There are unique problems to keeping your home clean with pets in winter. Suddenly muddy paw prints are everywhere in your house. Your potty trained dog may refuse to do his business on the wet lawn and instead pick a choice spot on the carpet. If your dog sleeps on your bed, you probably find grass and mud all over your sheets and blanket. Fortunately, there are ways to keep your home clean with pets in winter. They’re not hard or expensive, and your home will feel clean again and stay clean.
Ballerina Legs Stay Clean
The best way to keep your home clean with pets in winter is to stop wet grass, leaves and mud from collecting on your dog’s paw and legs. Your dog will look a little funny with his ballerina legs, but the results are well worth it. Use dog clippers or human hair trimmers to stroke your dogs leg in a downward slant. This will trim the long paw fur. Trim under the paw as well. You’ll be amazed how much cleaner your home will be.
Sweater Dirt Collector
Another great way to keep your home clean with pets in winter is to stop dirt from clinging to your dog’s belly fur. Devote a sweater to all outside trips, even going out to potty in the yard. This is especially helpful with smaller, shorter dogs. You can knit a dog sweater yourself (here’s how), or look for a sweater or sale at Petco. If your dog hates going outside to potty because he feels cold, this will help him feel more comfortable (this solution worked wonders with my fourth dog, a little white puppy).
Wipe Messy Paws
Yet another great way to keep your home clean with pets in winter is to keep those muddy paws clean. Keep a towel by the door to wipe your dog’s paws before he comes back into the house. You can also place a weather proof box outside and keep the towel there.
Plastic Bag Paws
For dogs who hate the feeling of wet lawn, there’s another solution to keeping your home clean in winter and making your pet feel more comfortable outside. This is a great idea for short potty excursions on your backyard wet lawn. Cover each paw with a sandwich bag secured with a rubber band. You can also use cling wrap for an even better fit. Your dog may feel a little funny the first time, but he’ll grow to like the feeling of insulation from the winter wetness and cold.
Beyond these simple ways to keep your home clean with pets in winter, you can place a door mat outside and inside for each door. This is especially helpful if your dog is using a pet door to get in and out by himself. here’s how to build a patio pet door or how to build a pet waste disposer to keep your yard clean in winter.