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10 Tips For Cleaning Up Dog Hair In Your Home

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Some would say that you should get a dog that does not shed hair. Is there such a thing as a dog that does not shed? The simple answer is no! Some breeds of dogs may shed less than others but all dogs shed hair or fur, even dogs with short hair. Did you know that a Maltese and a Poodle, for example, are breeds that shed minimally, even if they are practically all hair? We love our furry companions, but sometimes, the dog hair around the home can get a bit too much. Here are some tips for cleaning up dog hair in your home.

1 - Have a daily routine

Your home should already have a broom (yes, it's old-fashioned, but it works!), whether or not you have a dog. There are two different kinds of brooms, the soft broom and the hard broom which can either be made of wooden sticks or plastic.

Make sure to have two brooms - one for outdoors and another for indoors. This is because dog hair can be all over your property. It doesn’t even have to be its shedding season. Dogs lose hair every so often. Make it a daily routine to sweep your floor so that the hair and dander don't accumulate.

2 - Vacuum at least once a week

The right vacuum cleaner can make all the difference in a home with a dog. Not all vacuum cleaners can remove the dog hair that can stick like glue to your carpet. Pick one that's designed primarily for homes with pets. These days, there are a range of pet vacuums that will do the job. You’ll find some good examples here. Of course, the best vacuum for pet hair will depend on whether you have a large or small home and whether you have hard floors or carpet.

3 - Lint roller

This will come in handy when there’s dog hair on your clothes. Depending on the material of your clothing, it can be quite a challenge to take out dog hair that stuck to it. A lint roller will solve this. There are different kinds of lint rollers and there are ones that specialize in pet hair. You can also use a lint roller in taking out hair from your pieces of furniture.

4 - Make sure your dog has a grooming kit

The basics of a grooming kit would be: (1) dog soap/shampoo, (2) nail clippers, (3) flea powder, and (4) brush. That’s the bare essentials, but of course, you can get more.

5 - Bathe your dog regularly

Shampoo or the act of rubbing soap on your dog will remove loose hair. Plus, your dog will look and smell great after!

6-Brush your dog regularly

You don’t have to bathe your dog daily, but daily brushing is a good idea. Your dog will like it if you brush its hair. It is an act of affection. At the same time, the brush will remove the excess or loose hair for sure.

7-Life Hack: Rubber Gloves

Using rubber gloves is an effective way to pick up dog hair. They are cheap and easy to use. They are washable and reusable. You'd be surprised how well they work. Make sure you get some and try for yourself.

8-Life Hack #2: Tape

Sticky tape or brown tape is a great cost-effective way of removing all kinds hair, even dog hair. If you can’t seem to get a strand of hair from an article of clothing, for example, try sticking a bit of tape to it and you’ll see that when you remove the tape, the hair will stick with the tape.

9-Isolate during shedding season

If your dog is a heavy shedder, consider keeping him in an area that is easy to clean. Even if you love your dog so much, dog hair can cause health problems to members of your household. Cleaning your place during shedding season might be too much to handle. Temporarily keeping him in a place where the floor is easy to clean like a tiled floor or cemented floor can help.

10-Regularly take your dog to the vet

Some shedding may be normal, but some may not. To make sure that your dog is not shedding due to a health problem, make sure your dog is healthy by not missing your vet appointments.

How to Keep a Clean Home when Living with Rottweilers

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Rottweilers are big and powerful. Sometimes, people would even refer to them as giant breeds. This dog breed is not recommended for first-time dog owners or a household with kids or senior citizens. This is not because Rotties are dangerous. This is because of their size and temperament. You can't fault these furry canines with that. They are actually gentle giants when trained right. They are just not recommended for first-time dog owners, or kids, or seniors, because they are so strong they could easily bump you and cause damage without intending to do so. Although they are generally a confident and calm breed, they can have a playful mood. Rottweilers are not very aware of how big they actually are and they might mess up your house really bad.

Rotties are special because they are not for everyone. Should you decide to get a Rottie or if you already have one and you are having some difficulties, remember that dogs are dogs. They have natural tendencies. Rottweilers have a distinct personality and their owners must make the necessary accommodations. Even if we love our dogs so much, we must also make sure that our home is clean and livable according to our human standards. How can you make these accommodations, though?

Compartmentalize

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A good dog owner will designate certain spaces in their home where their dog can play around and expend all that energy. Your lawn may be a good idea, but make sure to designate a space where there are no plants to be destroyed, for example. You can also have an indoor dog room. You can't stop your dog from playing. Rottweilers need exercise. If you give them the proper space where they can do that, they won't ruin your home. You can maintain the cleanliness and orderliness of your home because your dogs can make a distinction of where they can play and where they can not. Make sure your dog knows.

Train

Make sure they get training and learn obedience at a very young age. Rotties are large and they can be difficult to manage when they grow big and remain untrained. Teach them your house rules while they are still cute little puppies. Train them how to behave when they are inside the house and where to do their business. Don't wait for them to get big. Note that Rottweilers also grow up really fast.

Manage Shredding

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Rotties have seasons where they would shred a lot. They have a double coat. Brush your dog outside every day. That way, you get rid of the loose fur already. When they come inside to play, they won't leave as much fur. If they are shredding so much, keep them in a place that's easy to clean. Have a pet hair vacuum ready. Sometimes, fur may stick in your carpet or couch.

Living with a dog, Rottweiler or not, takes a lot of work. It's a responsibility, but it is also very fulfilling. Just remember to be patient!

Rottweiler Health and Nutrition

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Rottweilers, due to overbreeding, have become susceptible to many diseases. Rotties mostly suffer from dysplasia. This is because of their weak bones. It is also a well-known fact that Rottweilers are the type of dogs who are always hungry and would eat anything. This makes them prone to obesity. While we have a tendency to spoil our dogs, we have to control ourselves when our dog is a Rottweiler. Letting the Rottweiler eat whatever it wants, whenever is very dangerous. Again, dogs of this breed have weak bones. If they become overweight, it is detrimental.

Health and nutrition is very important to them. You have to feed them right and control how much they eat.

What to feed your Rottweiler?

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While you can customize what to feed your Rottweiler, you have to keep in mind one thing: They need protein. Protein is not stored as fat. If you opt to feed your dog kibbles from the market, make sure that it has high protein content. Look into its ingredients. Be careful because most dog foods in markets, especially the dry ones, are made out of grain. You can also choose a raw diet for your dog. Be sure to educate yourself first before you try experimenting with raw diets. Remember to ask your vet for advice as well. Also, remember that a dog's nutritional needs vary depending on its age.

Some dog owners mix premium dog food with raw meat. Some feed their dog kibbles on a certain day of the week and raw meat in some days. Breeders do it differently and it depends on who you want to believe more. You just have to understand that one important thing. Rottweilers need protein. We mean real protein. However, that doesn't mean that you skip other nutrients every dog needs!

When is enough, enough?

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While fat Rotties may be cute, it's a death sentence. If you truly care about your dog, you will not overfeed it. Knowing that they have a tendency to overeat, make sure you control their food portions. It still depends on what kind of food you choose to feed your fur baby. Dog food labels usually have portion recommendations. You can also do your own research. Even if you want to experiment with your dog's food, do not feed it indiscriminate portions.

It takes research and probably some experimenting to find the perfect dog food for your Rottie. Narrow down your options until you find the best. Provide your dog with healthy and nutritious options and let your dog be the tie-breaker if you can't choose what best to feed him.Of course, in choosing a dog food for your pet, you have to consider it's preference as well. Your pet's health and nutrition must be an educated and shared decision.