This article was contributed by Chicago-area cleaning company Helping Hands Cleaning Services.
Having a new puppy in the house is so exciting. It is almost as exciting as having a new baby, and, if you ask many people, it might be just as hard! Dog owners love their puppies as they love their families, taking them to the vet to ensure they stay in good health. There, they can also have all their questions answered about how best to care for their new best friend.
Puppies give lots of love and lots of kisses, but they also make lots of messes! If you haven’t had a young dog in the house in a while (or ever) you should make sure to have a plan for keeping your house up to your usual standards.
Puppies are playful. In fact, puppyhood is the most energetic time of your dog’s life. They will want to run and jump and be into everything. Just like babies, toddlers, and kids, puppies are discovering the world around them. Here are the messes you’ll need to think about when you have a new puppy in the house
Potty training is hard, whether you walk on two legs or four. Puppies are going to have accidents, but you can try to limit the damage. Crate training is a great way to make sure that when you go out, your puppy not only feels safe, but also won’t poop or pee in the house. There are many different ways you can potty train your pup — consulting your vet is a good start. You’ll have to find the method that works for you and your dog.
Just remember, the best way to avoid accidents is to take your puppy out frequently, avoid leaving the dog alone to wander the house freely, and, if necessary, keep your puppy off the carpeted areas of your home. That will make any messes much easier to clean up.
Whether this is a concern for you depends on your dog’s breed. Some dogs have hair instead of fur, which means they don’t shed much at all.
If your dog has fur, remember that the best way to keep pet fur at a minimum is to sweep and vacuum multiple times each week. Brushing and baths can help with shedding, but talk to your vet about the frequency with which you should do so.
You’ll be training your puppy to do a lot of things in his or her first year of life. Sit, shake, come, and stay are just a few of the basic commands. Training your puppy to stay off the furniture is a good idea too. You’ll want to cuddle them all of the time, but ensure that your dog understands that they should only sit on the couch or bed when they’re asked.
Do not let your puppy have free range of your furniture. Make sure they have a comfortable bed of their own for sleeping and relaxing. If you do choose to invite them on your bed or the furniture, you might have a designated blanket for them to lay on. This will help them learn that if they see the blanket, that’s where they should be.
When your pup comes in and out of the house, there will be dirt, mud, and other grime on their paws. Teaching your puppy to wait by the door while you wipe their paws off is a good habit that help you avoid mopping the floors daily.
Even if you take all the precautions above, there will be accidents. A shoe or sock might not make it, a kid’s toy might be mistaken for a puppy’s toy, but your floors are likely to take the brunt of it.
Don’t worry. In most cases, you’ll probably get to the accident pretty quickly. As long as you take your time and clean it properly, you can make sure it’s not a permanent part of your floor. Here’s the best way to clean up puppy accidents on your carpet.
Blot out as much of the spot as you can. If you do not take the time to blot, you’ll just push the spot down further into the carpet as you clean it. If the spot infiltrates the carpet pad, you won’t be able to get it out.
Make sure you use an enzyme cleaner. The biological substances in the urine, feces, or vomit are a food source for the enzyme, so they are attracted to the source of the accident. Sometimes you’ll clean a spot and then see it come back. This can be because you didn’t get deep enough into the carpet to pull out all the soil, so make sure you take your time.
Once you’ve cleaned according to the cleaning product’s directions, make sure you get as much moisture out of the carpet as possible. Using a portable extractor can ensure all of the cleaning product and water is removed from the carpet. If you don’t have an extractor to soak up moisture, use several dry white cloths or towels. A fan directed toward the accident area can also be helpful in the drying process.
Your vet is a great source of information about caring for and cleaning up after your puppy. If you have a mess that is too big to handle, you might seek professional cleaning help. This article was contributed by Helping Hands Cleaning Services.