Save Your Home From Pet Damage

As a lifetime pet owner and animal lover and somewhat of an expert in all things four legged, I’m often approached by people with questions on how to manage “pet problems” and save their homes from pet damage. “Pet problems” incorporate a variety of issues, but often center on managing destruction that comes with owning a dog or a cat.

Most animal lovers will agree that the pros to having animal companions far outweigh the benefits, but that doesn’t mean you can’t put safeguards in place to minimize the incidental (or not so incidental) damage along the way In fact why not eliminate pet home damage completely?

Like children, puppies and kittens are very curious. While entertaining and cute, this stage creates the most potential damage for homes. From bathroom accidents to torn up furniture and chewed up floorboards, nothing is off bounds. As your animal ages, issues typically evolve (excessive shedding furniture climbing, barking and less than optimal home smells), but do not disappear completely. However, rather than be reactive and locking your pet up and becoming angry after an accident – not to mention spending a ton of money to fix up your house, be proactive. Test out these tried and true methods to save yourself, your family and your pet hours of frustration.

Barking – Think of this as a toddler screaming for your attention. You wouldn’t yell at your child to be quiet – so don’t yell at your dog, as this will only agitate them more. If your dog is barking at something, remove the stimulus when possible or remove your dog from the situation. If your pup is simply barking for your attention, ignore it. Like a child, your dog will eventually accept the calm environment. To be effective, its crucial everyone in your family is on the page with this training method Dog Poop Scooper Michigan.

Bathroom Accidents – Everyone’s favorite problem…. Many people assume once their dog or cat is housebroken, their days of cleaning up animal waste (at least inside their homes) are over. While this is the obvious goal, sadly it is not always the case. Many factors from dietary and health issues to too much time inside or bad training can contribute to an adult dog using your carpet as his bathroom. There are several keys to ensuring your home becomes accident free. First and most important, ensure your animal is given consistent access to a relief area in your yard or nearby. Second, do not punish your animal if he fails to make it outside to relieve himself…. While this goes against some old school methods, scolding an animal or punishing them for an accident will make them nervous and may end up discouraging them from relieving themselves in front of humans in the future. Instead, give them rewards (a small treat or loving praise) for using the relief area you have designated. This behavior needs to be consistent until the new pattern is established. Last, but definitely not least, discourage future accidents by not only removing the stains left behind, but the residual odors as well. When selecting the best stain/odor remover for your home look for one that is a bacterial enzyme odor remover, such as Nature’s Miracle

Shedding – Having tried virtually every pet hair product on the market, I can safely say Roomba blows the rest out of the water. This small, circular cleaning robot cleans your carpets and floors, navigating floors and edges while you’re at work. To minimize the need for Roomba (or brooms if you prefer the more time intensive methods) take two minutes and brush your pet daily. FURminators are the best tool I’ve found – for dogs, as well as cats.

Furniture Hopping – Alright, so I personally don’t mind sharing my favorite chair with my dog, but many of you may. Having lived with roommates of this mindset, I have had to teach my dog how to break the habit of furniture hopping. While slightly time consuming and a bit repetitive, 2 minutes every morning can save your furniture. Take newspaper or tin foil (I advise experimenting with both) and cover the cushions of your animal’s favorite furniture with it. Most dogs and cats do not like the crinkling sensation that this type of creative upholstery creates provides and will avoid it at all costs.

Clawing & Digging – Clawing and Digging can be some of of the must destructive ways your animal shows their love – and boredom. From destroying furniture to tearing up freshly planted flowers – animals get creative. Rather than jumping to the simple (and very painful method) of declawing your cat, provide your companion with scratching posts, toys and catnip. If all else fails try Soft Claws – nail caps for cats. Like cats, dog also use digging as a distraction or call for attention. Keep you animal healthy and challenged with consistent exercise and training. For a persistent digger, designate a small area he or she can dig in and entice them to use that area by filling it with bones and treats. As a last resort, place large rocks on their old digging grounds to discourage future excavations.

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