cranny to find something to chew up. It can be maddening. It can cause messes. It can ruin your things. That’s why it’s a good idea to always have things on hand that can keep them occupied.
Puppies have an inherent need to chew, because it’s part of their natural teething process. Many of them grow out of the need to constantly be chewing, but even grown dogs need to chew to keep their teeth healthy. One of the best ways to prevent your stuff from getting destroyed is to provide them with toys and treats.
There are many toys which are hard and durable for perpetual chewing, and there are also “snacks” which can be fully consumed by the dog, but only if they work on it for hours. Bully sticks and bully braids can keep your dog’s attention for an entire evening.
Take Your Dog On Frequent Walks
Another reason why dogs get into stuff and make messes is because they have a lot of pent up energy. Dogs need to go on walks, and if you don’t let them exhaust some of that energy, you can bet they’ll do it themselves in your home. This might mean getting into your junk, or running around like a madman, knocking things over.
If you really want to go the extra mile, consider taking them to a dog park! While walks give them a nice little release, a dog park allows them to run around as they please and exhaust themselves playing with other canine buddies. There’s nothing more satisfying than bringing your dog back home and watching them fall fast asleep after a day well-spent.
Invest in Urine Cleaner
Here’s one for all those folks who are struggling with a non-potty-trained dog. Dogs just love to take a little wiz on your floors and carpets. It’s not that hard of a mess to clean up, but things can get problematic if you don’t do it right.
You see, dogs have noses that are about ten hundred trillion billion times more powerful than ours. Once they start urinating or defecating somewhere, it leaves telltale scents which mark their territory. Even if you vigilantly clean it, they will in all likelihood keep coming back because their scent remains.
That’s why you need to invest in enzyme cleaner sprays. These break down the components that leave your dog’s scent, making it less likely for them to return to that spot. As residential cleaning experts, we’re all too familiar with the need to use special cleaning products for pets.
Keep Litterboxes Easily Accessible
While most of this blog post has focused on dogs, cats too play their own role in making messes. While cats are conveniently self-trained to do their business in their litterboxes, it’s not a perfect formula 100% of the time. If the cat has trouble accessing their litterbox, or it’s been moved to an unfamiliar location, your cat is likely to find something that’s functionally similar, such as a pile of clothes or plant potting.
The bad news is that cat urine is an order of magnitude worse than dog urine. It’s loaded to the brim with ammonia, and is far more difficult to remove. We’re blessed by the fact that they naturally use their litterboxes, but when they don’t, it’s quite the headache. As a side note, make sure to frequently clean the litterboxes as well — once it reaches a certain point of being overstuffed, they might lose the temptation to use it. Can’t say we blame them.
Professional Cleaning Services in Greater Boston
Are you a homeowner in Gloucester, Manchester, Essex, or other nearby regions of Greater Boston? Do you have a pet that excels at making messes? Has your carpet been peed on so many times that it’s time to call the cavalry? If this describes you, you’ll benefit greatly from our professional cleaning services. At CleanPro, we have cleaned every kind of mess under the sun, and then some. We are extremely experienced with pet messes, and we also provide services for countless other cleaning and home-improvement tasks.
Whether you need cleaning, landscaping, pest control, handyman work, or more, CleanPro is the team to call. Contact us today!