Spring is almost here! It’s time for flowers and outdoor activities and yuck – Spring Cleaning! Oddly enough, your dog probably dislikes it as much as you do since it disrupts his normal routine. Whether you’re a new or seasoned dog owner, here are some tips to make your Spring Cleaning go smoothly.
First, be diligent about the use of chemicals. I’m sure you don’t need someone to tell you that cleaning products made with chemicals pose a danger to your dog, but it’s imperative that you don’t leave him in a position that he might try to drink out of a cleaning bucket. (In many cases, the dog wouldn’t be interested anyway, but that’s not always true.) Also, keep in mind that the fumes from many cleaning products aren’t good for your dog’s lungs. If you use something like ammonia or bleach, be sure to ventilate the area to get the fumes out. It’s safest to opt for non-toxic products whenever possible.
Secondly, once your windows are open for the first time in a few months, the dog will be exposed to a bunch of unfamiliar sounds and smells, particularly if you live in a city. Be prepared for them to bark at passersby as well as whine to go outside. They can smell new people, and they’ll react even more to someone new if they happen to be walking by with a hot dog in their hand!
Indoor sounds have the same effect, so if you’re excessively running the vacuum or have rented a loud carpet cleaner, keep an eye out to make sure your dog isn’t afraid and hiding somewhere. After a few minutes, they’ll see that the noises and scents aren’t a threat and will probably calm down, but be prepared to spend some time soothing anxious or hyper dogs.
Another problem many dog owners find during Spring Cleaning is that their furry friends don’t like things moved around. Especially for overly anxious or elderly dogs, moving their sleeping spot to the other side of the room so that you can clean behind it may be a problem. Many dogs depend on things being where they “should be”, and when they’re not, it can upset them.
Much like people, certain things bother some dogs and others won’t be affected at all. When it comes to deep cleaning your home, it’s important to keep an eye on all of your animals – not just your dogs - to minimize any anxiety or discomfort it might cause them.
Remember that Spring Cleaning doesn’t all have to be done in one day. You can take a few days to do it to make things easier on everyone involved or even better, take Fido to a pet friendly hotel and have someone else do the (literal) dirty work.
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