Canine Catastrophe Canceled: Manage the Mess, Keep the Pets

Manage the Mess, Keep the Pets

We all love our pets, but sometimes our best pals do things we don’t adore. An unstimulated dog might chew the carpet, while a nervous puppy may pee on the floor. And these are just behaviors that your dog can learn to control. Shedding, tracking in mud, and water pouring from droopy jaws are all messes you can’t always stop.

These things are more than annoying — they can be costly to repair. Fortunately, there are ways to manage the mess without sending Parker the Pomeranian packing.

Damage Control

Let’s start with the easiest fixes. Shedding is one of the most common concerns among pet parents, and it’s something your pet can’t learn to stop. Fur and dander can not only stick to the corners of the room, but they also linger in the air, which can irritate allergies. The best way to reduce hair in the air is to brush your pet daily. Keep a handheld vacuum on hand and within reach at all times to quickly clean up any fur left behind. Add a couch cover to the sofa and wash it regularly for added protection against shedding.

If your pet is a messy eater, it’s important to understand why. Sometimes it’s behavior, but sometimes it is due simply to the breed. Vetstreet points out that brachycephalic breeds, such as boxers and bulldogs, are often sloppy eaters. Older dogs with gum disease may also have poor table (floor) manners. Contain this mess by keeping their food in one place and by using non-slip feeding bowls. If this doesn’t help, lay a towel under their feeding area to soak up wayward water and keep the kibbles from bouncing around the kitchen floor.

Speaking of the kitchen, have you noticed your curious canine sniffing around the trashcan? It’s only natural for dogs to scavenge, and the garbage bin is an open invitation to eat the leftover meatloaf that’s just sitting within reach. A dog-proof trash can will keep them from scattering the scraps, but it also serves the purpose of preventing them from “garbage gut,” which is the doggie equivalent of food poisoning.

Accidents Happen (but They Don’t Always Have To)

Another oft-cited issue for new dog owners is the ever-dreaded bathroom accident. No one wants to clean pee (or worse) from the floors, but it happens to all dog families at least once. Even if your canine is fully housetrained, they may still have a bathroom blunder indoors. If it happens more than just occasionally, the problem may be submissive urination or scent marking. Dog Training USA explains that these are both resolvable issues but also suggests speaking with your veterinarian to rule out any underlying medical problems.

Installing a dog door may help reduce the instances of indoor bathroom breaks. This gives your pet the chance to create his own schedule and go as needed. Installing a dog door isn’t hard, and Lowe’s notes that it doesn’t require any special tools. It is, however, a long afternoon project, so plan your time accordingly and finish it in one sitting. You don’t want a gaping hole in the backdoor throughout the night.

If muddy pawprints become a problem, leave an absorbent rug at the dog door and, if possible, close it off when it rains. Keep in mind that a simple paw-washing station can help out.

Having a dog means having messes. Short of being a destructive chewer, your pup doesn’t mean any harm. Remember, he’s a wolf in a man’s world, and no matter how domesticated the species become, they can’t clean up after themselves.

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